Based in the midst of an industrial estate, Colchester test centre is easy to miss amongst the many other businesses in its vicinity. Don’t let its small size fool you though! The examiners at this centre will be using all of the local challenging routes and features to put your newfound driving skills to the test. Get a step ahead by familiarising yourself with Colchester test centre. Read on for directionspass ratestest routes and much more. 


Grange Way Colchester Essex CO2 8HF

Tests Offered at Colchester

  • Car
  • ADI part 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

0120 6793524

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Whilst it might be easy to miss Colchester test centre amongst the many other businesses located in the industrial estate, it couldn’t be any easier for learners to get to. Situated off Old Heath Road and Whitehall Road, the centre is in close proximity to both the A134 and A133. So, whether you’re a local or travelling from further away, you won’t have a problem getting to Colchester test centre. Fancy looking around before your lessons begin? That’s fine: just use these directions.

A Bit More About Colchester

Colchester test centre is certainly surrounded by a diverse enough range of road types and features. For starters, its location in a small industrial estate means that learners will undoubtedly have to face oncoming traffic and manoeuvre around parked vehicles in tight roads. They’ll also have their speed awareness and hazard perception skills put to the test on roads like the A134 and the streets closer to the city centre. Want to know more about the general area of Colchester? Feast your eyes on the links below.

Colchester Test Route

In case you weren’t already aware, the DVSA doesn’t publish driving test routes anymore. It’s not all bad news, though. You can still predict which roads are most likely to feature on your practical by watching videos of Colchester test routes on YouTube or by downloading our sample Colchester driving test routes. Additionally, you’ll get plenty of hands-on experience with these roads during your lessons—your instructor will make sure you know how to tackle all of the local challenges in the Colchester area.

Colchester Test Pass Rates

If you’re a big fan of stats, consider us your new port of call for all driving-related stats! Using the latest figures from the DVSA, we like to delve into pass rates and see what trends and patterns emerge—from manual vs automatic pass rates to the average number of attempts it takes to pass the test, we’ve got it all!

On a more general scale, those in the UK have a 45.9% chance of passing the test. Those located in the East of England, have a 46.3% chance of passing. As for learners taking the practical at Colchester test centre, check out pass rates from the last five years below…

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
41.2% 41.3% 40.1% 39.8% 43.9%

We can understand why you might be less than impressed with Colchester test centre—with pass rates well below the average, it doesn’t really do much to inspire learners. Don’t dwell on it too much. We only look at pass rates on a superficial level—they don’t actually determine the outcome of your test. Instead of staring at stats, ask your instructor to help you iron out your bad habits and pay attention during your lessons.

What If I Can’t Go To Colchester?

Essex has enough practical test centres to leave learner drivers pretty spoilt for choice. If Colchester isn’t an option for you, or you’re looking for a backup option just in case, your closest alternative is Clacton-on-Sea.

What To Expect On The Day

So, you’ve finally gotten to the end of your driving lessons. Congratulations! You’ve only got one more hurdle to overcome on your journey towards becoming a fully qualified driver: the practical test. Unless you’re trying to sabotage your own chances of sitting the test, you’ll need to remember your provisional licence. You’ll also have to get to Colchester 10 minutes early—don’t arrive any earlier or you’ll run the risk of getting in the way of other candidates moving in and out of the car park for their tests.

The driving test is very straightforward—it follows the same format regardless of where you take it in the UK. This is the layout it will follow:

  • 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

As soon as you’ve parked back up at Colchester test centre, your practical will have finally ended and you can let out a sigh of relief. The examiner will take a minute to complete their feedback sheet before telling you your result. If you’re successful, they’ll also hand you a test pass certificate. Regardless of the outcome, you should pay attention to the written and verbal feedback given to you by the examiner—drivers always have room for improvement!

But What If I Fail?

No matter how much you prepare for the driving test, failure is always a possibility. Sometimes it’s as simple as a bout of test day nerves and other times it’s a few bad habits that you thought you got rid of in your earliest lessons. If you do fail, don’t waste your time wallowing—work with your instructor to improve on the areas you picked up faults in and get back out behind the wheel.

If you can’t stand the thought of waiting around too long for your next test, get PassMeFast to book you a fast-track practical test and get back on the road ASAP. To book in today, give us a bell on 0333 123 4949 or contact us online.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

PassMeFast is eager to help learner drivers in Colchester and the county of Essex become fully qualified drivers. That’s why we offer a range of tailored course packages that can be taken in an intensive or semi-intensive manner. It doesn’t matter how busy you are, our instructors will work with you to fit your lessons around your schedule. Instead of spending your lessons refreshing what you covered in the previous lesson, you’ll whizz through all the skills you need to pass your practical test in what seems like no time at all.

Sound like something you’re looking for? Take the first step and look at our range of courses on our course prices page. If you’re not too sure which one is most suitable for you, answer a few quick questions with our course recommender and discover your ideal course. You can then book in online or over the phone on 0333 123 4949.