For those living in central Berkshire, the Reading theory test centre probably seems like the most convenient location in which to put their driving knowledge to the test. But is it really your best option? Find out in this guide!
We’ll cover everything from pass rates and wait times, to directions and local amenities—giving you the knowledge required to make an informed decision before you book that test. So, let’s get started!
0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.
3-4 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.
By public transport
The Reading theory test centre is located just across the river from the main shopping area of the town, but that doesn’t mean it’s out of the way. In fact, from Reading train station, it will only take you around 12 minutes to walk to the theory test centre—not bad at all!
To spend even less time on your feet, you also have the option of taking a bus to your test. The Eldon Road bus stop is just 3 minutes from the centre, or, if you’re coming from the opposite direction, you can disembark at London Street Foot bus stop for a similarly speedy 5-minute walk to your test.
Eager to learn more about Reading’s transport links? Check out the transport section of the Reading Borough Council website.
Managed to snag a lift to your theory test? Nice going! Just get whoever’s taking you to tap RG1 4AZ into their sat nav and the rest should be a doddle.
Thankfully, the test centre is located on one of the major roads that runs through Reading (Queens Road/A329). If you’re arriving from out of town, you reach this road by turning off the A33. The test centre is located next to Wesley Church, so look out for the spire if you get lost!
As is often the case, the test centre does not provide any parking spaces, so if you’re looking to leave the car, you’ll need to plan ahead. Luckily for you, we’ve scoured the area and found some nearby options.
The closest car park does not come cheap, but it is only a 3-minute walk from the test centre. Queens Road car park (RG1 4PX) charges £4.40 for 2 hours of parking and has 700 spaces—so at least you’re almost guaranteed a space!
If that price is a little steep for you, try the Reading Saxon Court car park (RG1 2SQ) instead. From here it will take you 10 minutes to get to your theory test, but it costs a much more reasonable £2 for 2 hours of parking. There are only 60 available spaces, though, so you might want to get in there early!
Well, what can we say? Pass rates at the Reading theory test centre are very impressive. They consistently top the national average, despite a recent dip. If statistics are important to you, this should give you a lot of confidence in the test centre.
You should exercise some caution when it comes to the numbers, though—it does not necessarily mean you’re more likely to pass here than at a centre with lower pass rates. The test you take here is the same as the one conducted all over the country. How you perform on the day is down to how much preparation you do.
Just like any other test, the driving theory requires you to do some studying. Don’t be fooled into thinking multiple choice is easy—many people do and they’re the ones that end up having to fork out the dosh for multiple retakes.
Save yourself a lot of time and stress by learning the relevant material and revising it as the test approaches. A great way to make this process more efficient and enjoyable is to use some revision aids. Here are a select few with our stamp of approval:
Those travelling to their theory test from outside of Reading could save themselves a lot of hassle by booking a night in a local hotel. If you stay in the town the night before the test, it means you can avoid any traffic or public transport issues on the big day! Sounds sensible? Check out some of your best options below.
This simple yet stylish hotel is absolutely perfect for an affordable short stay. Better yet, it’s only a 6-minute walk up the road from the test centre. All rooms are kitted out with an ensuite bathroom, high-speed wireless internet and a business desk. There’s also a restaurant and bar on site to satisfy any cravings and fuel you up for the big day.
Given the very affordable price tag that comes with this accommodation, you might actually not have great expectations. However, as soon as you enter this homely and welcoming inn, those doubts will be banished! All rooms and clean, cosy and come with free WiFi. Rumour has it Charles Dickens did one of his public readings here, which explains the name and why there’s a Dickens themed bar and restaurant on site. Yes, you heard.
This impressive hotel sits in one of the oldest buildings in Reading. Thought to date back to 1423, you’ll be pleased to hear that there have been a number of refurbishments since then! In fact, the rooms are sleek, stylish and very much worthy of 4 stars. If you find yourself feeling a bit peckish but don’t fancy leaving the hotel to find food, you don’t have to—there’s a Prezzo restaurant conveniently located downstairs.
Hopefully you’ll leave Reading theory test centre with a pass certificate and a big smile on your face. No matter the outcome, though, you probably deserve a drink or snack of some kind before heading home. We had a quick snoop around the local area and discovered a few places that are well worth a visit:
If there’s anything we love more than a pub, it’s a pizza. Luckily, this place provides both! With New York style pizzas served by the slice and a great selection of drinks, there’s plenty to keep you satisfied at The Thirsty Bear. Finding it shouldn’t be too hard, either—it’s right across the river from the test centre.
A bit of an assault on the eyes at first, this place probably isn’t ideal if you suffer from migraines. Once you get used to the jazzy decor, however, you’ll realise you’re in a pretty great bar. Expect funky music, a younger crowd, and lots of weird and wonderful drinks to sample. Things get particularly lively in the evenings, so stick around if you enjoy live music!
This beautiful pub sits right on the canal, just 8 minutes up the road from the theory test centre. A step up from your average drinking hole, The Fisherman’s Cottage offers glorious views, a solid selection of ales and spirits and a delectable menu that’s sure to whet your appetite. If you do fancy a meal, you might want to book in advance because this place is very popular with locals and visitors alike!
There are plenty of positive things to say about the Reading theory test centre—easy to find, great local amenities and impressively high pass rates… etc. This probably explains why you may have to wait up to a month for a test appointment here. If you do have your sights set on it, be sure to book in early (or use our fast-track service) and use the interim time to get stuck into your revision!
As soon as you’re done with the theory side of things, it’s time to get practical. It’s all well and good knowing about driving, but you actually have to be able to do it! So, get plenty of lessons in with a qualified instructor and book yourself a practical test. If Reading is where you’re based, your local test centre is right in town!
Still struggling to pass the theory? Don’t get too down about it—book another test, use those resources we showed you and revise until you feel like you really know your stuff. We also have a list of last minute theory test tips that should ensure the next test is your last!
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