Herne Bay

Situated in the lively Altria Business Park, Herne Bay test centre is certainly one of the smallest test centres we’ve seen. Don’t let that fool you, though—examiners here will still put you through your paces on your practical. If you’ve decided to bite the bullet and take your test here, get one step ahead by familiarising yourself with Herne Bay. Read on for directionspass ratestest routes and much more.


Altria Business Park Margate Road, Thanet Way Herne Bay Kent CT6 6GZ

Tests Offered at Herne Bay

  • Car
  • Motorcycle module 1
  • Motorcycle module 2
  • ADI part 2
  • ADI part 3


Parking spaces are available


Male and female toilets are available

Disabled Access

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

Phone Number

0122 7740620

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Mere minutes from the seaside town of Herne Bay, the test centre can be found right next to the busy A299. Herne Bay test centre is accessible for all learners in the local area, as well as in the nearby city of Canterbury. Want to take a look around the centre before your lessons or test? Get there hassle-free by using these simple directions.

A Bit More About Herne Bay

Herne Bay test centre is a mixed bag when it comes to road types and conditions. The roads closest to the centre include the A299 and Margate Road Interchange, which almost guarantee varied traffic conditions throughout the day. Further afield, you’ll find quieter residential areas which are ideal for examiners testing candidates on manoeuvres and moving around parked cars. Looking for more general information about Herne Bay? Take a look at the resources below.

Herne Bay Test Route

If you’re not already aware, the DVSA no longer publishes up-to-date test routes. This was a measure put in place to ensure candidates weren’t memorising their routes. Don’t despair! If you want to get an idea of which roads might crop up, simply check out videos of Herne Bay test routes on YouTube or download our sample Herne Bay driving test routes. And, if you’re taking lessons with a DVSA-approved instructor, they’ll have you practicing on the local roads likely to feature on your route. By the time you take your test, it’s highly likely you’ll recognize most of your route. This is certainly good news—no nasty shocks!

Herne Bay Test Pass Rates

Did you know that the DVSA frequently publishes driving test pass rates? We keep a close eye out for these stats so that we can keep our learners informed. At this moment in time, the national average pass rate for learners in the UK is 45.9%. Want to see what rates are like in your area? Check out driving test pass rates by area. If you’re looking for something even more specific, take a look at pass rates from Herne Bay from the last five years.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
43.2% 43.4% 42.3% 44.4% 42.9%

Whilst Herne Bay’s pass rates have been lower than the national average, we wouldn’t worry about it too much. After all, the likelihood of you passing doesn’t rest on numbers, but on your own ability. Feeling shaky? You might find it useful to check out our handy driving tips on the PassMeFast blog.

What If I Can’t Go To Herne Bay?

There are enough test centres in Kent to leave learners spoilt for choice. If you’re looking for an alternative to Herne Bay, or a back-up, the closest centres include Canterbury and Ashford (Kent).

What To Expect On The Day

So you’ve finally finished your lessons and you’re ready to take the plunge. You’ve only got one more hurdle to overcome before you get your hands on that full driving licence. To make sure you can actually sit the test, make sure you bring your provisional on the day and get to the centre 10 minutes early. Your 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:
  • Twenty minutes of independent driving, during which you’ll either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination

Before you know it, you’ll be back at Herne Bay test centre. Once you’ve parked up, the test will end and the examiner will let you know how you fared. It doesn’t matter what result you get, they’ll give you a feedback sheet which will list any faults you made. If they feel it necessary, they’ll also give you additional verbal feedback. Successful candidates will be able to show off their new status as a fully qualified driver with a test pass certificate.

But What If I Fail?

As with any other test you’ll take in life, failure is always a possibility with the driving test. The important thing is not to dwell on it in a negative manner. If you do fail, you can use your feedback sheet to really work on the areas you’re weakest in. You might even opt for a refresher course so you can iron out any bad habits before heading in for another test.

Not keen on waiting months for a test date? PassMeFast can help you jump the queue with a fast-track practical test. To get booked in ASAP, give us a ring on 0333 123 4949 or contact us online.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

PassMeFast is intent on helping learners in Herne Bay and the Canterbury area get passed as soon as possible. We do this by offering intensive and semi-intensive courses that can be completed in weeks or even days. Forget spending your lessons refreshing what you covered in the previous lesson and instead opt for a more efficient method. Not sure you’ll be able to find the time? You can fit our courses entirely around your work schedule and social life.

To see what’s on offer, simply head on over to our course prices page. You can then book your course online, or call us on 0333 123 4949 to get a recommendation from one of our sales team.