The IAM Test is based on the Police and Roadcraft System of Car Control. The test lasts for about 90 minutes and will usually cover between 30 and 40 miles on all types of road. The Examiner is looking at the whole drive. IAM Examiners do not search for faults alone; they are trained to search for positive aspects as well as negative.
The drive should exhibit the qualities of a safe, systematic, smooth, progressive and balanced drive. The driver must ensure that the vehicle is always in the right place on the road, travelling at the right speed, in the right gear for the speed, and that he/she can always stop the vehicle safely in the distance that can be seen to be clear. The main objective is that the candidate has to perform well in all situations rather than excel in only one situation.