If you’re a Lochgilphead local, you’ll be pleased to know that you don’t have to travel far to take your practical test. In fact, you just need to head down the road to Lochgilphead Community Centre, right near the Loch Gilp. If you’re not so centrally located, the close proximity of the A83 and A816 will make your journey easy enough.

This comprehensive guide will walk you through everything you need to know before your big day arrives. We’re talking about what happens in the driving test, how you can improve your chances of success and more!


Lochgilphead Community Centre Manse Brae Lochgilphead Argyll and Bute PA31 8QX

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How To Get There

No idea where Lochgilphead test centre is? Not to worry—your driving instructor will take you around the area during your lessons. Of course, if you’re looking to catch a glimpse of the test centre before this happens, you can use these handy directions instead.

A Bit More About Lochgilphead

Once your driving test starts, the examiner will guide you through the roads around Lochgilphead test centre. Though you won’t stay in the area long, it’s likely that you’ll be asked to demonstrate a manoeuvre in one of the local car parks, or quieter roads, either before you head further afield, or once you’ve made your way back towards the test centre.

Next, the examiner will guide you onto the A83 or A816, depending on the test route choice. You might end up in an area like Ardrishaig (which could be the alternate battleground for your driving test manoeuvre), which will test your skills with driving on tight-knit roads that are chock full of parked vehicles. Alternatively, you could be guided up towards an area like Bridgend, which will have you facing more rural roads. As long as you’ve taken lessons with a local ADI, however, you should be more than prepared for what will come your way!

If you’d like to balance out your knowledge of Lochgilphead’s roads with some more general information, try out these links:

Lochgilphead Test Pass Rates

Before we share some interesting pass rates with you, we’d first like to emphasise that you shouldn’t take them too seriously. As interesting as pass rates are, they won’t be what gets you your pink licence—it’s your hard work and performance on the day that will help you pass.

Now that’s out of the way, we can proceed! On a general scale, learners in the UK have a 45.9% chance of passing. What we’ve found, however, is that this number can dramatically vary depending on how old a learner is, whether they’re in a manual or automatic car, and even what county they take the test in!

If that wasn’t interesting enough, figures can also fluctuate depending on a learner’s test centre choice. As you can see in the table below, learners heading to Lochgilphead have fared much better than the national average in the last few years...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
- - 58.4% 77.2% 70.4%

What If I Can't Go To Lochgilphead? 

Though Lochgilphead is a convenient option for locals, that’s not to say that you have to go there. There are other test centres in Argyll and Bute. If you’re staying close to the area, your nearest alternative is:

What To Expect On The Day

Finally finished your driving lessons? Go you! It’s a big achievement to make the switch from a complete beginner who didn’t know the accelerator pedal from the clutch pedal, to a test-ready driver! Though you might not feel 100%, just remember that your instructor believes in you, so you should too. If that doesn’t do the trick, just make your way through our top relaxation tips.

On the day of your test, make sure you arrive at Lochgilphead with ten minutes to spare. You’ll need this time to park the car and meet the examiner. They will then check your identity by looking at your provisional and get you to sign a form.

Your driving test will then follow this basic structure:

  • 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

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