Booking your test
You can book your approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test when you’ve passed your ADI part 1 test.
It’s the second of 3 tests you have to pass to qualify as an ADI. It’s a test of your driving ability.
The ADI part 2 test works differently in Northern Ireland.
To pass the test you must be able to:
- drive safely in different road and traffic conditions
- show that you know The Highway Code by the way you drive
The national standard for driving cars tells you everything you must be able to do to pass the test.
You can find driving instructor training if you need help to prepare for the test. Only take your test when you can do everything without instruction.
Change or check your test details
You can change the date of your test after you’ve booked.
You can check the details if you’ve lost the email confirmation you were sent when you booked your test.
Rebook your test
Rebook your ADI part 2 test if you failed your first or second attempt at the test and want to resit it.
You cannot rebook the test if you fail it a third time.
What to take to your test
You must bring:
- your UK driving licence
- your approved driving instructor (ADI) part 1 pass certificate
- a suitable car
Your test will be cancelled and you will not get your money back if you do not take the right things with you.
Your driving licence
You need to apply for a replacement driving licence if you lose yours before your test. This could take up to 15 days to arrive.
Rearrange your test if you do not get the new licence in enough time.
If you do not have a photocard licence
Bring a valid passport and your paper licence.
If you have a licence from Northern Ireland
Bring the Northern Ireland photocard and paper counterpart.
Rules for the car you use
Your car must:
- be taxed
- be insured for a driving test (check with your insurance company)
- be roadworthy and have a current MOT (if it’s over 3 years old)
- be a saloon, hatchback or estate car in good working condition - you can’t use a convertible
- have full-size rear seats
- have no warning lights showing, for example, the airbag warning light
- have no tyre damage and the legal tread depth on each tyre - you can’t have a space-saver spare tyre fitted
- be smoke-free - this means you can’t smoke in it just before or during the test
- be able to reach at least 62mph and have an mph speedometer
- have 4 wheels and a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of no more than 3,500 kg The MAM is the limit on how much the car can weigh when it’s loaded. It’ll be in the car’s handbook
The MAM is the limit on how much the car can weigh when it’s loaded. It’ll be in the car’s handbook.
Your test will be cancelled and you’ll have to pay again if your car doesn’t meet the rules.
Things that must be fitted
The car must have:
- an extra interior rear-view mirror for the examiner
- a passenger seatbelt for the examiner and a proper passenger head restraint (not a slip-on type)
Dashcams and other cameras
You can use a camera fitted for insurance purposes, as long as it:
- faces outside of the car and doesn’t film the inside
- doesn’t record audio from inside the car
You can take your test in a hire car if it’s fitted with dual controls and meets all the other rules.
You can use a car with:
- an electronic parking brake
- hill-start assist
Manual and automatic cars
If you have a manual licence, you can take the test in either a manual or automatic car. You’ll be able to train people in both types of car when you’ve qualified. If you have an automatic licence, you must take the test in an automatic car. You’ll only be able to train people in an automatic car when you’ve qualified.
Cars you cannot use
Some cars cannot be used in the test because they do not give the examiner all-round vision.
You cannot use any of the following:
- BMW Mini convertible
- Ford KA convertible
- Toyota iQ
- VW Beetle convertible
Check with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) before you book your test if you want to use a:
- convertible car
- panel van
DVSA driving test enquiries
Cars with known safety faults
You cannot use one of the cars shown in the table unless you have proof that it’s safe. This is because these cars have been recalled for a safety reason. You must bring the proof that it’s safe with you when you take your test.
|Model||Reason for recall||Vehicles affected||Recall issue date|
|Citroen C1||Steering failure||Vehicles built between 9 Sep 2014 and 15 Oct 2014, with vehicle identification numbers (VINs) between wF7xxxxxxER516105 and VF7xxxxxxER523367||28 Jun 2016|
|Peugeot 108||Steering failure||Vehicles built between 9 Jun 2014 and 15 Oct 2014, with VINsbetween VF3xxxxxxER256527 and F3xxxxxxER017078||28 Jun 2016|
|Toyota Aygo||Steering failure||Vehicles built between 9 Jun 2014 and 15 Oct 2014, with VINsbetween JTDJGNEC#0N022080 and 0N026438, JTDJPNEC#0N002099 and 0N002100, JTDKGNEC#0N022186 and 0N031372, and JTDKPNEC#0N002083 and 0N002102||28 Jun 2016|
|Toyota Yaris||Potentially defective seat rail track and/or steering column mounting||Some models built between Jun 2005 and May 2010 (‘05’ to ‘10’ registration plates)||9 Apr 2014|
|Vauxhall ADAM||Potential steering problem||VINs with last 8 digits between E6077301 to E6113446, and F6000001 to F6006544||29 Sep 2014|
|Vauxhall Corsa D||Potential steering problem||VINs with last 8 digits between E6071016 and E6118738, and E4181031 and E4308122||29 Sep 2014|
Proof you need to bring to your test
You must bring proof that says one of the following:
- the car was recalled and the recall work has been done
- the car was recalled but didn’t need any work to be done
- the car wasn’t part of the recall
The proof must be either:
- the recall letter or safety notice, stamped by the manufacturer or dealer
- on official or headed notepaper from the manufacturer or a dealer
Your test will be cancelled and you could lose your fee if you don’t bring the right proof.
What happens at the standards check
There are 5 parts to the approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test:
- an eyesight check
- ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
- general driving ability
- independent driving
How long the test lasts
Your pupil can be a learner or a full licence holder.
The test takes around one hour.
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, such as AB51 ABC.
You’ll fail the test if you do not pass the eyesight test. It will count as one of the 3 attempts you’re allowed at the ADI part 2 test.
‘Show me, tell me’ questions
You’ll be asked 5 vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.
These test that you know how to carry out basic safety tasks.
You’ll be asked:
- 3 ‘tell me’ questions at the start of your test, before you start driving
- 2 ‘show me’ questions while you’re driving - for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers
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, or if you lose control of the car while answering any of the ‘show me’ questions.
Your general 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 might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
Reversing your vehicle
The examiner will ask you to do 2 of the following exercises:
- parallel park at the side of the road
- reverse into a parking bay and drive out
- drive into a parking bay and reverse out
- pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for around 2 car lengths, and re-join the traffic
You’ll have to drive for about 20 minutes by following either:
- directions from a sat nav
- traffic signs
The examiner will tell you which you have to do.
Following directions from a sat nav
The examiner will provide the sat nav and set it up for you. You cannot follow directions from your own sat nav during the test.
Going off the route
Your test result will not be affected if you take a wrong turning, unless you make a fault while doing it.
The examiner will help you get back on the route if you do.
If you cannot see traffic signs
If you cannot see a traffic sign (for example, because it’s covered by trees), the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next one.
If you make mistakes during your test
You can carry on if you make a mistake. It might not affect your test result if it’s not serious.
The examiner will only stop your test if they think your driving is a danger to other road users.
Driving Test Report Form (DL25)
Click here to view the Driving Test Report Form (DL25)
Faults and test result
There are 3 types of faults you can make:
- a dangerous fault - this involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property
- a serious fault - something potentially dangerous
- a driving fault - this is not potentially dangerous, but if you keep making the same fault, it could become a serious fault
You’ll pass your approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test if you make:
- no more than 6 driving faults
- no serious or dangerous faults
If you pass
The examiner will:
- tell you what faults you made, if any
- give you a pass certificate
You can then either:
A trainee driving instructor licence can help you prepare for the ADI part 3 test.
If you don’t pass
The examiner will tell you what faults you made.
You can take the test again if you fail at either your first or second attempt.
You have to book another test and pay again.
Failing the third attempt
You have to retake and pass the ADI part 1 test again if you fail the ADI part 2 test 3 times.
You must wait 2 years from when you originally passed the ADI part 1 test before you can take it again
You have to wait 2 years from when you first passed the ADI part 1 test before you can take it again.
Appeal your ADI part 2 test
You can appeal if you think your examiner did not follow the regulations when they carried out your test.
Your test result cannot be changed, but you might get a free retest if your appeal is successful.
How to appeal
You have to appeal to a magistrate’s court or sheriff’s court.
You must appeal to a:
- magistrate’s court within 6 months if you took your test in England or Wales
- sheriff’s court within 21 days if you took your test in Scotland
If your test is cancelled or there's bad weather
Your driving test can be cancelled or stopped because of bad weather, problems with your car, or for other reasons.
Driving tests are not carried out in dangerous weather conditions, such as when the roads are icy or if there’s flooding, thick fog or high winds.
Call your test centre if there are any of these conditions on the day of your test.
The phone number for the test centre is on your booking confirmation email.
If your test can’t go ahead
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will:
- automatically book the next available date for your test
- Send you the details within 3 working days - it can take up to 7 days if there’s a long period of bad weather
You can change the date you’re given if it’s not suitable.
You cannot claim for any out-of-pocket expenses if your test is cancelled because of bad weather.
Problems with you or your car
You’ll have to book another test and pay again if your test can’t be completed because of a problem with:
- you, for example, if you feel unwell while taking your test
- your car, for example, if it breaks down during the test or doesn’t meet the rules to be used
If your test is cancelled for another reason
Sometimes DVSA has to cancel tests for other reasons, for example, if the examiner is unwell.
You’ll be sent a new date for your test if this happens. You can change the date if it’s not suitable.
You can apply for a refund of out-of-pocket expenses if DVSA cancels your test at short notice.