ADI part3 - PST (Pre-Set-Test) Scene Setting
Adi Part3 PST Explained - Setting The Scene
The level of instruction will need to be matched to that of the pupil ability level portrayed.
So to help the S.E will set the scene to let you know how much experience your new pupil has
Whilst the use of diagrams or photographs such as those contained in the Agency’s ‘Driving Essential Skills’ Manual is an accepted form of training aid, PDI’s should not read verbatim from literature or notes.
For the sake of simplicity, the stages of driving ability or level to be portrayed by the
examiner in the course of a part three test are described as
‘beginner’ (B), ‘partly-trained’(P), ‘trained’ (T) and ‘full licence holder’ (FLH).
Examples showing the meaning of these terms are covered in the following phrases, and examiners should use them as
appropriate as a basis for setting the scene before each of the two exercises so that the PDI knows the background of the pupil they are teaching.
Exercise 1 - The examiner should explain that as a pupil, has never sat in the
driving seat of a car before.
Exercise 2 - The examiner should explain that as a pupil, has had a lesson
during which the controls were fully explained but they did not get round to moving off.
- The examiner should explain that as a pupil, they have had some tuition with another instructor and is at the partly trained stage.
The number of hours tuition already received should not normally be quoted.
If asked by the PDI to state the number of lessons, the ‘pupil’ should say he cannot remember exactly how many and should quote an approximate number.
- The examiner should explain that as a pupil, they are at the trained stage and is about to take the driving test.
Precise experience and source of tuition is at the examiner’s discretion.
The number of lessons should not be stated unless asked by the PDI, in which case a rough figure may be quoted.
Full Licence Holder
- . Examiners should explain that they are a full licence holder
As an introduction at the start of all part 3 tests, examiners should begin by saying:
“This is the test of your ability as an instructor, regard me as a pupil and instruct me in the
same way as you would normally.
It may necessary for me to interrupt you from time to time.
This could be because we are moving on to the next stage or if time is running short. I will give you directions and you
can repeat them back to me just as you would with any other pupil.” Is that quite clear?
Beginner PST 1
“I would like you to assume that I am a complete beginner and instruct me on the safety
aspects on entering the car for the first time, explain the important controls, and if time
permits instruct me in moving off and stopping. Please correct any faults that may occur”
Beginner PST 2
“I would like you to assume I am a beginner and instruct me in moving off and making
normal stops. I had one lesson last week in a car similar to yours and the instructor
explained the controls. We did not get round to moving off and I am not too sure about
when to use the mirrors. Please correct any faults that may occur”
I would like you to assume I am a partly trained pupil and we haven’t met before. You are
filling in for my regular instructor. I have had a few lessons in a car similar to yours so I am
familiar with the control and their layout. I would like you to give me instruction on instruct
me on… (Here state the subject matter as described for the relevant exercise……… and
correct any faults that may occur. You can call me….
I would like you to assume I am a pupil at the trained stage with a driving test coming up
soon and we haven’t met before. You are filling in for my regular instructor. I have had all
my training on a car the same as yours and I have a driving test coming up soon. I would
like you to give me instruction on instruct me on… (Here state the subject matter as
described for the relevant exercise……… and correct any faults that may occur. You can
Full Licence Holder
I would like you to assume that I am a qualified driver who has passed a driving test some
time ago but needs some further driver development. You have the same car that I learnt
to drive in so I am familiar with all the controls. I would like you to instruct me on……
(Here state the subject matter as described for the relevant exercise……… and correct
any faults that may occur. You can call me….
Suggested scene sets for FLH.
- requires development in preparation for a job interview that requires a driving assessment by a potential employer
- has been abroad for a couple of years and has now returned to driving in Great Britain
- has not driven regularly for some time and will now be required to commute by car between different urban locations
- has difficulty with reverse parking as they as they were not taught this manoeuvre and realises