St Albans

Located smack bang in the middle of the town centre, St Albans test centre is based in Beauver House on Bricket Road. The phrase ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ comes to mind here—whilst it might look relatively harmless, this centre has dashed the hopes of many learner drivers over the years. The trick, we find, is getting to know more about the test centre so that you’re not as intimidated on the day of your test. You can do this with St Albans test centre by reading our handy guide below. From directions to pass rates to test routes, we’ve got it all.


Beauver House 6 Bricket Road St Albans Hertfordshire AL1 3JX

Tests Offered at St Albans

  • Car
  • ADI part 3


There are parking spaces available at this centre


Male and female toilets are available

Disabled Access

You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair

Phone Number

0172 7859465

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

If you’re a learner driver located in St Albans, you really don’t have to look far to find your local test centre. St Albans test centre is based in the centre of town, with A roads like the A1081 in close proximity. If you can’t quite figure out where it is, or you’re from further afield in Hertfordshire, just use these handy directions to get there in one piece.

A Bit More About St Albans

St Albans test centre is surrounded by a diverse range of road conditions and types. For starters, the centre is just across from the NCP Car Park and in close proximity to the town’s London Road Car Park, so learners can expect to face heavy streams of traffic—especially during rush hour. With the contrast between A roads like the A4147 and the quiet roads around local schools and residential areas, candidates will need to be sure their hazard perception and speed awareness skills are up to snuff. Want to know even more about St Albans? Feast your eyes on the links below. 

St Albans Test Route

For those looking to get ahead and ace their practical, test routes seem to be the ideal solution. Unfortunately, with the DVSA preventing the release of current test routes, you won’t be able to find your exact St Albans test route. Fortunately, you can still make a few educated guesses as to what might show up by watching videos of St Albans test routes on YouTube or by downloading our sample St Albans driving test routes. Don’t worry too much about test routes, though. If you’re learning with a local ADI, you’ll get vital experience with driving on the very same roads that will appear on your practical.

St Albans Test Pass Rates

Nothing quite catches the attention of learner drivers like driving test pass rates—whether they’re wondering if they have a better chance of passing the second time around or want to know how many attempts it takes to pass the test. By keeping up with the DVSA’s latest stats, we’re able to share the best stats. For example, did you know that those in the UK have a 45.9% chance of passing their test? As for those heading to St Albans test centre, check out pass rates from the last five years below.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
48.5% 45.5% 43.7% 43.8% 41.8%

Whilst pass rates have been lower than the national average in recent years, the difference hasn’t been too great. If these figures have you sobbing in despair, you should know that we only look at test stats for fun—they’re not representative of your chances on the day. As long as you put in the time and effort, it will pay off.

What If I Can’t Go To St Albans?

With seven practical test centres available, learners in the Hertfordshire area are spoilt for choice! If you’re looking for a centre further afield than St Albans, or you’re just looking into a reserve test centre, the nearest options are Hemel Hempstead and Watford.

What To Expect On The Day

So, you’ve finally gotten to the end of your driving lessons. Congratulations! All you’ve got to do now is take your driving test and you’ll be one step closer to getting your hands on that full driving licence. Plenty of learners get nervous in the face of their practical test, but, more often than not, these nerves tend to disappear once they know what’s expected of them on the day.

For starters, you’ll need to get to the St Albans test centre 10 minutes before your test is meant to start—not any earlier, though, otherwise you’ll get in the way of other candidates. Do not forget your provisional, or your test won’t go ahead and you won’t get a refund. Your practical 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

In the blink of an eye, you’ll be back at St Albans test centre and the practical will be over. Phew! Your driving examiner will finish filling out the feedback sheet and will tell you your results. No matter what the outcome is, you’ll be given the feedback sheet and additional verbal advice, such as advising you to take a Pass Plus course. A test pass certificate will be given to candidates who pass.

But What If I Fail?

Believe it or not, failing your test doesn’t have to mark the end of your driving journey. Plenty of learners need a few tries to get it just right. If you do fail, take your feedback sheet with you on your next driving lesson so that you know which areas you need to work on.

If you’re raring to go for your next test, speed up the process by booking a fast-track practical test. To get booked in today, give us a call on 0333 123 4949 or contact us online.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

A lot of driving schools out there tend to favour the traditional hourly lesson approach. What we’ve found, however, is that many learners struggle with this method. With lessons weeks apart, learners end up forgetting half of what they covered in the previous lesson. Instead, PassMeFast offers learners intensive and semi-intensive courses. By taking lessons in 2 to 5 hour blocks, you can build up your skills quickly and efficiently around the St Albans area.

Don’t wait around—check out our course prices or get your ideal course with our course recommender. Once you’re ready, give us a ring on 0333 123 4949 or book a course online.