For learners in the Brighouse area, Heckmondwike test centre will be your port of call. Located in the metropolitan borough of Kirklees—south west of Leeds—the centre comes with a variety of challenging road types and areas. You never know what might crop up on your practical test, which is why it’s a good idea to get to grips with your test centre area quickly. With that in mind, we created a comprehensive guide covering everything you need to know about Heckmondwike.
Only male toilets are available
You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair
Directions to Heckmondwike test centre can be found here. If you’ve chosen Heckmondwike because of its proximity to where you live, but you’re not familiar with the area, that’s perfectly fine. As you progress through your course, you should be driving around the Heckmondwike area—by the end, you’ll be more than familiar with the area. Heckmondwike test centre only has male toilets available, and disabled access.
Located in the Brighouse area, Heckmondwike comes with a mixed bag of road features and types. You’ll encounter residential areas—playing a key role in the beginning stages of your lessons—and urban areas. Once you’ve progressed into more advanced driving, your instructor will try you out on high-speed dual carriageways like the A638 and A649. If you’d like to know more about the Heckmondwike area, try out the following links:
You won’t be able to find the test route for Heckmondwike, as the DVSA stopped publishing them to prevent candidates from practicing before exams. Before you start panicking, be aware that test routes all use the same kinds of challenging road types—so you don’t actually need to know the exact route. All you can do is practice as many road types as possible, from roundabouts to crossroads to junctions. Keep a level head and you should be more than ready.
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Who doesn’t love to look at statistics? Whether its pass rates by area or in general—we’ve got you covered. There’s certainly a lot to take in. Did you know, for example, that the national average is 47%? This barely changes for those of you in Yorkshire and the Humber, with a 0.1% increase. If you’re more interested in Heckmondwike, you can view pass rates from the last five years in the following table:
We can see why someone might be a little underwhelmed by Heckmondwike’s pass rates—they are lower than the national average. However, you should bear in mind that pass rates themselves don’t control your likelihood of passing. When it comes down to it, you’re more likely to pass because of your own ability than some random statistic.
Upon finishing your driving lessons, you’ll be set to take your test. On the day itself, there are only two things you need to do:
The examiner will start off with an eyesight test—you’ll be asked to read a number plate from 20 or 20.5 metres away. You’ll then move on to the “show me, tell me” section in which they’ll ask you two questions—one before you start driving and the other while you drive—regarding the maintenance of your car, e.g., “Show me how you’d check that the horn is working”. The independent driving section consists of you following a route using a sat nav—though 1 in 5 candidates will instead be asked to follow traffic signs. The examiner will also expect you to demonstrate the following manoeuvres:
When you’ve reached the end of your test, the examiner will tell you whether you’ve passed or failed. If you’ve passed, you’ll receive your test pass certificate. If you require them to send off for your new licence, you’ll have to give them your provisional. Meanwhile, if you were unfortunate enough to have failed, the examiner will let you and your instructor know exactly where you went wrong. The test will take approximately 40 minutes, and your instructor will usually drive you back home.
It’s quite common for students to fail their practical test, so you don’t have to worry about being the only one. The important thing to remember is that it is only a temporary setback. All you have to do is listen to the feedback given to you by your examiner, and use it to improve your driving in time for your next test.
PassMeFast can book you in for another test as soon as two weeks later—after the 10 working day limit. And if you need it, we can offer further tuition if you’re in need of a confidence boost. It doesn’t matter how long it takes—PassMeFast will get you passed. Still got questions? Take a look at what our process entails in our crash course guide. You can get in touch on 0333 123 4949 or contact us via our website to get started.
Unlike traditional driving schools, PassMeFast offers a range of intensive and semi-intensive courses where you can learn to drive in a matter of days. This is more beneficial than lessons spread out over months, in that you can build up your knowledge consistently instead of refreshing what you covered in previous lessons. We cover a variety of practical test centres and our fast-track practical tests allow you to take your tests weeks or even months ahead of DVSA waiting times. Plus, we have a variety of DVSA-approved instructors on hand to help you learn how to be a safe and confident driver.
The road to driving doesn’t have to be long with PassMeFast. Contact us today on 0333 123 4949 to find out more, or check out our course prices and book a course online to take one step closer to getting on the road.