The MSA Driving Test Guide is designed to explain how the driving test works, what examiners are looking for on a driving test and what the markings on the DL25 test marking sheet actually mean.
The guide starts by detailing the duties of a professional driving instructor who presents pupils for test. It goes on to explain the driving test assessment guidelines and gives full details of the differences between driving faults/serious faults and dangerous faults and explains fully the basis on which the severity of a fault is judged and the basis of the cause not effect marking system.
Examples are given of the examiners' 'script'. Whilst in this day and age examiners are no longer required to learn this stuff parrot fashion and churn it out in exactly the same way on every test, it is useful in as much that it gives instructors an indication of the sense of the points examiners have to get across at each stage of the test.
The guide goes on to give details of how errors are categorised in order to assist ADI's to interpret the DL25, the Driving Test Report form. It explains the difference between promptness and control on the controlled stop, what the differences are between moving off safely and moving off under control and the difference between an error marked under progress as driving at an appropriate speed and one marked as avoiding undue hesitancy.
The information given in the MSA Driving Test Guide is widely available from various sources. The benefit of this guide is that it brings it all together in one simple and easy to read booklet.
Once you qualify as an ADI it will not be too long before you will be asked to attend for a standards check or to give its more formal title The Test of Continued Ability and Fitness to be included in the Register of Driving Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructors.
By giving you full details of what is required this guide seeks to demystify the whole business of the standards check and help you to prepare properly and with a full insight into what is expected of you.
It is written for ADIs by ADIs and includes all the information needed to complete a successful standards check assessment. Advice is given on which pupil you should select for a test. Instructors often ask: "Which pupil is it best for me to take?" They also say: "I thought the best one for me to take would be my best pupil, then the Supervising Examiner will be able to see what a good job I have done". But is this right?
It also advises what happens on the day of the standards check; it tells you about the questions the Supervisor will ask you before the test and advises you on the sort of answers s/he is looking for. The guide includes details of the score descriptors and the grading structure.
As one reader of the guide put it "Before I read this guide I was really worried about my standards check, now I feel quietly confident."
The MSA PDI Guide provides help for those who want to become ADIs. It is not intended to be a substitute for instructor training or for the information contained in the DSA folder "Your Road to Becoming an Approved Driving Instructor" which the MSA recommends all PDIs read.
The guide gives details of three sections of the ADI examinations and explains the qualification system. It gives help and advice on the test of theoretical knowledge and hazard perception skills and suggests strategies to help candidates to prepare for the test and advice on how to work through the examinations in a tried and tested way including the first simple rule for tackling any examination. The guide includes a number of helpful tips for preparing for the ADI Part 2 examination. Including pointing out some of the common errors candidates make like driving in the manner of a learner driver, when the supervisor is looking for a drive worthy of an experienced driver who has a high level of technical skill.
Advice on the Part 3 test of instructional ability includes briefings and highlights the difference between instructional and directional briefings. Examples are given of the way examiners set up pre set tests and how they describe what is required. The guide concludes with a list of commonly used acronyms. One new member told MSA head office: "This guide answered all the questions I had been dying to ask my ADI trainer but was frightened he would think I was an idiot if I did."
The MSA Part 2 Guide is designed to assist those studying to take the ADI Part 2 examination by bringing much of the theoretical information together in one place. It is not a substitute for training or for a thorough study of all the literature available, in particular the DSA manual Driving - The Essential Skills and the Highway Code. It explains the the three sections of the ADI Part 2 examination and gives advice on what to do when you arrive at the test centre, including the documentation you need to take with you and it explains the way the safety check questions will be conducted. All the combinations of safety check questions are listed in this booklet.
Advice is given on the Part 2 Test of driving ability. It is explained that this is an advanced driving test and a very high standard of driving competence is required. Candidates must show that they have a thorough knowledge of the principles of good driving and road safety and are able to apply them. Extensive advice is also included on driving economically, including more than ten energy saving tips, a list of the effects of driving in different ways on fuel economy, eight advantages of driving gently and a number of useful answers to frequently asked questions about driving economically and the effect of speed on pollutant emissions and noise.