Located in the very popular seaside town and tourist attraction, Whitby test centre can be found in St Hilda's Business Centre. Though small in size, this test centre receives almost as many vistors as the town's centre each year! If you've decided to bite the bullet and take your test here, we'd suggest getting to know more about it. You can do by reading on for directionspass ratestest routes and much more about Whitby.


Unit F11, St Hilda’s Business Centre Green Lane Whitby North Yorkshire YO22 4ET

Tests Offered at Whitby

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Male, female and disabled toilets are available

Disabled Access

Special arrangements will be made for wheelchair users

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Facing the River Esk, Whitby test centre is less than 10 minutes from the bustling centre of Whitby. Not far from the A171 and A174, the centre is an ideal option for learner drivers located in the vicinity of Whitby. Haven't had the chance to visit the centre yet? That’s fine—just follow these directions. Please note that the centre does not have parking facilities, so you'll have to make other arrangements. 

A Bit More About Whitby

While Whitby is surrounded by rural roads, like most of the Scarborough area, you’d be wrong in expecting it to be entirely quiet—it is popular amongst tourists after all (Dracula, anyone?). The busiest local A road is the A171; however, you’re more likely to encounter country roads around the test centre. Indeed, Whitby test centre has a wide selection of road types to put even the most confident of learners through their paces. Want to know more about Whitby in general? Check out the resources below. 

Whitby Test Route

So, what can you expect to crop up on the Whitby test route? The DVSA doesn’t publish test routes; however, you can watch videos of Whitby test routes on YouTube or download our sample Whitby driving test routes. Your instructor will also no doubt be familiar with the roads and features that Whitby test centre favours. As such, they'll have you honing your skills on the rural roads and busy town roads that are likely to crop up on your test. 

Whitby Test Pass Rates

If you’re curious about your chances of passing your practical in the UK, feast your eyes upon our driving test pass rates. The current national pass rate for the UK is 45.9%, rising to 47.1% for learners in Yorkshire and the Humber. For learners at Whitby, things have been rather impressive in the last five years...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
73.2% 71.0% 61.7% 63.4% 59.2%

As with most test centres located in the countryside, Whitby boasts of impressive pass rates—rural roads can be easier to drive on for learners. That being said, it’s ultimately all down to your own individual ability—put in the effort and you’ll reap the benefits.

What If I Can't Go To Whitby?

No matter where you live in North Yorkshire, there’s plenty of test centres you can take your practical at. If Whitby isn’t the centre for you, the closest alternatives are Scarborough and Malton.

What To Expect On The Day

By the time your course has concluded, you should be completely test-ready. There’s not much preparation needed for the day of your practical test. All you need to do is get to Whitby 10 minutes early with your provisional licence. The test will then proceed with: 

  • 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

You don’t have to wait long to find out the results of your test—you get them as soon as you get back to Whitby test centre. Regardless of the result, you'll be handed a feedback sheet which will detail any faults you made. If you pass, you'll also be given a test pass certificate and have the opportunity to send off for your new licence then and there. 

But What If I Fail?

You shouldn’t dwell on the possibility of failing too much, as it can impact your actions on the day of your test. We do, however, understand why people are so concerned. You can put your worries to rest—it’s easy enough to book another practical and you’ll be given feedback when you fail which can help you improve your driving for future tests.

Want to get another practical booked? PassMeFast can fast-track one for you and get you back behind the wheel ASAP. To get started, simply contact us via our website, or talk to us directly on 0333 123 4949.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

Sick of spreading your driving lessons over months? Want to get on the road as soon as possible? PassMeFast might just be the solution you’ve been looking for. We offer a selection of intensive and semi-intensive courses suited to learners with all levels of experience. With one of our instructors you’ll build up your driving knowledge until you’ve become a safe and confident driver. 

With PassMeFast, you don’t have to wait long to get on the road. Look at our course prices and book a course online or get in touch directly on 0333 123 4949 to take one step closer to getting on the road.