Are you a learner driver living to the north of Manchester? You’re probably looking at taking your test at Bolton test centre. Surrounded by busy urban roads and other challenging road features, Bolton test centre has many tricks up its sleeve. To help you along your driving journey, we’ve compiled contact information for Bolton test centre, details about the area and even what you might expect on the day of your practical.


Weston Street Great Lever Bolton Greater Manchester BL3 2AW

Tests Offered at Bolton

  • Car
  • ADI part 2
  • ADI part 3


There are 11 parking spaces at this centre


Male, female and disabled toilets are available

Disabled Access

You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair

Phone Number

0120 4385057

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Don’t worry if you’ve never been to Bolton test centre before; we’ve got directions here. Take some time to familiarise yourself with the area so that you’re not taken by surprise by any of the road features that show up on your test. Your instructor should take you around Bolton before your practical so you know exactly what to expect. Bolton test centre has 11 parking spaces and wheelchair access. There are also male, female and disabled toilets.

A Bit More About Bolton

Taking your practical at Bolton test centre means that you should try to get to know the Bolton area a bit more than you already do. Practical tests are unpredictable, and you can never tell what route the examiner will take you on. As such, you should pay attention to Bolton’s challenging road features. A routes, like the A666 and A676, for example, will most likely feature on your test route. Wondering what else there is to know about Bolton? We’ve compiled a few top resources below:

Bolton Test Route

You won’t be able to find an exact test route for Bolton. Why? The DVSA stopped publishing test routes to stop students from memorising them. Fortunately, there’s no need to worry. Your practical test just consists of you demonstrating the skills you’ve picked up in your lessons, in a safe and confident manner. Take note of aspects like road positioning, traffic speed and speed limits. As long as you remember what your instructor taught you, you should be more than prepared. Still not convinced? Check out some dashcam videos for independent driving in Bolton and example test routes

Bolton Test Pass Rates

If you’re a fan of driving test statistics, you might find it interesting to know that the national average currently stands at 47%. Take a look below, however, to see pass rates for Bolton test centre from the past five years.

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
52% 51.1% 51.4% 52.3% 50.7%

If you’re not someone who’s ever won over by statistics, bear in mind that it’s how you act on the day that affects the outcome. As long as you remember everything your instructor tells you and prepare as well as you can, you’ve got every chance in the world of getting your licence.

What If I Can't Go To Bolton?

There’s a wide variety of practical test centres to go to in Greater Manchester. If you’re not able to go to Bolton test centre, the nearest alternate centres are Atherton and Bury.

What To Expect On The Day

Whether you’re ready to take your test or you’re just reading ahead, there’s nothing to worry about. By the time your practical rolls around, you’ll be more than familiar with Bolton test centre and the nearby area. All you need to do on the day is:

  • Get there 10 minutes early
  • Bring your provisional licence

Practical tests take around 40 minutes—you’ll be picked up from home and dropped back by your instructor. The test will begin with an eyesight test before progressing onto the “show me, tell me” section. Here, you’ll be asked one question before you start driving and the other while you’re driving, e.g., “Explain how you’d check that the power assisted steering is working”. The independent section lasts 20 minutes, and involves you following directions from a sat nav. Please note that 1 in 5 candidates will instead be asked to follow traffic signs. As for the manoeuvres, the examiner will test you on the following:

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

If you pass your test, you’ll get your very own test pass certificate. You’ll also be given the option to hand in your provisional licence so you can send off for your new licence. If you fail your test, the examiner will tell you where you went wrong and give you a feedback sheet.

Got more questions? You might find answers in our crash course guide.

But What If I Fail?

Driving tests are always difficult—especially for first timers. The important thing to do is continue trying. Take the examiner’s feedback and use it to improve your driving in time for your next practical test.

Ready to go again? PassMeFast can get you a new test as soon as two weeks later (after the 10 working day limit stipulated by the DVSA). Still feeling nervous? You can get a refresher course with a 10% discount. If you’ve still got issues or concerns, take a look at our FAQs. Alternatively, contact us via our website or give us a ring on 0333 123 4949.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

Unlike other driving schools, PassMeFast offers intensive courses where you can learn to drive in a matter of days—as opposed to months. We cover a variety of practical test centres and offer fast-track practical tests so that you can take your test weeks or even months ahead of standard DVSA-waiting times. Plus, we’ve got a range of DVSA-approved instructors available so you can learn all the skills you need to pass your test. 

With PassMeFast, the road to driving doesn’t have to be long. Check out our course prices today, give us a ring on 0333 123 494 or book a course online yourself to take one step closer to getting on the road.