Please note from Monday 10th February to Friday 28th February 2020 Basildon DTC will be closed for refurbishment. All testing will recommence from Basildon DTC on Monday 2nd March 2020.


If you live in the south of Essex and are learning to drive, the Basildon test centre may well be the location of your practical test. This test centre can be found just off the Southend Arterial Road which crosses the county east to west, meaning its location is convenient for candidates from across Essex. If you’re taking your test here, it’s important to build up a solid knowledge of the local area. To help get you up to speed, we’ve created this comprehensive guide to Basildon test centre. Keep reading for directionspass ratestest routes and much more!


Paycocke Road Basildon Essex Essex SS14 3JS

Tests Offered at Basildon

  • Car
  • Motorcycle module 1
  • Motorcycle module 2
  • ADI part 3


Parking spaces are available at this centre


Male and female toilets are available

Disabled Access

You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair

Phone Number

0126 8521596

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Located smack bang in the middle of a bustling industrial estate, Basildon test centre is right next to Gardiners Lane South and the busy A127. The town’s train station and Eastgate shopping centre, meanwhile, are a mere nine-minute drive away. As such, this test centre is easy to get to for local learners and even those travelling further afield in the Essex area. If you want to take a look around the centre before your lessons, just use these directions and you’ll get there hassle-free.

A Bit More About Basildon

Candidates looking to take their practical at Basildon test centre will have to face a range of local, tricky road types and features before they can hope to get their hands on their full driving licence. From testing your ability to face high-speed roads like the A13 and A127 to observing your manoeuvring skills on quiet, residential streets, your driving examiner will pit you against all the challenges that Basildon has to offer. Want to know more about the general area of Basildon? Check out our resources below.

Basildon Test Route

No matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to get an up-to-date test route for Basildon—the DVSA no longer publishes routes. Fortunately, you can still get ahead of the game and find out which roads are likely to appear on your practical by watching videos of Basildon test routes on YouTube. If you’re panicking, remember that your instructor will likely be familiar with most of Basildon’s test routes. As such, they’ll have introduced you to most—if not all—of the roads that will feature on your test.

Basildon Test Pass Rates

Nothing seems to interest learner drivers as much as driving test pass rates—both to get an idea of what their chances are and to measure themselves up against other learners. Using stats published by the DVSA, we can tell you that the overall pass rate in the UK is 45.9%. This decreases ever so slightly for those in the East of England, with a 46.3% pass rate. As for learners at Basildon test centre, you can get pass rates from the last five years below…

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
42.6% 36.9% 35.6% 42.8% 46.7%

With pass rates falling short of the average for both the UK and those in the East of England, we can see why you might be disappointed with Basildon test centre. However, as we tell all of our learners, pass rates aren’t what determine the outcome of your test. If you put in the effort, it will pay off.

What If I Can’t Go To Basildon?

If you’re looking for a backup option or just an alternative, Basildon isn’t the only test centre on offer in Essex. Your closest options are Brentwood and Southend-on-Sea.

What To Expect On The Day

If you’re getting cold feet before your practical, don’t worry—you’re not the first learner driver to suffer from test day nerves. While it will certainly be a challenge, it’s certainly not impossible. In fact, the practical test is probably the most straightforward part of learning to drive, as you’re using skills you’ll have already practised plenty of times. No matter where you take your test in the UK, meanwhile, the test will follow the same process. On your big day, you need to get to Basildon test centre 10 minutes early with your provisional. Once you leave the waiting room with your examiner, your test will follow this layout:

  • 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

When you get back to Basildon test centre you can let out a sigh of relief—your test is officially over! All that’s left is to wait for the examiner to tot up your driving test faults and give you your result. If you’re successful, you’ll be handed a test pass certificate which you can then pose with for a celebratory pass photo! If you’re not successful, keep hold of your feedback sheet—it will be useful for any subsequent lessons you have.

But What If I Fail?

It doesn’t matter which driving school you learn with or what test centre you head to, you can’t get a guaranteed pass. When it comes to the driving test, some learners are successful and others just need a few more tries. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, see which areas you need more work on with your feedback sheet and get back up to speed with a refresher course.

If you’re looking to get another test booked in ASAP, get PassMeFast to fast-track it for you and you’ll be back on the road in no time at all. To get booked in, simply call us on 0333 123 4949 or contact us online.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

If you’re looking for a driving school that offers flexible courses tailored to suit learners with any level of experience, PassMeFast is your answer. We offer 9 crash course packages that can be taken in an intensive or semi-intensive manner. Working with one of our top ADIs, you’ll fit your lessons around your schedule and build up your driving experience until you’re ready to take your fast-track practical test.

To see what’s on offer, just head on over to our course prices page. If you’re not sure which course to go for, answer a few questions and find out your ideal course with our course recommender. Once you’re ready, book in online or over the phone on 0333 123 4949.