Located on Christchurch Road, Winchester test centre is mere minutes from the town centre. It’s also in close proximity to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital and University of Winchester. If you’re putting your newfound driving skills and experience to the test here, why not prepare properly? Read our guide below to get up to speed with directions, pass rates, test routes and more!
A car park is available at the test centre
Male and female toilets are available
You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair
Whether you live right in the town centre or further afield, your best bet is to head to the test centre from Winchester itself. All you’ve got to do is use the A34 and follow local roads towards the centre. Of course, if it’s your first time paying a visit to Winchester test centre, you might be better off using these directions with your sat nav.
It’s the job of a driving examiner to make sure that learner drivers are actually ready to take to the roads unsupervised. That’s why they try to incorporate as many tricky junctions, complex traffic systems and general road types into the test route. They’ll move you through busy A roads like the A34 onto narrow residential streets. Here, you’ll have to show your expertise in manoeuvring around parked cars whilst meeting oncoming traffic. If you’re panicking just at the thought of taking your test here, relax! Your instructor will help you familiarise yourself with the local roads in no time—they might even give you a mock test or two!
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Hoping to memorise the Winchester test route in time for your big day? Though we hate to spoil your plans, we do have to let you know that the DVSA no longer publishes its routes. As such, it’s impossible to find your exact route. You can still prepare for your route, however, by watching videos of Winchester test routes on YouTube or by downloading our sample Winchester driving test routes. If that’s not enough, remember that you’ll get some hands-on practical experience on these very same roads if you’re learning with a local ADI.
As eager as most learner drivers are to pass their driving test and exchange their provisional for a full driving licence, it’s not always so simple. In fact, less than half of those in the UK will pass on their first attempt—the current average pass rate is 45.9%. Of course, you might be wondering how much this varies depending on where exactly you live in the UK. If that’s the case, you’ll want to read up on our compilation of driving test pass rates by area. If you’re more interested in what the rates are like at Winchester test centre, check out the table below…
The last few years have pushed Winchester just above the national average, so there’s not much to moan about here. Of course, whilst it’s interesting to discuss statistics, it’s vital that you don’t depend on them. The driving examiner will be watching how you react under pressure on the road—they won’t base your overall mark on pass rates. So, listen closely to your instructor’s advice and try to keep it cool on your big day!
Fortunately, Winchester isn’t the only test centre to choose from in Hampshire. If you’ve decided against it, or you’re looking for a backup test centre, you’ve still got nearby options. The closest test centres to Winchester are both in Southampton: Maybush and Forest Hills.
Once your driving course is out of the way, it’s time to see if your hard work has actually paid off. The practical will put all of your newfound driving skills to the test—whilst it will, of course, be difficult, that’s not to say it’s impossible. Of course, if you fail to show up with your provisional, you won’t even get the chance to take it! So, make sure you triple-check before you leave your house. Additionally, try to get to WInchester test centre 10 minutes before your test starts. It will give you time to park up, get to the waiting room and meet your examiner.
The driving test will then consist of:
Unless you’ve taken far too many wrong turns, your test route will eventually lead you back to the Winchester test centre. The examiner will ask you to park the car and turn off the ignition. They will then take a few minutes to complete their feedback sheet. After this time, they will give you their verdict. Regardless of the result, you’ll be able to look at the areas you picked up faults in (if any), by checking the feedback sheet or email sent to you via the driving test app.
Even the best learner drivers slip up once in a while. If you end up failing your driving test, it doesn’t have to mark the end of your driving journey. Instead, use it as a reason to work harder. Look at why you failed your test and iron out your bad habits with your driving instructor—a refresher course could be particularly useful.
If you’d rather not wait around to take your test again, you can get PassMeFast to speed up the entire process with a fast-track practical test. Simply give us a bell on 0333 123 4949 or contact us online to get started today.
If you’re tired of traditional, hourly lessons, why not switch things up by trying out an intensive course instead? Rather than waiting months, or years, to get your full licence, you can speed up the learning process and finish within weeks or even days! With PassMeFast, you can learn at a speed suited to you. With convenient home and workplace pickups, you can even fit lessons in and around your schedule without any fuss. Plus, we can sort you out with a fast-track practical test so that you don’t have to deal with long waiting times.
Raring to go? See what we have to offer on our course prices page. If you’ve already had some experience and you’re struggling with picking a course, our course recommender will help. Once you’re ready, book online or give us a call on 0333 123 4949.