Part One ADI Theory test

Sitting the Part One ADI Theory test


In this blog I’ll tell you about my experience of taking the theory test and my help tips to get the most out of your time.

But first I want to address the problem associated with setting aside time to study.

I recently received a message from Rob who’s studying for his part one ADI theory test.

Rob asked: “Any advise about the best way to study? I set aside a full day during week to study, but I didn’t get anything done.

Last week my study day didn’t go as planned. I started off by taking the kids to school because the wife was working. Then I did the weekly shop, followed by running a few errands. By the time I got round to study most of the day had gone, so I didn’t bother starting”.

Well Rob that’s the same for most busy people, because life gets in the way.

Allocating a full day to study is an ambitious plan. I prefer to break study down in to smaller chunks of time. I’ve found the ideal time for me is 90 minutes sessions, 3 to 4 times a week.

90 minutes is enough time to make headway, but not too long that it impacts on my day, or effects my concentration.



Back to the theory test:

Lesson number one: Don’t park in a restricted area that gives you a maximum of 2 hours waiting, otherwise you could walk out to a ticket.

When you arrive at the test center you’ll be asked for you’re driving licence, and given a key to a safety deposit box. You’ll be asked to put your jacket, phone and any other possessions you might have in your pockets, into the box.

Next your given a declaration to read before signing to say you agree with the rules.

Finally you’re asked to show that your pockets are empty for the camera., before taking a seat and waiting to be called through to your booth.

When your allocated a booth, you’ll be given the option to practice using the system, this doesn’t use up any of your theory test time so it’s worth taking a few minutes to get yourself focused, and get used to the set up.

When your ready select start the test. Keep an eye on the time which is at the top right of the screen, and the question number on the bottom right.

Read every question carefully before answering. Many answers are similar, and can be confusing, so reading them a few times might help you spot the correct answer easier. If in doubt mark the question so that you can return to it later, then your not wasting time or focus by stressing over the answer.

Once you’ve completed 100 questions, go back to those you highlighted and with the time remaining do your best to answer them correctly. Don’t leave any questions unanswered. Even a guess gives you more chance of getting it correct than not answering it at all.

Once you finish the questions you’ll be offered a 3 minute break before starting the hazard perception part of the test.

During this part of the test avoid repetitive clicking, but just a one click strategy might result in you clicking too early and you’ll score nothing. My tip is click every time you see a hazard, and click several more times when you know it’s turning into a potential danger. This increases your chance of getting in the scoring zone with a high score.

Once you’ve finished head back to the reception where you’ll be given your score. Before you leave the center don’t forget your possessions from the locker.

If you’ve been successful and passed, you can book your ADI part two practical driving test. click here


Are you eligible?

Are you eligible to become a driving instructor?

Don’t know if you’re eligible to become a driving instructor?

This is what the Driving Standards Agency look for:

  • You have to be aged 21 or over. This is not just a guideline, its a rule in the UK that to become an ADI, you have to be over the age of 21.
  • You also have to have held a FULL UK Driving License for over 3 years. This is from the date that you passed your practical Driving Test, not the date you got your provisional license.
  • You also, must have a manual license to teach at Elite.
  • You need all of the above to be able to apply to become a driving instructor in the UK.

To become a Driving Instructor with Elite Driving School, enquire here:

Why Learning to Drive at the Age of 17 is Better

It’s quite normal now for the younger generation to learn to drive as soon as they can. It is actually a really good idea. So, if you are 17, or are wanting to get someone driving lessons, here are some reasons why learning to drive when your younger, is easier.

It has been found in recent studies that learning is significantly easier for younger people, rather than in older years. The brain is a lot more capable of learning when younger, meaning that it is learning new things, such as driving is considerable easier and less frustrating.

Because Driving is a new skill, it requires a lot of patience and time and effort, but also a lot of concentration.

Meaning that the younger generation are going to require less concentration, and patience, because their brain is more capable of learning, unlike someone in their late twenties, and thirties and so on.

Obviously, it depends on the person, and their own personal and mental development, but generally it is easier for younger people to absorb information.

This means that passing driving and theory tests can be substantially quicker, and better, which means that more money is saved throughout the process, making it more cost-effective to learn to drive at the age of 17 than a novice at the age of 35.

Moreover, even if you can’t afford to get a car at the age of 17, the skills have been learnt meaning that refreshing your memory later on in life, when you can afford a car, is a lot easier than starting from scratch. It’s very similar to the saying ‘You Never forget how to ride a bike’.

It’s considerably the same thing, as most people to learn to ride a bike at a very young age, meaning that the skills learnt are more likely to stay stored in the brain.

But of course it is never too late to start to learn to drive. The freedom gained at the end of it will not differ, and the experience of lessons will not change.


Driving Test Changes You Need to Know About

If you didn’t know already, the UK driving test is changing from the 4th December 2017 (not a very nice Christmas present, is it?). We are updating you with the most recent changes made by the DVSA.

It was released on the 13th September 2017, that there would be revised changes to the ‘Show me’ ‘Tell me’ portion of the test.

If you don’t know what this is, it is where the examiner will ask you a ‘show me’ question and a ‘tell me’ question at the beginning of your driving test. These questions are given to you by your instructor to prepare you for your test.

The ‘Tell me’ Questions are as follows:

1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

3. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.

4. Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.

5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.

Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.

9. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 simple checks can be made.

Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.

13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.

Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.


And the ‘Show me’ questions:

  1. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
  2. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
  3. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
  4. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
  5. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
  6. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
  7. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?


Now with the changes to the Driving Test, it means that the ‘tell me’ questions will be asked at the beginning of the test, and the ‘show me’ questions will now be asked during the driving test, whilst under their examination.

However, do not fret, the changes are not made until the 4th December, so you have plenty of time to figure how to undertake these ‘show me’s’ in your instructors car.

We hope this helps and we will keep you updated with any more changes to the UK Driving Test on the Elite Blog, so make sure to follow Elite on Social Media, so you can be updated with any Driving Test changes coming your way by December!

The Elite Team

Mark Your Calendar Ready For A Career Change

Mark Your Calendar Ready For A Career Change

Your career is about to change quickly if you jump on this opportunity.

For just a small investment, thousands of people have started their own successful business, making more money by simply helping others.

It’s amazing to think that in less than five months you can become a fully qualified driving instructor earning a great living in your local area.

We’ve been investing much of our time helping people in the UK become self employed driving instructors, building solid reputations with local people.

We’ve also helped them keep one step ahead of the competition by working smart using the secret techniques we’ve learnt over thirty years.

We’ve also got an advantage that the nationals will never have, because we live and operate on your doorstep, so to us you are a real person and not just a number.

And you will benefit from true family values that have been the backbone of the driving school success since 1989.

We’re rolling out our second driving instructor training course of the year, which means it’s your opportunity to book your place if you want any chance of qualifying and becoming your own boss before the end of the year.

So if you’ve been thinking of a career change or of becoming a driving instructor in the last few years, now might be a good time to take action.

Our course takes you right from the beginning or you can jump on board for just Part 3 if you’ve already started training elsewhere but it’s not working for you.

We detail our entire course for you and plan each session in advance.

This is exactly what’s missing from the stuff being taught by most trainers and why lots of people struggle to pass the test required to qualify as driving instructors.

So if you would like to know more about become a driving instructor you should take our driving instructor assessment.

The assessment is a try before you buy so to speak and you will get so much value from the experience because it will put you in a better position to decide if a career as a driving instructor is the right one for you.

To book your assessment get in touch with us on 03332 004130 or if you prefer, you can just call us for a chat about your options.



Training to Become a Driving Instructor

Training to Become a Driving Instructor

Are you inspired to become a driving instructor, and have a positive impact on other peoples lives?

Do you like the thought of being your own boss and not taking orders form others. And working the hours you want to work rather than being dictated to?

Yes…  Well this is what you’ll need to help the dream of becoming a driving instructor become reality.

First you’ll need to get a criminal record check before you can apply to become a driving instructor (ADI) for the first time. This service costs £6, and takes between 2 to 6 weeks.

NOTE: You can’t use one you have already – you must apply for a new one.

Once you have your criminal record reference number you can apply with the DVSA to start the qualifying process to become a driving instructor. It takes about 2 weeks before you receive your DVSA reference number.

As soon as you have your DVSA unique reference number you can book your part one ADI theory test @ £81. Waiting times for the test are generally 4 weeks plus.

The DVSA recommend a series of books and DVD’s to prepare for the part 1 test, which can be purchased from Amazon for approximately £85.

You can also purchase ADI study packs which will help speed up your learning of all 3  parts of the DVSA qualifying process.

Recommended study packs cost between £150 and £300

Once you have passed the part one test you can book your part two practical test @ £111, generally the waiting time is 4 weeks plus.

You cannot book the part two test until you have passed the part one. The same goes for booking the part three, you must pass the part two test first.

You can now start your part two training. Most training companies offer a 10 hour course for the practical training.

Once you pass the part two test you will have to wait 2 to 3 weeks for the DVSA to update your information on their system before booking your part three instructional test @ £111. The waiting times are about 6 weeks.

NOTE: You are only allowed 3 attempts at the part two test. Fail all three and you have to start the qualification process from scratch, and you must wait a minimum of 2 years since you first registered with the DVSA.

The same 3 attempt rule applies to the part three instructional test.

Training schools offer from 40 hours for instructional training. With some schools all 40 hours are in car training either one 2 one, or with 2 to 3 trainees in the car at the same time.

Training schools might split the training between car and classroom. My advice is find a school where training is one 2 one, and all in car. Any additional classroom training should be separate and not taken out of your 40 hours.

Once you pass the part three you can register with the DVSA as a driving instructor and get your green licence which has a cost of £300. You will be asked to renew your subscription every four years at a cost of £300, which will include the DVSA standards check.

The standards check is conducted by a DVSA appointed driving examiner, who will sit in on a normal driving lesson. You will be graded A, B or fail. If you fail to meet the required standard to continue to instruct, your details will be removed from the register and you will no longer be able to instruct for payment.

You can get extra practice before taking the final part three test, by taking learners out on lessons. You will need a trainee licence at £140 which is valid for 6 months. 

You will also need a suitable car, which must be road legal, and insured for instructing provisional licence holders. Of course you’ll need real learners to practice with.

Some driving schools offer this service, but you must check their terms and small print before committing to them.

If you would like any further information about training to become a driving instructor please email: or call the  office on 03332 004130 




Mark Magee talks about Changes to the ADI part 3 test

Mark Magee from the DVSA answers questions regarding the changes to the driving instructor part 3 test


Mark Magee has answered some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the changes to the driving instructor part 3 qualifying test.

Mark talks about the impact on training, and how it’s important for instructors to adapt their style of teaching to suit the students individual needs.

Although the DVSA are changing the way the ADI part 3 test is delivered, they recommend that instructors continue with role play until they think that the PDI is ready to teach real students.

You can read the full report on the DVSA blog

Making sure you’re prepared for the changes to the ADI part 3 test



The Driving Instructor Examiner

ADI part three changes

The Driving Instructor Examiner

‘OK Mr Harris, I can now give you feedback on your Advanced Driving Instructor examination. As you know, I role-played the part of a learner driver who you were instructing. In doing that, I simulated driver errors that a novice might make, and I have assessed you on your responses to my actions.

You started very well. When I climbed into the boot of the vehicle, you correctly pointed out that I should ideally be sitting in the front, behind the steering wheel. You were again correct to highlight that I should not have pulled away from the kerb without signalling or looking in the rear view mirror. The pensioner who was knocked from his bicycle as a result did indeed constitute a road traffic accident, and you were absolutely right that I should have stopped.

To continue reading this hilarious article click here

#justforfun #drivinginstructorexamination

Changes to driving instructor testing by the DVSA

Does the existing Driving Instructor Testing system prepare people for a life as a driving instructor?


For as many years as I can remember the DVSA have tested potential driving instructors in much the same way.

It starts with the theory, followed by a practical test, and finally concluding with the instructional test. And this is where for many potential driving instructors the system fails.

The part three (instruction test) is a role play scenario, where the examiner plays the role of a pupil at various stages of learning.

Hence where the problem begins. The first hurdle the PDI (Potential Driving Instructor) has to master, is forget that the guy sat next to them is an examiner, and treat him as though he is a real student.

But the main issue for most is that the role play doesn’t reflect reality. Because an examiner cannot simulate how a real learner drives.

Linda from the DVSA said:

“We want the test to reflect real life driving to make sure that it better assesses a learner ability to drive safely and independently is part of our strategy to help every driver through a lifetime of safe driving.

Feedback we’ve had from the industry has been that the current ADI Part 3 test is both unrealistic and restrictive, and doesn’t give trainee instructors enough opportunity to demonstrate the full range of skills that they will need when qualified”.

One of the questions raised by some of the UK’s training companies was; because the old system of testing doesn’t reflect reality, how many people have failed the part three test, that in fact would have made very good instructors if they were tested on there ability to teach in a real environment, rather than role play?


My opinion is lets crack on with the changes, but the DVSA must keep the industry informed with regular updates of how PDI’s will be tested and exactly when will it begin.

The worst that can happen is that the DVSA drop the new test on training companies with very little notice!



#drivinginstructortraining, #DVSA

We Did Discovery Events and People loved them!

Fancy spending a few hours with the trainers from Elite Driving School, getting a unique insight into how our premier driving instructor training programme works, and benefiting from valuable information that’ll help you decide if a career as a driving instructor is the right one for you?



We’re putting on a few Discovery events in the first half of this year, because the people who attended them last year loved them, so we’re doing a few more.

These events are not like most events that you see in the driving instructor training space right now.

We’re NOT looking to fill a room with 300 people.

We’re NOT hoping to get a hundred in the room and sell them hugely discounted training courses.

What we ARE doing is inviting a small group of people interested in a career as a driving instructor an opportunity to understand what it is we do and why our training is so effective.

Discovery days

We held several Discovery events last year, each with just 15 people who joined us, and everyone enjoyed it.

The chances are you’ve never attended this sort of event before, because it’s delivered by driving instructors who give out a lot of value, and not sales people trying to get you to sign a contract.

The events kicks off with a presentation from us where we dig deep into the career of a driving instructor, and talk about the career opportunities, driving school franchises, cars, insurance, business administration and what you can expect to earn.

Then our head instructor trainer will explain our training course, including what’s involved, how we schedule your training hours to work around your existing work commitments, and the three qualifying exams.

The event finalises with a question and answer session. And some of the questions asked you might not have even thought about, so you’ll get huge value from the event. Discovery Events

It’s always a really good time to meet and chat to other people who are also interested in a career as a driving instructor, and you’ll find out if you’re instructor material and if it’s the right career for you.

I went to a Discovery day quite apprehensive, after a couple of minutes I relaxed and had a great time chatting about the training. 

A few days after the event, I decided to book my training with Elite because Kev explained the training course I would be on, and how his team would help me achieve my goals. I also felt it was the best option from all the other training companies I have contacted.

I’m a full time mum and as you can imagine I get very little free time for study and training. So Kev worked out a schedule that wouldn’t be too stressful for me.

I started training a few months ago and so far I’ve passed both part one and two exams at the first attempt and I’m now looking forward to the final exam and starting a new career as a driving instructor with Elite.

I can highly recommend Elite because they work around your availability, they’re always on hand with help and support, and their training system is easy to understand and learn”.

Jo Temple from Hessle


“Having looked into the possibility of becoming a Driving Instructor I didn’t fall for the usual offers, promising the Earth that are maybe associated with larger national companies.

I saw an advert for Elite on the internet whilst looking for an instructor for a family member, and having previously been interested in training to become a driving instructor I filled in my details and attended a discovery day.

Within a matter of days after the discovery day, I was having a “Taster Session” so to speak with one of the Trainers at Elite. A kind of try before you buy if you will.

I was hooked. I’ve met both Kev and Stuart from the training team and both guys were instantly likeable and put me at ease.

Since then, with support from Kev in the office, I passed my Part 1 with a score of 92% and have recently passed my Part 2, with Stuart with a near perfect drive.

I’ve got the right team behind me at Elite.

I can’t wait to get started on the career I’ve wanted for so long. I wish I’d called Elite sooner”.

Graham Houghton


We’ve only got capacity for 15 people on each event.

And we want to make sure that we offer those spaces to the right people, those who want to dig deeper and find out everything they need to know about choosing a career as a driving instructor.

If you would like to join a small group of people on our next Discovery Event, please CLICK HERE to register.



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