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Breaking down the DSA Tests

To become a driving instructor you will need to successfully complete and pass the following three tests.


Driving Standards Agency Part 1 - Theory

This is a multiple choice question test, there are one hundred questions of which you need to get at least eighty-five correct. Minimum marks of 80% are required in the following four areas of this test:

  • Driving test, disabilities and law.
  • Road procedure.
  • Publication, instructional techniques
  • Car control, mechanical knowledge, traffic signs and signals, pedestrians.

Hazard Perception Test

This forms the second part of the theory test. There are fourteen video clips each of which will contain at least one developing hazard. You need to get a minimum of 57 out of 75 to pass.

Cost: £90.00

More information: www.gov.uk/adi-part-1-test/overview


Driving Standards Agency Part 2 - Practical

Here your practical driving skills will be tested to the highest level required by the Driving Standards Agency, to show you have an exceptional standard of driving (no more than six minor points).

You can now apply for a trainee licence and begin teaching before you've completed the final exam and most importantly begin to earn money as a driving instructor.

Costs: £111.00

More information: www.gov.uk/adi-part-2-test


Driving Standards Agency Part 3 - Instructional Ability

Part 3 is all about teaching others to drive and is a final 1 hour test with the examiner acting the role of the pupil.

Once you have passed all three tests, English School of Motoring will guarantee you a franchise position.

Costs: £111.00

More Information: www.gov.uk/adi-part-3-test