MOT Annual Assessment – a complete guide

MOT Tester Annual Assessment

MOT Annual Assessment – a complete guide to to taking the annual assessment for MOT testers.

In this blog about the MOT annual assessment you will find the answer to these questions.

  • What is the MOT Annual Assessment?
  • What do I need to know to pass the MOT Annual Assessment?
  • What are the Annual Assessment subjects?
  • What is the pass mark?
  • What if I fail to pass by the deadline?
  • How do I take the Annual Assessment?
  • Where do I buy the MOT Annual assessment?
  • How do I buy the Annual Assessment?
  • How much does it cost?
  • How do I register the result of my Annual Assessment?

What is the MOT Annual Assessment?

The MOT Assessment is an online exam that must be taken yearly by MOT testers. You must take the assessment between April 1st and March 30th.

Your status as an MOT tester, qualified to test, will be suspended by the DVSA unless you pass this annual exam. Therefore each MOT tester must take and pass the annual assessment to remain qualified to perform MOT tests.

You must also undertake and record 3 hours of annual MOT training each year.

What do I need to know to pass the MOT annual assessment?

The annual assessment will test your understanding and knowledge of MOT testing and questions will be drawn from.

  • The MOT Inspection Manual for class 1 and 2 vehicles
  • The MOT Inspection Manual for class 3,4,5 and 7 vehicles
  • The MOT Testing Guide
  • Special Notices and information distributed by the DVSA

What are the Annual Assessment subjects?

The subjects tested in the annual assessment vary each year.

This year the training subjects for the MOT Annual Assessment subjects for Group 1 (vehicle classes 1 and 2) testers are

  • Updates to testing standards since 2018
  • Using the MTS (MOT Testing Service) to improve test quality and updating personal profiles
  • Vehicle identification
  • Tyres
  • Lighting
  • Brakes
  • The introduction section of the MOT Inspection Manual

This year the subjects for training for the Annual Assessment for Group 2 (vehicle classes 3,4,5 and 7) testers are

  • Updates to testing standards since 2018
  • Using the MTS (MOT Testing Service) to improve test quality and updating personal profiles
  • Vehicle identification
  • Tyres
  • Lighting
  • Drivers view of the road
  • Suspension
  • Brakes
  • The introduction section of the MOT Inspection Manual

What is the pass mark?

The pass mark for this year’s annual assessment is 70%.  Unless you achieve the 70% or 21 correct answers you will not be qualified to test. You must therefore take the exam again and pass or give up your ability to test.

What if I fail to pass by the deadline?

You must immediately cease testing.

You will be required to take the training and pass the assessment for the following year to be allowed to test again.

Finally you must book and pass a demonstration test in front of a Vehicle Examiner.

To book the demonstration test you will need to call DVSA Customer Services on 0300 123 9000 and have with you your MTS I.D. and the MOT Centre number of the station at which you would like to take the test.

What if I pass my assessment on time but fail to register the result in my MTS profile?

You will need to contact the DVSA Customer Services on 0300 123 9000 and throw yourself on their mercy.  You may be able to arrange to continue testing and for the registration to be back dated. However, they may not allow this and you will have to follow their instructions and possible have to book a demonstration test or even re-take training.

How do I take the Annual Assessment?

The assessment is taken online and consists of 30 questions. It usually takes about 45 minutes to complete. You can take the assessment anywhere you have a suitable device and a connection to the internet.  We would recommend a PC rather than a smart phone or pad as the screen is bigger.

The annual assessment is an ‘open book’ exam.  You may consult the MOT Inspection manuals and any notes you may have from your training.

Where do I buy the MOT assessment?

You can buy annual assessments from many places including MOT Juice. You could also book your assessment through one of the providers ABC Awards, City and Guilds or the IMI.

MOT Juice supply the Annual Assessment release by the awarding body ABC Awards.

How do I buy an assessment?

The annual assessments are available online and you will therefore probably need a credit card or debit card.  Some providers will also allow you to pay via PayPal or another online payment service.

You will be issued with an assessment voucher that can be redeemed on the secure website of the provider.

How much does it cost?

The assessment can be purchased on the MOT Juice website for £34.00.  However, if brought with a compulsory annual training package worth £60.75 the combined price of £69.99 is an absolute bargain.

If you would like to view the MOT Juice packages and prices just click the link below.

Annual Training and Exam – Silver MOT Juice Package.

    1. Simply scroll down to the Silver Package – MOT Tester Compliance and select the elements you would like.  You will be shown the prices if you change the selection.
    2. Click the Select Silver button and you will be shown a summary of your choice and you will then be able to Continue To Payment
    3. Fill in the forms.  All the information you provide is necessary and will be kept securely and according to our Privacy Policy.
    4. Enter you payment details in our secure online payment process. You will be sent an Annual Assessment code which you must keep until you are ready to take your exam.
    5. Complete the account set up process to activate your training modules and automatic online record of training. You can take the exam from within your new MOT Juice account.

There are cheaper outlets for the annual assessment on its own but it makes sense to combine it with the annual training package.  3 hours of annual training is compulsory anyway and you get an automatic online record of both the training and the assessment.

How do I register the result of my yearly assessment?

The exam provider will notify the DVSA of the result of your annual assessment.   You will need to provide some identifying information to enable them to do this.  Never give out your DVSA ID.  MOT Juice will never ask for it.

We do recommend that you log into the MTS once you have passed your assessment to make sure that they have the correct outcome of the assessment recorded for you.

How do I pass the annual assessment?

This is a big question.  Here are a few suggestions.

  • Make sure you study the subjects that the DVSA will include in the Annual Assessment as listed above.
  • As you can consult the Inspection Manuals make sure you can access them whilst you are taking the assessment.
  • Take your time and don’t rush. Read the questions carefully.
  • Read the answers carefully too.  There is usually one designed to be close to the correct answer that is a red herring.
  • Answer the questions you can and pass over the ones you are struggling with and come back to them later.
  • If you need a break you can pause the exam.  Make sure you have a note of your user name and password you created when starting the assessment.

Good luck.  Study hard.

You have an important job and although most people don’t appreciate what it takes we do!

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