Learning to drive in the Bury area? You’ll be looking at taking your practical at Bury test centre. Not far from Bolton, there’s plenty to take note of with Bury test centre, from its bustling roads and surrounding area to contact details to test routes. We’ve put it all together into one simple guide so you don’t have to worry about a thing.


Smith Street Bury Greater Manchester BL9 6HH

Tests Offered at Bury

  • Car


There are parking spaces at this centre


Male and female toilets are available

Disabled Access


Phone Number

0161 7641352

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Not sure how to get to Bury test centre? That’s fine—just follow these directions. Your instructor will undoubtedly take you around the area prior to your test, giving you a chance to experience the different road types and features. Bury test centre provides candidates with parking spaces, and male and female toilets.

A Bit More About Bury

The Bury area encompasses Bury, Ramsbottom, Tottington, Radcliffe, Whitefield and Prestwich. Bury test centre itself is located near a variety of road features including the busy A58 and A56, which may feature on your test. If you’re not entirely familiar with the area, you might be wondering where you might catch a train or a bus. We’re way ahead of you—check out a few top links below:

Bury Test Route

Wondering what your test route might be? Unfortunately, the DVSA no longer publishes its routes—this means you won’t be able to find the Bury test route. Arguably, this works in your favour. You never know what you’ll encounter on the road, so not knowing your test route reflects that uncertainty. As long as you remember your lessons and display your skills—ranging from hazard awareness to clutch control—in a confident and safe manner, you should be fine. If you’d like a better idea of what to expect, there’s plenty of dashcam videos on YouTube showing things like bay parking at Bury test centre.

Bury Test Pass Rates

If you’re anything like other learner drivers, you’re probably curious as to how other people perform on the day of their practical. That's why we’ve compiled a variety of driving test pass rates for you. If that’s not enough for you, we’ve even looked into whether the pass rate will go up or down with the new driving test. Look below to see how Bury test centre in particular has performed in the last five years:

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
44.4% 42.3% 41.5% 41.3% 39.8%

While the Bury pass rates are slightly lower than the national average—at 47%—it’s all down to your own individual ability. Put in the effort, and it will pay off.

What If I Can't Go To Bury?

Bury test centre isn’t the only place to take your practical at in Greater Manchester. There’s a huge assortment of test centres in the area, the nearest of which include Rochdale and Bolton. Want to look further afield than the Bury area? Take a look at our essential guide to Greater Manchester driving test centres.

What To Expect On The Day

So, you’ve put in all the hours and you’ve finished your driving course. What’s next? Your practical test at Bury test centre, of course! Fortunately, all you have to do is show up on the day and:

  • Get there 10 minutes early
  • Bring your provisional licence

You’ll be at the centre for around 40 minutes give or take. Your instructor will usually pick you up from home, take you to your test and then drop you back at home afterwards. Things will start off with an eyesight test before moving onto the “show me, tell me” section. You’ll answer one question before you get in the car and one while you’re driving, e.g., “Identify where you would check the engine oil level”. You’ll then move onto the independent driving section which lasts 20 minutes. The examiner will expect you to follow directions from a sat nav—bear in mind, however, that 1 in 5 drivers will be asked to follow traffic signs. Manoeuvres you might be expected to demonstrate include:

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

Upon returning to Bury test centre, you’ll be told the results of your practical. If you pass, you get to send off for your new licence and you receive your test pass certificate. If you fail, the examiner will walk you through where you went wrong with a feedback sheet.

Not sure whether to take your instructor with you? Check out the pros and cons for taking your driving instructor on your test.

But What If I Fail?

Failing your practical test isn’t the end of the world—it could happen to anyone. Instead of dwelling on it, try to work on improving your driving skills. You can do this by taking note of your examiner’s feedback.

Want to avoid all the fuss of booking your own test? PassMeFast can get you another test as soon as two weeks later—after the 10 working day limit. If you need to build up your confidence, you can take a quick refresher course. For a better look at what we do, check out our About Us section. To get things started, you can contact us via our website or give us a call on 0333 123 4949.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

Unlike traditional driving schools, PassMeFast offers intensive driving courses where you can learn to drive in a matter of days. This can be more beneficial than lessons that are spread out over months, as we’ve discussed in intensive courses vs hourly lessons. Our instructors will take you around Bury test centre and have you fully prepared for anything that comes your way.  And if you’re looking to get on the road fast, you can’t go wrong with our fast-track practical tests.

If your interest is piqued, simply take a look at our course prices and give us a ring on 0333 123 4949 to get booked in. Alternatively, you can book a course online yourself if you’d like to get the ball rolling.