Situated in CP House in a busy business estate, sharing space with many other local businesses, Watford test centre can be found on Otterspool Way. If you’re aiming to get your licence in the Watford area, this will be your last stop on your learning journey. Going into your test blind, though, is not recommended. It’s always a smart idea to familiarise yourself with your test centre of choice—and, as it so happens, we’ve got the perfect solution: our Watford test centre fact file! Below, you’ll find directionspass ratestest routes and much more!


Cp House Otterspool Way Watford Hertfordshire WD25 8HU

Tests Offered at Watford

  • Car
  • ADI part 3


There are parking spaces available


Male and female toilets are available

Disabled Access

Arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability

Phone Number

0192 3241332

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Watford test centre is mere minutes from the town centre and is right next to Colne Way. Its close proximity to local A roads and the M1 means that the Watford test centre is a good option for both local learners and those scattered across Hertfordshire. If you’re looking to snoop around your chosen test centre before your lessons or test, just use these directions with your sat nav. The centre asks that you only park in the designated bays for your test, and to do so no earlier than 10 minutes before the start time. Additionally, practice is not allowed on site between 8am and 4pm.

A Bit More About Watford

If you’re taking your practical at Watford test centre, you’ll be pitted against an assortment of challenging local road features that will truly put your newfound skills to the test. From the easily-congested roads in the middle of town to the bustling A41 to tricky roundabouts like the one just off the A4008, the examiner will use everything at their disposal to ensure learners really are ready to become qualified drivers. Looking for more general information? Get to know even more about Watford in the resources below.

Watford Test Route

To make sure learner drivers weren’t simply memorising their test routes, the DVSA made the decision to stop publishing test routes. While you can’t get your exact route, you can make use of some handy resources to see what might show up on your practical. We’d recommend watching videos of Watford test routes on YouTube and downloading our sample Watford driving test routes. Obviously, this should be used in conjunction with your first-hand experiences of local roads with your instructor.

Watford Test Pass Rates

Wondering how other learners perform on the day of their test? Worrying about what your chances of passing are? That’s what driving test pass rates are for! Learner drivers in the UK currently have a 45.9% chance of passing their driving test. Not specific enough for you? Check out the table below featuring Watford’s pass rates from the last five years.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
47.7% 45.9% 49.0% 46.4% 48.8%

All things considered, Watford’s pass rates haven’t been too bad in recent years. They've been above the national average pass rate. Plus, we’d like to point out, pass rates aren’t what will get you through your practical test—your performance on the day will. If you’re feeling unsure in your abilities, just ask your instructor to take you out on a mock test.

What If I Can’t Go To Watford?

Hertfordshire has plenty of practical test centres for learners across the county. So, if you’ve decided that Watford is no longer a good fit for you, or you’re just in need of a back-up, then you can simply head to the nearby alternative test centres in Borehamwood and St Albans.

What To Expect On The Day

Now that you’ve gotten to the end of your driving lessons, you’re only one step away from becoming a fully qualified driver. The only thing standing in your way now is the dreaded driving test. If you’re feeling a bit nervous, don’t panic. Remember that your lessons will have more than prepared you for what’s on the practical. In fact, more often than not, instructors have you tackling more challenges than the driving test will!

As for the test, it’s important that you get to Watford test centre 10 minutes before it’s due to start. You’ll need to bring your provisional licence with you; otherwise, the examiner won’t let you go ahead with the test. The practical will then 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

The test route will officially end once you’ve parked back up at Watford test centre. The examiner will take a moment to finish their feedback sheet before giving you your results. If you pass, you’ll get a test pass certificate. Now, don’t forget to listen to their verbal feedback—even those in the zero minors club have room for improvement. If you fail, make sure you hold onto your feedback sheet.

But What If I Fail?

In case the pass rates section didn’t fill you in, not everyone passes the driving test first time. Plenty of learners suffer nerves or make silly mistakes on their big day—but it doesn’t mean you should just give up. Rather than taking a long break from driving, you should get back out there. Take some extra lessons with your instructor and use your feedback sheet to pinpoint the areas you need to work on.

Once you’re ready to tackle the test again, get PassMeFast to fast track your test for you so that you’re not waiting around. To get booked in, give us a ring on 0333 123 4949 or contact us via our website.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

With so many driving schools available in the UK, it can be difficult to find the right one. Fortunately, PassMeFast is here to make things simple for you. If your aim is to get your licence in the next few weeks or months, we can offer you intensive and semi-intensive courses to help you do exactly that. There’s absolutely no messing around with PassMeFast. Our instructors will look at your availability and work with you to slot your 2 to 5 hour lessons around your schedule. You’ll build up your experience driving on roads in the Watford area and be ready for your fast-track practical test in no time.

Interested? Check out our course prices page or our driving courses rundown. Alternatively, if you’re having difficulty choosing between courses, use our course recommender to get your ideal PassMeFast course. Once you’re ready, call us on 0333 123 4949 or book a course online.