Looking to take your practical test at Atherton test centre? Located in Wigan, Atherton offers a lot of challenges to learner drivers looking to get their driving licence. Fortunately, we’ve put together all the necessary information you need to know about Atherton test centre—including contact information, details about the Atherton area and what you can expect on the day of your test.  


Gibfield Park Avenue Atherton Manchester Greater Manchester M46 0SU

Tests Offered at Atherton

  • Car
  • Motorcycle module 1
  • Motorcycle module 2
  • Lorries, large vehicles and buses
  • ADI part 2
  • ADI part 3


Parking spaces are available at this centre


Male, female and disabled toilets are available

Disabled Access

You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair

Phone Number

0194 2882176

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Using these directions, you can easily get to Atherton test centre. Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the area—your instructor will take you around the area so you know what to expect. Atherton offers parking for candidates, ramp access and male, female and disabled toilets.

A Bit More About Atherton

If you’re taking your test at Atherton—or thinking about it—you’re obviously going to have to drive around the area to familiarise yourself with nearby road features. Located in Wigan, Atherton has one of the highest driving pass rates in Greater Manchester. When driving around the area, you should keep an eye out for A routes like the A58 and A577—they’re always busy and they will definitely feature on your test. Not sure what else you might need to know about Atherton? Check out a few useful links below:

Atherton Test Route

The DVSA no longer publishes test routes, but that doesn’t mean you have to worry! All examiners want is for you to display confidence in speed awareness, hazard awareness and clutch control. These skills will be tested on road features like mini- and multi-lane roundabouts, crossroads and one-way systems. Keep an eye on changes in speed—especially in the transition between urban and residential areas. For a better idea of what to expect, why not check out a few dashcam videos on YouTube? You can get a glimpse into independent driving in Atherton and example test routes.

Atherton Test Pass Rates

Interested in driving test pass rates? The national average pass rate in the UK currently stands at 47%. But what about Atherton? Take a look at pass rates from the last five years below...

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
49.7% 49.9% 50.5% 50.3% 50.6%

Ultimately, it’s all down to personal effort and practice—not just pass rates. If you’re well-prepared, you have every chance in the world of getting your licence. Find out how PassMeFast can improve your chances below…

What If I Can't Go To Atherton? 

Atherton is one the many practical test centres in Greater Manchester. If you can’t—for whatever reason—head to Atherton, the nearest alternate test centres are Bolton and Salford.

What To Expect On The Day

So you’re ready to take your test. By this point you should be familiar with Atherton test centre and its surrounding area. Now all you need to do on the day of your test is:

  • Get there 10 minutes early
  • Bring your provisional licence

Your test will take around 40 minutes overall, and you’ll usually be picked up and dropped off by your instructor. You’ll still start things off with a quick eyesight test, but the “show me, tell me” section will be different. You’ll be asked one question before you start driving and the other while you’re driving, e.g., “Identify where you’d check the engine oil level”. The independent section is now 20 minutes long. In most cases, you’ll be expected to follow directions from a sat nav, but be aware that 1 in 5 candidates will be asked to follow traffic signs instead.  Not sure which manoeuvres you’re going to be tested on? Turn in the road and reverse around a corner have been scrapped in favour of:

  • Parallel parking
  • Bay parking
  • Pulling up on the right

You’ll get the results for your test immediately. If you pass, you get a test pass certificate and the option to send off for your new licence. If you fail, you’ll receive feedback which will help you when you take your practical again.

 Looking for more information? Check out our handy crash course guide.

But What If I Fail?

If you fail your practical, you’ve always got the option to book another. Plenty of learner drivers have had to retake their test. Instead of dwelling on your mistakes, learn from them by using the feedback given to you by your examiner—you’ll get the hang of it eventually!

If you’re looking to get booked in for another test, PassMeFast can do it for you as soon as two weeks later—after the 10 working day limit stipulated by the DVSA. And if you’re feeling nervous or lacking in confidence, we can give you additional tuition with a 10% discount. If we haven’t answered all of your questions, head on over to our FAQs. Alternatively, you can contact us via our website or call us on 0333 123 4949.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

PassMeFast covers a variety of practical test centres and areas across the UK. Instead of offering single lessons, we offer a range of crash courses tailored to suit learners with any level of experience. With our DVSA-approved instructors and fast-track practical tests, you could be on the road in a matter of weeks or even days!

Interested? Check out our course prices to find out which course is best for you. Contact us on 0333 123 4949 to find out more or book a course online to take one step closer to getting on the road.