7. Taking the ability to instruct test

The instructional ability test assesses how well you can identify and prioritise risk areas in a driver’s driving.

The test lasts around an hour and costs £134.40.

What to bring to your test

On the day, you’ll need to bring:

  • your photocard driving licence - or an old-style paper one and a valid passport
  • your approved driving instructor (ADI) registration certificate
  • the pass letter from the driving ability test

Rules for the car you use

The car you use for the driving ability test must meet all the rules for the ADI part 2 test.

How the test works

The examiner will play the role of a company vehicle driver with various driving strengths and weaknesses. They will play only 1 of the following roles:

  • experienced car driver
  • inexperienced car driver
  • experienced van driver
  • inexperienced van driver

You’ll need to prove you can reduce their risks by using appropriate coaching methods. You’ll have to give a risk profile at the end of the session.

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.

Your test result

You’ll get your result, a copy of the marking sheet and a short debrief from the examiner at the end of your test.

You’ll get a letter of confirmation if you pass. This includes the declaration you must complete and send to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency before your certificate is sent to you.

You’ll get an application form to apply to retake the test if you don’t pass.

You get 3 attempts at the test. You must wait 1 year before sending a new application to start the process again if you use up all your attempts.