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Hemel Hempstead

Hemel Hempstead test centre is based in a fire station—like a few other test centres in the UK. Situated in the town centre next to local pubs, shops and other businesses, learners can be sure that driving around its vicinity will be pretty difficult during peak hours. Of course, that’s not even half of what Hemel Hempstead has up its sleeve. If you want to give yourself the best chance possible, we’d advise you read up on our carefully compiled guide below, featuring directionspass ratestest routes and much more.


Hemel Hempstead (fire Station) Queensway Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire HP2 5HA

Tests Offered at Hemel Hempstead

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Please park in the bays dedicated for driving test candidates then wait in Reception. Please note that visits to site to practice are not allowed.


There are no toilets available at this centre

Disabled Access


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How To Get There

As far as test centres go, Hemel Hempstead is pretty central. It can be found right in the middle of the town, next to dozens of shops and businesses. And with nearby A roads like the A41, local learners (and those a little further afield) won’t have much trouble with getting to Hemel Hempstead test centre. If you’re not entirely sure where it is, just use these directions and you’ll get there just fine. Please be aware that the parking bays are for candidates only—visits to the site for practice are not allowed.

A Bit More About Hemel Hempstead

Hemel Hempstead test centre comes with an even mix of road conditions to put even the most confident of learner drivers on their guard. With its proximity to the bustling Queensway Road, learners might struggle with moving in and out of the test centre in the face of oncoming traffic. Additionally, this area sees plenty of pedestrians, so learners will need to ensure their hazard perception skills are up to scratch! Your test will no doubt take you through busy roads like the A41—not to mention the congested streets around Hemel Hempstead Hospital—through to quiet residential areas.

Want to know even more about Hemel Hempstead? Check out our carefully compiled resources below.

Hemel Hempstead Test Route

Panicking about your upcoming test at Hemel Hempstead? Whilst we can’t offer you your exact test route—due to strict DVSA rules—we can offer you some helpful advice. For starters, you might want to watch some videos of Hemel Hempstead test routes on YouTube to help you figure out what might show up on your test. The best way to prepare for your test, however, is to take lessons with a local ADI. They’ll make sure you’re familiar with the local roads and help you build up your skills so that you can impress your driving examiner on your test.

Hemel Hempstead Test Pass Rates

Wondering if the driving test is as impossible to pass as your best friend claims? One of the best ways to look at how other people fare on the practical test is to look at driving test pass rates. The national average pass rate for those in the UK stands at 45.8%. If you’d like to see how factors like age, gender and location might affect this, check out our guide to driving test pass rates. If you’re more interested in your chosen test centre, the table below shows pass rates from the last five years.

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
49.4% 49.6% 49.0% 52.1% 49.0%

Hemel Hempstead has kept pass rates above the national average in the last five years, which is pretty darn impressive. Not entirely convinced? Looking to switch test centres? Hold your horses. For starters, it’s unlikely that you’ll find a test centre with pass rates that will truly put you at ease. Plus, pass rates aren’t the be all and end all. As long as you put in the hours and listen to your instructor’s feedback, you should be able to tackle whatever comes your way.

What If I Can’t Go To Hemel Hempstead?

Hertfordshire has test centres aplenty for learner drivers. So, if Hemel Hempstead is no longer an option, or you’re on the lookout for a reserve test centre, St Albans and Watford are the nearest options.

What To Expect On The Day

Once you’ve finished your driving lessons, there’s only one thing standing in the way of you getting your hands on that full driving licence: the practical test. Not sure you’re ready? Check out signs you’ll be ready to take the driving test, and remember: your instructor wouldn’t let you take your test if they thought you weren’t ready. It’s always good to be punctual, so on the day of your test, try to get there 10 minutes early. And don’t forget your provisional!

Your practical will last around 40 minutes and will follow this structure:

  • 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

You can finally let out a sigh of relief once you’ve parked back up at Hemel Hempstead. Using a feedback sheet, the examiner will tot up any driving test faults you might have accumulated and then let you know the outcome of your test. If you’re keen to show off your newly qualified status—if you do end up passing—you can pose with a test pass certificate. If you fail, however, keep a hold of your feedback sheet.

But What If I Fail?

As a leading driving school in the UK, we’ve seen it all. And believe us, plenty of learners fail their driving test—some need multiple attempts to get it just right. The best thing you can do, however, is to try again. If you take too long of a break, you’ll have to relearn all of the skills you carefully honed in your original endeavour. So, look at your feedback sheet and work with your instructor so that you won’t make the same mistakes again on your next try.

If you’re keen to get back in the saddle and don’t fancy waiting too long, get PassMeFast to fast-track your test. Simply give us a ring on 0333 123 4949 or contact us online to get booked in today.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

Looking to get on the road as soon as possible in Hemel Hempstead? PassMeFast’s courses are designed to be completed within days, weeks or even months (if you prefer a more semi-intensive pace). Your lessons will usually last between 2 and 5 hours, and will be fitted around your schedule. It doesn’t matter what your work hours are or how full your social calendar is, PassMeFast works around you. And with our fast-track practical tests, you won’t be waiting around to tackle the final hurdle in your driving journey.

To see what’s on offer, check out our course prices page or get a more in-depth look with our driving courses rundown. If you’ve already had some experience, and you’re stuck between two courses, find out your ideal PassMeFast course with our course recommender. Once you’re ready to book in, call us on 0333 123 4949 or book a course online.