As with many test centres in the UK, Chippenham can be found near a local business park. During peak business hours, it can therefore get a bit hectic on the roads. The test centre is on Bumpers Way, close to the A350. If you’re a local, you’ll be pleased to find that it’s only a 5-minute drive from the town centre. If you’re preparing to take your test here, there’s one thing you can do to get ahead of the curve—familiarise yourself with Chippenham test centre. The best way to do this is by reading our test centre guide below. We’ve got directions, pass rates, test routes and much more!
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Male and female toilets are available
If you’re heading to Chippenham test centre from the city centre, start off by getting onto Marshfield Road. You’ll then need to continue onto the A420, move onto Bumpers Way and then continue down until you reach Chippenham test centre at the end. If you’re located further away in Wiltshire, don’t worry too much. The centre is easily accessible due to the proximity of A roads like the A350 and A4, not to mention motorways like the M4. If it’s your first time heading to Chippenham test centre, don’t leave things down to chance. Follow these directions with your sat nav until you’re familiar enough with the route to do it by memory.
Once your driving test rolls on by, it’s time for you to whip out your newfound skills and impress the examiner. They will use all of the challenging road types and areas around Chippenham in order to test how ready you are to drive unsupervised. For starters, if you’re a bit iffy with roundabouts, you’ll want to do some practising with your instructor—you’ll encounter plenty during your route, especially on the A350. You’ll also want to be comfortable with facing heavy traffic, as the examiner will take you around the centre of Chippenham itself. (Clutch control is a must when it comes to start-stop traffic!) Things will eventually calm down as the examiner takes you along residential roads, potentially around Frogwell, which are perfect for manoeuvres.
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Hoping to get your hands on your Chippenham test route? We hate to burst your bubble, but unfortunately the DVSA stopped publishing its routes all the way back in 2010. Though it might not seem like it, they did this to help learner drivers in the long run. Now, learners aren’t reliant on their memory skills to get them through the test. Instead, they’re able to apply their knowledge and experience to whatever comes their way on the test. You can still get a brief glimpse of what to expect on your route by watching videos of Chippenham test routes on YouTube, or by downloading our sample Chippenham driving test routes. You’ll also get some firsthand experience on the roads around Chippenham if you take lessons with a local instructor.
If you’re at all like our other learners, you’re probably curious about driving test pass rates. If that’s the case, you’ve come to the right place! Let’s kick things off on a general scale. At this moment in time, learners have a 45.9% chance of passing their test. This pass rate can fluctuate, however, depending on the area you’re in, the test centre you’re heading to and even your transmission choice. If that’s not specific enough for you, we’ve compiled Chippenham’s pass rates from the last five years in the table below!
As you can see, Chippenham’s pass rates have mostly rested above the national average in the last five years. As impressive as this is, it’s not something you should dwell on for too long. Even if Chippenham had a 99% pass rate, your success still wouldn’t be guaranteed. It all depends entirely on how well you do on the day of your test. So, buckle down and pay close attention to your instructor’s advice.
Due to so many learners attempting to take their driving test each month, many test centres in the UK have months-long waiting times! Obviously, waiting for cancellations can help you nab a date sooner. Another top way of getting the test date you want is by picking a backup test centre option. If you’re looking to stay close to Chippenham, your options are Trowbridge and Bristol (Kingswood).
After spending hours at the steering wheel, or dreaming about changing gears every night, your test date has finally arrived. As nerve-wracking as it might feel, you’ve got to remember that you’re prepared. Your instructor will have taught you everything you need to know to pass. Plus, you should also bear in mind that you are allowed to make small mistakes on your big day—even stalling the car isn’t an instant fail (as long as you react quickly and safely).
Now, before you run out of your front door, double check that you have your provisional licence with you. If you forget it, you will not be able to take your driving test. If this happens, you’ll also lose your test fee. Additionally, you’ll need to get to Chippenham test centre 10 minutes before your test is due to start. This will give you time to park the car and meet your examiner.
Your driving test will follow this format:
You’ll finally be able to let out a sigh of relief once your test route guides you back to Chippenham test centre. You’ll need to be patient here, as the examiner will need a few minutes to complete their feedback. Whether you pass or fail, you’ll receive a full breakdown of any faults you picked up on either a physical feedback sheet or over email via the driving test app.
As with any other test you’ve taken in life, there’s always a possibility that you might fail the driving test. As you’ve seen with pass rates, however, it’s not exactly an uncommon occurrence. So, if it happens to you, don’t let it drag you down. Instead, use the experience to motivate yourself.
We’d recommend taking a closer look at your feedback sheet. If you seem to be struggling with multiple areas, it might be a good idea to take a refresher course with a DVSA-approved instructor. Doing so would give you time to make sure your driving is up to scratch—it would also give you a quick confidence boost. Once you’re ready to take the test again, get PassMeFast to fast-track your test so that you’re not dealing with long waiting times. To get started, give us a ring on 0333 123 4949, or contact us online!
If you’re looking to become a fully qualified driver in Chippenham, you’ll be pleased to hear that PassMeFast’s courses are available in your area! Whether you’re a nervous driver or someone looking to brush up on a few key skills, we’ve got you covered. When you book a course, we’ll match you up with your very own CX Adviser. They will then work behind the scenes to find you a local instructor, book your test and answer any queries you might have along the way. You’ll even get the chance to set the pace of your course—taking lessons in 2 to 5 hour blocks at a time!
Want to get started on your learning journey? Take a look at our crash course packages over on our course prices page. For even more information, you can read our driving courses rundown. If one of our courses has piqued your interest, you can book in over the phone on 0333 123 4949, or online.
If you’re stuck between courses, you can talk to one of our sales advisors directly over the phone. They can then offer their professional opinion as to which course would best suit your needs. Alternatively, you can try out our speedy course recommender tool!