Learner drivers located in and around Stoke-on-Trent have two test centres to choose from. If you’re situated to the north of the city, Cobridge test centre will be your port of call. Found next to the A53 and Cobridge Park, the test centre might seem small, but that certainly hasn’t stopped it from overseeing hundreds of driving tests a year. If you’re putting your driving skills to the test here, we’d advise you get to know more about it. Keep reading to find directions, pass rates, test routes and much more!
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Learners coming in from Stoke-on-Trent will need to get onto the A500 and move off onto the A53 in order to reach Cobridge test centre. Learners not so closely located to the centre will also be able to use these major A roads to get there. If you’re not sure which route to take to get to the centre, use these directions and you’ll get there just fine.
In order to make sure you’re truly ready to take to the roads unsupervised, your driving examiner will try and incorporate as many difficult road features and conditions as they can into your test route. They’ll take you through busier roads like the A50 and A53, before moving you through the quieter residential roads near Burslem Park and the like. You’ll want to watch out for nearby schools and colleges like Stoke-on-Trent, as you might encounter heavy road and foot traffic during the week. Don’t worry if you’re already feeling overwhelmed. Your instructor will likely take you on a mock test or two, to help you get used to the area.
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Looking for your test route so you can go on a trial run before your big day? Despite what you might have been told by other learners, you won’t be able to find your exact Cobridge test route. The DVSA wants to make your practical test as unpredictable as possible—reflecting real life driving—so they no longer publish routes. You can, however, dispel some of the mystery by watching videos of Cobridge test routes on YouTube or by downloading our sample Cobridge driving test routes. Still worried? Your instructor will introduce you to the very same road types and traffic systems that will likely feature on your test.
It doesn’t matter what the test is, we all want to know what our chances are of passing—learner drivers are no different. Pass rates are also good for explaining why we might not have done as well as we’d hoped, if they’re low. Learner drivers in the UK currently have a 45.8% chance of passing their practical test. As for those taking their test at Cobridge test centre, see pass rates from the last five years below...
Whilst pass rates at Cobridge test centre have been below the national average in recent years, we wouldn’t cancel your test here anytime soon. After all, statistics aren’t going to get you that test pass certificate—your hard work and safe driving will! So, work hard in your driving lessons and pay close attention to what your instructor tells you to do.
Cobridge isn’t the only test centre on offer in Staffordshire. If you can’t head here, or you’re on the lookout for a backup option, you’ve got options. The closest centre to Cobridge is Stoke-on-Trent (Newcastle-Under-Lyme).
Understandably, many learner drivers freak out when their test date gets closer. Of course, whilst nerves are to be expected, you should remember that if you’ve taken lessons with a DVSA-approved instructor, you should be more than prepared for what will come your way in the practical.
On the day of your test, get to Cobridge test centre 10 minutes before your practical is due to begin. Don’t get there any earlier, otherwise you’ll get in the way of other learners coming in and out of the test centre for their test. Remember to bring your provisional, or the examiner will be forced to cancel your test.
As for the practical, it will follow this simple format:
Eager to get your results? You certainly won’t have to wait long. As soon as you get back to the centre, the examiner will quickly tot up any faults you made and let you know how you performed. Successful learners will get a test pass certificate and have the chance to send off for their full licence! Unsuccessful learners should keep their feedback sheet, so that they can work on the areas they accumulated the most faults in.
If nerves got the best of you or you made a few silly mistakes, you don’t have to worry—you can get another crack at it! In fact, you can get a head start with your very own cheat sheet: the feedback sheet given to you by the examiner. Take some time to work on your weaker areas and, once you’re ready, PassMeFast can fast-track your test. To get booked in, give us a call on 0333 123 4949 or contact us online.
Want a more in-depth guide? Check out our guide on what to do if you fail the practical test.
Learning to drive in the Stoke-on-Trent area doesn’t have to be rocket science. Instead of faffing about with hourly lessons and the like, why not book with PassMeFast? Our courses are designed to be taken at an intensive or semi-intensive pace—depending entirely on how fast you’d like to get passed and your overall availability. Working with one of our DVSA-approved instructors, you’ll build up your driving experience in your local area until you’re ready to take your practical test.
If you’d like to see what courses we have to offer you, head on over to our course prices page. Already got some experience? Not sure which course is right for you? Our course recommender should do the trick. You can then book in online or over the phone on 0333 123 4949.