West Didsbury

Want to take your test at West Didsbury test centre? Located near to the border between the Didsbury and Chorlton areas of Manchester, West Didsbury’s close vicinity to the city centre offers a variety of challenges to learners looking to get their licence. To help you get to know your chosen test centre better, we’ve put together a full fact file. Here, you’ll find contact information, what the surrounding area is like and what you can expect on the day of your test. 


Unit 11 Christie Park West Didsbury Manchester Greater Manchester M21 7QY

Tests Offered at West Didsbury

  • Car


A car park is available at this centre


Male, female and disabled toilets are available

Disabled Access


Phone Number

0161 4349456

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Haven’t had the chance to look around West Didsbury test centre yet? Use these directions and take a quick drive around the area to get to accustomise yourself with nearby road features. Don’t worry too much—your instructor should take you around the area before your practical so you know what to expect. West Didsbury provides parking facilities along with male, female and disabled toilets.

A Bit More About West Didsbury

If you’re taking your test at West Didsbury, you’re obviously going to have to drive around the area beforehand to get to grips with nearby road features. Located in the Greater Manchester area, you can expect West Didsbury test centre to be busy for most of the day. Contributing to this are the high-speed A routes like the A5103. Not sure what else you need to know about the West Didsbury area? We’ve put together a few useful links below...

West Didsbury Test Route

You won’t be able to find an exact test route for West Didsbury—the DVSA stopped publishing test routes to prevent candidates from practicing them before exams. You don’t have to worry too much, however, as test routes usually incorporate the same kinds of difficult areas that examiners like to test candidates on. You’ll be expected, for example, to demonstrate confidence in clutch control and hazard awareness. For a better look at what might crop up on your test, check out dashcam videos covering West Didsbury example test routes and independent driving.

Looking for more driving pointers? Check out PassMeFast’s driving tips.

West Didsbury Test Pass Rates

Interested in driving test pass rates? The national average pass rate in the UK currently stands at 47%. Want to find out how learners in your area performed? Check out our guide to driving test pass rates by area. If that’s still not specific enough for you, take a look below to see how learners at West Didsbury in the past five years have done...

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
39.8% 40.9% 42.3% 43.3% 45.9%

Arguably, West Didsbury’s pass rate isn’t too poor—it’s not too much lower than the national average. Additionally, it’s all ultimately down to your personal ability. If you listen to your instructor and work on your weakest areas, it should pay off in the long run.

What If I Can't Go To West Didsbury?

If you can’t—for whatever reason—take your practical at West Didsbury, there are still many practical test centres in Greater Manchester to head to. The closest test centres are Sale and Cheadle.

What To Expect On The Day

By this point, you should be more than ready to take your test. You should also be very familiar with West Didsbury test centre and its nearby road features. Now all you need to do on the day of your test is:

  • Get there 10 minutes early
  • Bring your provisional licence

Practical tests usually take approximately 40 minutes overall. Before you go to the car, the examiner will ask you to complete an eyesight test. You’ll then move on to answer two questions from the “show me, tell me” section of the tests—one will be asked before you get into the car and the other will be while you drive. These questions will relate to your car’s maintenance, e.g., “Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey”. You’ll then move onto the independent driving section which lasts 20 minutes. Here you’ll be expected to follow directions using a sat nav—1 in 5 candidates, however, will be asked to follow traffic signs instead. The examiner will expect you to demonstrate the following manoeuvres:

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

Once you get back to West Didsbury test centre, the examiner will tell you how you’ve done. If you pass, you’ll get your test pass certificate and have your new licence sent off for. If you fail, you’ll be walked through where you went wrong and receive an important feedback sheet.

But What If I Fail?

If you’ve failed your practical test, don’t worry—it’s more common than you’d think. Instead of dwelling on it, you should take the feedback your examiner gave you to improve your driving skills before retaking your test.

If you’d like to retake your test, PassMeFast can book you in as soon as two weeks later—after the 10 working day limit. In addition, we can offer further tuition to make sure you’re completely confident and test-ready the second time around. If you’re interested, you can give us a call on 0333 123 4949 or contact us via our website to get booked in today.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

PassMeFast is different to other driving schools. Instead of spreading out your lessons over months, PassMeFast offers intensive courses where you can learn to drive in a matter of days—allowing you to constantly build up your knowledge, so you’re fully prepared for your test. By taking advantage of test cancellations, we can offer fast-track practical tests so that you can take your test ahead of DVSA-waiting times.

Interested? Just take a look at our course prices to find out which course is best for you. Once you know what you’re looking for—or if you need some help choosing—give us a ring on 0333 123 4949 to get started or book a course online to take one step closer to getting on the road.