Heading to Nelson test centre for your practical test? Located in the Borough of Pendle in Lancashire, Nelson will test your newfound driving skills. So, you’ve got an instructor and you’re raring to go—what’s next? You’ll need to get familiar with the Nelson area in order to truly increase your chances of passing. Fortunately, we’ve put together the perfect guide for you!


Cobden Street Nelson Lancashire BB9 0AH

Tests Offered at Nelson

  • Car
  • ADI part 2
  • ADI part 3


Car parking spaces are available


Male and disabled toilets are available

Disabled Access


Phone Number

0128 2612399

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Finding Nelson test centre isn’t rocket science—you just have to follow these directions. The further along your driving course you get, the more familiar you’ll get with Nelson test centre. Before you know it, you’ll know the local roads nearby like the back of your hand. The centre has parking availability along with male and disabled toilets. Special arrangements will have to be made for wheelchair users.

A Bit More About Nelson

If you’re taking your test at Nelson test centre, familiarity with the local roads is almost a requirement. Your test route will take you around the different road types—like the A56—and traffic systems around the test centre and the Burnley area, so you’ll need to be more or less familiar with the Nelson area. That’s not to say you have to remember every road nearby—you just need to be comfortable. Want to get to know the Nelson area better? Simply check out these links:

Nelson Test Route

If you’re anything like our other learner drivers, you’ve probably spent hours trying to find the Nelson test route. While you’ll be able to find old test routes, they’re somewhat outdated—the DVSA doesn’t publish routes anymore, as a measure to stop candidates from memorising them. The whole point of the driving test is to replicate real-life conditions. All routes incorporate similar kinds of road features—from one-way systems to dual carriageways to crossroads—so just practice as much as you can.

Your instructor is there to help, so if you’re confused or unsure about something, simply ask. If you find your drive more comfortably with your instructor in the car, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can take your instructor on your driving test.

Nelson Test Pass Rates

Want to know how other learner drivers perform on their driving test? Well, the current national average pass rate stands at a relatively reasonable 47%. As for learners at Nelson test centre, you can see pass rates from the last five years below...

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
47.1% 45.5% 46.7% 53.7% 55%

The pass rates at Nelson have been higher than than the national average in recent years, so there’s not too much to worry about.

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What If I Can’t Go To Nelson?

Nelson isn’t the only practical test centre in Lancashire that you can head to. If you’re looking for an alternative, you might want to check out Blackburn with Darwen or Preston.

What To Expect On The Day

Once you’ve finished your driving lessons, you’ll be set go with your practical. Don’t worry if you’re suffering from test day nerves, you’ll be just fine. The only things you have to do yourself on the day are:

  • Get there 10 minutes early
  • Bring your provisional licence

Things will kick off with an eyesight test before you get into the car. You’ll also be expected to answer a “tell me” question from the “show me, tell me” section before you start driving—the “tell me” question will be asked whilst you’re driving, so be prepared. As part of the independent driving section, you’ll be asked to follow directions using a sat nav. Alternatively, 1 in 5 candidates will be asked to use traffic signs. Don’t forget to practice your manoeuvres beforehand—you’ll be expected to demonstrate:

  • Parallel parking
  • Bay parking
  • Pulling up on the right

If you hate waiting for test results, you’re in luck—you get yours as soon as you get back to Nelson test centre. If your hard work has paid off, you’ll pass and get a test pass certificate. You’ll also be asked if you want to send off for your new licence. If you don’t pass, you’ll receive a feedback sheet from your examiner, so you’ll see exactly where you went wrong.

But What If I Fail?

You’d be surprised at the number of learner drivers who fail their driving test—whether it’s two, three or more attempts, some people need a few tries before they get it just right. You just need to work on your weaker areas before you go in for another test.

PassMeFast can do all of the heavy lifting for you and get you booked in for another test as soon as two weeks later—after the 10 working day limit stipulated by the DVSA. And if you really need to build up your confidence, you could even complete one of our refresher courses. Simply give us a quick call on 0333 123 4949 or contact us online to get started today.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

If you’ve taken driving lessons before, they’ve probably been spread out over weeks or even months. The difficulty with this method of learning is that you end up spending most of your lesson refreshing the skills you learnt in your previous lesson. PassMeFast wants to get you on the road as soon as possible, which is why we offer intensive and semi-intensive crash courses. You can fit your lessons around your busy schedule and take your test at one of the many practical test centres we cover. And with fast-track practical tests, waiting times are a thing of the past.

Don’t waste your time with traditional lessons—take an intensive course and get on the road fast. For more information, take a look at our course prices page. Give us a call on 0333 123 4949 or book a course online to get started.