Located off Venture Way, Taunton test centre can be found smack dab in the middle of Crown Industrial Estate. Though the estate itself is relatively spacious, it could potentially get congested during rush hour, so bear that in mind when travelling to and from Taunton. The centre itself is a 10-minute drive from the town centre and close to the A358, meaning that both local learners and those coming in from further afield will be able to reach it with little to no effort. If you don’t know much about Taunton test centre, give our guide below a gander. We’ve got directions, pass rates, test routes and much more!
There are parking spaces at this centre
Male and female toilets are available
If you’re a local learner who lives near the town centre, you’ll need to get onto Tangier Way to start. Your next move will be to turn onto Bridge Street before turning onto Station Road, and then the A3038. Next, you’ll need to switch to the A358, turn onto the A3259 before finally moving onto Venture Way. (Trust us, it’s a lot easier and faster than it sounds.) If you’re coming in from further afield in Somerset, you can make use of nearby A roads like the A359 and A38, not to mention the M5. Until you get used to making the trip, it might be a good idea to use directions with your sat nav.
There’s a good reason why we urge learners to take their practical in their local area, and that’s because a knowledge of the roads will mean you’ll be somewhat familiar with your test route. There’s an even mix of busy and quiet roads around Taunton, so you’ll spend a lot of time moving between different roads and traffic systems. (Keep a close eye on your speedometer—you don’t want to go over the limit!) The route will take you along some of the nearby A roads, like the A3259 and A38, which feature a variety of tricky roundabouts, so beware! Though the M5 is close by, motorways do not currently feature on tests, so you’ve not got to worry about it.
At some point, the test route will lead you to a quieter residential estate, such as Galmington or Sherford. Here, you’ll have to show off your ability to manoeuvre around parked vehicles whilst meeting oncoming traffic. You’ll also be asked to demonstrate one of the driving test manoeuvres.
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If you’re trying to find out which exact roads will crop up on your Taunton test route, you’re out of luck! The DVSA no longer publishes its routes, so there’s no way of getting your hands on an exact route. Of course, if you’ve taken lessons with a local ADI, this won’t matter one bit. They’ll make sure you’re more than familiar with the Taunton area by the time your practical rolls on by. If that’s not enough to ease your nerves though, you might want to try watching videos of Taunton test routes on YouTube. Or, you can try downloading our sample Taunton driving test routes!
As one of the leading driving schools in the UK, we make a point of keeping an eye out for the DVSA’s latest statistics. By doing so, we can discover interesting trends and patterns when it comes to learner drivers and the driving test. Did you know, for example, that the current national average pass rate is 45.9%? This average can then fluctuate depending on which county you’re in, how old you are and even your transmission choice!
If you’re looking for something slightly more specific, you can have a look at how other learners have fared at Taunton test centre within the last five years in the table below...
There’s really not much to complain about with Taunton test centre. Its pass rates are well above the national average, which is sure to ease some nerves. As interesting as these stats are, however, don’t depend on them too much. The outcome of your driving test will depend entirely on your efforts, not your test centre’s pass rates. So, pay attention in your lessons, keep practising outside lessons and try to remain positive!
Decided that Taunton test centre is no longer a viable option for you? Or are you simply fishing around for a potential backup test centre? Whatever the reason, you don’t have to fret if you’re looking for another test centre. There are plenty of options available near the Taunton area, the closest of which are Yeovil and Weston-super-Mare.
Whether you feel ready or not, it’s now time for you to take your driving test. That means you’ve got just one more step to take before you, with luck, become a fully qualified driver. (You’ll be taking off on a road trip in no time!) If your nerves are getting the better of you, we’d recommend making your way through our top relaxation tips or our guide on how to avoid test day nerves!
If you want to actually sit your driving test, you’ll need your provisional licence. The examiner will ask to see it before your test starts. If you don’t have it, your test will be cancelled and you won’t get a refund for the test fee. To make sure there’s enough time to park up and meet the examiner, you’ll also need to get to Taunton 10 minutes before your test starts.
Your test will follow this basic format:
After driving all around the Taunton area, your route will eventually loop back to the test centre. At this point, you’ll be asked to park the car and turn off the ignition. As eager as you might be for your result, you’ll need to wait for just a few minutes. The examiner will complete their paperwork, tell you whether you’ve passed and give you a physical feedback sheet detailing any faults you accumulated. Alternatively, you might be sent this by email via the driving test app.
No matter how prepared you are for the driving test, there’s always a possibility that you might fail—whether it’s because of nerves or a recurring bad habit. What’s important is that you don’t let it get to you too much. Taking a long break from driving can be detrimental to your muscle memory. Instead, you should take a refresher course and work on sharpening your skills in time for your next test.
To avoid getting stuck with long driving test waiting times, we’d advise booking a fast-track practical test with PassMeFast. To get things started today, give us a call on 0333 123 4949, or contact us online!
If you’re dying to get your hands on a full driving licence, PassMeFast is the driving school for you. Our intensive and semi-intensive courses are designed to fit around your schedule. It doesn’t matter if you’re only available in the evenings or at the weekend, everything is flexible and suited to your preferences. Your lessons will last between 2 to 5 hours. In this time, you and your instructor will drive around the Taunton area, all the while building up your skills and experience. Depending on your availability, you could potentially be a qualified driver in weeks, or even days!
If you’re ready to get the ball rolling, mosey on over to our course prices page to get a good look at our tailored crash course packages. If you’d like to know even more about our courses, our driving courses rundown features in-depth descriptions and videos. Once you’ve picked one out, book in online, or over the phone on 0333 123 4949.
Of course, if you’ve already had some driving experience, it can be difficult to figure out just how many hours you need to become test-ready. That’s where our sales advisors come in! If you give us a call, they’ll walk you through your options and offer you their professional advice along the way. If you’d prefer to keep things short and sweet, you could try our course recommender tool instead!