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Taking Mock Tests

July 15, 20150 Comments

Mock Test

In this blog we are going to talk about Mock Tests – not conducting them but taking a Mock Test.

As you will know, if you carry out Mock Tests for your pupils, how useful they are for you pupils as they often act differently and maybe do things they wouldn’t normally do.  So if you have got a Standards Check coming up or a Part 2 or Part 3 coming up a Mock Test is a really useful exercise to do.

You can take a Mock Test several ways.  You can take one with someone you have been training with or a buddy.  (Please see our Buddy Map HERE).  You could ask a local instructor to carry out a Mock Test or someone to just sit in the back as it is about getting used to the feeling of being watched, critiqued, how it is being marked and what they are after.  It is really important as we act differently under these circumstances.  When you are doing your Part 2 or Part 3 you are going to act differently.  When you are doing a Standards Check your pupil is going to act differently.  To have someone else sat in the back putting that pressure on you will help you to come up with strategies to cope.  I hear a lot of “I didn’t do what I normally do” so I wouldn’t take the risk on a Standards Check or Part 2 and 3 of not knowing how you will react.

You only get 3 attempts at these test and the Part 2 and 3 cost £111 a go so financially it is not worth the risk.  Getting used to that pressure and getting used to how you react – and your pupil if it is a Standards Check – is invaluable.

Have a think about having a Mock Test yourself as they are really powerful tools particularly as you have a limited number of attempts why take the risk?  Just take a Mock Test!

You don’t have to take a Mock Test with someone like me; you can do this through local people where they sit in your lessons and you sit in theirs.  It is up to you guys but I really would recommend putting yourself through a Mock Test before you are graded for it.

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Blaine Walsh is the owner of www.driving-instructor.tv, has been a driving instructor trainer for 15 years and a driving instructor for over 20 years. When he first qualified Blaine admits his was not a very good instructor, became disillusioned, was not retaining pupils and not making any money, so he quit full time teaching. After spending time self-reflecting, he had a light bulb moment and realised that he needed to put more explanation, effort and enthusiasm into teaching learners. Since then he has not looked back and is now regarded as one of the top trainers in the country.

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