Ashford (Kent)

A convenient town centre location and close proximity to the bustling M20 make Ashford driving test centre easy to reach for learners from across Kent. If you’re not familiar with the centre, though, you’ll face a number of challenges when taking your test here. Read on to get better acquainted with Ashford test centre, and get details on everything from directions to pass rates to test routes.


Address

Ground Floor, Civic Centre Tannery Lane Ashford Kent TN23 1PL

Tests Offered at Ashford (Kent)

  • Car
  • ADI part 3

Parking

Parking spaces are available at this centre

Toilets

Male and female toilets are available

Disabled Access

N/A

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Ashford test centre is right on the doorstep of the town’s major shopping areas, as well as being located near to several major local A roads. As such, anyone living locally will be able to get to their test without much fuss. The A28, A2070 and M20, meanwhile, link the town with other parts of Kent, meaning that Ashford test centre serves the wider area, too. To get to the centre hassle-free, simply use these directions.

A Bit More About Ashford

Driving test centres are always carefully placed to ensure they provide examiners with a varied selection of road types, and, in this regard, Ashford test centre is no different. Not only is it close to the town centre and local dual carriageways, it’s also not far from quieter, residential areas. This ensures a mix of conditions that is sure to test the skills of even confident learners, and means that getting your licence here is no cakewalk. Looking for more general information about Ashford? Check out the resources below.

Ashford Test Route

To prevent candidates from memorising their exact test routes, the DVSA stopped publishing routes. Fortunately, you can still get a rough idea of which roads might show up on your test by checking out videos of Ashford test routes on YouTube or by downloading our sample Ashford driving test routes. Additionally, your instructor will introduce you to most—if not all—of the roads likely to feature on your test, e.g., tricky one-way systems, roundabouts and A roads.

Ashford Test Pass Rates

Test routes aren’t the only area of interest for learner drivers—pass rates also garner a lot of attention. As such, we make an effort to check the latest stats from the DVSA and update our learners accordingly. For example, did you know that the national average pass rate in the UK stands at 47%? If you’re looking for something more specific, check out the rates for Ashford test centre below…

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
50.0% 54.0% 50.5% 49.0% 44.6%

For the most part, Ashford’s pass rates have stayed above the national average in the last five years. Although this is pretty comforting to hear, remember that the outcome of your test depends entirely on your hard work—not on the numbers!

What If I Can’t Go To Ashford?

If Ashford test centre is no longer an option for you, there are other test centres to head to in Kent. The closest alternatives are Folkestone and Canterbury.

What To Expect On The Day

Fortunately, it doesn’t matter where you go for your practical: the format of the test remains the same regardless. On the day of your test, it’s vital that you arrive at least 10 minutes early. Don’t forget your provisional licence—you won’t be able to take your test otherwise. The practical 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

Your test will end once you have parked back up at Ashford test centre. At this time, the examiner will complete their feedback sheet, which they will give to you, before telling you whether you’ve passed or failed. If you do fail, keep a hold of your sheet, as it will detail any driving test faults you made. Successful candidates will get a test pass certificate—perfect to pose with for a pass photo!

But What If I Fail?

If you do end up failing your test, you have the benefit of being able to use your feedback sheet to work on your weaker areas—refresher courses are ideal for this. Once you’re ready to get back in the ring, you can get PassMeFast to speed things up with a fast-track practical test. All you’ve got to do is give us a call on 0333 123 4949, or contact us online.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

Learning to drive shouldn’t be a long process. That’s why PassMeFast offers intensive and semi-intensive courses in the Ashford area. With us, you could get your hands on that shiny pink licence in weeks or even days! To get things moving, check out our course prices page to see what’s on offer. Alternatively, take a look at our driving courses rundown for descriptions, prices and videos.

 Ready to get started? Book in online or over the phone by calling 0333 123 4949.