Correspondence Course

The main advantage of a correspondence course is the ability for the individual to learn at their own speed, and at times most convenient to themselves.

We started teaching our correspondence course in 1989 and over this 30 year period, hundreds of Edinburgh taxi drivers have been trained by ourselves using this method. Our students’ first time pass rate over this long period of time is higher than 98%. We are proud that our commitment and attention to the individual needs of our pupils have made this level of achievement possible.
We teach using proven systems which are logical, easy to follow and, above all, relevant. We do not use multiple choice tests as these bear no resemblance to the actual exam which the candidate will subsequently have to sit for the City of Edinburgh Council.

We would advise any prospective student to be wary of organisations which use multiple choice methods, particularly if they are unwilling to divulge their contact names, business address and telephone numbers. Similarly, we would recommend that potential students ascertain how long the training company has been teaching distance learning and the actual number of passes to date using this system.

During the course, our Correspondence students are very welcome to attend any evening classes that they can manage at Central Taxis Offices. Help is always readily available on an individual basis before, during and after all classes. ATTENDANCE AT ALL CLASSES IS FREE OF CHARGE.

We would especially recommend this for the “Places of Interest” and “Pubs and Clubs” PowerPoint presentations. Many students also find it beneficial to do a few Route Planning classes and also some Assessment Tests under exam conditions just prior to sitting the Council’s Topographical Test. Ex-students have found this particularly useful if they had not taken an exam for a number of years. There is a vast difference between sitting a test in the quiet familiar atmosphere of your own home and an actual examination environment.

In our course we cover all relevant subjects likely to turn up in the actual tests. The large coloured map of Edinburgh supplied with the course has already been divided into eight sections, one of which is covered by each of the first 8 lessons. Topics such as hospitals, hotels, museums etc are also covered throughout the course. Progress test papers appraising the student’s knowledge of streets, housing areas, routes etc are supplied throughout and towards the end of the course a series of full mock tests will evaluate the student’s progress.

We have consciously made the decision that all progress and full mock tests should be completed by hand, as this is the format that the City of Edinburgh Council’s Topographical Test takes. We feel that by using this method throughout the entire course, it ensures that our pupils will be confident, accustomised, and fully prepared for the actual exam in its current form. If the Council’s test had been computer oriented, we would have been happy to advocate other techniques.

Students may enrol on the correspondence course by contacting us by telephone with their credit/debit card details. Alternatively, pupils could complete a very simple registration form and forward this to our office with either a cheque or postal orders. CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION FORM which you can then print out.

Upon receipt of the course fee, we will dispatch the student’s initial pack containing a large coloured map of Edinburgh, additional map book, a Thompson’s street directory, all necessary stationery and the first two sections of the course (lessons A & B).

When the pupil feels that they have a thorough knowledge of the material covered in lesson A, the first Progress Test Paper should be completed and returned to us in the stamped addressed envelope provided. The student then studies the next lesson, (B). We will mark the first paper and return it along with lesson C and so on.
Wherever possible, we aim to return all correspondence within a couple of days.

On completion of the basic course students then progress to the Route Planning and subsequently the Assessment stages of the course.

The Assessment tests give our pupils a really accurate indication of just how well prepared they actually are. The tests are also an extremely useful aid to finding any weak spots in the individual’s study programme, giving potential candidates a realistic timescale to work towards the Council’s Test.

All first class postage is included in the cost of the course, along with any additional stationery which may be required.

The average student takes in the region of 4 months to complete the course, however THEIR REGISTRATION IS VALID FOR 12 MONTHS FROM THE COURSE START DATE. The length of time taken by a pupil to reach the required standard obviously varies depending upon initial knowledge and the amount of studying time available. Some students are quicker than this and some are slower.

If at any time the student is unsure about any part of the course they are very welcome to contact us for any help that we may be able to offer. We will be more than happy to try to resolve any problem by telephone, email or in person.

We are confident that we can provide our students with the best possible chance of passing the City of Edinburgh Council’s Topograhical Test. However, if a student is unsuccessful, we would invite them back on to the course FREE OF CHARGE.

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0131 477 1352 or 07760 282735