Part 3 – Ability to teach
The part 3 Ability to teach test to become a driving instructor is considered the hardest test.
If you’re reading this then you have probably passed the Part 1 and 2, so there’s no reason why you can’t pass the part 3 as long as you receive the right training. That’s why the DVSA only allow three attempts on each test, to ensure the standard of the PDI’s getting through to the final stage are there because of their standards not through repetition of trying.
• There are two phases to the test, both 30 minutes long.
• The first phase is where the examiner will play the role of a pupil at either a beginner or partly trained level.
• The second phase the examiner will play the role of a trained pupil who is generally approaching a driving test or already qualified.
The marking sheet
There are 3 areas which you will be marked on:
• Core competencies (most important).
• Instructional techniques.
• Instructor characteristics.
The reason why the core competencies are so important is because you can’t score less than 4 in any of this category.
The core competencies are the bread and butter of a good driving instructor, they are:
• Fault – Identifying the pupil has made a mistake.
• Analysis – Talking about the mistake and helping the pupil understand the difference between the wrong and right way.
• Remedial action – Giving the pupil some advice or instruction to prevent them from making the same mistake again.
Subjects you could get and their pairings:
|PST||Phase 1||Phase 2|
|2||Moving Off||Meet, anticipation, clearance or overtaking/ crossing|
|3||Turn in the road||Approaching junctions to turn left and right|
|4||Partly trained - Reversing||T - Junctions|
|5||Emergency stop & mirrors||Progress, hesitancy and positioning|
|6||Pedestrian crossings & Signals||Reverse parking|
|7||Approaching junctions to turn left or right||Pedestrian crossings and use of signals|
|8||Emerging at T-Junctions||Meet, anticipation, clearance or overtaking/crossing|
|9||Crossroads||Pedestrian crossings and use of signals|
|10||Pedestrian crossings and use of signals||Progress, hesitancy and positioning|