Bristol (Avonmouth)

Avonmouth test centre can be found just off Merebank Road, minutes away from the busy A403. It also happens to be close to a couple of motorways, so you can be sure it’ll never be too quiet nearby! Situated next to a range of other local businesses, the test centre is only a 5-minute drive from the centre of Avonmouth. If you’ve decided to take your test here, the best piece of advice we can give you is to get to know Avonmouth better. The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll be on your big day. Simply read our comprehensive test centre guide below for directionspass ratestest routes and much more!


Unit M6, Cabot Park Merebank Road Avonmouth Bristol BS11 8AQ

Tests Offered at Bristol (Avonmouth)

  • Car
  • ADI part 3


Please park in the dedicated bays and follow the signs to the waiting area. Please do not arrive more than 10 mins prior to your test. Practice on site is not permitted. Smoking is not permitted on the site.


Male and female toilets are available

Disabled Access

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How To Get There

If you’re situated in the centre of Avonmouth, you’ll need to get onto St Andrew’s Road. Next, turn onto Kings Weston Lane and then Merebank Road. If you’re coming from the centre of Bristol instead, you’ll need to get onto the A370, move onto the A4 and then turn onto the A4162. Next, turn onto B4054, then Kings Weston Lane. You’ll then need to carry on until you reach Merebank Road. Don’t worry if you’re travelling from further away. With roads like the A369, A370 and A432 (not to mention motorways like the M5, M4 and M32), it’s a piece of cake getting to Avonmouth test centre. Until you’re comfortable making the trip yourself, we’d advise you to follow these directions using a sat nav.

A Bit More About Avonmouth

As you’re probably aware, your test route will take you around Avonmouth test centre and its surrounding area. The examiner will try to incorporate as many different road types and features as possible in order to test how ready you are to take to the roads unsupervised. The area around the test centre itself is rather busy—you’ll have to deal with the traffic heading to and from local businesses, not to mention the bustling A403. Though you might get close to the centre of Bristol, it’s doubtful you’ll get right to the centre (your test will only last 40 minutes, after all). It’s likely that the examiner will take you around an area like Westbury-on-Trym for a short duration of time, as it will give them the chance to test your skills on quiet, residential roads. Here you’ll demonstrate one of the manoeuvres and highlight your speed, spatial and hazard awareness.

If you’re looking for general information about Avonmouth (not associated with the driving test), check out these handy resources:

Avonmouth Test Route

One of the ways in which many learners try to prepare for their driving test is by searching for test routes. Unfortunately, the DVSA no longer publishes its routes. This means that no matter how hard you look, you won’t be able to find an up-to-date Avonmouth test route. Now, this doesn’t have to be the end of the world. If you’re taking lessons in the local area with an ADI, you’ll likely end up recognising most of your route anyway. If you’d still like to prepare in some way, a good way to do so is by watching videos of Avonmouth test routes on YouTube. Alternatively, you could ask your instructor to give you a mock test in the Avonmouth area so that you can have a taste of what to expect.

Avonmouth Test Pass Rates

If you’re at all like other learners, you’ve probably spent a lot of time trying to figure out what your chances of passing are. If we’re talking statistics, those in the UK have a 45.9% chance of passing their practical. Of course, this rate then varies depending on your transmission choice, the area you live in and even how old you are. It will also depend on which test centre you take your practical at—you can see this in the table below detailing Avonmouth’s pass rates from the last few years…

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
- 52.1% 54.4% 51.9% 51.4%

We can see why you might be impressed by Avonmouth right about now. The centre’s pass rates have been well above the national average, which is pretty great. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can put your feet up and relax until your test date rolls on by. You need to ignore pass rates and instead put all of your focus into your driving lessons. Put in the work and it will pay off—trust us!

What If I Can’t Go To Avonmouth?

If you’ve changed your mind about taking your practical at Avonmouth test centre, or you’re just looking for a backup option just in case, there’s plenty of other options available in your area. The test centres closest to Avonmouth are Brislington and Kingswood.

What To Expect On The Day

Well, your big day has finally arrived. Bet you thought it’d never come! It’s now time for you to put all of those carefully honed driving skills to the test. If you’re feeling the pressure, try to walk yourself through our relaxation tips. Or, if you’re looking for ways to prepare, have a gander at our tips on how to impress the driving examiner!

Now, as excited (or desperate) as you might be to get out of your door and on the road, please double check that you have your provisional licence before you head out. You will not be able to take the test without it, so it’s important you don’t forget it. Timing wise, you’ll need to get to Avonmouth test centre 10 minutes before your appointment is due to start.

The test itself will follow this straightforward format:

  • 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

After around 40 long or short minutes, depending on your personal outlook, your test route will loop back to Avonmouth test centre. Upon arrival, you’ll be asked to park the car and switch off the ignition. The examiner will then take a few minutes to finish filling out their feedback. Once this time’s up, you’ll find out whether you’ve passed or failed. Regardless of the result, you’ll be able to see a full breakdown of your driving test faults on either a physical sheet or an email sent via the driving test app.

But What If I Fail?

Though it’s something no-one likes to think about, failure is always a possibility when it comes to any test you take in life. Obviously, it’s a pretty disheartening experience, especially when you think about how much time and effort you’ve put into your lessons. What’s important, however, is that you look at why you failed (using the feedback sheet) and work on your weaknesses before you take your next test. You can do this by taking a refresher course with an experienced ADI.

If you’d rather not wait months for the next available test date, you can get PassMeFast to fast-track your test. To get this on the road today, give us a bell on 0333 123 4949, or contact us online.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

If you’ve tried traditional hourly driving lessons with no luck, you might want to consider speeding things up with an intensive or semi-intensive course with PassMeFast. Instead of taking long breaks in between lessons, you’ll take things in 2 to 5 hour blocks at a time. This will enable you to build up your driving skills and experience quickly, without cutting corners. If you book onto one of our courses, you’ll be matched up with one of our instructors who will help you take to the roads around Avonmouth and have you raring to go for your test in no time!

If this sounds ideal, head on over to our course prices page to see what courses we have to offer. Need more information? Our driving courses rundown should do the trick. Once you’ve picked something out, book in online or over the phone on 0333 123 4949!

Already got some driving experience under your belt? Stuck between courses? If you give us a ring, one of our sales advisors will be more than happy to walk you through your options and offer their own professional opinion. Alternatively, you can give our course recommender a whirl!