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How driving instructors are graded

From April 7, 2014 the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (formerly the DSA) is replacing the current ‘check test’ for Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) with a new ‘standards check’.

If you are looking for a driving instructor this will make it easier for you to identify which ones of them have exemplary performance.

  • Grade A: 85% or above, indicating an overall high standard of instruction
  • Grade B: 60% or above, indicating a sufficient level of competence
  • Fail: Less than 60%, indicating unsatisfactory performance.

Learner drivers and parents should find this easier to understand.

The standard covers training for drivers of road-going cars, light vans, motorbikes and mopeds, including licence acquisition and post-test driving and riding programmes.

There’s an extensive set of requirements – this isn’t an easy test to pass. You can check them out here.

For more advice on how to choose a driving instructor, this article explains what you should look for.



Darren has owned several companies in the automotive, advertising and education industries. He has run driving theory educational websites since 2010.

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