Learners in Banff rejoice! You’ve got your own conveniently local test centre to head to for your practical. Meaning, you could earn your pink licence close to home! Situated on Castle Street, Banff test centre is right near Banff Bay, but you won’t have much time to enjoy the views until you’ve passed the driving test.

To help you improve your chances of passing first time, we’ve compiled need-to-know information about Banff test centre below. Keep reading to get the full lowdown!


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Tests Offered at Banff

  • Car


There is no car park at this centre


Only male toilets are available

Disabled Access

This test centre has no wheelchair access.Special arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

If it’s your first time heading to Banff test centre without the help of your instructor (with a supervisor instead, of course) then use these directions with a sat nav to avoid any detours. Once you’ve been there a few times, challenge yourself by heading there without any help!

A Bit More About Banff

Your driving test will begin around the area of Banff itself, which can get very busy during rush hour, so be prepared to show off your clutch control and hazard perception skills. Though the examiner will eventually guide you away from the town centre, they might first lead you towards one of the local car parks to demonstrate one of the manoeuvres. Alternatively, they might guide you towards an area like Macduff or Whitehill to do so.

You’ll be led away from town on either the A97 or the A98, so make sure you’re prepared for a change in speed limits. You’ll also need to be on the ball when you proceed onto some of the more rural roads around the Banff area—the bends can be particularly hazardous.

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Banff Test Pass Rates

If it’s not driving test routes and guaranteed passes that learners are interested in, it’s driving test pass rates—and for good reason! There are so many interesting trends and patterns to be gained from the DVSA’s pass rates.

Did you know, for example, that learners in the UK have a 45.9% chance of passing their test? This figure shifts dramatically depending on how old you are, which county you’re in and even what transmission you’re driving. If that wasn’t enough, your chosen test centre can also have an impact on your chances.

See the table below to get a better idea of how learners heading to Banff have gotten on in the last five years...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
56.4% 55.0% 57.2% 62.9% 65.9%

What If I Can't Go To Banff? 

Banff test centre might be the most convenient option for locals, but that doesn’t mean it’s your only option. There are plenty of other test centres to choose from in Aberdeenshire, including:

What To Expect On The Day

Way to go! You’ve finally reached the end of your driving lessons and no longer cry at the sight of roundabouts or tricky junctions. All that’s left now is for you to breeze through your forty minute test and impress the driving examiner. Piece of cake!

You’ll get to Banff ten minutes before your appointment starts and meet your examiner in the reception area. They’ll quickly check your provisional and then ask you to sign a form. Together, you’ll head towards your car and start the test. Dun, dun, dun!

It will consist of:

  • 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

Not getting anywhere with weekly driving lessons? We feel your pain! That’s why PassMeFast has ditched the traditional lesson format in favour of intensive driving courses. What does this entail, you ask? It’s pretty simple, really!

When you book in, we’ll ask you what date you’d like to pass by, what your overall schedule is like and how intensively you’d like to learn. Once we’ve got your preferences, we’ll sort you out with a local ADI. Together, you’ll take to the roads around Banff in two to five hour blocks, depending on whether you’ve opted for an intensive or semi-intensive pace. By the time your fast-tracked test arrives, you’ll be more than ready to earn that pink licence!

With PassMeFast, you can get on the road in no time at all. Simply pick out your ideal course on our course prices page and then book in over the phone on 0333 123 4949, or book online!

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