Approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test

4. What happens during the test

The approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test includes:

  • an eyesight test
  • vehicle safety questions
  • a test of your driving ability

The eyesight test

You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:

  • 26.5 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
  • 27.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate

New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, eg AB51 ABC.

You must use glasses or contact lenses during the whole test if you need them to read the number plate.

You’ll fail the test if you don’t pass the eyesight test. It will count as one of the 3 attempts you’re allowed at the ADI part 2 test.

Vehicle safety questions

You’ll be asked 5 vehicle safety questions. These are also known as ‘show me, tell me’ questions.

The examiner will ask you:

  • 3 ‘show me’ questions where you’ll have to show them how you’d carry out the vehicle checks
  • 2 ‘tell me’ questions where you’ll have to explain how you’d carry out the vehicle checks

You’ll get a driving fault for each incorrect answer you give.

You’ll get a serious fault and fail the test if you answer all 5 questions incorrectly.

Driving ability

You’ll have to show the examiner all of the following:

  • expert handling of the controls
  • use of correct road procedure
  • anticipation of the actions of other road users and then taking appropriate action
  • sound judgement of distance, speed and timing
  • consideration for the convenience and safety of other road users
  • driving in an environmentally friendly manner

You’ll drive in varying road and traffic conditions, including motorways or dual carriageways where possible.


You must be able to carry out all of the following manoeuvres:

  • move away straight ahead or at an angle
  • overtake, meet or cross the path of other vehicles
  • turn left-hand and right-hand corners
  • stop the vehicle as if you’re in an emergency
  • drive in reverse and enter limited openings to the right and left
  • reverse-park the vehicle into the space behind a parked car
  • reverse-park into a parking bay
  • turn the vehicle to face in the opposite direction using forward and reverse gears

Independent driving

You’ll have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the examiner for around 10 minutes. You’ll have to follow either:

  • traffic signs
  • a series of directions given to you before you set off
  • a combination of both

The examiner’s supervisor

The examiner’s supervisor may come along as well. They will be watching the examiner’s performance and won’t have a say in how you’re tested or in your result.