Bishop's Stortford

Situated in the middle of a bustling industrial estate, Bishop’s Stortford test centre can be found on South Road. Whilst relatively small in size, this test centre still packs a punch. That’s because, like any other test centre in the UK, Bishop’s Stortford comes with a copious amount of challenging road features. So, if you’re heading here, it’s smart to get ahead of the game and find out more about the centre. You can find directionspass ratestest routes and much more below.


South Road Bishops Stortford Hertfordshire CM23 3JQ

Tests Offered at Bishop's Stortford

  • Car
  • ADI part 3


A car park is available at the test centre.


Male and female toilets are available

Disabled Access

You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair

Phone Number

0127 9652378

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Bishop’s Stortford test centre can be found right near the busy London Road and River Stort in an industrial estate not too far from the centre of town. With hundreds of learners in the Hertfordshire area heading here for their driving test, it’s safe to assume that Bishop’s Stortford is easy to get to and access. If you’re not entirely sure how to get there, though, don’t worry—that’s what our handy directions are for!

A Bit More About Bishop's Stortford

The last step for anyone looking to get their hands on a full driving licence is the practical test. In order to truly test how ready a candidate is to take to the roads unsupervised, examiners must be able to use as many difficult road types and features as possible. The area around Bishop’s Stortford is ideal for this, providing an even mix of urban and residential spaces. A roads like the A120 and A1060 will test your speed awareness—especially when you move through to quiet residential areas. Please be aware that, whilst you might have practiced driving on the nearby M11, motorways will not feature on your driving test.

Interested in getting to know more about the town of Bishop’s Stortford? Way ahead of you! We’ve compiled some top resources below.

Bishop's Stortford Test Route

A big area of interest for many learner drivers is test routes. Unfortunately, as a way to prevent candidates from treating the test a memory exercise—rather than taking the time to actually learn the skills that are vital for driving unsupervised—the DVSA no longer publishes official routes. Before you start huffing and puffing, we’ve got the perfect solution. To get a rough idea of what to expect on your test route, simply watch videos of Bishop’s Stortford test routes on YouTube or download our sample Bishop’s Stortford driving test routes.

If you’re worried that’s not enough, remember, if you’re learning with a local ADI, they’ll be able to help you get to grips with driving on the local roads in no time. They’ll have you building up your skills and experience—from overtaking and undertaking rules to when you should use your sidelights—so that you’ll be more than prepared for your test at Bishop’s Stortford.

Bishop Stortford's Test Pass Rates

As a leading driving school in the UK, we’re pretty interested in driving-related stats. In fact, we’ve spent a lot of our time keeping our eyes peeled for the latest figures from the DVSA and creating our own fun articles as a result—from manual vs automatic pass rates to driving test pass rates by age. If you’d rather not get bogged down by too many figures, however, we’ll keep things nice and simple. On a general note, the national average pass rate in the UK stands at 45.9%. As for those trying their luck at Bishop’s Stortford, you can see pass rates from the last five years below…

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
49.9% 45.4% 44.7% 43.7% 46.2%

As far as pass rates go, there’s not much to complain about with Bishop’s Stortford. Whilst figures in recent years have been lower than the national average, they’re not drastically different. Besides, these pass rates have no impact on the likelihood of you passing. It’s all down to you on the day (no pressure!), so keep working at it and, whatever you do, listen to your instructor’s feedback!

What If I Can’t Go To Bishop's Stortford?

One of the best ways to make sure you get the test date you want is to keep your options open. In other words, pick a back-up test centre. The closest alternative to Bishop’s Stortford is Stevenage test centre.

What To Expect On The Day

So your driving test is finally on the horizon—pretty exciting! If you’re feeling the pre-test jitters, however, remember: you’re only nervous because you’re not entirely sure what will happen on the day. To help ease your nerves, we’re going to walk you through exactly what you’ll be expected to do on your big day.

For starters, make sure you’re not late to your test. You need to get to Bishop’s Stortford around 10 minutes before your practical is due to begin. Do not forget your provisional licence, otherwise your test will be cancelled and you will not get a refund. Once you follow the examiner out of the reception, your test 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:
    • Parallel parking
    • Bay parking
    • Pulling up on the right
  • Twenty minutes of independent driving, during which you’ll either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination

Once you’ve parked back up at Bishop’s Stortford, you can let out a sigh of relief—your test is now over. The examiner will take a minute or so to tot up any faults you might have accumulated and then proceed to tell you your result and show you your feedback sheet. Regardless of the outcome, the examiner will offer you additional verbal feedback, such as recommending you work on your observations or complete a Pass Plus course. If you pass, you’ll be handed a test pass certificate. If you fail, you’ll have to wait 10 working days before you can take another test.

But What If I Fail?

If you fail your test, it’s important not to get too upset. After all, it's a good experience to have under your belt. Once you know how the test works, it’s never half as nerve-wracking the next time around. If you decide to take a refresher course to banish any bad habits, you can use your driving test feedback sheet as a blueprint for your lesson plan.

With long driving test waiting times, the last thing you want is to regress with your driving while you wait for your next test date that’s probably months away. Fortunately, we have the perfect solution: PassMeFast’s fast-track tests. We’ll get you a new test date that’s weeks or even months ahead of DVSA waiting times. To get booked in, give us a bell on 0333 123 4949 or contact us online.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

If your aim is to get on the road unsupervised in the next few weeks or months, PassMeFast might be your best bet. Our intensive and semi-intensive courses work around your availability—no matter what hours you work or how busy your social calendar is, our instructors will work around you to ensure you’re test standard in time. We’ll even find the perfect test date according to your specifications. With PassMeFast, the customer is the one making the big decisions—we simply make sure everything goes smoothly.

If you’d like to browse what we have on offer, you can head on over to our course prices. Alternatively, you can find out your ideal course in just a few questions with our course recommender tool. Once you know what you want, give us a ring on 0333 123 4949 or book a course online today.