If you’re a learner driver located in the Harrogate area, you’re probably going to take your practical at Knaresborough test centre. Situated in the borough of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to Knaresborough, from its road features to contact details to test routes. To help Knaresborough learners, we’ve put together an essential guide covering everything you might need to know.


Grimbald Crag Court St James Business Park Knaresborough North Yorkshire HG5 8QB

Tests Offered at Knaresborough

  • Car
  • Motorcycle module 2


Parking is available at this test centre


Male, female and disabled toilets are available

Disabled Access

Disabled access is available at this test centre

Phone Number

0142 3861602

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

You can get the exact directions to Knaresborough test centre here. It doesn’t matter whether you’re taking lessons from an instructor or a family member, you will definitely need to drive around the Knaresborough area before your practical test. This ensures you’re not surprised by any of the road features which might crop up in your test. Knaresborough test centre has parking and disabled access. Additionally, male, female and disabled toilets are available.

A Bit More About Knaresborough

While taking your driving lessons or course around Knaresborough test centre in the Harrogate area, you should keep an eye out for any challenging or noticeable road features. Examiners like to test candidates on a variety of road types, so be aware. You might want to pay attention to busy A routes like the A59 and A658. Need to catch a train in Knaresborough? Want to know what the weather might be like on the day of your practical? Check out the resources below...

Knaresborough Test Route

Looking for the Knaresborough test route? Unfortunately, you won’t be able to find the exact route, as the DVSA no longer publishes routes. While this might be very disappointing to hear, you should remember that as long as you’ve practiced and listened to your instructor, you’ll be perfectly fine. Keep in mind that you’ll be taken through town driving and residential areas—assessing your ability to move through different traffic systems safely and confidently. If you’d like a better idea of what to expect, there are plenty of dashcam videos on YouTube showing things like driving through Knaresborough and approaching from Knaresborough town centre.

Wondering if it’s worth taking your instructor with you? Check out the pros and cons for taking your driving instructor on your test.

Knaresborough Test Pass Rates

If you’re at all like other learner drivers, you’re probably interested in finding out how other learners perform on the day of their practical. The current national average pass rate is 47%—we’ve broken it down further into driving test pass rates by area. Look below to see how Knaresborough test centre has performed in the last five years:

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
51.9% 51.4% 50.8% 51.9% 51.8%


As you can see, learners at Knaresborough test centre have fairly good chances of passing—better than the national average! It’s important not to depend too much on pass rates, however, as it’s all ultimately down to how you perform on the day.

What If I Can't Go To Knaresborough?

Knaresborough test centre isn’t the only place to take your test at in North Yorkshire. If you can’t head there, the nearest alternate centre is York.

What To Expect On The Day

Finished your driving lessons? You should be more than ready to face your practical test. Now all you need to do on the day is:

  • Get there 10 minutes early
  • Bring your provisional licence

You’ll start before you even get in the car. The examiner will ask you to complete an eyesight test. The next section involves the “show me, tell me” questions. They relate to the maintenance of your car, e.g., “Identify where you’d check the engine coolant level”. One question will be asked before you get into the car and the other will be whilst you’re driving. Once done, you’ll move onto the independent section which lasts 20 minutes. The examiner will ask you to follow directions using a sat nav—though you might be 1 in 5 candidates who are asked to follow traffic signs instead, so be aware. You’ll be expected to demonstrate at least one of the following manoeuvres:

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

Once you get back to Knaresborough test centre, you’ll get your results. If you pass, you get your test pass certificate. You can then hand over your provisional in order to send off for your new licence. If you fail, you’ll be told where you went wrong. The entire test process should take around 40 minutes, and you’ll usually be taken back home by your instructor.

But What If I Fail?

It’s the question on every learner driver’s mind—what if I fail? While it’s disheartening to fail your practical test, it’s not the end of your journey. Rebooking is a simple process and as long as you remember your examiner’s feedback, you should pass with flying colours. Want to increase your chances of passing? Check out the top 5 reasons people failed their driving test in 2016/17.

Want to book another practical? PassMeFast can do it for you as soon as two weeks later—after the 10 working day limit. We can even give you more tuition at a 10% discount. If we haven’t answered all of your queries, you can check out our detailed FAQs. If you’d rather get in touch directly, contact us on our website or give us a ring on 0333 123 4949.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

Single driving lessons that take place weeks apart aren’t the only option for learner drivers anymore. It is possible to take intensive or semi-intensive courses that take place over weeks or even days. Why is this a better option than traditional lessons? It allows you to build up your knowledge over a short span of time with our experienced instructors instead of refreshing each time you take a single lesson. And with our fast-track practical tests, you can speed up the entire process without worrying about long driving test waiting times.

Don’t prolong your journey to getting on the road. Check out our course prices and give us a ring on 0333 123 4949 to get more information, or book a course online to get the ball rolling today.