How to Pass the DVSA Assessment at Chadderton

About 60% FAIL the DVSA Assessment – Yes, you read it correctly. The pass rate for the DVSA 2 day assessment is awful, it is an embarrassment for the motorcycle industry. The poor attendance is due to one big error – people who attend are not properly prepared and fail. That is the single reason that crops up time after time, instructors must take more responsibility in their own development to ensure they are ready. You really do need to know how to pass the DVSA assessment before you attend.

Want to be instructors are sent too early before they are good enough, or they have an elevated opinion about how good they are as trainers and go prematurely. The reason for going for the assessment is to demonstrate what you know and show the examiner how well you understand the different methods of training and teaching in a client centred way.

Turning up to have a go is a waste of time, it is the reason there is a huge backlog and a long waiting list. This is because it is looked at as ‘Go and have a go and if you fail you get a second attempt’. This means that you can go and fail the first go but will know what to do on the second attempt.

It’s because its free

The reason there is this attitude of just having a go, is simply because it’s free to attend (in money and payment). But in all cases it isn’t free. It costs fuel to get there, it costs to stay in a hotel while there (sometimes 2 nights), it costs the DVSA to put this facility on for free for instructors to attend, it costs time too.

Time is what it takes to learn how to become an instructor. This is not a quick and easy profession, but it has become very loose and, to be frank, a poor way for ‘want to be instructor’s to start teaching learner riders. 

The fact that it’s free to attend and have a go, is the downfall of many trainers. Their first attempt is usually a failure due to rushing to get qualified and attending before they are ready.

How to pass the DVSA Assessment

To answer that question, how to pass the DVSA assessment: It is a simple answer and one that every instructor should know. Get qualified properly, learn how to be a teacher first and then apply the rules of education to the lesson you are teaching.

You have to know and learn different types of methods of instruction, this is vital to all trainers as there are different methods of training when delivering motorcycle lessons. There are classroom based lessons, training in the car park under close instruction and then out on the road using radio communication. 

I have heard about and seen people become instructors in less than a week – this is absolutely horrendous! It is impossible to learn your craft to become a trainer in this short period of time and be familiar with the course syllabus. There is no way that you would be ready to deliver a CBT Course on your own after just one week of being trained!

Lesson Plans – sometimes I ask instructors what they use as Lesson Plans. I am astounded that they do not know what I am talking about. They have no clear route through any lesson, as they have not developed a lesson guide for themselves or more importantly their students. They just train off the cuff, they are ad-hoc in their training and deliver what they can remember or what they think is right.

You need Lesson Plans, you need to know how to deliver certain sections of a lesson in a proper informative way. You have to know how to assess learning styles and adapt your lesson delivery to different students. This is referred to as Client Centred Learning.

Without a plan, you are training aimlessly, fumbling around in your teaching and just muddling through. Get serious, do your homework, start to develop Lesson Plans and your own lesson delivery to elevate you as a trainer.

Training Diagrams – a picture paints a thousand words. Think about how you learn, would you feel better taught with the aid of a diagram and a good explanation? This would certainly help you and your students to understand the demanding process of learning to ride a motorcycle on the road. Make it easy for them by showing professional diagrams to help them learn, take on new information and improve.

The few paragraphs above are one of the ways to pass the DVSA assessment. Have proper training plans and literature in place that you are familiar with and know inside out.

Learning to ride isn’t easy and the more you understand the students’ needs, the better you will be. But you must put in the work first or find somewhere that knows the pitfalls, understands how to train the trainer and seek their help and advice.

Not all training schools have a good training program for training the trainer. In fact it would be true to say that there are very few who do it well. You must learn how to train first, along with being an instructor and then how to pass the DVSA assessment.

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel

The wheel has already been invented, MITC has a wealth of knowledge and education in teaching and learning styles. We have put together Lesson Plans, Training Diagrams and Methods of Instruction to make it easier for trainers to understand what they need to know when teaching learner riders.

Our passion is helping other people (learner riders and trainee instructors alike). We don’t want you to have the wrong start, be thrown in the deep end and fail your first assessment at your local training school. We don’t want you to waste yours or the examiners time at Chadderton, we want you to get serious about being an instructor and have the right tools for the job. 

Don’t turn up at Chadderton with an empty toolbox to fix a learner rider, who happens to be an examiner. They know exactly what they want to see from you. Without the right tools and knowledge, you are setting yourself up to fail. You cannot fit a square peg into a round hole and rely on your hammer to fix every job. Knowing how to pass the DVSA assessment is only part of the process, you have to get ready with better training delivery and know what you are doing. Immerse yourself in the process to pass first time.

Article written by Simon Hayes


Resources available for Instructors:

Lesson Plans – Planning your lesson journey

Training Diagrams – A picture paints a thousand words

Methods of Instruction – How to be an instructor

Full Package – Everything you need

Other resources to help Instructors:

CBT Course – Learn how to Pass your CBT

Module 1 Course – Learn how to Pass the Mod 1 Test

Module 2 Course – Learn how to Pass the Mod 2 Test


Book a phone call with Simon Hayes – 07976 511353

Message from Simon – I am more than happy to have a chat with you about preparing properly for a DVSA Assessment.