When you join SAM you will be assigned to an Observer – an IAM Green Badge holder who has undertaken additional training to be able to pass on the skills of advanced riding – who will be responsible for coaching you through all the stages leading up to your successful attempt at the advanced test. On your first ride with them, your Observer will decide on the aspects of your riding that would benefit most from some work during your initial rides.
As well as looking at your riding and discussing with you what they have seen and what you should be aiming for, they will give demonstrations illustrating what they are looking for and clarifying what advanced riding is about. Everything they do will be based on the IAM book “How to be a Better Rider”, the Police Motorcycling Manual “Roadcraft” and, of course, “The Highway Code”. You will be expected to read and be familiar with all three books and your Observer will check on your knowledge and understanding of their content.
After several sessions – the number depends on the individual – your Observer will say that you are “Ready-for-Test” and will organise for you to have a pre-test assessment with one of our National Observers whose job it will be to verify that your riding and bookwork is up-to-standard. This ride is also designed to give you a flavour of what it will be like on the actual test ride so that you can experience the extra tension that is automatically associated with a test of any sort and be ready for it.
Now, perhaps after some more work with your Observer, you will sit and should pass your test.