If you’re learning to drive in Renfrewshire, you don’t have to spend long trying to figure out where you’ll take your driving test—there’s only one local test centre available! Paisley test centre is smack bang in the middle of St James Business Centre, so if you’re a local, you might have gone past it without realising. Before you head here on your big day, get up to speed with pass rates, the format of the test and much more with our guide below!


St James Business Centre Linwood Road Paisley Renfrewshire PA3 3AT

Tests Offered at Paisley

  • Car


A car park is available at the test centre


Male and female toilets are available

Disabled Access

You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair

Phone Number

0141 8878639

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

If you’re planning to take a look at Paisley test centre and its surrounding area before your instructor takes you there on a lesson, be sure to use these directions with a sat nav. (That is, unless your supervisor is familiar with the area—in which case, get them to give you verbal directions so you can get some practise in!)

A Bit More About Paisley

As with other test centres in the UK, Paisley is surrounded by a wide variety of road types. There are countless roundabouts scattered around the local area (so you’ll want to make sure you’re confident with them beforehand), along with busy A roads like the A737 and quiet roads around areas like Penilee.

If you’re slightly fed up with learning about the roads around Paisley, why not fill your head with more general information? Feast your eyes on these resources:

Paisley Test Pass Rates

By looking at the driving test pass rates released by the DVSA, we can infer a lot about what factors impact a learner’s chances of passing. From transmission to age to the number of test attempts, there are a lot of things that can affect the outcome of your test.

Even your choice of test centre can factor into your result. To get an idea of what your chances might be at Paisley, check out its pass rates from the last five years...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
44.0% 43.8% 46.1% 46.3% 45.4%

What If I Can't Go To Paisley? 

If you’ve changed your mind about heading to Paisley for your practical test, there are plenty of other options in the surrounding counties. Your closest alternatives include:

What To Expect On The Day

Worried about your big day? Take a deep breath and relax. As terrifying as the test might seem, it’s really not that different from a regular driving lesson. All you’ve got to do is follow a test route and show off your new skills!

To make sure you’re actually able to take the test, you’ll need to get to Paisley in a timely fashion—the DVSA recommends learners get to their chosen test centre ten minutes before their appointment. You’ll also need to have your provisional handy, as the examiner will ask to see it prior to your test starting.

Your driving 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

If you want to avoid spending years trying and failing to get your full driving licence, you might want to consider trying the PassMeFast approach. Instead of taking lessons on an hourly and weekly basis, you’ll learn in a more intensive or semi-intensive fashion. Working with your assigned, local instructor, you’ll spend between two to five hours at a time behind the wheel on the roads around Paisley test centre. Your CX Adviser will even fast-track your test so that you’re not dealing with long waiting times!

Stop delaying and start your learning journey today! Look over our course prices page to figure out which course best fits your level of experience. Once you’re ready, you can then book in over the phone on 0333 123 4949, or online!

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