Learners taking their driving test in the Slough area will be heading over to Slough test centre. Around five minutes from the town centre, the test centre can be found on Waterside Drive—right next to Langley train station. Want to acquaint yourself with Slough test centre properly? Read up on our comprehensive guide below. We’ve got directionspass ratestest routes and plenty more to help you get ahead of the rest!


12 Waterside Drive Slough Berkshire SL3 6EZ

Tests Offered at Slough

  • Car
  • ADI part 2
  • ADI part 3


Parking spaces are available at this test centre


No toilets are available at this centre

Disabled Access

You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair

Phone Number

0175 3531903

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Slough test centre is easy enough to get to for learners located in Slough and the wider Berkshire area. Situated on Waterside Drive, next to the Grand Union Canal and Langley train station, the centre is less than 5 minutes from the town centre. It also happens to be minutes from the M4. Not sure how to reach Slough test centre? Not to worry: just use these directions and you’ll get there without any fuss. Please be aware that the centre urges candidates to arrive no more than 10 minutes before their appointment time. Additionally, practice in the centre’s car park is not permitted.

A Bit More About Slough

Slough test centre gives examiners a mixed bag of road types and conditions to pit candidates against. The close proximity of the M4 means you’ll be facing a lot of traffic—though the motorway will not actually feature on your test—not to mention the quieter residential roads which will put your ability to navigate around parked cars and oncoming traffic to the test. Want to know more about Slough in general? Check out the links below.

Slough Test Route

In order to stop candidates from simply memorising routes for their test, the DVSA stopped publishing routes. Fortunately, you can still get an idea of which roads might feature on your practical by checking out videos of Slough test routes on YouTube or by downloading our sample Slough driving test routes. You’ll also get a first-hand experience of these very same roads during your lessons with your DVSA-approved instructor. By the time your test rolls on by, you’ll know the Slough roads like the back of your hand!

Slough Test Pass Rates

We don’t think anything quite matches the level of attention that learner drivers give driving test pass rates. That’s why we’ve compiled our own driving test pass rates to see how factors like age, gender and location can affect pass rates. Did you know that the current national average pass rate stands at 45.9%? As for those taking their practical at Slough test centre, you can see averages from the last five years below…

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
46.7% 45.1% 44.4% 43.7% 43.0%

With pass rates coming in just below the national average, there’s not much to complain about with Slough test centre. Besides, even if the centre had a 90% pass rate, you still wouldn’t be guaranteed a pass. It’s all about how much effort you put in—learners who practice and pay attention to their instructor’s feedback have a much better chance of passing than learners who try to wing it.

What If I Can’t Go To Slough?

If you can’t head to Slough, or you’re looking for a backup option, your closest alternate test centre in Berkshire is Reading. Alternatively, you can head to Ashford and Chertsey in Surrey.

What To Expect On The Day

So you managed to make it to the end of your driving lessons in one piece. Congratulations! There’s only one roadblock standing in the way of you becoming a fully qualified driver: the practical test. Despite whatever driving test myths you might have heard, the practical isn’t impossible—especially if you know how it works and you’ve prepared.

For starters, you’ll need to remember to bring your provisional to the test centre. You’ll also need to  get to Slough 10 minutes before your test is due to start. Your driving test 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:
    • Parallel parking
    • Bay parking
    • Pulling up on the right
  • Twenty minutes of independent driving, during which you’ll either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination

Once you’re parked back up at Slough test centre, you’ll have officially reached the end of your practical test! All that’s left is for the examiner to finish their feedback sheet, which you’ll be handed at the end of their verbal feedback. If you fail your test, you’ll need to keep hold of this sheet so that you can work on your bad habits in time for your next test. If you’re successful, you’ll get a test pass certificate—perfect for showing off to friends and family.

But What If I Fail?

Believe it or not, plenty of learners fail their driving test—some just need a few tries to get things just right. It’s certainly not something to feel ashamed or embarrassed about. Some of PassMeFast’s best learners have had a difficult start to their driving journey.

Ready to get back behind the wheel? Get PassMeFast to fast-track your test and you’ll be back on the road in mere days. To book in, simply give us a ring on 0333 123 4949 or contact us online.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

Whether you’re a complete beginner to the world of driving or have had heaps of experience already, PassMeFast has a course to suit you. We’ve got 9 tailored crash course packages that can be taken at an intensive or semi-intensive pace—it’s all entirely down to your availability and how you want your course to go. You’ll work with one of our experienced instructors and build up your experience and skills on the roads around Slough test centre—working towards your practical test date. You’ll have your hands on that full driving licence in no time!

Interested? See what’s on offer on our course prices page. If you’re stuck between a couple of courses, you can get a definitive answer with our course recommender tool. Once you’re ready, book in over the phone on 0333 123 4949 or book in online.