What's a 'driving assessment' all about?


Driving Assessment.

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If a learner driver has had previous driving lessons, or has some driving experience as a learner, the first lesson with a new instructor will always be an assessment session. This allow's the instructor to determine the learner's existing skill level and, therefore, guides how teaching should be structured to best meet the learner's needs. It doesn't matter whether the pupil has existing driving skills, a driving assessment will still be done.

After meeting you for the first time, the instructor will want to build up a picture of what driving skills you already have, and at what stage your driving actually is. He/she may ask questions to establish all of the facts before the lesson begins so that the lesson may be structured to suit your ability. At Antonine Driving School , our instructor will want to know:


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  • When was the last time you had a lesson?
  • How many lessons you have previously had?
  • Have you passed your theory test yet?
  • Are you familiar with all the driving manoeuvres?
  • Is there any aspect of driving that you feel you've had particular difficulty with?
  • Have you sat a test before?

  • By asking these sort of questions our instructor is able to set your lessons at the correct stage to match your current driving ability.

    It is very important that you start your driving lessons at the correct stage. It is a complete waste of your time, and your money, if you are being taught something that you already know. At the same time, if your lessons are too advanced for your driving ability you will quickly become stressed, demoralised and demotivated. We, at Antonine , want to avoid both scenarios. Our assessment will be based on both your interpretation of your learning needs and our instructor's assessment of your existing practical driving skills.


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    It is quite common for a pupil to believe that their level of driving is much better than it actually is. Driving skills deteriorate quickly. This is most often due to a lack of practice when someone stops taking lessons for a period of time. Skills can deteriorate even when there are short breaks in practice.


    At Antonine , we aim to get all of our pupils to driving test standard as quickly as we possibly can. We will ensure that we start your teaching at the correct level, and will help you to maintain motivation throughout your lessons. During the process of learning to drive, it is vital that driving lessons are taken consistently and regularly. This way learning is consolidated, and reaching the final goal of passing the driving test can be achieved in a much more realistic timeframe.

    For individuals who have had previous driving lessons, our driving assessment will be the primary focus of your first lesson with Antonine, but will continue to be an ongoing process over the next few lessons as we incorporate more practical driving skills and look at your manoeuvring skills. Our page on the format of our lessons will give you a general idea of how we structure our driving lessons, and develop your driving skills over a course of lessons with Antonine.

    For those who have never driven before, the First Lesson page will give you a better idea of what an initial lesson with Antonine will cover. It is probably more constructive for new drivers to look a this page before moving on to have a look at our Lesson Format page, as a very first driving lesson with us covers very specific, fundamental elements that we feel must be covered well with new drivers.


    We hope this page has been useful, and gives you an idea of what a Driving Assessment involves, and what it's like to take driving lessons with Antonine. If you have any queries feel free to contact us .




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