May the 4th be with you, MOT Testers

Holy Sith, Star Wars Day is upon us again! As well as Star Wars references, May the 4th brings a new MOT training year, and a chance to reflect and prepare for the battle that lies ahead. As restrictions are lifted, newly empowered Stormtroopers from The Empire are marching towards test centres faster than an Ewok on a runaway speeder bike… will you be ready?

Lessons to be learned with Luke Skywalker

“The greatest teacher, failure is.”

I think we would all agree that this years’ annual assessment was the hardest yet, with many more testers needing multiple attempts than previous years. It also appears that lots of testers put off attempting their exam until the last minute, despite the extension. Last April, we had 86 exams taken, whereas this April we had 940 exams taken, with 220 resits!

Failure is the best teacher because it teaches you how not to do something. What Yoda is telling Luke is that just because it did not work the first time, does not mean that it will happen every time, or that it defines him. It is how we overcome these obstacles that allow us to grow and learn. Avoiding something that is difficult just adds stress and builds it up to be more daunting than it needs to be. Resist your biggest challenge – the fear of failure – and start training for your next exam now…


This year, why put yourself through that end of year pressure when you can make a start on your DVSA Training and Assessment today, and change the course of your destiny?

If you spread your 3 hours of annual training throughout the year, you’d only have to complete 15 minutes a month to stay up-to-date. This would mean that by this time next year you’d have finished your 180 minutes of your training completely!

Our Annual Training allows you to do exactly that – it is delivered in monthly easy to digest 15 minute sessions, which can be paid for monthly or annually, and accessed online 24/7 including on a mobile. You can complete these whenever you like throughout the year, and they can be re-visited anytime (ie: before you take your annual assessment) Over 90% of our Testers give positive feedback on this structure, as it saves the mad panic at year end for them.

After all, training should be about continuous development, not just cramming to pass an exam.

C-3PD (Continued Professional Development)

“Much to learn, even a Jedi Master still has.”

The MOT Testing Guide states that testers have an “ongoing requirement” to stay on top of current information such as Special Notices, Matters of Testing, changes to the Inspection Manual and more. You need to be able to demonstrate to the DVSA that you have a structure and process for continuous professional development.

The way the DVSA regulates us is gathering pace – in the 6 years from 2010 to 2016, there were just 3 Special Notices, whereas in the following 3 years from 2017 to 2020, there were 14 Special Notices issued! We know that often there is not time to really read and absorb every special notice that comes out – most of us have been guilty of quickly scrolling to the bottom of a Special Notice and acknowledging it so that we can get on with our work, thinking “I’ll read that later…”

Our CPD training is delivered in the same format as our annual training. However, as we’re not restricted by the annual curriculum, this gives us a platform to talk about things that are current and relevant. We talk to the DVSA and VE’s all the time, and to testers that have had VE visits, so we tell you what it is that VE’s are picking on, and make sure that you are prepared for those questions when they come. CPD helps you to understand the “Why” behind the DVSA regulations, and to evolve with the times before it’s too late.

Even if you’ve been a tester for years, you should still aspire to be a lifetime learner – like Yoda.

Start your 30-day free trial of MOT Juice today and receive 1 free DVSA training module and 1 free CPD module.

The Dark Side

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

The subjects covered in last years’ curriculum gave us an insight into the DVSA’s agenda for the year ahead – ensuring that all testers are aware of and familiar with their disciplinary points system etc. As restrictions are eased, expect to see more VE’s out in force in the months ahead…

With the arrival of Special Notice 03-20, the DVSA have shifted gears. The application of the sanctions applied by the DVSA have been merciless – we have seen targeted, coordinated inspections to major operators. There has been exposure of fraud at dealerships as well as small independents simply by the DVSA looking at the data. We have seen cessation notices for what could be classed as mistakes made by the staff in the workshop. In reality poor, inadequate management was the cause.

We see this battle ending one way only – conform or suffer the consequences. Before that happens however there will be some collateral.  Don’t let it be you. Whether you’re a tester, manager or business owner, you need to make sure you are fulfilling all your responsibilities to comply with the MOT testing service requirements. We can help you across your business no matter the size.

Star Wars Day may happen only once a year but remember: The Force of MOT Juice will be with you. Always.

Want to talk to a human? Call us on 01293 911120.

As the end credits roll, here are some Star Wars customised cars for you to enjoy…

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Annual Assessment Absolute Deadline of 23:50 this Friday 30th April

With just 2 days left until the extended deadline for completing the annual assessment, according to the DVSA, 16% of all testers are still to pass!

We have been providing extended support in the evenings for issuing the 2 free resits you get with our exam – just email and we’ll sort you out, and give you some tips on how to pass next time too.

But please don’t leave it too late…

The last time exams will be uploaded to DVSA is 23:50 on 30th April.

Any exam finished after 23:50 will not be uploaded and the tester WILL be suspended from testing. That means if you start your exam after 22:50, you risk not finishing in time before the final upload.

Even if you have passed your exam, please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure your exam result is uploaded into your MTS account before the deadline.

The DVSA has to be informed of testers’ exam results by the exam provider – the tester can not input it themselves. There have been a number of instances where the exam provider has not been able to upload testers’ results into the MTS. This is often because the DVSA ID and DOB input by the tester at the start of their exam doesn’t match the DVSA data held.

If your exam result is not displayed or is displayed incorrectly in your MTS account, you need to:

  • Check your date of birth is correct in your MTS account. If it is not, you should get in contact with the DVSA, so that they can correct this.
  • Contact the exam provider (ABC Awards), who will be able to retry the MTS upload for you. You can reach them by either of the following: or 01158 541398

Again, please don’t leave this too late, as we cannot guarantee that anyone at ABC Awards will be available on Friday evening to do this for you, and there is nothing we can do our end if not…

If your exam results are not uploaded into the MTS before the DVSA deadline (23:50 on Friday 30th April) you will be suspended, and unable to operate, until you have completed the following:

  • All 3 hours of 2021-22 DVSA training;
  • 2021-22 annual assessment;
  • DVSA Demonstration Test (this has been re-introduced this year)

Nobody wants that outcome, so please just take 5 minutes to check that your MTS account is all in order.

If you still need to purchase your annual assessment, you can do so here:

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MOT Training & Exam Extension & the 2021-22 Curriculum

April 1st usually marks the start of a new annual DVSA training and assessment year.

However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the DVSA have allowed the 2020-21 year to be extended by 1 month with the deadline now set to 30th April 2021. Continue reading “MOT Training & Exam Extension & the 2021-22 Curriculum”

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System Update – New Training Courses Library

It’s almost the end of yet another DVSA Training and Assessment year – except this time it’s unlike any we’ve had before (for a lot of testers).

April 30th marks the end of the 5th year of training and assessments, which also means that for the majority of testers, they’ll need to be able to evidence not only that they’ve been completing 3 hours of DVSA curriculum training each year, but also 16 hours since April 1st 2016.

Continue reading “System Update – New Training Courses Library”

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System Update – New Annual Assessment Page for Testers

We’re fast approaching the last months of the 2020-2021 training and exam year, which means volume of exams being completed is skyrocketing.

Over the last month or so, we have been working on rebuilding the annual assessment page for Testers to make sure we continue to deliver a seamless and frictionless experience when taking the annual assessment.

Before we started, we laid out plans to try and figure out what the most important features have to be:

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MOT Annual Assessment – a complete guide

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?

Continue reading “MOT Annual Assessment – a complete guide”

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2019-20 MOT training curriculum

Get Clued Up On This Year’s 2019-20 MOT Training Curriculum

We know you’ve only just recovered from the rush of last year’s DVSA Training & Assessment, but we wanted to give you a head start on next year’s 2019-20 MOT training curriculum

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DVSA Annual Assessment 2020-21 Our Top 5 Revision Tools

Our Top 5 DVSA Annual Assessment 2020-21 Revision Tools!

It’s officially that time of year again and some of you may be panicking about the upcoming deadline. But don’t worry we have collated a selection of our top revision tools to help you ace your DVSA annual assessment 2020-21 first time!

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Mock Annual Assessment – MOT Sample Questions

Practice your annual exam with our MOT Annual Assessment..

Get some practice in before the real exam with our free multiple choice, mock annual assessment for MOT testers! Sample questions, not the real thing unfortunately, that will test your MOT knowledge.

Try it for free and see how well you do.

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