Please be aware that Failsworth Test Centre has now closed. Please click here to see other test centres around Greater Manchester.


If you’re a learner driver in the Oldham area, you would have originally taken your practical test at Failsworth test centre. Unfortunately, the centre has now closed, but there are other practical test centres in Greater Manchester to head to. Whichever centre you choose, if you live in or around Failsworth, you’ll still need to know about the area. Keep reading to find out more information about the Failsworth area, previous pass rates and much more.


2 Partington Street Failsworth Manchester Greater Manchester M35 9RD


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There are no toilets available at this centre

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How To Get There

With the closure of Failsworth test centre, you no longer need to know exactly where the test centre is located. If you live around Failsworth, however, it’s definitely worthwhile driving around the area. This will help you familiarise yourself with the area you’re going to be driving around in the future.

A Bit More About Failsworth

Failsworth test centre was located in the Oldham area. Fortunately, for learners in Chadderton, Failsworth, Lees, Royton, Shaw and Crompton, and Saddleworth, there are other options. The area of Oldham is filled with a wide variety of road features which will truly test your growing set of driving skills. Take note of roads like the A62—they’re the easiest way to test your speed perception and steering control. Looking for more information about Failsworth? Check out the resources below...

Failsworth Test Route

Even if Failsworth test centre wasn’t closed, you still wouldn’t be able to find an exact test route for the centre. Why? The DVSA stopped publishing test routes to prevent candidates from practicing them before their tests. You won’t be able to memorise routes once you pass your test, so why should you be able to do so with your practical? No matter which test centre you head to, just familiarise yourself with the area and pay attention to whatever your instructor tells you. Looking for information on motorway driving? Check out our ultimate guide to motorway driving.

Failsworth Test Pass Rates

Driving test pass rates are always a topic of interest for learner drivers. While Failsworth test centre has closed, learner drivers in Oldham might still be interested in its past performance. Take a look at Failsworth’s pass rates for the last five years below...

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
38.2% 38.2% 35.5% 35.7% 37.4%

Disregarding specific pass rates, it all ultimately boils down to your own individual effort. If you’re lazy and expect high test pass rates to get you through, you’re not exactly going to have the best chances. If, by contrast, you put in all your effort, it will pay off eventually. Not sure if you should learn in the winter? Check out the pros and cons of learning to drive in winter.

What If I Can't Go To Failsworth?

Learners in the Oldham area will no longer be able to head to Failsworth test centre. Fortunately, there’s a wide variety of test centres available—as you can see in our essential guide to test centres in Greater Manchester. The closest alternate test centre to Failsworth is Chadderton.

What To Expect On The Day

While you won’t be able to take your test at Failsworth, it’s still worthwhile looking at what will be expected from you on the day of your test. It doesn’t matter which test centre you head to, the structure will remain almost the same. All you have to do on the day of your practical is:

  • Get there 10 minutes early
  • Bring your provisional licence

The test will begin with a quick eyesight test. Once you’ve completed it, you’ll be asked two questions from the “show me, tell me” section, e.g., “Show me how you’d check the handbrake for excessive wear.” One of the questions will be asked before you get into the car and the other will be asked whilst your driving. Following a sat nav, the independent driving section will last 20 minutes. Please note, 1 in 5 learners will be asked to follow traffic signs instead—so prepare for both. The manoeuvres you’ll be expected to demonstrate are as follows:

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

The practical test will last approximately 40 minutes. Once you get back to your chosen test centre, the examiner will let you know whether you’ve passed or failed. If you pass, you get your test pass certificate. You’ll also be asked if you want them to send off for your new driving licence. If you fail, you’ll be told where you went wrong—vital for helping you improve in time for your next test.

Debating bring your instructor? Take a look at the pros and cons of bringing your instructor with you on your test.

But What If I Fail?

If you failed your practical, don’t worry about it—it happens to a lot of students, especially the first time around. You can use the feedback given to you by your examiner to improve your driving skills before you go for another test.

If you want to book another test, PassMeFast can do it as soon as two weeks later—after the 10 working day limit. You can even get additional tuition to give yourself a confidence boost before your test. Looking for some inspiration? Check out PassMeFast’s top 5 passes this summer. To get things booked in straight away, simply give us a call on 0333 123 4949 or contact us via our website.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

Unlike traditional driving schools, PassMeFast offers intensive courses over hourly lessons. This allows you to learn to drive in a matter of days. This can be more beneficial than lessons that are spread out over months, as you’re constantly building up your knowledge instead of refreshing what you’ve covered in previous lessons. We also offer fast-track practical tests so you don’t have to worry about long driving test waiting times.

Simply check our course prices to find your ideal intensive course. Then, give us a call on 0333 123 4949 or book a course online and take one step closer to getting on the road.