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A practical guide to passing your ADI Part 3 exam. The only book you need to help you pass the part 3 section of your driving instructor training exams!
Whilst researching the final part of her Master’s Degree in Driver Training, Lynne used her findings to write a new product for people preparing to take their Part 3 ADI exam. 'Pass Part 3' is a spiral bound book of 146 pages. It is full of useful information on the exam including the following:
An Independent Review of 'Pass Part 3' written for the 'ADI News' magazine
If you've been reading the magazine over the last few months you will no doubt have seen Lynne Barrie's pieces 'CPD? Take a degree!' and 'What is research?' which made very interesting reading. Well I have had the task of reviewing the book which was born as a result of Lynne deciding to take a Master's Degree in Driver Training and carrying out research into the ADI Part 3 exam. As part of her research Lynne surveyed over 100 people who had recently taken the Part 3 test and has integrated the results of this into her book. But does it work as a Part 3 guide?
The book is A4 size, spiral bound and has a laminated cover and it starts with good advice with regards to being realistic about your own training needs and explains the Part 3 test, how it is conducted and the different levels of ability role-played by the examiner in each of the two test phases. Lynne then takes us through the ADI 26/PT (the Part 3 test marking sheet), of which a copy of all ten is included, breaking down each of the three scoring sections: Core Competencies, Instructional Techniques, Instructor Characteristics and identifying what qualities the examiner is looking for. The section on Lesson Planning outlines the basic structure of a lesson including: Introduction; Aim; Recap and Link; Objectives; Lesson Brief; Practice and Feedback giving us a typical example of each step and advice on timings and visual aids.
The Preset Tests (PSTs)
All ten of the Part 3 PSTs are clearly identified by numbered tabs (1-10) and are covered using clear headings and graphics, which makes it easy to find what you want. The Phase 1 and 2 subjects are dealt with individually in some detail. Each Phase 1 subject has an introductory statement covering where and when the subject briefing should take place and some tips about how to get off to a good start. This is followed by the Lesson Plan which contains a list of Key Points, a Lesson Brief and a list of Typical Faults. Each of the Phase 2 subjects are covered in the same way except that the Lesson Brief is replaced by Suggested Questions, as a briefing on the subject is not required with the possible exception of PST 6 'Trained - Reverse Parking' which does have a Lesson Brief. The information here is well laid out using sub-headings and bullet points for each element. The Lesson Briefings and Suggested Questions are written out in script form for the PDI to read through, though Lynne does state that you should 'use them as a guide to develop your own style'. This is a great aid for those who struggle to get the information across without 'drying up'.
Each Phase 1 & 2 subject has its own set of ratings; firstly the 'Our survey said*' which shows us how the PDIs surveyed rated that subject in terms of difficulty - Difficult, Average or Easy. Secondly the official statistics taken from a DoT Road Safety Report, of almost 300 tests, showing the percentage of failures and the percent who passed scoring grade 4, 5 or 6. Finally Lynne gives her own opinion on the results accompanied by a smiley (or not so smiley) face and some sound advice based on her analysis.
The research that Lynne Barrie undertook that resulted in this book is what makes it special. It is a well written, informative guide to the ADI Part 3 Test and as such it works well, but comparing the statistics of how the PDIs perceive the PSTs and the actual results on test is it's unique selling point and should give PDIs and instructor trainer's food for thought. There are a few minor points I'd like to raise: firstly, there is no mention of how we can use the short 'drive to site', on the two Phase 1 - 'Beginner' subjects, to demonstrate a few aspects of what will follow in the lesson immediately after, this is time wasted otherwise. Secondly, I understand fully how useful acronyms are to help pupils recall a system or routine but are we in danger of slipping into acronymania? I use them myself all of the time, but introducing three one after the other - DOSS (a new one on me), MSM and POM after having them go through DSSSM is perhaps verging on overload. Finally, the 'Recap and link'. In the introduction for this part of the 'Lesson Plan' Lynne states, "Keep this very short; don't waste time." I agree a recap should be short, but this is a vitally important part of the structure of a lesson. Used to confirm knowledge and understanding and build a starting block for the lesson you are about to deliver, by bringing the known to the unknown, a good recap is essential. I would recommend this book to PDIs and trainers alike as it does provide good practical advice and guidance on how to prepare for the Part 3 exam. It also highlights areas where you should focus your attention and not allow yourself to slip into complacency with regards subjects that you feel competent with. Professor Peter Russell says in the foreword "Learning is developing a change of behaviour", instructor trainers take note.
Written by Mac McDade Director at Ideas4ADIs
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