Newton Stewart

Learners taking their driving test in Newton Stewart can find the town’s local test centre on Wigtown Road. Newton Stewart test centre shares space with the Crown Hotel, which makes it easy to find for locals and visitors alike. Though it might not look like much, plenty of learners come away from their tests here disappointed. To avoid following suit, you’ll want to get to know your test centre properly.

Fortunately, we’ve done all of the heavy lifting for you! In our handy guide below, we’ll walk you through all the vital information you need to know, including contact details, pass rates and more!


The Crown Hotel Newton Stewart Dumfries and Galloway DG8 6JW

Tests Offered at Newton Stewart

  • Car


No car parking spaces available


Male toilet available

Disabled 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 you’re itching to look around Newton Stewart test centre before you start your driving lessons, and you’re not fully comfortable with only using road signs, follow these directions using a trusty sat nav.

A Bit More About Newton Stewart

Though it might not seem like it, the location of Newton Stewart test centre was carefully chosen by the DVSA to ensure that it offered examiners the best range of road types, traffic conditions and speed systems for the driving test. So, if you’re taking your practical here, you’ll certainly have your mettle put to the test!

For starters, the examiner will take you around the town centre to see how well you deal with heavy road traffic and pedestrians. They’ll be keeping a close eye on your observations, clutch control and overall speed awareness. Depending on the route, they might decide to take you towards the roads near Creebridge for your driving test manoeuvre and, potentially, an emergency stop.

The nearby A75 might feature in your test route, which means you could end up facing a range of tricky roundabouts. Alternatively, the examiner might get you to drive down the A714 towards Wigtown, before looping back around on the B733 towards Spitall, and back again to Newton Stewart. Obviously, there’s no way of knowing for sure, but as long as you take lessons with a DVSA-approved instructor, you should be prepared for anything.

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Newton Stewart Test Pass Rates

Wondering what your chances of passing the driving test are like? Well, learners in the UK currently have a 45.9% chance of passing. So, whilst the test is clearly challenging, it’s not an impossible task.

Learners heading to Newton Stewart seem to have a better go of it, as you can see in the table below. (Please remember, though, that it’s your performance on the day that will determine whether you pass, not these statistics!)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
46.6% 52.3% 49.5% 63.7% 58.3%

What If I Can't Go To Newton Stewart? 

Looking to get your hands on an earlier test date? Pick out a backup test centre then! If you’re sticking close to Newton Stewart, your closest options are:

What To Expect On The Day

Congratulations young grasshopper! You’ve finally reached the end of your learning journey. It’s now time for you to put your skills to the test and hopefully ace the practical test. You’ll be posing for that pass photo with your pass certificate in no time at all!

On the day of your test, your instructor will pick you up and get you to Newton Stewart test centre ten minutes early. You’ll then park up and meet your examiner. After exchanging brief pleasantries, you’ll show the examiner your provisional and sign a form. Your driving test will then start once you make your way out of the test centre.

Here’s what you’ll be expected to do:

  • 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

Learning to drive with PassMeFast is a much different experience than what you get with other driving schools. For starters, we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. All of our intensive and semi-intensive driving courses are designed to suit learners with varying levels of experience, and fit around any type of schedule. They’re even available in both manual and automatic cars.

It all starts with our customer experience team getting in touch with you to find out what your availability is like and when you’d like to pass your test by. We’ll then fast-track your test at Newton Stewart to give you a date to work towards, and match you up with a local ADI. Working with your instructor, you’ll create a lesson plan that works around your schedule and get to work on mastering everything from roundabouts to bay parking.

Ready to take the first step on your PassMeFast journey? Pick out your ideal course on our course prices page, or use our course recommender tool. Then, give us a call on 0333 123 4949, or book online!

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