People are often surprised and a little shocked at the amount of knowledge required to become an ADI. The list given in the DVTA publication ADI 1 gives an indication of what’s required. The publications supplied as part of the home study pack may help you understand how much you have to learn to be a good instructor and pass Part 1.
- Driving the essential skills, formally the official driving manual
- The highway code
- Know your traffic signs
- The Official driving test
- The driving instructors hand book
- Instructional techniques and practice
- Booklet ADI 1***
- Form DL1 (gives details of driving license requirements)
- Form DL9a Driving test report***
- Form DL3 Driving test application***
- Certificate DL8 (driving test pass certificate)***
*** Denotes those items included in the Driver and Vehicle Agency ADI information pack.
Most people readily accept they will be required to learn cover to cover those publications relating directly to driving. As obviously you will have to teach someone to drive and answer any question posed by a pupil which relates to driving. It goes without saying to be a good instructor of any subject you must have a thorough knowledge of that subject. While people interested in driving often take easily to learning the driving publications, they often struggle with or try to skimp on learning the teaching publications. This is the other side of the same coin. You can be the world’s most knowledgeable person of all things driving. However if you don’t understand how people learn and how to teach, then how can you successfully pass your knowledge on to someone else. To pass part 1 you could in theory find someone who has all the questions used for the part 1 tests. If you try to pass like this you may be caught out at part 2, you will most certainly be caught out on Part 3. Sadly there are no shortcuts to being a good instructor you have to be prepared to put the work in.
Details of the test
The new ADI Part 1 test went live on 23rd April 2003 it is now a two part test taken on touch screen computer, at the same theory test centres used by new drivers. The first part of the test is a theory test consisting of 100 multiple choice questions. Each question has 4 possible answers, only 1 is correct. Candidates have 90 minutes to complete the ADI Theory Test. The 100 questions have been banded into four main areas:
- Road procedure
- Traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians, mechanical knowledge
- Driving Test, disabilities, law
- Publications, instructional techniques The Hazard Perception Test
The overall pass mark for the test is 85%. However, you must reach a minimum mark of 80% in each of the 4 subject areas. So you must get at least 20 out of 25 in each band. A score of 25, 25, 25 and 19 would give you 94% but would not be acceptable. If you have prepared well for Part 1 you will know the answer when you read the question. So it should make little difference how many wrong answers you are faced with.
The biggest change to the theory test is the inclusion of the Hazard Perception Test in the ADI Part 1. The test will be the same as the one taken by new drivers. It will consist of 14 video clips; the 14 clips will contain 15 developing hazards. As the potential hazard develops into one requiring you to change speed or direction, you will have a time window in which to react. For each hazard you can score 5 points going down to zero. This gives a highest possible score of 75 for the test. The pass mark for potential driving instructors taking the part 1 will be 57.
Note: Both parts of the test must be passed at the same time.
The part 1 home study pack consists of all the publications mentioned above. To help you study it includes a guide taking you through the 4 modules, which relate to the 4 bands of the test. The cost will include full telephone support. Once you are happy you have a good grasp of all the topics you will be given over 900 part 1 questions to answer. It will also include face to face training after you have completed the questions. This will give me the opportunity to explain any questions you got wrong or were not sure of the reason for the answer. It is important you not only know the answer but you must understand the reason why it's the answer. This final training will also include Hazard Perception Test training and comes as part of the Part 1 pack. I have the eight example Hazard Perception clips released by the DSA. I have a further independently produced CD ROM containing examples of Hazard perception clips for you to try. This training will providing final confirmation you are well prepared and can take your ADI Part 1 test confident you have done all you can to pass (first time).
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