The exams are taken in three seperate parts.
All three are taken seperately on seperate days and cannot be applied for until you are succesful in each previous one.
The waiting lists vary, however the DSA endeavour to keep the waiting list times low, do not apply until you are ready, as this obviously makes the qualifying process longer.
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The part 1 element of the three tests is the theory examination. It is a computer based test and normally taken at your local theory test centre.
It is a thorough test of your knowledge of driving and and consists of a 100 question test plus a hazard perception test, which shows clips of developing hazards, the candidate must identify the hazards by clicking on the mouse at the appropriate time.
The test is in multiple-choice format and tests your kowledge of:-
The test for the questions will last 90 minutes, this is seperate from the time you are allowed for taking the hazard perception element of the test. Some questions may require more than one correct answer, however, the system will prompt you in the event that you do not give the correct amount of answers.
All answers can be flagged enabelling you to go back to the question at a later point of the test and it is also possible to change any answer if necessary.
The questions are also banded, this means you must satisfy the test that you are competent in all bands and therefore require a pass mark of 80% in each band.
The bands are as follows:-
It is possible that a candidate can reach the overall passmark of 85% but may still fail due to the fact they gained less than 80% in one of the bands.
The hazard perception test is a series of 14 video clips showing various hazards in various types of roads and weather conditions.
You must identify the hazard by clicking the mouse at the appropriate time. each hazard carries a maximum possible score of five points and decreases to zero at each stage that the hazard identification is delayed.
One clip however contains two possible hazards therefore carries a score ten possible points.
The ADI test requires a minimum score of 57 points. This is higher than the learner driver requirements.
To be succesful in passing both parts must be passed at the same time.
Below is a DSA video with information about taking the part 1 test.
The practical driving test is a thorough test of your skills and demands a level of skill which should be demonstrated throughout. A low number of errors are tolerated .(6) however One serious error would result in fail.
Candidates are allowed three attempts at this test, failure on three occasions will mean taking the qualifying exam again, the process can only recommence after a two year period, this date is from the date you initially passed the part one examination.
The part 3 test is a thorough examination of your teaching skills.
Many trainees would suggest this is the most difficult of the three examinations
However it is a test of your teaching ability and once you have studied the subject with the guidence of your trainer it can be an easy process.
The examiner will play the part of 2 different types of customer.
Phase 1 which lasts for approximately 25 minutes,this is a role play scenario and the examiner will give you an explanation of their perveived level and the amount experience he/she has. Phase 1 is normally a new customer to you. The scene may be set where they have a little experience in moving the vehicle and are about to move onto another subject,and that subject will be the lesson you will give.
Phase 2 will last 25 minutes approximately, and will be a driver with some experience but may have failed a test or are ready for moving onto a more demanding part of their learning and should be a progression of knowledge already developed.
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Poulton Le Fylde
Tel: 01253 891930
Mobile: 07778 204739
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