Re-cap the three standards check stories and vote on your favourite. The winner with the most votes will receive a pair of tickets to the ADINJC Conference this October.Last month, we invited you all to tell us your experience of the standards check and share your tips for those awaiting their test.

We spoke to Anita Gilbey, Tim Simms and Kevin Emery about their experience. Here’s a summary and re-cap of their tales.

Kevin’s story
Tim’s story
Anita’s story

6 things we learnt about the standards check

1. Client-centred learning = listening and feedback
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘client-centred learning’ but how many of us truly understood what it means? In Anita’s story, she explains how her examiner talked about taking time out to give the learner a chance to reflect on what they had learnt and space to feedback on their performance.

2. The examiner is not scary
Everyone will naturally get nervous before a test but from Kevin, Tim and Anita we’ve learnt that there’s nothing to be scared about in terms of the person running the test. Each instructor said the examiner put them at ease, explained everything clearly and as the standards check is designed to look at a typical lesson, it became easy to forget the examiner was even in the car at times, which is what Anita experienced.

3. Risk management is paramount
The examiner is joining you to experience a typical lesson so they want you to demonstrate that the learner is comfortable with the situation. This means explaining the dual controls, even if you have told the learner in a previous lesson and getting the learner to reflect on driving areas or situations that might not adhere to road safety.

4. Practice is not always perfect
Practicing for your standards check is fine but trying to replicate a previous lesson like reading a script might not work so well. Your ideal scenario should be a natural and calm experience. You want to show the examiner the real you and your true teaching style to get a grade that is reflective of this too.

5. Pre-test research is important
All three instructors either attended workshops or read articles online before their standards check so read their individual stories to find out what they did for tips.

6. Sharing is caring
After speaking to the three driving instructors and sharing their stories online I can see their experience, advice and tips to succeed are really beneficial to other instructors who might be sitting, quietly worrying about their own impending test. So, if you’ve completed your standards check why not share your tale with your colleagues or fellow association members.

Re-cap the stories:
Kevin’s story
Tim’s story
Anita’s story

Make your vote

Whose standards check story did you enjoy the most? Cast your vote below.