Part 3: Ability to instruct test

The part 3 instructional ability test is the final  exam you have to pass in order to qualify as a ADI. The pass rate for the part 3 test is only around 24%, by passing the part 1 and part 2 tests you proved you have a thorough knowledge of the principles of good driving and road safety and now you need to show the examiner that you can pass all this knowledge on to potential  pupils through your instructional technique.

Over 30 years Experience

A Star has two trainers, myself  – John Hempsall and David Evans.  Between us we have over 30 years experience within the driver training industry, both as ADI’s and ADI trainers, so rest assured, your training will be to a high standard. We are happy to give you contact numbers of former trainees who are now fully qualified ADI’s so you can talk to them about the way we train.

Our Pay As You Go Training

We carry out our training on a pay as you go basis so the more you practise and study to improve your instructional ability skills between training sessions, the less hours you will need, saving you money on your training

The Test

The test lasts about 1 hour and you will need to deliver a real driving lesson to a person of your choice from a complete beginner to a fully qualified drive. You cannot use a qualified ADI or a trainee driving instructor if they have already taken the part 2 test.  You will be  assessed on the core competencies

  • Lesson Planning
  • Teaching and Learning Strategies
  • Risk Management
  • And 17 sub competencies

You are graded on a sliding points system from 0 to 50 grade

  • Grade A 43 or more
  • Grade B 31 to 42
  • Below 30 is a fail


You are allowed 2 years from the date you pass your part 1 to pass the part 2 and 3 tests. You are only allowed 3 attempts at part 2 and also part 3 in order to qualify.  If unsuccessful, you will have to wait for the 2 year anniversary from passing the part 1 to start the whole process again.

If you have any questions about training to become a driving instructor or our training, just ring for an informal chat  John. 0161 480 2210

 A Star Driving School

Please Note, I have been as accurate as possible with the qualification details at the time of writing this web page, but cannot be held responsible for the the exact details as changes do happen.  For up to date information, please go to WWW.Gov.UK website.