DVSA Update: Research shows ADIs are using mock tests more regularly

New research from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) shows that approved driving instructors (ADIs) are now using mock driving tests more regularly.

The survey, which ran during February 2023, shows that nearly 1 in 5 ADIs are now offering mock tests more regularly since DVSA published guidance on how to carry out mock tests.

The survey also revealed that:

  • 97% of ADIs offer mock tests to either their pupils or pupils of other instructors
  • 2% of ADIs previously did not offer mock tests, but have started to since DVSA published the new guidance
  • 1 in 5 ADIs had seen requests for mock tests increase in the 3 months prior to the survey

The full results of the survey, which 4,033 ADIs filled in, have been published on GOV.UK.

How driving instructors view and use mock driving tests: 2023 survey results

Research with learner drivers has shown that people who have taken realistic mock driving tests are 1.4 times more likely to pass their actual driving test.

Get help with mock tests in a new webinar

DVSA is running a webinar on Monday 19 June, from 6pm to 7pm, to help ADIs with any questions they have about carrying out mock tests.

It will be hosted by Graham O’Brien, Assistant Chief Driving Examiner.

Don’t worry if you’ve never been to a webinar before. You’ll be able to see and hear the presenters, but nobody will be able to see or hear you.

You’ll be able to join via your PC, laptop, tablet or phone.

DVSA will do a short presentation, and then they’ll give you the chance to ask any questions you have about mock tests. You’ll be able to type any questions you’ve got, and they’ll do their best to answer as many as they can during the session.

Add the webinar to your calendar.

This will download a file that you can open and then save into your calendar.

You do not need to register. Just use the link in the calendar appointment on the day. DVSA will send a reminder to you nearer the time with the direct link to join the webinar. If you cannot come to the webinar, you’ll be able to watch a recording of it later.


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