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 is in 2 phases.  In phase 1 the examiner will role play acting as a learner driver with little or no experience.  In phase 2 the role play will be acting as a pupil at about test standard or as a qualified driver improving their skills.  The examiner will assess your performance throughout the test and also pick 2 subjects  from the list below for your instruction.

  • Controls.
  • Moving off and normal stops.
  • Reversing into a limited opening on the left or right.
  • Turning the vehicle round in the road to face the opposite direction.
  • Parking close to the kerb reversing.
  • Mirrors and the emergency stop.
  • Approach to turn left and right.
  • General positioning and judgement of speed.
  • Emerging left and right at T junctions.
  • Pedestrian crossings and the use of signals.
  • Meeting, crossing the path, overtaking  other vehicles.
  • All aspects of dealing with crossroads.


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.

 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.