When you join the main IAM it will be as an Associate member, and you can then apply for the test at any time. We suggest very strongly that you discuss this with us, and wait until we advise you that you are ready to take the test.
Your Observers are experienced at judging your driving standard, and will be monitoring your progress against the requirements of the Advanced Test. You can discuss your progress with any of us, and we can tell you where your strengths are and where you need improvement to be confident of passing.
Applying for the test
You need to apply to the main IAM in Chiswick. You can do this using the paper form that you got when you joined, or you can go online to:
You will need to specify your group (Nottingham Advanced Drivers) and your preferred location for the test. You also need to give dates when you are not available.
The IAM will find the most convenient examiner, and he will contact you -
The examiner will propose a date for the test, and if this is not convenient he will be happy to negotiate a different time. The examiner will be either a serving or retired Police driver, so may not be able to fit-
The examiner will tell you where to meet, which is usually a pub or supermarket that is easy to find. Make sure that you understand what he is saying, and that you have full details of the location.
You will have the examiner's contact details, so you can re-
When you know the test location you should do the following:
You should think about the following as the test draws near:
On the day of the test:
When you get there, reverse into a parking spot. The examiner will probably be early so will see you do this. Reversing shows that you are adopting the recommendations of the IAM, and also may complete one of the test requirements so you do not have to do it later. It also means that you do not start the actual test with a potentially difficult reverse.
The examiner will ask you if you will be giving a commentary. This is optional, but we strongly recommend that you do one to illustrate your System and planning. We will discuss this during your training and show you how to do it.
The examiner will greet you, look at your documents, describe what is going to happen, give a disclaimer, and then invite you to move off.
The test should be like a normal observed drive. The examiner will tell you what to do, and will make conversation if he feels that this will help to calm you. He will not trick you by asking you to do things that are illegal, but he will take you into a variety of driving situations that demand knowledge, skill, and systematic planning.
Give as much commentary as you can since this will show your thought processes and system. It is better to do this right from the start, and this is why you should prepare some headlines to talk about around the area where the test starts.
There are likely to be at least two maneuvers which may be: reversing around a corner, reversing into an entrance, parallel parking, (all of these may be to the left or right), and turning around in the road. Note that a parallel park may be behind one vehicle rather than between two, so you should practise this.
The IAM definition of an Advanced Drive is "One that is safe, systematic, smooth and progressive, and one that complies with the law in all respects".
The test will last about 90 minutes, and as soon as it finishes the examiner will tell you whether you have been successful. The actual wording will be that he will recommend you for full membership of the IAM.
Whether you pass or fail he will give you a detailed de-
Your certificate will come in the post around a fortnight later.