Newtown isn’t just the largest town in Powys, it’s also home to one of only two practical test centres in the entire county! Learners can find Newtown test centre in Ladywell House, just near Newtown Park. If you’re taking your practical here, the best way to get ahead of the competition is by getting better acquainted with your chosen test centre.

In our essential guide below, you’ll find vital information ranging from what you can expect from the driving test, to the ways in which you can increase your chances of success. Enjoy!


Ladywell House Newtown Powys SY16 1JB

Tests Offered at Newtown

  • Car
  • ADI part 3


There are parking spaces available


Male toilets are available

Disabled Access

Phone Number

0168 6625581

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Planning to take a look around Newtown test centre and its surrounding area with your supervisor? If you’re shaky with using road signs, follow these directions with a sat nav. Once you’ve been there a few times, you should be able to make your way there without any assistance.

A Bit More About Newtown

The town of Newtown certainly has a lot to offer driving examiners when it comes to different road types and traffic conditions. For starters, the town itself is full to the brim with supermarkets, schools and local businesses. As a result, it’s safe to say that you’ll probably encounter some stop-start driving during your test route. This will give you the perfect opportunity to highlight your excellent clutch control and patience.

Depending on the exact test route you’re dealing with, you might end up demonstrating one of the driving test manoeuvres (and potentially an emergency stop) in the centre of Newtown. It might be in one of the local car parks, or on one of the roads near Milford or Barnfields.

There are a few local A roads in close proximity to Newtown, which gives the examiners plenty of choices when it comes to your route. You could end up on the A489 towards Caersws, the A483 to Berriew, or the A470 towards Llanidloes. As long as you’ve taken lessons in the local area, however, you should be more than prepared, no matter where you end up.

Want to learn about Newtown’s public transport or local history? Feast your eyes on these resources:

Newtown Test Pass Rates

Before we share some driving test pass rates with you, we’d first like to make it clear to you that they shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Even if you took your test at a test centre with a 90% pass rate, it doesn’t mean that you’re guaranteed success. It’s all down to your hard work and performance on the day.

In the UK, learners have a 45.9% chance of passing their driving test first time. Those taking the plunge at Newtown test centre fare better than this average, however, as you can see below...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
57.5% 56.3% 53.9% 58.3% 56.1%

What If I Can't Go To Newtown? 

Though Newton might be the most convenient test centre option for you, that doesn’t mean that it’s your only option. If you’re willing to travel further afield, your closest test centres include:

What To Expect On The Day

Once you’ve completed forty to fifty hours of driving lessons with a DVSA-approved instructor, you should have all of the skills necessary to pass the driving test. Don’t worry if you’re not feeling 100% though, this is perfectly normal for learners. Just read through our guide to avoiding test day nerves and you’ll be just fine.

The DVSA recommends candidates get to their test centre ten minutes before their test is due to start. Upon arrival at Newton, you’ll park the car and get out to meet the examiner. Before the test starts, you’ll need to show the examiner your provisional and sign a quick form.

The test will then consist of:

  • 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

Learning to drive can be as easy as ABC, or at least, it is when you choose the right driving school. Instead of picking the cheapest option, or the first school you find on the internet, go for one that will keep things as simple as possible.

With PassMeFast, learning to drive is a no fuss, no muss process. We’ll take care of booking your tests and finding a local ADI, letting you focus entirely on picking up the fundamentals of driving. All we need to know is:

  • Which transmission you’re learning in
  • When you’d like to take your test
  • How intensively you’d like to learn
  • Where you’d like to get picked up and dropped off

Once that’s sorted, we’ll be able to fast-track your test at Newtown and assign you an instructor who will work with you one-on-one to get you test-ready.

Ready to take the first step on your learning journey? Perfect! Figure out how many hours you’ll need by looking at our course prices page, or by trying out our course recommender. Then, give us a call on 0333 123 4949, or book online!

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