Located near the city centre, Canterbury test centre can be found on the bustling New Dover Road. Though small in size, this test centre has plenty of challenges up its sleeve. If you’re heading here for your practical, be sure to get to know it better before your big day. To help you out, we’ve put together a guide covering directionspass ratestest routes and much more.


25 New Dover Road Canterbury Kent CT1 3AS

Tests Offered at Canterbury

  • Car


Limited car parking available


1 unisex toilet available

Disabled Access

You cannot get into the test centre in a wheelchair

Phone Number

0112 7464376

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Canterbury test centre is in the vicinity of both the A257 and the A28, making it an ideal and accessible option for learners located in Canterbury. If you’ve not had the chance to visit the centre yet, follow these directions to get there with little to no fuss. Please be aware that parking is limited, so make sure you don’t get there too early, or you’ll get in the way of other candidates on their test.

A Bit More About Canterbury

Though you might not think it, the location of Canterbury test centre was chosen carefully. Why? In order to put learners through their paces and truly test their driving skills, test routes need to incorporate a varied amount of road types and challenges. Canterbury is ideally located near busy A roads, the hectic city centre and other quieter areas to round it off. Want to know more about Canterbury in general? Take a peek at the links below.

Canterbury Test Route

Although the DVSA no longer publishes up-to-date test routes, you can still get an idea of what to expect by checking out videos of Canterbury test routes on YouTube or by downloading our sample Canterbury driving test routes. You’ll also get some hands-on experience with the local roads on your lessons with your instructor. They will have you refining your skills on multi-lane roundabouts, tricky junctions and much more. You’ll be a pro in no time at all!

Canterbury Test Pass Rates

Pass rates have been a source of interest for many PassMeFast learners, which is why we compiled our very own guide to driving test pass rates. By doing so, we found that the national average pass rate for those in the UK is 45.9%. As for those at Canterbury test centre, check out the table below.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
47.4% 48.0% 46.8% 46.8% 46.1%

Though Canterbury’s pass rates have mostly rested above the national average, we’d urge you not to think too much about them. Why? Pass rates don’t affect your chances of passing. Even if you headed to a test centre with the highest pass rate in the UK, there’s no such thing as a guaranteed pass. Just keep a clear head, practice and try your hardest.

What If I Can’t Go To Canterbury?

There’s a wide selection of practical test centres on offer in the Kent area. If Canterbury isn’t an option—or you’re looking for a backup—your closest options are Herne Bay and Folkestone.

What To Expect On The Day

Not sure how the test works? That’s fine: we’ll run through it with you. No matter where you go for your test, it will have the same format. On your big day, get to Canterbury test centre 10 minutes with your provisional licence. Your 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:
  • Twenty minutes of independent driving, during which you’ll either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination

Once you get back to Canterbury test centre, your test will finish. The examiner will then let you know how you fared. Regardless of the outcome, they’ll hand you a feedback sheet detailing any faults you made, along with additional verbal feedback. If your hard work paid off, you’ll also get your hands on a flashy test pass certificate to show off to your friends and family!

But What If I Fail?

Although it might not feel like it at the time, failing your driving test isn’t the end of the world. The examiner gives you a feedback sheet for a reason—to help you work on your weakest areas. Once you’re ready to try again, take some additional tuition and get booked in for your next test.

 If you don’t want to bother with long waiting times, get PassMeFast to book you a fast-track practical test. To get things underway, contact us online or call us on 0333 123 4949.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

If hourly-long traditional lessons aren’t working for you, why not try an intensive crash course instead? PassMeFast’s courses can be taken intensively or semi-intensively in the Canterbury area, fitting entirely around your schedule. Our instructors will help you become a safe and confident driver ready to take the test in weeks or even days.

To get started today, take a look at our course prices page to see what courses we offer—and don’t forget to select your transmission of choice! You can then book in online, or over the phone on 0333 123 4949.