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ADI standards check

ADI Standards check


The standards check is an assessment test that driving instructors have to take every 2 to 4 years. It involves a driving instructor giving a driving lesson while an examiner watches from the back of the car. The examiner assesses the instructors performance and gives a grade of A, B or F at the end.

You can watch all my standards check videos by clicking here. These include a full one hour guide to the standards check marking sheet and a 3 hour guide to ADI1 – the DVSA standards check examiners guide.



What’s the difference between a standards check and a check test?

Many instructors think that the standards check is nothing to worry about because it’s just the same as the old check test. If you turn up and do what you normally do you’ll be fine because nothing has changed. Wrong.

There would be no point in the standards check existing If it was the same as a check test. It’s a totally different approach to assessing a driving instructors ability which works much better. Once you learn what the differences are you’ll see why it’s a much better system which drags the old fashioned style of driving instruction into the 21st century.

The key differences include:

  • No role-play because you must take along a real pupil
  • Your teaching must be client based and focused around the pupils needs
  • Just fixing faults is not enough, you must show a wider range of skills
  • Different marking criteria. You’re now marked from 0 to 3 in 17 areas
  • Risk management. You will fail if your lesson isn’t safe and puts anyone at risk
  • Role and responsibility discussions are vital
  • Your performance is assessed for discrimination
  • Grades A, B and F replace grades 1 to 6


Why experienced ADI’S struggle to pass

Many grade 5 and 6 driving instructors with years of experience are now getting a grade B on the standards check. This is because just telling people what to do with the various levels of instruction is not enough anymore. You don’t need to worry or change your whole style of teaching but there are differences that you must know about or you wouldn’t have a chance of getting a good result on a standards check.

On a standards check you need to use skills including client based learning, psychological techniques and many other methods. These methods make learning far more effective and enjoyable for both yourself and the pupil. If you turn up and use the old rigid style of instruction and fault fixing then you could have an unpleasant surprise when you are given your grade.

The standards check is nothing to be afraid of but it is different to a check test. In my standards check video section I’ll be talking you through everything you need to know to not only pass your standards check but to make the job more enjoyable and raise your teaching skills to the level now needed to succeed and achieve a grade A.


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