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#1 21-03-04 08:22:39

Liesa
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Cardington Or Diamond?

Can anyone tell me if there are any real differences between, the Cardington Special test and the Damond Special test?

If anyone is considering these tests, which one would be considered the most benefical, as far as career advancement is concerned?

21-03-04 08:22:39

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Re: Cardington Or Diamond?




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#2 26-03-04 17:39:15

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Re: Cardington Or Diamond?

This is what i took from a web page;

The Institute of Advanced Motorists test [IAM]
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents test [RoADA] 
The DIAmond Advanced Driving Test
The DIAmond Special Advanced Driving Test
The Driving Standards Agency 'Cardington Special Driving Test'

Both the IAM and the RoADA tests are based on the Police Drivers Manual and use their test marking system. The DIAmond Advanced Driving test is based on the marking system used to test driving instructors but with a maximum of six errors being allowed. The 'Cardington Special Driving Test' is a more difficult test, it uses a similar marking system but with a maximum of three faults being allowed.

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#3 26-03-04 20:54:02

Liesa
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Re: Cardington Or Diamond?

If I'm not mistaken the Diamond Special test, is marked in the same way as the Cardington special test.

Also the Cardington special test is 90 minutes in duration, I'm almost certain that the Diamond special test is also 90 miuntes long.

DSE can you please confirm the above for me?


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#4 04-05-04 17:26:05

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Re: Cardington Or Diamond?

I have passed both the Cardington (December 2000) and DIAmond Special Tests (April 2004).

Both are 90 minutes in duration on varying types of road (dual carriageway, country lanes, motorway, etc) and include four manoeuvres (turn in the road, left reverse, right reverse and reverse park).  The emergency stop is not part of the test, unless one is necessary in the event of a real emergency.

The Cardington Special Test is a 3 fault drive (more than 1 fault in the same category is permitted) and is priced at £117.50.

The DIAmond Special Test is a 2 fault drive (though neither fault may be the same) and is priced at £65.

Having taken both, I would say that they are virtually identical - some argue that the Cardington test is the 'ultimate' in that you are being examined by a DSA Staff Trainer, but having met a DIAmond Examiner, I have to say that he was equally professional.

In my line of work, there is an equal split between companies who require ADI trainers to have the Cardington Special or the DIAmond Special.  Many companies switched to the DIAmond Special as being the requirement for employment following the downgrading of the DSA's test to a 3 fault drive last year (it was a 2 fault drive previously and a lot less pricey!).

Now call me cynical (but we all know what the DSA is like!), I think the DSA's price increased to reflect the fact that the extra 'allowed' fault would mean that the pass rate would increase and hence fewer people would be applying for retests  8)

Do both - just to prove to yourself that your driving is kept up to a superb standard wink

Hope that helps!

Cheddar
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