ADI Part 3 marking sheet

Explanation of the ADI part 3 marking sheet.

ADI part 3 marking sheet explained.

The ADI part 3 test is now in what we call Standards check format, what this means is that you will need to take a pupil with you and conduct a real driving lesson with the senior examiner watching from the back.

No longer will you have to deal with the examiner carrying out the test with roleplay.

You will need to pick a subject which is suitable for your students needs, this means that your lesson must be well planned and pitched to the student at the correct level.

The first box on the marking sheet is titled lesson planning here you will be marked on the following aspects of your lesson.

ADI Part 3 explained

Let’s have a closer look at the marking sheet which will be used to mark your ADI part 3 test of instructional ability.

The sheet is the same as the marking sheet used on the ADI standards check test which you will need to do at some point during the first 2 years after qualification. Once you gain an understanding of how the test is marked it starts to become easier to understand what is required to not only pass but to get a grade A.

 Lesson Planning

Did you identify the pupil’s learning goals and needs?

Obviously without getting this right it would be difficult to achieve a good lesson.

Was the agreed lesson structure appropriate for the pupil’s experience and ability?

Both you and the pupil must agree the lesson structure, but ultimately it is your responsibility to ensure that the lesson is suitable to the students needs, and that it is neither too difficult or to easy, your aim here is to ensure that learning takes place.

Were the practice areas suitable?

You must ensure that the route you choose is suitable, obviously safety is the main issue but you must choose a route which will provide enough of a challenge for your pupil to learn and progress.

Was the lesson plan adapted, when appropriate, to help the pupil work towards their learning goals?

Adapt your lesson where necessary, for instance if your original plan is Dual carriageways and your pupil misses door mirror checks on route to the dual carriageway you need to change tact and correct this fault before going down the slip road.

Total marks available for this section = 12


Risk Management

Did the trainer ensure that the pupil fully understood how the responsibility for risk would be shared?

You should explain to your pupil what each of your responsibilities are .

Were directions and instructions given to the pupil clear and given in good time?

Obviously you need to speak clearly and give any directions at the appropriate time. Also give directions in the correct order I.E Alert, Direct, Identify ( I’d like you to take the next turning on the right, its opposite the bus stop)

Was the trainer aware of the surroundings and the pupil’s actions?

This means you must be planning ahead for events on the road, you must see them in time to then ensure your pupil is reacting in the appropriate way.

Was any verbal or physical intervention by the trainer timely and appropriate?

If you need to intervene either verbally or physically then the timing of your intervention is of the utmost importance, too soon and you are not really giving the pupil chance to react or too late which could be safety critical.

Was sufficient feedback given to help the pupil understand any potential safety critical incidents?

Any safety critical incidents must be addressed correctly and also it is your responsibility to ensure that the pupil understands what went wrong and why it was safety critical.

Total marks available for this section = 15



Teaching and Learning strategies

Was the teaching style suited to the pupil’s learning style and current ability?

Similar to choosing the lesson plan, you need to teach it at the correct level, and adapt to your pupils abilities.

Was the pupil encouraged to analyse problems and take responsibility for their learning?

Ask questions which make your pupil think and reason things out.

Were opportunities and examples used to clarify learning outcomes?

Don’t miss these opportunities, lots of things happen around you whilst on the road, many times these can be used as learning opportunities.

Was the technical information given comprehensive, appropriate and accurate?

Any information which you give should be appropriate and correct.

Was the pupil given appropriate and timely feedback during the session?

Praise your pupil when appropriate, If your pupil makes a mistake then question why it was done.

Were the pupils queries followed up and answered?

Make sure that you answer any questions your pupil asks, if you are asked an awkward or technical question which you are unsure of the answer then just say I am not certain but I will find out for you.


Did the trainer maintain an appropriate non-discriminatory manner throughout the session?

You can score 3 points here just for being yourself!

At the end of the session – was the pupil encouraged to reflect on their own performance?

At the end of the lesson you should allow a few minutes for a recap, and discuss with your pupil what went well, what went not so well, and what they feel they have achieved.

Total marks available for this section = 24


The maximum marks available are 51. If you score  42 or above  you will pass with an A, 31-42 you will pass with a  B. If you manage to achieve less than 31 then this will be classed as an unsatisfactory performance.

While this ADI part 3 marking sheet may sound a little complicated at first, with the correct training it becomes clear.

As well as training for the ADI part 3 test, you also have the option of using a trainee licence which will give you the opportunity to prepare for your exam whilst teaching real learners and being paid.

Thanks for reading this information about how the part 3 test is marked. If you would like information on the ADI Standards Check there is some Good Information here. The marking sheet is virtually the same and the marking system is the same.

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