Looking to take your test at Pontefract test centre? Located near the A1 and M62 motorway, Pontefract offers even the most confident of learner drivers a few challenges. Whether you know the area well or not, there’s no such thing as knowing too much about your practical test centre’s area. So, if you fancy reading up on test routes, pass rates and what to expect on the day of your driving test, take a look below...


Baghill Station Station Lane Pontefract Pontefract West Yorkshire WF8 1RB

Tests Offered at Pontefract

  • Car
  • ADI part 2
  • ADI part 3


Parking spaces are available at this centre


Male, female and disabled toilets are available

Disabled Access

You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair

Phone Number

0197 7602043

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

You can find exact directions to Pontefract test centre here. If you’ve not yet driven around the area, take some time to get a good look at the centre and any nearby road features. Obviously, the further you progress through your course, the more familiar you’ll be with the area—and the better off and prepared you’ll be for your practical test. Pontefract test centre has parking available, disabled access and comes with male, female and disabled toilets.

A Bit More About Pontefract

Located in the Wakefield area, Pontefract test centre is sure to have busy, peak times—especially considering its proximity to busy A routes like the A645 and A639. The best way to prepare, is to drive at different times and on different days—you’ll get a better idea of what Pontefract is like. Not sure what else you might need to know about Pontefract? Take a look at some of the links we’ve compiled:

Pontefract Test Route

It doesn’t matter where you look, you won’t be able to find the exact route that will be used for your practical at Pontefract test centre. Don’t be too disappointed! As long as you pay close attention in your lessons and make a point to work on your weakest areas, you should be more than prepared for whatever might come your way on your practical. If you’re a bit shaky on the different types of pedestrian crossings for example, make sure you master them before your test!

Pontefract Test Pass Rates

Wondering how other learners do on their test? The national average pass rate in the UK is 47%. Want it broken down further? Check out driving test pass rates by area. If that’s not specific enough for you, you can look at how learners at Pontefract have performed in the past years...

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
47.4% 46.6% 42.4% 43% 41.2%

Pontefract’s pass rates from the past few years haven’t been much lower than the national average—so there’s not much to worry about. It’s all about personal ability, so as long as you practice and pay attention, you should be perfectly fine!

What If I Can't Go To Pontefract?

There’s a wide variety of West Yorkshire test centres to head to. If Pontefract isn’t an option for you, you can always opt for Wakefield instead.

What To Expect On The Day

Once you’ve finished your entire driving course, you’ll finally be set to take your practical test. All that’s left to do is:

  • Get there 10 minutes early
  • Bring your provisional licence

You’ll start with a quick eyesight test in which the examiner will ask you to read a number plate from 20 or 20.5 metres away. The examiner will then ask you two questions in the “show me, tell me” section—one before you start driving and the other during the route—such as, “Identify where you would check the engine oil level”. The independent driving section tests your ability to follow a route using a sat nav—alternatively, 1 in 5 candidates will be asked to follow traffic signs. You’ll be expected to demonstrate the following:

  • Parallel parking
  • Bay parking
  • Pulling up on the right

Once your test is over, the examiner will let you know whether you’ve passed or failed. If you’ve passed, you’ll receive your test pass certificate. You’ll have to give them your provisional licence if you need them to send off for your new licence. If you were unfortunate enough to have failed, the examiner will walk you through your mistakes so you can improve yourself for the next time you take a test. The practical should only take 40 minutes or so, and you’ll usually be driven back home by your instructor.

But What If I Fail?

If you fail your practical test, you can always book another. You shouldn’t worry about it or dwell on what you did wrong—plenty of people fail their driving tests. It’s important that you take the feedback given to you by your examiner to improve your driving skills before you go for your next practical.

If you’re looking to retake your practical, PassMeFast can book it for you as soon as two weeks later—after the 10 working day limit. We even offer refresher courses for learners looking to iron out any bad habits. To get things started, simply give us a ring on 0333 123 4949 or contact us via our website.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

PassMeFast have ditched traditional lessons in favour of intensive courses that take place over a matter of weeks instead of months. The benefit of this lesson format? You can learn in a quick and efficient matter. With fast-track practical tests—avoiding long driving test waiting times—you can get on the road as soon as possible. And if you’ve got a busy schedule, you can always opt for a semi-intensive course instead!

Once you’ve looked at our course prices and chosen a relevant course, get on the phone and speak to one of our sales team members on 0333 123 4949. Alternatively, book a course online yourself.