Want to take your practical test at Barnsley test centre? Located between Leeds and Sheffield, Barnsley offers a variety of challenges to learners with any level of experience. It’s always a great idea to get to grip with the vicinity around your chosen centre, which is why we’ve compiled a full fact file. Just below you’ll find contact information, details about the surrounding area and what will be expected of you on the day of your practical.


West Rd Barnsley South Yorkshire S75 2DH

Tests Offered at Barnsley

  • Car
  • ADI part 2
  • ADI part 3


Parking spaces are available at this centre


Male, female and disabled toilets available

Disabled Access

You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair

Phone Number

0122 6282226

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Not sure how to get to Barnsley test centre? It couldn’t be any easier—just follow the directions here. It’s always best to get to know the area surrounding your chosen test centre. The more familiar you are with local road features—like roundabouts and tricky one-way systems—the less likely you are to be surprised by what comes your way on your practical. Barnsley test centre offers female, male and disabled toilet facilities alongside disabled access.

A Bit More About Barnsley

Located in the Barnsley area, Barnsley test centre is a great choice for learner drivers living in Barnsley, Penistone, Hoyland, Wombwell, and the surrounding area. During your driving course or lessons, you’ll be taken around the test centre’s nearby vicinity. Typically, your instructor will start you out on the basics before introducing you slowly but surely to the most challenging road features in the area. At some point you can expect to drive on busy A roads like the A628 and A6133. Not sure what else you might need to know about Barnsley? We’ve moved beyond the road features and included resources for transport, the local council and even the weather:

Barnsley Test Route

Wondering what your test route will involve? We can’t give you an exact route as the DVSA no longer publishes them. We can, however, give you a few guidelines. Examiners all like to test students on the same kinds of challenging road types. You can be certain that high-speed A roads and busy junctions will feature on your route. You’ll also drive around residential areas to test your speed awareness and clutch control.

The best way to prepare for your test is to ask your instructor to take you around the most challenging road features in the nearby area. If you’re already familiar with the most difficult one-way system, for example, you’ll be less likely to trip up if the examiner includes it on your test route. Don’t forget to remember aspects like the different types of pedestrian crossings—just keep your cool during your test and you’ll be just fine. 

Barnsley Test Pass Rates

For those of you who are fond of statistics, you might be interested in driving test pass rates. Did you know that the current national average pass rate is 47%? Looking more closely at learners in Yorkshire and the Humber, this statistic changes only minutely at 47.1%. But how do factors like gender and age play into it? Check out PassMeFast’s driving test pass rates compared. And if you’d prefer to see how Barnsley learners have performed, you can see pass rates from the last five years below...

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
46.9% 45.8% 43.6% 50.9% 51.5%

Things bode well for learners at Barnsley, with pass rates higher than the national average in the last couple of years. If you’re feeling a bit underwhelmed, just bear in mind that it’s your actions that determine whether you pass or not—not the pass rate!

What If I Can't Go To Barnsley?

Can’t make it to Barnsley test centre? You don’t have to worry, there’s plenty of test centres in South Yorkshire to choose from—the closest of which are Rotherham and Sheffield (Middlewood Road).

What To Expect On The Day

Finally gotten to the end of your driving lessons? You should be completely test-ready! If you’re panicking about your practical, don’t worry—we’re going to go through everything you need to know. On the day of your test, please remember to:

  • Get there 10 minutes early
  • Bring your provisional licence

Your practical will start off with an eyesight test. The examiner will then ask you two “show me, tell me” which involve the maintenance of your car, e.g., “Tell me how tyre pressures should be checked”. Expect to be asked one question before you set off on your test route and the other whilst you’re driving. During the independent driving section, you’ll follow a particular route using a sat nav—1 in 5 candidates will be asked to follow traffic signs instead, however. This section lasts 20 minutes and will also include you demonstrating:

  • Parallel parking
  • Bay parking
  • Pulling up on the right

You’ll find out the results of your test immediately after it ends. If you pass, your examiner will give you your test pass certificate. If you fail, you’ll be told exactly where you went wrong in your test so that you can improve your driving before you rebook. You’ll be at Barnsley test centre for approximately 40 minutes.

But What If I Fail?

It’s the question at the front of most people’s minds when they’re looking to take their practical test. Luckily, failing your test won’t set you back for too long. Not only is it a common occurrence for many learner drivers, it’s also easy enough to remedy.

If you’ve failed your test, PassMeFast can book another one for you as soon as two weeks later—after the 10 working day limit. You can also opt for more tuition if you need to brush up on a few key areas. Not sure we’re the right driving school for you? Take a look at what our students think of us in our customer reviews. If you want to get the ball rolling straight away, you can contact us via our website or give us a ring on 0333 123 4949.

Improve Your Chances With PassmeFast

If you’ve previously taken individual driving lessons, you might have come to the realisation that taking lessons weeks apart is a poor way of learning. If that’s the case, you might be better suited to a crash course. That’s where PassMeFast comes in! We offer intensive or semi-intensive courses which allow students to learn how to drive in a matter of days or weeks. With our fast-track practical tests, you don’t have to worry about waiting around—our DVSA-approved instructors will have you driving on the road safely in no time at all!

Don’t waste your time—take a look at our course prices to find out which course is the right fit for you. Once you know what you’re looking for, get in touch on 0333 123 4949 or book a course online to get started.