Even though he’s been doing the job for seven years, Tim Simms still felt those pre-test nerves when it came to his standards check. But, there was no need to be nervous. Read Tim’s standards check experience below.
Tim’s story is the second one in our competition to win two tickets to the ADINJC Conference. We’re inviting instructors to tell us their experience of the standards check to share online.
Here’s Tim’s story…
“When we first arrived at the test centre, the examiner took me aside and told me not to worry. He said many instructors had come unstuck because they were expecting something different on the standards check.
“The examiner told me not to worry about the test and just do what I would normally do on a lesson.”
Before the standards check Tim had attended a Tri-Coaching workshop, listened to Dipod and read an article by Ged and Claire Wilmot.
He said: “The success guide by Ged and Claire had some really good points. It talked about building up your confidence. The bit that really stuck with me was not to see it as a test rather a chance to showcase your skills and experience to the examiner.
“I was already nervous but this made me think, well I know what I’m doing and I’ve done the job for many years now so I should be ok.”
The standards check examiner joined Tim and experienced driver who was reviewing her speed and approach to roundabouts.
At the beginning, Tim gave a good introduction, explained objectives and the use of dual-controls, all of which was commented on as good practice by the examiner.
Tim passed his standards check with a grade B and was given advice on how to improve his grade next time.
He said: “I missed a couple of mirrors checks and the examiner said to observe the learner more and highlight the risks of not using mirrors. This was really useful advice and I am already looking at ways to get an A grade next time.

“I will be focussing long term on the quality of my teaching.”

What advice would you give to someone about to take their standards check?

“I would read Ged and Claire’s success guide and maybe attend a workshop because this really help me understand the requirements and how to apply my existing skills to the test.”