It probably comes as no surprise that one of the Cambridgeshire theory test centres sits in the famous university city of Cambridge. Hopefully some of that clever clogs energy will rub off on you if you head here to take your theory test!
The best way to prepare for a test is to know exactly what to expect on the day, which is why we’ve created this handy guide. Keep reading to discover lots of useful information about the Cambridge theory test centre, like wait times, pass rates, parking options and much more!
0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.
2-3 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.
By public transport
First of all, you should decide how you’re going to get to the test centre. Unless you live just around the corner, it’s likely that public transport is going to play a part in your journey. You’ll be pleased to learn, then, that this test centre is fairly centrally located.
From Cambridge railway station, for example, it should only take you around 19 minutes to walk to St Andrews House, where the test centre is located. Then again, if you don’t want to spend any time on your feet at all, you don’t have to! St Andrews Street bus stop is located just across the road from the test centre entrance. It doesn’t get much more straightforward than that!
If we jumped the gun with all of that public transport talk and you’re actually getting a lift to your test, we can still offer some advice. Take any guessing out of the navigation process by letting the driver know that the postcode of your destination is CB2 3BZ. As we’ve explained, the test centre is centrally-located—you’ll find it sandwiched between the Christ’s College and Emmanuel College sections of the city campus.
Keep in mind that if your test appointment falls during rush hour, the roads around here are likely to be quite busy. Leave yourself plenty of time to make it to your test.
If the car you’re arriving in needs to be parked up while you sit the test, we’re afraid the test centre does not provide any parking. Thankfully, though, the city of Cambridge has plenty of parking options.
Your best bet is to head to the Grand Arcade car park (CB2 3QF). It’s 5 minutes from the test centre and charges £4.90 for 2 hours of parking. That place contains 953 spaces, so we’d be a little surprised if you struggle to find a spot. If you’re looking for a cheaper deal, though, you could always try the Queen Anne Terrace car park (CB1 1ND). It’s a longer walk of 17 minutes from the test centre, but you’ll be charged a slightly more reasonable £3.20 for the same amount of time.
Pass rates are where the Cambridge theory test centre really shines. Despite taking a slight dip in recent years, the figures here all sit well above the national average. Before you run off and book a test based solely on this information, though, remember that pass rates don’t really mean anything when it comes to individual learners. At the end of the day, the test will be the same no matter where you take it.
Those Cambridge students didn’t earn their places by fluking tests, you know. Many were propelled by inherited wealth and status. Just kidding! It was by working hard and revising properly. The same approach is what will help you earn a pass on the theory test.
The driving theory test is not terribly hard, but it isn’t as easy as many people assume. You need to revise the Highway Code and practice spotting hazards. Incorporating study guides and revision aids into your preparation is a great way to get test-ready. Check out some great options in the list below.
Those travelling into Cambridge from out of town just for the theory test may consider spending the night before in a local hotel. Below are some nearby options to suit a range of budgets.
For an option that won’t break the bank, try this branch of Ibis located a 20-minute walk from the test centre. All rooms are clean and comfortable and you can still benefit from a few extra perks like WiFi access and an onsite coffee shop & bar. Plus, it’s right next to the train station, so ideal if you are travelling to and from Cambridge by rail!
For a slight step up and increased convenience, head over to the Regent Hotel. It’s only a 5-minute walk down the road from the test centre! Inside you’ll find beautifully decorated rooms, friendly staff and free WiFi. You even get your very own bathrobe and slippers, which is always a lovely touch.
One of the most luxurious options also happens to be the closest to the test centre, at a 4-minute walk away. So, if you feel like treating yourself, book a room at the University Arms Hotel. Upon arrival you’ll immediately be stunned by the elegance of the building and its exquisite decor. Nothing is too much trouble for the welcoming staff and each room is kitted out with premium toiletries. Grab a room before we beat you to it!
Whether your theory test is a success or a flop, you probably deserve a nice drink or bite to eat once it’s over. Check out some of the local establishments that we think are worth a visit:
NOVI is a modern bar and kitchen offering some delicious food and drink just 4 minutes down the road from the test centre. Think communal dining in a trendy but down-to-earth setting. If BBQ is your thing, you must try one of the many tasty dishes they rustle up in the house smoker. There’s also a great cocktail menu and some attractive mid-week deals.
If pubs are more your thing, you can’t go wrong with a trip to the Champion of the Thames. To get there from the test centre you just need to take a 5-minute walk across the greenery of Fellows’ Garden. It calls itself a “traditional old boozer” and serves up a range of real ales alongside the classic lagers and wines.
Learners simply looking for a quick place to grab a drink before they head on home should look no further than Revolution. It’s the drinking chain you know you can count on and this one sits just 2 minutes around the corner from the test centre. Expect everything you normally get from a brand of Revolution: extensive menus, creative cocktails, yummy food and plenty of drinks deals!
Hopefully this guide has provided you with a solid understanding of everything you can expect when taking your theory test in Cambridge. The features that really stand out are its convenient transport links and high pass rates, which make it a viable option for learners in and around southern Cambridgeshire.
Remember: the theory test is just the beginning of your driving journey! Once that pass certificate is in the bank, you need to turn your attention to the practical test. If you fancy sticking to the same area, you should book your test at the Cambridge (Brookmount Court) practical test centre.
Still not managed to pass the theory test? It’s probably an issue that a little more revision can solve. Book another test and get your head stuck back into that Highway Code. It should be much easier the second time around!
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