If you’re a learner driver in the Trafford area, your closest test centre is probably Sale. Located in a residential area of South Manchester, Sale test centre has a few tricks up its sleeves—from busy A roads to awkward one-way systems. Fortunately, you can get the full lowdown in our guide below—from contact details to test routes to information about the Sale area—we’ve got you completely covered.


36 - 38 Poplar Grove Sale Trafford Greater Manchester M33 7ER

Tests Offered at Sale

  • Car
  • ADI part 2
  • ADI part 3


There are parking spaces 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

0161 9731534

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

You can get directions to Sale test centre here. It doesn’t matter if you’re getting professional tuition from an ADI—which we recommend—or lessons from a family member, you will definitely need to drive around the Sale area before you go for your test. This will give you the chance to look at challenging road features or areas before your practical. You’ll find parking spaces at the centre and disabled access. Additionally, male, female and disabled toilets are available.

A Bit More About Sale

If you’re already familiar with Sale or the Trafford area, that’s great—it’ll give you an edge in your practical test. If you’re not, that’s fine too. Your lessons will give you ample time to get to grips with the Sale area—take note of high-speed roads like the A56 and rural country lanes, as they’ll undoubtedly crop up on your test. Of course, there’s more to Sale than just the roads—there’s public transport, the local council and much more. If you’d like to know more, check out the resources below...

Sale Test Route

You won’t actually be able to find an exact test route for Sale—the DVSA stopped publishing test routes to prevent students from practicing them before exams. Don’t worry, though—test routes incorporate the same kinds of difficult areas that examiners love to test candidates on, e.g., different traffic systems, multi-lane roundabouts and complex junctions. If you’d like a better look at what to expect, check out driving test routes from Sale and mock test routes.

Need to brush up on pedestrian crossings? We’ve got a full guide covering the different types of pedestrian crossings you might come across during your test.

Sale Test Pass Rates

Who doesn’t love a good statistic? Did you know, for example, that the national average driving test pass rate currently stands at 47%? In Greater Manchester, this pass rate is slightly lower at 44%. Want it broken down further? Check out the pass rates from Sale test centre from the last five years...

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
47% 50% 50.7% 50.2% 50.8%

As far as pass rates go, the ones from Sale are relatively good—they’re higher than the national average, which is always a good sign. Of course, it doesn’t matter if a test centre has a high test pass rate if you don’t put in any effort. It’s how you act on the day that affects the outcome of your test.

Haven’t covered the show me, tell me questions? Check out our guide covering everything you need to know about show me, tell me questions.

What If I Can't Go To Sale?

Sale is just one of the many practical test centres available in Greater Manchester. If you don’t want to go to Sale, the nearest alternate test centre is West Didsbury.

What To Expect On The Day

By this point, you should be completely ready for your test and very familiar with the Sale area. As long as you remember the tips given to you by your instructor, you’ll be just fine. All that’s left for you to do on the day is: 

  • Get there 10 minutes early
  • Bring your provisional licence

Your test will kick off with a quick eyesight test. After this, you’ll move onto the “show me, tell me” section of the test. Here you’ll be asked two questions involving the maintenance of your car—one before you get in the car and the other while you’re driving—e.g., “Show me how you’d check that the direction indicators are working correctly”. You’ll then move onto the independent driving section which lasts 20 minutes. Here, you’ll follow directions from a sat nav. Bear in mind that you might be one of the 1 in 5 candidates expected to follow traffic signs instead. Don’t forget to practice manoeuvres—the examiner will expect you to demonstrate:

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

Once you get back to Sale test centre, the examiner will tell you if you’ve passed or failed. If you’ve passed, you’ll receive your test pass certificate. If you need them to send you your new licence, you’ll have to give them your provisional licence. If you’ve failed, the examiner will take you through where you went wrong. The overall test will take around 40 minutes.

But What If I Fail?

It’s really not the end of the world if you end up failing your test. Unfortunately, it can happen to anyone. The important thing is to take the feedback the examiner gave you to improve your driving skills for your next practical test.

If you need to book another test, PassMeFast can do it as soon as two weeks later—after the 10 working day limit. Not in the Sale area? Check out the areas we cover. If you’re interested, you can get booked in today! All you have to do is give us a ring on 0333 123 4949 or contact us via our website.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

Unlike other driving schools, PassMeFast offers intensive—and semi-intensive—courses where you can learn to drive in a matter of days. This means that you’re constantly building up your knowledge to ensure you’re fully prepared for your test. We even find fast-track practical tests so you don’t have to worry about waiting times. Don’t just take our word for it—check out our customer reviews if you don’t believe us!

Why wait? Check out our course prices, pick your course and get booked in today. Get in touch with a member of the PassMeFast team on 0333 123 4949 or book a course online.