The only purpose of the SCT is to ensure that an acceptable standard of instruction is being carried out. This should be no more or no less than what you would normally do for any other driving lesson.
A DVSA appointed examiner will sit in the back of your car observing the driving lesson. He or she will watch and listen to you carrying out the lesson whilst making notes. The examiner is watching to see if the lesson you are conducting is structured to the pupil’s specific needs and level, from the information you give to the examiner prior to the test. The examiner will be watching for competence in various aspects of your teaching techniques.
You don’t have to bring your ‘star’ pupil for the test. In fact, don’t. The objective of this test is to assess your ability to teach not your pupils the ability to drive. The lesson must be tailored to the pupil’s level. Whether a pupil is a novice, partly trained, or test standard. Teaching must take place. Many instructors make the same old mistake of taking a very good driver to the test and then start teaching them stuff they already know. Then to make matters worse they ask the pupils questions that are not even related to the subject that is meant to be covered. In many cases questions are not even being asked, pupils are just being told what to do and where to go with no real interaction at all. Inevitably the instructor gets a low grade.
Train with us
With as little as a two-hour lesson with us, we can ensure that we’ll give you the best advice on how to conduct the lesson for your chosen pupil. Guide you in the right direction, correct any errors in your teaching (privately of course, not in the presence of your pupil) and ensure you get the Grade A you so deserve.
At the end of the test, the examiner will discuss the test with you, give you his or her feedback, raise any issues or concerns if there are any and then grade you accordingly.
The marks are out of 51 points:
If you score 51 – 43 you will achieve a Grade A (85% or over) = An overall high standard of instruction
If you score 42 – 31 you will achieve a Grade B (60% or over) = A sufficient level of competence
If you score 30 or less you will FAIL (Less than 60%) = An unsatisfactory performance