Located in West Yorkshire on the River Calder, Wakefield has its own test centre for learners living nearby. If you’ve not yet had the chance to look around the area or test centre, we’ve compiled some useful information—and tips—to get you completely updated in no time at all. So whether you’re looking to find those all-important test routes or are searching for pass rates, find all you need to know here!
Parking spaces are available at this centre
Male, female and disabled toilets are available
You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair
Never been to Wakefield test centre before? Find directions here. As you progress through your chosen course, you’ll become more and more accustomed to the Wakefield area. Before long, you’ll be breezing through those tricky narrow bends and oncoming traffic in no time at all! Wakefield test centre comes with parking spaces and disabled access. You can also find male, female and disabled toilets onsite.
Taking your test in the Wakefield area—as with any other test centre area—will require you to do a lot of practice driving in the nearby vicinity. The aim is to get you more accustomed to the challenging local routes. You should have no problem getting used to Wakefield, as your instructor will undoubtedly take you on the more challenging aspects of the area as you progress through your course. Take note of features including busy A roads like the A638, as they will crop up on your test. If you’d like to get to know the area a bit better, read up on Wakefield in the following links:
Looking for the Wakefield test route? Hold your horses! The DVSA no longer publishes routes, so you won’t be able to find anything. While you might not think it, this actually works in your favour. By making the test route unpredictable, you’re able to experience things as you would in real life. The only thing you can do in preparation is practice—if those pesky one-way systems or dual carriageways keep tripping you up during your lessons, then ask your instructor to go over them with you again.
Not sure which car to use on the test? Find out everything you need to know about taking the practical test in your own car.
Curious as to how other drivers perform on the day of their tests? If you look hard enough, you’ll find all sorts of statistics. For example, did you know that the national average is currently 47%? If you’d like to see more interesting stats, take a look at these driving test pass rates. Alternatively, check out below to see how learners at Wakefield have performed in the last five years...
Wakefield has performed relatively well in the past few years—skirting above and below the national average. While it’s tempting to rely completely on statistics, you should bear in mind that it’s your own individual ability that determines the outcome of your practical. Be honest with yourself and try to pinpoint those weak areas so you can improve on them before your test.
Once you’ve completed your driving lessons or course, you should finally be ready for your practical test. Just relax and take it easy—you should be more than prepared. All you’ve got to do is:
Your practical begins before you even step foot into the car. First, the examiner will ask you to complete an eyesight test. Then, they’ll ask you two “show me, tell me” questions, e.g., “How would you check that the brakes are working before starting a journey”. One of these questions will be asked before you get into the car, and the other will be asked during your test route. The independent driving section requires you to follow a specific route using a sat nav. 1 in 5 candidates, however, will be asked to use traffic signs. You’ll also be asked to demonstrate the following manoeuvres:
Once your test is over, the examiner will tell you whether you’ve passed or failed. If you’ve passed, you’ll be given a test pass certificate. If you would like them to send you your new licence, you’ll have to hand over your provisional. If you failed your test, the examiner will go through where you went wrong. You can then use their feedback to improve your driving before you retake your test. The practical should take only 40 minutes.
Don’t worry if you failed your test—it’s more common than you’d think. Instead of dwelling on your mistakes, take the feedback given to you by your examiner to improve your driving before you go in for another test.
If you’re looking to retake your test, PassMeFast can book you two weeks later—after the 10 working day limit. And if you’re a student, you’re in luck. We offer student discount on all of our courses! Get booked in while your driving skills are still fresh in your mind—give us a call on 0333 123 4949 or contact us via our website to get started.
Traditional driving schools tend to offer lessons that span across months. This can be disadvantageous, as you end up having to refresh your knowledge with each lesson because they’re so far apart. PassMeFast offers a different approach—with intensive and semi-intensive courses, you can build up your knowledge quickly and consistently. Our fast-track practical tests allow you to take your tests weeks or even months ahead of standard DVSA waiting times. Better still, we have a number of DVSA-approved instructors on hand so you can learn all the skills you need to pass with flying colours.