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Introducing ROADSKILL

Why Our EDT Students Successfully Pass The Driving Test On The First Try

 What is ROADSKILL and why is it a big factor in helping our students pass the driving test successfully on the first try

First-time EDT test takers usually fail the driving test because of severe lack of practice and a skillset that can be rightfully levelled as below novice. As a result, the level of expertise needed to pass the test is not reached. Every student must be made aware that specific outcomes and expectations are set after each driving lesson lined up in the EDT syllabus. These should be met after each driving lesson with the help of structured practice in between lesson schedules. This is where the significance of the instructor is realized. It is the role of the instructor to establish a suitable learning relationship with the student and correct faults when committed.

On the contrary, the driving test is a completely different experience. The tester will not speak unless instructions are to be given. This means that you are on your own for the entire 30-minute duration of the driving test. It is your responsibility to deal with all the possible situations that could arise in that time frame so you must learn to HELP AND PROTECT YOURSELF. How can you witness the test environment and experience the real test itself? The only way to achieve this is through ROADSKILL.

ROADSKILL effectively teaches novice drivers, who are newly exposed to EDT, to successfully pass the actual driving test on the first try through advanced teaching and driving techniques. It helps lower the risk of collision to a minimum by teaching drivers how to anticipate probable dangerous situations as a result of the mistakes committed by less-skilled drivers. It basically “puts an old head on young shoulders” which would help satisfy the tester and ultimately pass the driving test with flying colours.

New drivers fail the driving test because of inefficiency in the following areas:

  • Not reacting correctly or promptly to hazards;
  • Failure to react and anticipate emerging situations at junctions;
  • Poor vehicle and foot control;
  • Poor judgement in relation to clearance and anticipation of the actions of other road users;
  • Incorrect positioning of the vehicle at junctions and roundabouts; and
  • Inability to control the vehicle while observing the reverse/turnabout maneuver

ROADSKILL deals with all of the above weak areas and sets out a clear programme of how to achieve a balanced and controlled display of technique and skill consistently whilst undergoing the test. This allows the tester to feel comfortable and confident that you have what it takes to be a fully licenced driver.

Several government agencies, non-profit organisations and indeed some schools have launched similar courses to ROADSKILL. They realised that it dramatically improves the student’s driving skills and awareness more that any comprehensive pre-test or post-EDT course available on the market today. We have been receiving rave reviews as a result of the ROADSKILL course and it is the primary reason as to why our EDT pupils are passing their test on the first try ultimately saving them time and money.

ROADSKILL focuses solely on passing the driving test and leaves you with no doubts what so ever as to what you need to do and how you have to do it. We work tirelessly and relentlessly until you develop the appropriate skills and level of expertise. You will be taught how to think like a tester and anticipate his demeanour during the actual driving test.

You will get an in depth view on:

  • How the tester speaks;
  • How the tester thinks;
  • How the tester would like you to reverse around the corner;
  • How the tester wants you to perform the turnabout;
  • How he sees things from his point of view; and
  • How to interpret the marking sheet the tester holds on his/her lap while on the test.
We will give you demonstrations in all of these areas so you can see clearly how it should be done. You can also avail of our online video sections relevant to your weak points such as making left turns, positioning and so on. Most importantly, you will learn our techniques on how you can achieve a level of advanced scanning and planning. This will allow you to always predict what is about to happen before it actually does and rightfully guide you in making the right decision during the test itself. (key)

ROADSKILL Course Content and Duration (2 x 2 hour lessons and 1-hour pre-test)

A. The first 2-hour lesson will be administered ½ week before the actual test. This is done for us to develop a Training Needs Analysis report based on your present level of driving

The First Hour

-          A 20-minute explanation will be made focusing on the 4 key parts of the driving test which are:

  1. a.Theory test questions;
  2. b.Under the bonnet check;
  3. c.Secondary control checks inside the car; and
  4. d.The drive itself.
A full explanation regarding the marking sheet sections will be made with special focus on exactly what each section means to the tester. This is crucial because it is like knowing the answer to the question before the exam proper itself. If you know the mechanics of the marking sheet, then it will be easier for you to steer away from getting wrongfully marked. A general awareness and understanding of what the tester expects from you and how the tester sees things are crucial factors in passing the driving test.

-          A 10- minute visual demonstration will be given based on your acquired knowledge about the marking sheet guidelines. This will guide you on how to appropriately drive in the presence of the tester focusing on the do’s and don’ts during the actual test.

-          A 30-minute driving lesson shall follow to establish the level of comprehension of the student and to assess what remedial work is needed to improve the areas of driving that are poor and unacceptable for the actual driving test standards. Take note that the inability to improve on these assessed weak points will warrant unwanted marks.

After the first hour, you will acquire sufficient knowledge about the 4 key parts of the driving test and what each section means. You now know the marking sheet sections and what they mean to the tester and have been given a demonstration drive showing you what to do during the actual test. Your weak points are adequately assessed and you are given recommendations on how to strengthen these areas.

--A quick break--

The Second Hour

-          A 30-minute session for remedial work will be underway focusing on your assessed areas of weakness such as junctions, positioning, reversing, or reacting to the hazards correctly.

-          The remedial work session will then be followed by a 20-minute session on hazard perception material and techniques on proper prediction, adequate planning and scanning techniques. Through the application and use of the “What If Coaching Method”, you will be able to anticipate what other road users may or may not do.

-          A 10-minute recap will take place and then you will be oriented with what activities will transpire in the 2nd 2-hour lesson you will have. You will also be made fully aware of the very important additional training and practice you must do between your lessons.

--End of the First 2-hour Lesson--

B. Lesson 2 will commence 1 week and 3 days before the actual driving test

-          A 10-minute independent drive will be administered to assess the student’s progress and development from the previous lesson. Any additional questions you may have will be answered by your instructor.

-          A 20-minute remedial lesson will then follow. This is when you practice and perfect your weak points which were assessed during your first lesson. Proper demonstration during the lesson will help you continuously develop hazard appreciation, proper judging of space, “What If” tactics and advanced scanning techniques.

-          You will then have a 20-minute driving test simulation in a mock test environment exactly that of the actual driving test. This includes being marked the same way, how the tester speaks, the routes you are brought on, and the questions you will be asked. You may find this part of your training pressurising and intimidating which mimics the actual emotions you may have during your own driving test. This gives us an impression on how you are likely to perform during the actual driving test. Proper assessment and examination will be done so you may be made aware of mistakes you may be doing and ultimately perfect them.


- A 10-minute fault analysis session will be administered explaining the marks you incurred during the mock test and the reasons why you got marked. This allows you to reflect on where you feel you went wrong so you can learn from it and fix it.

- A 15 minute practice session in any area of your choice will be worked on together with our guidance and advice.

- Another 20-minute mock test complete with the use of a marking sheet will commence. This will show the improvements you have from your previous mock test and prepare you even further for the actual test. You will be able to hone your independent driving ability that would enable you to consistently drive with ease for the full duration of the test.

- A 10-minute analysis session of the mock test follows and you will be given proper advice on the areas you must practice on.

- A 5-minute recap on the 4 key areas of the driving test will then take place including a short discussion about the schedules and documentation needed for the test day.

C. A 1-hour Pretest lesson will be administered on the day of the test.

-          A complete rundown of needed requirements such as evidence of a learner permit and vehicle checks which includes insurance, tax, NCT, etc. will take place.

-          You will then have a relaxed drive on some chosen routes where your independent driving skill will be carefully observed. You will be given brief comments and correctional conversations will take place. A quick reverse and turnabout later, and you will head back to the test centre to park up and go to the test waiting area.

Remember that it is YOU who asked the tester to sit with you, not the other way around. If you want to successfully get a license, you have to display superb driving skills for the next 30 minutes. Drive in a manner that ticks all the boxes and remember to put your nerves at the backseat for now. Put in mind that these testers are normal family people and would mark you in a fair and transparent way. If you show confidence and skill consistently, you will most definitely have that pink license!

5 reasons people fail the test

Passing your driving test can only be the result of excellent planning and driver training

Driver training will give you the skills however it is planning for the test that will be most important. The RSA Driving School has spearheaded the development of pre test training packages in Dublin with a revoluntionary program called RoadSkills. Some of our instructors are ex-testers themselves and together have developed the most comprehensive pre test driving packages available in Ireland making the RSA Driving School the only realistic choice for your driver training.

There is a reason why our pupils pass the test and others do not

5 reasons people fail the test

  1. Insufficient knowledge of the driving test marking sheet
  2. Insufficient knowledge on how to match correct vehicle control with technical awareness and observation
  3. Not knowing the 4 separate parts to the driving test
  4. Not knowing what the tester would like to see on the test because of poor preparation
  5. Insufficient ability to show a level of consistency on the test to prove to the tester that you should hold a full license
Over the years we have identified 3 different type of pupil and how they approach their driving test.

1. The Organised Pupil

The organised pupil is the pupil who methodically goes about the planning and preparation of their test. They make contact usually 4-6 weeks prior to sitting their test. With no stress involved they take the test seriously and do what we advise in relation to making changes to their driving.

At this stage we cover the following:

  • We give them practical demonstrations
  • Explain how the marking sheet will be broken down
  • The 4 different parts of the driving test itself
  • How the tester speaks, thinks and how he or she sees things
  • How to drive consistently for the duration of the test giving the tester the best possible view of how they drive every day.
This type of preparation is how they go about all exams they've sat throughout their lives and reflects on the type of person they are.

They are prepared to do and spend however much it takes to pass the test and understand that it costs €85 to reapply plus 2 penalty points if they are caught driving unaccompanied.

2. The Can't Commit Pupil

The uncommitted pupil has the best of intentions but with work and travel higher in their mind as priorities they just can't seem to find the time to put the effort in to get the work covered and information needed to comfortably pass the test. They usually make contact 1-2 weeks before the test and generally end up failing, have to spend €85 on a new application and have the continued threat of penalty points for driving unaccompanied

3. The Last Minute Pupil

The last minute pupil usually rings up 2 hours before the test or a day before the test pleading with us to give them driving lessons in Dublin and hire of the car.

The excuses can vary but here are a few:

  • I've been abroad and just got home
  • I misread the letter and didn't realise the test was today
  • My car just failed it's NCT...help
  • I have been sick for the last 4 weeks
  • I keep failing...I think the tester is prejudice
It's clear this type of pupil has not taken the driving test seriously or finds ways to blame circumstances out their control rather than admit the fault as their own

What type are you?

At the RSA Driving School we don't care what type you fall under. We are here to help you in whatever way we can, with whatever time you give us to get you to pass the test.

You need to understand that get back from the test what you are willing to put in!

Our approach is revolutionary and our results speak for themselves. We meticulously prepare each and every pupil where we have been given enough time to work with them. For those that can not commit to the lessons or leave things to the last minute, we help to give them the best possible chance to pass with emergency remedial lessons focusing on fixing the worst of their bad habits.

Dublin (6)

CLOSED: Churchtown Test Centre, 5 Braemor Road, Dublin 14

ChurchtownTest Centre Dublin

THIS TEST CENTRE IS CLOSED. At this test centre the routes are varied and some are straight forward and some are not. There are quite alot of bus lanes and some junction layouts can easily be misread. observation, reactions and vehicle control are crucial.


Dundalk Test Centre, Coes Rd, Industrial Est, Louth

Dundalk Test Centre Dublin

An overall high standard of driving is required on the Dundalk Test Centre routes. Mirrors, observation, road position and hazard perception are essential. Our pupils are passing here due to the content, quality and accuracy of our pretest work. It's a costly business failing so present yourself to us and we will do the rest just like with all our pupil past, present and future.

Finglas Test Centre, Jamestown Business Park, D11

Finglas Test Centre Dublin

Give yourself time to get to grips with the test routes around the Finglas Test Centre as they are far from straight forward. You have some bus lanes and speed limit changes and some complicated traffic controlled junctions to negotiate.

Raheny Test Centre, 4 All Saints Park, Dublin 5

Raheny Test Centre Dublin

An overall high standard of driving is required on the Raheny Test Centre routes. Mirrors, observation, road position and hazard perception are essential. Our pupils are passing here due to the content, quality and accuracy of our pretest work. It's a costly business failing so present yourself to us and we will do the rest just like with all our pupil past, present and future.

Rathgar Test Centre, 75 Orwell Road, Dublin 6

Rathgar Test Centre Dublin

For this test centre you will need to be on top of your game. Some tight streets, steep gradients and some blind junctions. Vehicle control will need to be excellent while observation, sufficent clearance and good reaction to hazards are essential.

Tallaght Test Centre, 52 Broomhill Road, Dublin 24

Tallaght Test Centre Dublin

The test route in Tallaght is a well balanced with ease of entry and exits on most junctions.Industrial estate can be quite busy at times and advanced scanning and reacting promptly to hazards and good anticipation is crucial.


This is our most popular pre test package because it has it all. You won't find a more comprehensive pre test package out there. Don't take the risk...Give yourself the best chance you can.

Hire of The RSA School Car Plus A Two Hour Pre-Test Lesson Including:

  • 50 minute instructional lesson
  • Best Pre test Driving Lesson Package in Ireland10 minute driving demonstration as to how the tester would actually like you to drive on the test
  • 25 minute exact RSA mock test including how the tester will actually speak to you, how and why he would mark you, the routes he will bring you on, the questions he will ask you, an insight into how he sees things and how he would like you to execute the manouvres.
  • 10 minute Mock test faults explained
  • 15 minute remedial lesson correcting habits and faults
  • 10 minute recap/discussion/tips/bonnet checks/test questions

Cost: €200