Cheltenham

Decided to put your mettle to the test at Cheltenham test centre? If you’ve not had the pleasure of visiting it just yet, you’ll be able to find it nestled away off All Saints Road. Smack dab in the centre of Cheltenham itself, the centre is convenient to reach for local learners. Though it might look small and unassuming, tests here won’t be a walk in the park. If you’re looking to properly prepare for your test at Cheltenham, we’d recommend reading up on our essential test centre guide below. You’ll find directionspass ratestest routes and much more!


Address

Bishopsgate House 94 All Saints Road Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL52 2HQ

Tests Offered at Cheltenham

  • Car
  • ADI part 3

Parking

No car park is available at the test centre

Toilets

Male and female toilets are available

Disabled Access

Arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability

Phone Number

0124 2516682

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

If you live in the centre of Cheltenham itself, it couldn’t be any easier to get to your local test centre. All you need to do is follow All Saints Road. Piece of cake! Don’t start flapping if you’re not so conveniently located. There are plenty of local A roads, like the A40 and A4019, that will help you get to Cheltenham test centre in one piece. If you’re a bit shaky with heading to new places for the first time, it might be a good idea to dig out your sat nav and follow these directions.

A Bit More About Cheltenham

If you’re heading to Cheltenham test centre for your practical, you’d best be prepared! Examiners here have an assortment of tricky road features to take advantage of. For starters, there’s a high number of roundabouts in the local area (so make sure you’ve mastered them before your big day). The centre’s proximity to the town centre also means you’re likely to face a high volume of foot and road traffic, meaning your observations will need to be on point. The examiner will also take you around high-speed A roads like the A49 and A4019, before taking you to a quieter residential area or car park so that you can demonstrate one of the driving test manoeuvres.

Want to know more about the local area? Read up on the resources we’ve put together below...

Cheltenham Test Route

Looking to get your hands on your exact Cheltenham test route? No matter how hard you look, you won’t be able to find an up-to-date route. That’s because the DVSA stopped publishing its routes back in 2010. Despite what you might think, this is actually beneficial for learners—it reflects how unpredictable real-life driving can be. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a complete mystery. You can see which roads could crop up on your test by watching videos of Cheltenham test routes on YouTube, or by downloading our sample Cheltenham driving test routes. If you’re learning with a local instructor they’ll have you building up your confidence and experience on roads that will likely be on your test route.

Cheltenham Test Pass Rates

If there’s one thing that PassMeFast loves just as much as helping learner drivers get their full licence, it’s pass rates! As soon as the DVSA updates its latest statistics and findings, we’re there—preparing for a deep dive! If this is an area of interest for you as well, you can find a range of interesting findings on the PassMeFast blog. From manual vs automatic pass rates to pass rates by area to why pass rates are higher at certain test centres, we’ve got it all!

If you’re looking for something a bit shorter and snappier, we’ve got you covered! If you live in the UK, you have a 45.8% chance of passing the practical. You can see how learners at Cheltenham have performed in the last five years in the table below…

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
39.9% 39.4% 43.5% 46.3% 43.6%

With pass rates mostly below the national average, we can see why you might be a bit disappointed by Cheltenham test centre. Before you decide to drop it and look for a new test centre, we’d like to emphasise how little pass rates actually matter (beyond our interest, of course). Even if Cheltenham had the highest pass rates in the UK, it wouldn’t mean you had a guaranteed pass in the bag. If you want to pass, you’re going to have to put in the work with your instructor.

What If I Can’t Go To Cheltenham?

Don’t worry too much if Cheltenham test centre is no longer an option for you. There are plenty of other test centres you can take your practical at. Plus, if you keep your options open, you’ll increase your chances of finding that perfect test date! If you’re looking to stay local, your nearest options are Gloucester and Bristol (Kingswood).

What To Expect On The Day

After toiling behind the wheel for over forty hours under the watchful gaze of your instructor, you’re finally ready to take your driving test. You didn’t think you’d make it, but here you are… raring to go. Or, at the very least, desperate to get it over and done with. Way to go you!

Before you can even think about rushing out the door, however, your first instinct should be to check your pocket for your provisional licence. You cannot take the test without it, so triple check you have it. Don’t be dragging your feet either—you need to be at Cheltenham test centre at least 10 minutes before your test is due to start.

The driving test will follow this basic structure:

  • 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 approximately forty minutes, the test route will finally take you back to Cheltenham test centre. The examiner will ask you to park back up, turn off the ignition and wait. Though these few minutes might feel like a century, try to be patient. The examiner has to finish filling out your driving test faults. Once they’re done, they’ll tell you your result. You’ll be able to see a full breakdown of your faults in the feedback sheet they give you. (They might send this feedback sheet to you instead by email using the driving test app.)

But What If I Fail?

If you’re at all like our other learners, you’ve probably spent some of your time worrying over your chances of failing the driving test. We’re not going to lie to you: there is a chance that you might fail. Anything could happen on your big day. That being said, it’s not the end of the world. By the time you next take your test, you’ll know exactly what to expect—so nerves won’t be much of an issue.

If your confidence is shot, or you need to work on ironing out a bad habit, we’d recommend taking a refresher course with a DVSA-approved instructor. And, if you’d rather not be lumped with long driving test waiting times, we’d also recommend that you book a fast-track practical test with PassMeFast. To get things started today, give us a call on 0333 123 4949, or contact us online.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

Want to get your full licence? Thinking about learning to drive without an instructor? Think again! If you want to learn how to master driving and pass the driving test, then you need to learn with a DVSA-approved instructor. PassMeFast has a fleet of experienced local instructors who are available across the UK. If you book an intensive or semi-intensive course with us, you’ll be matched up with one of these instructors. They will provide you with the skills you need to not only pass the test, but also become a safe and confident driver for life.

If you’d like to see what our crash course packages include, head on over to our course prices page. If you need more information, our driving courses rundown page has longer descriptions and course videos. Once you’re ready to get the ball rolling, book your course online, or over the phone on 0333 123 4949.

If you’ve already had some driving experience, it can be difficult to decide which course is best for you. You can either get some advice from one of our sales advisors over the phone, or try out our course recommender tool!