Around 15 minutes from the town centre by car, Ipswich test centre can be found on Wentworth Road in Ransomes Industrial Estate. It happens to be close to the busy A14 which, in addition to the numerous local businesses nearby, means that you’ll likely face heavy traffic during rush hour. To make sure there are no surprises on your big day, we’d recommend that you take some time to familiarise yourself with Ipswich test centre. The more you know, the more confident you’ll feel on your driving test. You’ll find everything you need in our guide below. From directions, pass rates, test routes, we’ve got it all!
A car park is available at this centre
Male and female toilets are available
If you live in or around the town centre, it’s a simple enough journey to Ipswich test centre. You’ll need to get onto Franciscan Way, continue onto Star Lane and then turn onto the A1156. Continue onto Nacton Road and, at the roundabout, turn onto the A1189. At the next roundabout, turn onto Central Avenue and then onto Wentworth Road on the last roundabout. (Trust us, it’s easier than it sounds!) If you’re coming in from further afield, all you need to do is use one of the local A roads like the A14 and A12. To make sure you don’t get lost on your first foray into Ipswich, you’d best use these directions with your sat nav.
The main reason that we urge learners to take lessons in the same area as their test centre is because their test route will make use of most of the local roads and traffic systems. If you’re familiar with the area, then, you’ll be more than prepared for your test route. Ipswich test centre is surrounded by pretty narrow, residential roads which means that you’ll likely face steady streams of oncoming traffic during peak hours. If there are a lot of parked vehicles around, you’ll need to keep an eye on your road positioning as you manoeuvre around them. You’ll probably be taken into or around the town centre, which can get quite congested. If this happens, you’ll end up facing a lot of stop-start traffic—meaning that your clutch control will need to be on point.
At some point during your route, you’ll be guided towards either a quiet residential area or a local car park in order to demonstrate one of the manoeuvres. If you’re still feeling shaky, we’d recommend reading up on our tips for mastering the manoeuvres!
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As much as we’d love to give you the Ipswich test route, we can’t—for two key reasons. Firstly, the DVSA no longer publishes its routes, so it’s actually impossible to get your hands on an up-to-date one. Secondly, having the route wouldn’t actually help you. You’d likely spend the entirety of your driving test trying to remember which road comes next in the route, potentially leading to you missing hazards or changes to road conditions. That’s not to say that your route has to be a complete mystery. You can still get a rough idea of which roads might crop up by watching videos of Ipswich test routes on YouTube, or by downloading our sample Ipswich driving test routes.
If there’s one thing that PassMeFast loves almost as much as helping learners pass their test, it’s taking a deep dive into the DVSA’s latest batch of statistics. We’re not happy with just knowing that learners in the UK have a 45.9% chance of passing. We want to know even more! That’s why we take the time to analyse new trends and patterns. Did you know, for example, that the area you live in could affect your chances of passing? Even your choice of transmission could play a role! If you’d like to look at more interesting finds, head on over to the PassMeFast blog.
Want to keep things simple? (How boring!) We’ve compiled Ipswich test centre’s pass rates from the last five years in the table below...
Well, well, well! Ipswich’s pass rates certainly aren’t anything to turn your nose up at! They’ve been way above the national average and then some! Of course, it’s important that you don’t get too carried away here. As exciting as these statistics are, they’re not going to get you the result you want. You’re going to have to buckle down, work hard, and pay close attention to your instructor’s advice if you want to become a fully qualified driver!
Decided that Ipswich test centre is no longer a viable option for you? Or are you trying to get your hands on an earlier test date? Whatever your reason is, you don’t have to worry about finding another test centre—you’ve got plenty in your local area. The closest options to Ipswich include Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea.
Your weeks, or months, of hard work have finally come to an end! Are you raring to go for your driving test? No? Don’t worry. Plenty of learner drivers feel nervous on the approach to their driving test. The best thing you can do is read our guide to avoiding test day nerves, along with our top 10 tips to relax before your test. Trust us—they work a treat!
Unless you want to go home without actually taking the test, we’d encourage you to double check that you have your provisional licence before you leave your house. The examiner will ask to see it before you start the test, so there’s no way of going on without it. To make sure you’ve got enough time to park up and meet the examiner, you’ll need to get to Ipswich test centre 10 minutes before your test starts.
Your practical will follow this basic format:
After around 40 minutes, your test route will bring you right back to Ipswich test centre. Phew! Once you’ve parked up and turned off the ignition, you can finally give yourself a pat on the back. All that’s left is for the examiner to finish filling out their paperwork. Then (cue drumroll) they’ll give you your result. You’ll be able to see a full breakdown of your driving test faults, unless you’re a member of the zero minors club, on either a physical feedback sheet, or by email via the driving test app.
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, our nerves or a recurring bad habit ends up emerging on the driving test. This can make the difference between a pass and a fail. If you do end up failing, just know that you’re not alone and that it doesn’t have to mark the end of your driving journey. Now that you know what the test format is like, you don’t have to worry as much about your nerves. All that’s left is for you to work on your weaker areas in a refresher course with a local ADI.
If you want to avoid dealing with long driving test waiting times, you can get PassMeFast to book you a fast-track practical test. To get started today, give us a bell on 0333 123 4949, or contact us online.
If you’re looking to get your full driving licence in Ipswich, you’re in luck! PassMeFast’s intensive and semi-intensive courses are available in your area! How do they work, you ask? It’s simple. Once you book onto a course, we’ll match you up with your own CX Adviser who will sort out booking your theory test and/or driving test, along with assigning you your PassMeFast instructor. You’ll then tell your instructor how intensively you’d like to learn—you can take lessons in 2 to 5 hour blocks, depending on your preferences and overall availability. Then, you’ll work on building up your driving experience and sharpening your skills on the roads around Ipswich.
Want to learn more? Check out our course prices page, or driving courses rundown, to get a closer look at our tailored crash course packages. Already got a course picked out? Great! Get booked in today over the phone on 0333 123 4949, or book online!
Had driving lessons in the past? Can’t tell how many hours you need to get test-ready? Relax! Our sales advisors are experienced with helping learners find out which course is best for them. All you’ve got to do is give us a call and we’ll do the rest. Alternatively, you can answer a few simple questions and our course recommender will do the rest!