The MSA Driving Test Guide is designed to explain how the driving test works, what examiners are looking for on a driving test and what the markings on the DL25 test marking sheet actually mean.
The guide starts by detailing the duties of a professional driving instructor who presents pupils for test. It goes on to explain the driving test assessment guidelines and gives full details of the differences between driving faults/serious faults and dangerous faults and explains fully the basis on which the severity of a fault is judged and the basis of the cause not effect marking system.
Examples are given of the examiners' 'script'. Whilst in this day and age examiners are no longer required to learn this stuff parrot fashion and churn it out in exactly the same way on every test, it is useful in as much that it gives instructors an indication of the sense of the points examiners have to get across at each stage of the test.
The guide goes on to give details of how errors are categorised in order to assist ADI's to interpret the DL25, the Driving Test Report form. It explains the difference between promptness and control on the controlled stop, what the differences are between moving off safely and moving off under control and the difference between an error marked under progress as driving at an appropriate speed and one marked as avoiding undue hesitancy.
The information given in the MSA Driving Test Guide is widely available from various sources. The benefit of this guide is that it brings it all together in one simple and easy to read booklet.