Learner drivers in Bala are spoilt when it comes to test centres. They’ve got their own theory test centre and practical test centre! It certainly makes the learning journey easier, that’s for sure! You can find Bala test centre on Aran Street, right near the bustling A494. It’s centrally located, so it’s easy to reach for locals and visitors alike.

Before you head in for your driving test here, why not get ahead of the competition? Our comprehensive guide below will walk you through handy information on what to expect in the driving test, how you can improve your chances of passing first time and more!


Unit 4 Penllyn Workshops Bala Gwynedd LL23 7SP

Tests Offered at Bala

  • Car



Male and female toilets are available

Disabled Access

You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair

Phone Number

0167 8520381

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

No idea where Bala test centre is? Relax! If you’re learning with a local ADI, they’ll take you right to the doorstep during your lessons so that you can familiarise yourself with the local area. Of course, if you’re jumping the gun and taking a peek around before this happens, you can just follow these directions.

A Bit More About Bala

Though the town of Bala might be small, don’t assume this means your driving test will be a walk in the park! The examiner will guide you further afield once they’ve tested your mettle against the local roads, so be prepared!

Your test route will begin on the roads just outside of Bala test centre. This area is chock full of local businesses, so you can expect heavy road and foot traffic during the busier hours of the day. This means that you’ll need to keep making frequent observations and be prepared to stop at any moment. There are a few local car parks scattered around town, which means you might be asked to demonstrate one of the driving test manoeuvres on the roads close to home.

The A494 runs through Bala, so it’s likely that the examiner will guide you onto it to test your skills against a different speed system. From there, you might be guided towards an area like Llanuwchllyn, or even towards Cerrigydrudion.

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Bala Test Pass Rates

Interested in statistics? We’ve got just the thing for you! Head on over to the PassMeFast Blog to sink your teeth into articles like why it’s easier to pass your test at certain test centres and how your chances of passing vary depending on which county you’re in!

If time is of the essence, however, we’ll try and be brief. Learners in the UK currently have a 45.9% chance of passing the driving test. This average is slightly higher for those taking the plunge at Bala test centre, however, as you can see in the table below...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
53.4% 49.4% 52.4% 52.6% 49.5%

What If I Can't Go To Bala? 

Not keen on taking your driving test at Bala anymore? Or are you trying to avoid dealing with long test waiting times? Whatever the reason is, there are plenty of other test centres to head to. If you’re sticking close to Bala, your nearest options include:

What To Expect On The Day

So your big day has finally arrived. Dun, dun, dun! It’s time for you to put your money where your mouth is and ace the driving test. If your nerves are getting the best of you, try to remind yourself of how far you’ve come since you first started learning to drive. If that doesn’t help, make your way through our guide to avoiding test day nerves.

On the day of your test, you’ll need to arrive at Bala test centre 10 minutes early. This will give you enough time to park up and meet the examiner, who will ask to see your provisional and get you to sign a form. Once these formalities are out of the way, your driving test will officially start.

It will consist of:

  • An eyesight test, where you’ll need to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres
  • Two “show me, tell me” questions covering vehicle safety and maintenance
  • Twenty minutes of general driving, where you’ll be guided by the examiner, and will also need to perform one of the following manoeuvres:
  • Twenty minutes of independent driving, during which you’ll either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

Eager to get your hands on your pink licence in Bala? PassMeFast might just be the driving school you’re looking for. Our intensive and semi-intensive driving courses are designed to suit learners with any level of experience, and can fit around any type of schedule. Depending on your availability, you could be a fully qualified driver in mere weeks!

When you book a course with us, the first thing we do is find out what your availability is like, and when you’d like to pass your test by. Our customer experience team will then be able to fast-track your test at Bala and match you up with a local ADI. You’ll work with your instructor to determine a lesson plan, with lessons lasting between two and five hours at a time. Together, you’ll work on tackling everything from tricky junctions to parallel parking, alongside building up a familiarity with the roads around Bala test centre.

If you’re ready to get the ball rolling, simply pick out your ideal course on our course prices page. If you’d like to discuss your options further, you can give us a bell on 0333 123 4949. Alternatively, if you know exactly what you need, book online and we’ll get started on your course today!

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