Situated off of Main Road, across from Watnall Green, Watnall test centre is relatively small for a driving test centre. It can be found next to SOLOS Consultants, an observation station and The Royal Oak. A popular option for learners living in and around Watnall, this test centre has its fair share of visitors each year. If you've decided to take the plunge and head to Watnall test centre for your practical, we'd recomend getting to know it better. Read on for directionspass ratestest routes and much more about Watnall. 


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Tests Offered at Watnall

  • Car
  • Lorries, large vehicles and buses


Car parking spaces are available


Male and female 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

The test centre is practically on the doorstep of Watnall itself, not too far from the busy M1 and B600. Learners won't have much difficulty in getting to Watnall test centre—it's as simple as following the Main Road. If you'd like to look around the centre before you start your lessons, you can find directions here

A Bit More About Watnall

As with other test centres, Watnall was carefully chosen to ensure it was close to a wide variety of road conditions and types. For starters, the centre is located near a selection of rural roads and residential areas. Further from the centre itself, you'll come across dual carriageways like the A610 and roundabouts like the one off B6010 near Giltbrook. Candidates will certainly be put through their paces! If you want to know more general facts about the Watnall area, feast your eyes on the resources below:

Watnall Test Route

You won't be able to get your hands on the exact Watnall test route that you'll be taken on. Why? The DVSA wants to test your ability to confidently and safely handle a variety of road and traffic systems—not your ability to memorize a route. You won't be going into your practical blind, though. If you're working with a local ADI, they'll make sure you're familiar with the roads likely to feature on your test. As such, you'll be less likely to panic on the day. You can get a better idea of what to expect by looking at videos of Watnall test routes on YouTube. 

Watnall Test Pass Rates

We all love to compare ourselves to other people—it’s one of the reasons that driving test pass rates are so popular with our students. If you’re looking at the entirety of the UK, the average pass rate stands at 45.9%—moving up to 50.1% for those in the East Midlands. Want something on an even more minute scale? We’ve got pass rates for Watnall test route from the last five years...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
48.7% 50.4% 49.7% 48.5% 51.2%

Overall, it’s not looking too bad at Watnall test centre. It’s certainly enough to put those test day nerves at ease! If you’re not entirely convinced, why not ask your instructor to give you a mock test? This will give you a glimpse into the test structure and also give you an idea as to which areas you’re weakest in.

Wondering how to prepare for your test? Check out driving test faults explained—once you know what the examiner’s looking out for, it will give you something to focus on.

What If I Can’t Go To Watnall?

Watnall isn’t the only test centre available in Nottinghamshire. If you’d prefer to head to another test centre, your closest options are Colwick and Chilwell.

What To Expect On The Day

Don’t feel prepared for your test? You’re not the first learner to feel a bit nervous or unsure on the approach to their practical. Just relax—you should be more than prepared for it. All you've got to do on the day is get there 10 minutes early and bring your provisional. Your practical 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

Once you’ve driven back to Watnall test centre, you’ll be asked to park and turn off the ignition. You’ll then be told the end result—the examiner will walk you through any minors or majors using a feedback sheet. If you pass, you get your very own test pass certificate. The examiner will also ask if you want to send off your provisional to get your new licence. 

But What If I Fail?

This is the question often at the forefront of every learner’s mind—and understandably so. While we can’t offer you a guaranteed pass, we can offer you peace of mind. If you fail your test, we can speed up the booking process by fast-tracking your test. And if your confidence really is shaken, we’ve got our very own refresher course which is ideal—our 10 hour driving course.

Ready to get back on the road? Don’t wait around. Give us a ring on 0333 123 4949, or contact us via our website.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

If you’d like to get passed as soon as possible, you might find the perfect solution with PassMeFast. Our nine tailored crash course packages—which you can get a better look at in our driving courses rundown—are suited to all types of learner drivers and can be completed in an intensive or semi-intensive manner. Whether you’re a confident or nervous driver, our DVSA-approved instructors will get you test-ready. 

Book in with PassMeFast and you could be saying those magic words—“I’ve passed!”—in no time at all. Simply check out our course prices and give us a ring on 0333 123 4949, or book a course online yourself.