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Garston (Speke)

Want to take your test in the Garston area? You have two centres to choose from: Liverpool and Speke. Garston (Speke) test centre is situated in the Speke area of Liverpool, west of the town of Widnes. As with any other test centre, there’s plenty to get to grips with at Speke test centre. To help you figure out things like test routes and local roads, we’ve put together a top guide below.


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Tests Offered at Garston (Speke)

  • Car


Parking is available at this test centre


Male, female and disabled toilets are available

Disabled Access

You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair

Phone Number

0151 4272404

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

In case your instructor hasn’t had the chance to take you around Garston (Speke), you can find directions here. No matter what kind of course you’re doing, you’ll drive around the local area frequently before your test. This will give you time to acclimatise yourself to the different road types. You’ll find that Garston (Speke) test centre has both parking and disabled access. There are also male, female and disabled toilets.

A Bit More About Garston (Speke)

Learner drivers who’ve driven around the Liverpool area frequently will have the advantage in their practical test. The Garston (Speke) route will be particularly daunting because it’s next to a busy airport, but as long as you practice and keep your cool, you’ll be fine. If you’re feeling nervous about your test, just ask your instructor to test you. Don’t forget to test your skills on high-speed A routes like the A561. Not sure what else you need to know about Garston (Speke)? We’ve put together some resources below...

Garston (Speke) Test Route

The first thing learners do when they figure out which test centre they’re going to is look for the exact test route. Unfortunately—for Garston (Speke) and every other test centre—the DVSA has stopped publishing routes. Fortunately for you, this won’t matter much.

While we can understand the desire to plan out every possibility or use a safety net, the examiner isn’t trying to trip you up. They’re expecting you to show the exact same skills your instructor expects of you during your lessons. For example, using roundabouts in the route is a great way of testing your ability to safely change lanes and your overall hazard perception. Features like crossroads are also a perfect way to monitor your confidence with facing multi-lane systems. In all, you just need to remember what you’ve been taught—make sure you’re doing things like using the right gears and keeping an eye on your steering.

Garston (Speke) Test Pass Rates

Pass rates are always an area of interest for most learner drivers—which is why we’ve got a few on hand to impress you. Did you know that the current average pass rate in the UK is 47%? For learners in the North West, this stands almost the same at 47.3%. But what about Garston (Speke)?

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
- - - - 40.2%

With pass rates from only 2017 onward, it’s difficult to truly gauge how learners find driving at Garston (Speke) test centre. That being said, as long as you practice and complete your driving lessons, you should be more than prepared for your test.

What If I Can't Go To Garston (Speke)?

With so many test centres in Merseyside, it’s not a worry at all if you can’t head to Garston (Speke). Your closest alternate centres are Garston (Liverpool) and Norris Green.

What To Expect On The Day

Once you’re done with your driving course, you should be all ready to go with your practical test. All you need to do on the day itself is:

  • Get there 10 minutes early
  • Bring your provisional licence

Before you get started in the car, you’ll have to complete an eyesight test and one question from the “show me, tell me” section—the other question will be asked during your test route. The independent driving section will involve you following a sat nav. Please note that 1 in 5 candidates will instead be asked to follow traffic signs. Make sure you practice your manoeuvres, as you’ll be expected to complete the following:

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

Fortunately, you won’t have to wait long to get the results for your practical. If your hard work has paid off and you pass, you’ll get your long-awaited test pass certificate. You’ll also have the option to send off for that brand new licence. If you’re still a little rough around the edges and you didn’t quite pass, you’ll be given a feedback sheet showing you where you went wrong. In all, expect to be at the centre for around 40 minutes. Worried about getting back home? Your instructor will typically take you back afterwards.

But What If I Fail?

Sometimes it can take a few tries to get something right—that can certainly be the case for learner drivers. Some learners take a bit longer to iron out their bad habits, so don’t be too worried if you don’t pass the first time around.

PassMeFast can take everything out of your hands entirely by booking the practical test for you as soon as two weeks later—after the 10 working day limit. You can even opt to take more tuition to make sure you’ve gotten rid of all those bad habits. Got questions? That’s fine—read up on our crash course guide. If you’d prefer to talk to us directly, you can contact us via our website or give us a ring on 0333 123 4949.

Need some cheering up? You’ll have a right laugh reading these driving test horror stories!

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

If you’d rather get on the road as soon as possible, you might want to avoid traditional hourly lessons and instead opt for an intensive or semi-intensive course. With our experienced instructors you can fit everything around your schedule as you see fit. Our fast-track practical tests also mean that you can take your practical sooner than you normally would—avoiding those much despised long DVSA waiting times!

With a PassMeFast course, you can get on the road in absolutely no time at all. To get a better idea of what’s on offer, head on over to our course prices page. Once you know what you want, give us a ring on 0333 123 4949 or book a course online—it’s really that simple!