Aberdeen South (Cove)

As with many test centres in Britain, learner drivers can find Aberdeen South Cove nestled in the middle of a local business park. Around 15 minutes from the city centre, Aberdeen South Cove is easily accessible for locals and visitors alike, especially with the close proximity of A roads like the A92. If you’re heading here for your practical, be sure to prepare properly.

Below, we’ve compiled all of the information you could possibly need to know—from directions and pass rates to an in depth look at the driving test and ways in which you can improve your chances of success.


Moss Road Gateway Business Park, Nigg Aberdeen Aberdeenshire AB12 3GQ

Tests Offered at Aberdeen South (Cove)

  • Car
  • Motorcycle module 1
  • Motorcycle module 2
  • ADI part 3


Car parking spaces are available


Male, female and disabled toilets are available

Disabled Access

You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair

Phone Number

0122 4897393

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Unless you’re a local who knows the roads like the back of their hands, we’d recommend buying a sat nav and using it to follow these directions. The last thing you want is to end up at a completely different test centre like Aberdeen North!

A Bit More About Aberdeen South Cove

During your test, your examiner will use a variety of urban, residential and challenging road types to determine whether you truly are ready to become a qualified driver. They’ll start by guiding you through the business park, which will get busy during rush hour, so keep a close eye out for any errant pedestrians. You’ll then be taken closer to the centre of Aberdeen itself, so stop-start traffic is also very likely.

Expect to encounter different speed systems during your test. You’ll take to busy A roads like the A92, and then make the switch to quieter residential roads, like those around Middleton Park, where you might also be asked to demonstrate one of the driving test manoeuvres.

If you’d rather learn more about Aberdeen’s local history and public transport, check out these links:

Aberdeen South Cove Test Pass Rates

Curious about your chances of passing the driving test? You and every other learner! Though we can’t tell you what the outcome of your test will be, we can give you a rough idea of how well you might do by looking at driving test pass rates.

For starters, the current national average stands at 45.9%. Not that impressed? Well, fortunately for you, learners heading to Aberdeen South Cove test centre have fared much better than this average in the last five years...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
50.0% 53.8% 57.7% 51.7% 56.7%

What If I Can't Go To Aberdeen South Cove? 

If you’re having your doubts about taking the practical at Aberdeen South Cove, you’re in luck! You’ve got heaps of test centres to choose from in Aberdeenshire! Your closest options include:

What To Expect On The Day

If you’ve made it to the end of your driving lessons, we’d like to congratulate you. It takes a lot of time and energy to make the switch from a complete beginner to a test-ready driver, but you persevered and now you’re only one step away from getting your pink licence!

So, what actually happens on the day of your test? For starters, your instructor will meet you early and make sure you arrive at Aberdeen South Cove ten minutes before your test starts. You’ll then meet the examiner, show them your provisional and sign a form. After some brief small talk, you’ll get down to business.

Your test will proceed as follows:

  • An eyesight test, where you’ll need to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres
  • Two “show me, tell me” questions covering vehicle safety and maintenance
  • Twenty minutes of general driving, where you’ll be guided by the examiner, and will also need to perform one of the following manoeuvres:
  • Twenty minutes of independent driving, during which you’ll either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

Whether you’re a complete beginner or have heaps of driving experience under your belt, PassMeFast is here to help. We have a range of flexible, intensive and semi-intensive driving courses available—not to mention hundreds of ADIs on hand to help you build up your experience on the roads around Aberdeen.

When you book onto one of our courses, we’ll start off by finding you a suitable test date that lines up with your preferences. We’ll then match you up with one of our local ADIs. Together, you’ll determine the pace and length of your lessons (between two to five hours), and create a lesson schedule that suits your availability. Depending on your choices, you could earn your pink licence in mere days!

Stop dilly-dallying and start your learning journey today! Get a closer look at PassMeFast’s courses via our course prices page and give us a call on 0333 123 4949 to book in. Alternatively, if you know exactly what you want, book online instead!

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