Learners located in Sheffield are in luck, with two test centres to choose from in the city. For those to the east of Sheffield, Handsworth test centre is closest. With its vicinity to the city centre, there’s plenty to take note of with Handsworth test centre—from its busiest roads to its location and pass rates. We’ve pulled all of this information together into a simple guide below.
Parking spaces are available at this centre
Male, female and disabled toilets available
You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair
It couldn’t be easier to get to Handsworth test centre, just follow these directions. Your practical test will involve you following a route around the centre’s vicinity. It’s vital, therefore, that you get used to the area around Handsworth. The more familiar you are, the more relaxed and confident you’ll be once your test rolls on by. The centre has full toilet facilities and parking for candidates.
As we’ve said, the centre is located to the east of the Sheffield area. Its vicinity to the city centre means that you can expect busy and bustling roads—especially during rush hour. The busiest roads around the centre have to be the A57 and A630—you might find it useful to drive around them during rush hours to get a better idea of what to expect. If you’re not entirely familiar with Sheffield, you might be wondering where you can catch a train or bus. We’ve got you covered in the links below...
Can’t find the Handsworth test route? That’s because test routes aren’t published by the DVSA anymore. It doesn’t really matter which test centre you take your practical at, however, as they all tend to incorporate the same road types on their test routes. You’ll be expected to handle busy road types like A roads and dual carriageways with confidence. You can also expect to face roundabouts, one-way systems and residential roads. Just practice as many road types as you can and you should be fine.
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Did you know that the DVSA publishes driving pass rates? This is how we know that the national average pass rate currently stands at 47%. If we break it down even further, it’s at a slightly higher 47.1% for learners in Yorkshire and the Humber. Is this the same for Handsworth test centre? Check out pass rates from the past five years below...
Handsworth’s pass rates have been lower than the national average in recent years. However, it’s nothing to get worked up over. It’s your driving ability that determines the outcome of your test—not the pass rate. If you’re not convinced, ask your instructor if there are any particular areas you need to work on.
You should be ready for your test after completing your driving lessons. Preparation for your practical is relatively simple—all you’ve got to do is:
Practicals always begin with an eyesight test, for obvious reasons. Once this is complete, you’ll move onto the “show me, tell me” section. The examiner will ask you two maintenance questions, e.g., “Identify where you’d check the engine oil level”. One will be asked before you start driving and the other during your test. You can find examples in everything you need to know about show me, tell me questions. The independent driving section is straightforward—you’ll follow a route using a sat nav or traffic signs (1 in 5 candidates will be asked to follow the latter). Don’t forget to practice the following manoeuvres beforehand:
The test will end, and you’ll be told straight away whether you’ve passed or failed. Passing will result in you being given your test pass certificate immediately. You will have to hand over your provisional in order to send off for your new driving licence. Failing will result in the examiner guiding you and your instructor through your mistakes—it will be helpful for when you retake your test. It should take only 40 minutes to complete.
Plenty of learners fail their first practical test—or even their second or third—so you shouldn’t worry too much if this happens to you. Just take the feedback given to you by your examiner to improve the areas you’re weakest in.
If you are in need of another practical test, we can book one for you as soon as two weeks later—after the 10 working day limit. And if you’re looking for a confidence boost, you can always take one of our refresher courses. Want to know more? Check out our guide to crash courses. If you want to get things moving, ring us on 0333 123 4949 or contact us via our website.
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