Learners in Alnwick will be pleased to know that they have their very own local test centre to head to, meaning you don’t have to travel further afield in Northumberland to take your practical! Located in Roxburgh House on Green Batt, Alnwick test centre doesn’t look like much at a glance. But don’t let that fool you! This test centre has broken the hearts of many learners over the years!

To give yourself an edge, we’d recommend reading our comprehensive guide below. We’ll walk you through what really happens in the driving test and even offer some tips on how to improve your chances of passing first time!


Roxburgh House Green Batt Alnwick Northumberland NE66 1LA

Tests Offered at Alnwick

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car parking spaces are available


Male and female toilets are available

Disabled Access

Special arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

If you’re looking to get a sneak peek at Alnwick test centre before your instructor takes you around the area, be sure to use these directions with a sat nav (unless your supervisor is confident that they can direct you themselves).

A Bit More About Alnwick

The location of Alnwick test centre is ideal for practical tests, as it is surrounded by a wide range of traffic and road conditions—allowing examiners to truly test whether or not a learner is truly ready to take to the roads unsupervised.

During your test, you’ll likely stick close to the town centre at first so that your examiner can monitor your clutch control and your ability to meet oncoming traffic whilst manoeuvring around parked vehicles. You’ll then proceed onto nearby A roads like the A1 and A1068 so that they can test your speed and hazard perception skills. At some point, you’ll be guided towards a local car park or residential area to complete a driving test manoeuvre.

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Alnwick Test Pass Rates

Wondering if you should head to another test centre in Northumberland instead of Alnwick? Hold your horses! The current national average in the UK is 45.9%, but if you head to Alnwick, your odds are much higher. As you can see in the table below, Alnwick’s pass rates in the last five years have been much higher than the national average. Not bad, huh?

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
60.3% 67.0% 63.5% 64.3% 63.6%

What If I Can't Go To Alnwick? 

If you’re stuck with long test waiting times at Alnwick, you could pick out a backup test centre to increase your chances of getting an earlier test date. Your closest options in Northumberland include:

What To Expect On The Day

Though we can’t tell you what your exact test route will entail, we can peel back the curtain on the actual format of your driving test. Before we get into that, however, we’re going to quickly run through what happens beforehand.

In order to give yourself enough time to park the car and meet your examiner, you’ll need to arrive at Alnwick test centre 10 minutes early. Do not forget to bring your provisional with you, as you won’t be able to take the test without it.

Once you’ve got the pleasantries out of the way, you can finally proceed onto the fun part of things: the driving test! It will follow this basic structure:

  • 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

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

If you’re fed up with taking lessons on a weekly basis and not getting any closer to achieving your full licence, PassMeFast could be the answer.

We don’t believe in doing things the traditional way. Instead of dragging out your learning journey over months, or forcing you to take time off work to fit in an entire course, we offer ultimate flexibility to our learners.

When you book onto a course, we’ll sort you out with a local ADI who will work with you to fit your lessons in around your schedule. You get to pick whether you learn at an intensive or semi-intensive pace, spending between two to five hours behind the wheel. We’ll also fast-track your test at Alnwick test centre so that you have a date to work towards!

To get a closer look at our tailored, crash course packages, head on over to our course prices page. Once you’re ready to get started, give us a call on 0333 123 4949, or book online!

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