If you’re a learner in the Vale of Glamorgan, there’s a strong chance that you’ll be heading to Barry test centre for your practical. As with many test centres in Britain, Barry is situated in a local business centre, just off Hood Road.

Read on to get all the vital info you need to know before your big day—from what will happen on your practical, to ways you can improve your chances of passing!


Unit 16, Business Support Centre Hood Road, Innovation Quarter, The Waterfront Barry Vale of Glamorgan CF62 5QN

Tests Offered at Barry

  • Car
  • ADI part 3


There are parking spaces available


Male and female toilets are available

Disabled Access

Phone Number

0144 6730870

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

If you’re learning with a local ADI, you won’t have to worry about finding Barry test centre yourself—they’ll take you there during your lessons! If you’re heading there with a supervisor before this, however, you’ll want to follow these directions with a sat nav.

A Bit More About Barry

Despite Barry test centre’s close proximity to Barry Waterfront, you won’t have much time to enjoy the scenery during your learning journey. Instead, you’ll focus on the local road types that are most likely to show up on your test route—from the tricky, narrow roads around Cadoxton to nearby A roads like the A4226. Odds are, by the time you take your practical, you’ll recognise most of your route!

Looking for more general information about Barry? Feast your eyes on these resources:

Barry Test Pass Rates

Wondering how difficult the driving test actually is? One of the best ways to find out is by looking at driving test pass rates. For starters, learners in the UK have a 45.9% chance of passing their test. This will then fluctuate depending on which county the learner is in, what transmission they’re learning in and even their age!

As you’ve probably guessed, your test centre choice can also play a role in your chances of passing. See the table below to find out how learners have fared at Barry test centre in the last five years...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
57.0% 57.5% 56.6% 58.0% 55.3%

What If I Can't Go To Barry? 

Though Barry might be the only test centre in the Vale of Glamorgan, that doesn’t mean it’s your only option! There are plenty of alternatives in nearby counties, including:

What To Expect On The Day

So your big day has finally arrived! Take a deep breath and try not to let the pressure get to you too much. Though the test will be challenging, it won’t be much different from your driving lessons. All you’ll have to do is prove to the examiner that you’re a safe and confident driver who knows how to follow the rules of the road. Simple, right?

Before you head out for your test, be sure to check you’ve got your provisional. Then, get to Barry test centre 10 minutes early so that you’ve got time to park up and meet the examiner.

Once your test begins, it will follow this format:

  • 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

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

Learning to drive in the Vale of Glamorgan doesn’t have to be rocket science. Rather than spending months trying and failing to get to grips with driving fundamentals in weekly lessons, why not book with PassMeFast?

Our intensive and semi-intensive courses are designed to take inexperienced beginners and turn them into safe and confident drivers in weeks, or even days. And the best part? They’re completely flexible! You don’t have to take time off work if you don’t want to. Instead, you’ll collaborate with your instructor to fit your hours in around your schedule—with lessons lasting between two and five hours at a time. We’ll even fast-track your practical at Barry test centre so that you don’t have to deal with long waiting times!

Check out our range of courses on our course prices page. Then, give us a ring on 0333 123 4949 to discuss your options, or book online!

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