York (Arabesque House)

York test centre can be found a few miles from the city centre. Don’t worry too much, though. It’s easily accessible, as it’s close to plenty of major A roads. The centre itself shares office space with other businesses in Arabesque House and is right next to Monks Cross Shopping Park.  Whilst you won’t find half as many people heading here as the number of tourists visiting York itself, plenty of learners still head here to take the plunge and try their best at the driving test. If you’re taking your test here, we’d suggest you spend some time getting familiar with the centre. Our handy guide below will help—featuring directions, pass rates, test routes and much more. 


Arabesque House Monks Cross Drive Huntington York North Yorkshire YO32 9GW

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How To Get There

If you’re heading to Arabesque House from the city centre, you should start by taking the A1036, then follow signs for Monks Cross. For learners arriving from further afield, this test centre is conveniently located close to the A1237. If you’re not quite sure what the best way of getting there is, though, don’t worry. Just get your sat nav out, use these directions and you’ll arrive there with little to no fuss.

A Bit More About York

As with every other driving test centre in the UK, York test centre has a varied number of road features and types. If you’re taking your test here, be prepared for an even mix of busy urban roads, like the A1237 and A64, and quieter residential areas. If you hate roundabouts, you won’t be too pleased—there are three in close vicinity to the test centre. Odds are that you’ll have to face at least two of them. (Not too confident with roundabouts? Our guide to roundabout types might help!)

If you’re looking for more information on the area of York itself, check out the links below.

York Test Route

If you’re not yet aware that the DVSA doesn’t publish test routes, you’re a bit late to the party. Though your friend might’ve been able to study official test routes a few years ago, you, unfortunately, will not be able to. In an attempt to ensure test routes are as unpredictable as real-life driving, the DVSA no longer allows candidates to study official test routes.

You can, however, still get a vague idea of what to expect by watching videos of York test routes on YouTube. You can also download our sample York driving test routes. Though they begin at York test centre’s old location on Murton Way, there will be some overlap.

York Test Pass Rates

Nothing seems to quite spark as much interest amongst learner drivers as pass rates. It’s understandable. After all, who wouldn’t want to have a rough idea of what their chances are when taking the driving test? Fortunately for you, we’re just as fascinated by driving test pass rates!

On a general scale, the national average currently stands at 45.9%. As for York test centre,check out the table below...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
54.5% 51.7% 50.7% 54.0% 51.5%

If Murton Way’s pass rates are anything to go by, learners stand a pretty decent chance of getting their full driving licence at York test centre. Though, we’d like to impress upon you the importance of not relying wholly on pass rates. After all, even if you head to a test centre with the highest pass rate around, if you don’t put in the work, you won’t stand a chance of passing.

Wondering why pass rates seem to fluctuate so much between test centres? We explore five reasons why it’s easier to pass your driving test at certain test centres.

What If I Can’t Go To York?

If you’re looking to increase your chances of finding that all-important test date, you might want to think about expanding your options beyond one single test centre. If that’s the case, or you simply don’t want to head to York, your nearest alternatives in North Yorkshire are Knaresborough and Malton.

What To Expect On The Day

In what seems like no time at all, your practical test date will be upon you. Though it seems like only yesterday you were trying to master clutch control and build up your muscle memory, it’s now time for you to put all of your hard work to the test.  So, what exactly do you need to be aware of for your big day?

Well, before you even leave the house, you should make sure you’ve got your provisional licence. Otherwise, you won’t be able to take the test. Next, you need to get to York test centre 10 minutes before your test is due to start. Try not to get there any earlier—you don’t want to get in the way of other learners coming in and out of the car park for their test.

  • 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

That’s all there is to it! Once you’ve parked back up at York test centre, your practical will officially be at an end. Though it might seem longer, the examiner will only take a minute or so to finish completing their feedback sheet. Then, you’ll get the verdict. Dun dun dun! Regardless of the result, the examiner will walk you through any driving test faults you made. If you are successful, you get a test pass certificate and you’ll be able to send off for your new licence!

But What If I Fail?

If you’re worried about the prospect of failing, you’re not alone. Plenty of learner drivers worry—it’s one of the reasons why so many driving schools try to peddle guaranteed passes. If the idea of failing is keeping you up at night, relax! If you do fail, it’s as simple as figuring out what kind of bad driving habits you’re making, improving them and going in for another test.

If you want to speed up the process and get on the road ASAP, get PassMeFast to fast-track your test. Just give us a bell on 0333 123 4949, or contact us via our website to get things started.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

Instead of spending your time trying to get your hands on a guaranteed pass (which you won’t actually be able to find), you should opt for a solution that will give you the best chance possible of passing. Not sure what that solution is? It’s simple: intensive and semi-intensive courses. There’s a good reason why these courses are more popular nowadays. That’s because they get learners up to test standard in less time and are far more cost-effective than single, hourly lessons.

If you’re ready to take the plunge and learn to drive with an experienced, DVSA-approved instructor who will help you work lessons around your schedule, book in with PassMeFast today. You can see exactly what we’ve got to offer you on our course prices page. Once you’re happy, book a course online or give us a ring on 0333 123 4949 to find out more.

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