Test centre reopened on Tuesday and I had two 1st class students on test. Anna and Ross.
Coincidentally they both ended up with the same examiner. I sat in on the first one and the examiner proceeded to rubbish my car throughout the drive, occaisionaly chucking the odd jibe my way.
Being wise to the tactic, I refused to rise to the bait. The constant chatter continued having it's usual effect on the student, in this case Anna. Who found the banter quite amusing.
To anyone reading this right now this may sound a bit strange. However it's an experience to sit in on a driving test, and many benefits can be gained. I like to see how the examiner responds to the way I have taught someone, and can adjust teaching acording to their reaction. This has lead to my improving 1st time pass rates.
From my student's view point, I can only be in car as moral support and sometimes that makes people feel better, so I'm happy to help.
Anna was successful in her first attempt with a near perfect drive. The examiner was very impressed with her.
The following test was with Ross well prepared and feeling confident. Whist we were waiting in the test centre waiting room often compared to the Dentist's. The examiner's came out and I realised I had the same one as before. He asked Ross if he wanted his instructor present on the test. Ross smiled as I had told him of the previous experience. I politely explained that I had had enough abuse for one day and declined the pleasure. Much to the amusement of the examiner.
The test went as planned and another first class drive from Ross brought glowing comments from the examiner at the debrief at the end. The examiner couldn't resist a few more comments about the car and how many rubbish instructors their are before giving out the certificate.
What this illustrates is just how good these people are, with their people skills. I know the examiner wasn't really rubbishing my car. He own's the same type of car. He wasn't really critisizing me he was deflecting the students nerves, very effectively. The result was that both student were able to relax and demonstrate how good they were.
\the examiner did in fact suggest to both my students, that they should introduce me to their friends, when they wanted to learn to drive.