Learner drivers itching to get their driving licence in the Gosforth area will begin their practical test at a centre situated on Sandy Lane. Located in a small business estate, right across from Parklands Golf Club, Gosforth test centre has plenty of tricks up its sleeve. If you don’t want to get caught out, make sure you get to know it properly before heading in for your test. Keep reading for directionspass ratestest routes and much more!


Sandy Lane Gosforth Newcastle Upon Tyne Tyne and Wear NE3 5HB

Tests Offered at Gosforth

  • Car
  • Lorries, large vehicles and buses
  • ADI part 2
  • ADI part 3



Male, female and disabled toilets are available

Disabled Access

You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair

Phone Number

0191 2364526

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

It couldn’t be easier to get to Gosforth test centre. If you’re coming in from Gosforth itself, simply get onto the Great North Road and turn onto the A1056—this will take you right to the test centre. It’s the same route, give or take, if you’re heading in from Newcastle. If you’re a bit further afield, there are plenty of accessible A roads that will get you there, from the A1 to the A19 to the A696. If you’re not sure which route is best for you, use these handy directions with your sat nav.

A Bit More About Gosforth

Whilst the area surrounding the test centre is fairly quiet, the proximity of the A1 will mean you’ll have to be ready to face heavy traffic during rush hour. The driving examiner will likely start by taking you through the town of Gosforth. However, they’ll soon move you along towards the centre of Newcastle—so, be prepared for swift changes in traffic and speed systems. Your test route will also take you around a residential area or two. Here, the examiner will ask you to demonstrate one of the driving test manoeuvres.

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Gosforth Test Route

Scouring the internet for Gosforth test routes? Unfortunately, your search will be in vain—the DVSA doesn’t publish its routes. There is a logical explanation for this: the test needs to be unpredictable, in order to reflect real life driving. Whilst we can’t tell you which exact roads will appear on your route, you can get an idea by watching videos of Gosforth test routes on YouTube. You could also ask your instructor to take you on a mock test around Gosforth.

Gosforth Test Pass Rates

If it’s not test routes that learners are interested in, it’s driving test pass rates. Almost every learner that comes to us is curious about what their chances are. It’s certainly understandable. That’s why we take great care to keep an eye out for the DVSA’s latest stats. To start, learners in the UK have a 45.9% chance of passing. This will, of course, vary depending on which test centre you head to, though. You can see how learners at Gosforth have performed in the table below…

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
44.2% 50.0% 48.8% 45.5% 48.8%

Gosforth’s pass rates have been a mixed bag in the last five years—fluctuating above and below the national average. Of course, in the long run, it doesn’t really make a difference to how well you’ll do on your big day. It’s all about how well you demonstrate certain driving skills whilst following the examiner’s test route.

What If I Can’t Go To Gosforth?

If you’ve decided that Gosforth is no longer a viable option for you, or you’re trying to increase your chances of finding a perfect test date with a backup test centre, Tyne and Wear has plenty on offer. If you’re looking to stick close to the Gosforth area, your closest alternative is Elswick.

What To Expect On The Day

Your big day is finally upon you! You’ve managed to get to the end of your driving course in one piece and your instructor is pretty confident in your abilities. Still not feeling ready? If nerves seem to be getting the better of you, we’ve got just the thing for you: our top 10 tips to help you relax before your driving test.

Before you leave your house, check that you’ve got your provisional. You’ll also want to get to Gosforth test centre 10 minutes before your test is due to start.

Your driving test will consist of:

  • An eyesight test, where you’ll need to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres
  • Two “show me, tell me” questions covering vehicle safety and maintenance
  • Twenty minutes of general driving, where you’ll be guided by the examiner, and will also need to perform one of the following manoeuvres:
  • Twenty minutes of independent driving, during which you’ll either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination

In what seems like absolutely no time at all, you’ll be back at Gosforth test centre. Here, the driving examiner will take a moment to tot up your faults (if you received any) before telling you whether you’ve passed or failed. You’ll also get a breakdown of your performance in a physical feedback sheet, or by email through the driving test app.

But What If I Fail?

No learner driver wants to fail their driving test. Unfortunately, there’s always a possibility of failure—whether it’s a case of the test day nerves, or simply a bad habit rearing its head once your instructor’s no longer helping you. Instead of dwelling on it, however, you should get back behind the wheel and try again.

If you’ve still got a few bad habits, we’d recommend taking a refresher course to iron them out—and to give your confidence a much-needed boost. Then, we’d advise you to get PassMeFast to fast-track your test so that you’re not waiting months for the next available slot. To get things started, give us a bell on 0333 123 4949, or contact us online.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

PassMeFast offers its intensive and semi-intensive courses throughout the Tyne and Wear area. That means you could ditch the L plates with one of our experienced, DVSA-approved instructors in next to no time at all. During your lessons, you’ll master the basics and move onto the more advanced skills, all the while familiarising yourself with the area around Gosforth. Depending on your availability, you can opt for lessons that last 2 to 5 hours. We’ll even book you a test at a time and date suited to your preferences.

To get the ball rolling, start by checking out our course prices page. You can get a better look at our course packages on our driving courses rundown. If you’re ready to get started, book online or give us a bell on 0333 123 4949.