Croydon theory test centre is located right at the heart of this busy South London town. With great transport links and plenty of local amenities, it’s a great option for people living across the Greater London area. In this guide we’ll cover lots of useful information including contact details, wait times, pass rates and more!
0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.
By public transport
The nearest train station to the Croydon theory test centre is East Croydon, which is only a 3-minute walk away. Alternatively, if you’re coming from West Croydon station, it’ll take you a similarly speedy 10 minutes to get to the test centre on foot.
Taking the bus instead? Not a problem. You’ll find that the Fairfield Halls bus stop is just across the road from where you’ll be taking the test—handy or what? And, finally, if buses and trains don’t quite cut the mustard, you also have the option of a tram. Wellesley Road tram stop is only a 3-minute walk from the test centre. Talk about spoilt for choice!
For more information on Croydon’s transport links, head over to the Croydon Council website.
Getting to the test centre by car is also an option, of course. If you’re lucky enough to get a lift (or are paying for a taxi), just get the driver to tap CR0 1PE into the sat nav and hit the road! The test centre is adjacent to both the A232 and A212, so it’s likely you’ll end up on one of these major roads.
Those from the Greater London area probably don’t need to be told (but here we go) that during rush hour this area can be chock-a-block with traffic. Leave plenty of time for the journey so you don’t risk missing your allotted test time!
As is quite common of these places, the theory test centre does not provide on-site parking. Fret not, though—there are some options nearby that won’t completely drain your bank account. Croydon Central (CR0 2AA) is a multi-storey car park just a 5-minute walk from the test centre. For £6.20 you can get 2 hours of parking. You could also try the Whitgift car park (CR9 1AT) located at Centrale Shopping Centre. It’s 5 minutes away and charges exactly the same price.
Pass Rates by Year
Coming in at just below the national average, Croydon theory test centre’s pass rates have admittedly experienced a bit of a slump over recent years, but in 2019-20 it started to rise again and has been performing even better since then.
It’s important not to put too much emphasis on pass rates when it comes to selecting a theory test centre. The test is going to be exactly the same no matter where you take it. Pass rates are only really a reflection of the skills of the individuals who happened to take their test in the area. It would only be a cause for concern if they were alarmingly low. So—good to know, but not really much of an issue here...
One thing you can do to ensure a successful test day is study! Yes, time to summon your revision skills and get learning those road rules. If you really want to feel prepared, there are some great study aids out there that can provide mock tests and useful tips. We’ve listed a few of our favourites below.
Aside from studying the material, the next thing you can do to improve your chances of passing is to get a good night’s sleep! Showing up to the test with little energy and a tired head is a big no-no. Not from Croydon? Why not save yourself the hassle of a morning of commuting and opt to stay in a hotel near the test centre the night before? We’ve searched the area and stumbled upon a few great options:
The Croydon branch of this classic hotel chain is located just 7 minutes away from the theory test centre. For a reasonable price you’ll get a comfortable, modern room equipped with comfy bedding, a flat screen TV and tea making facilities. Plus, they throw in a delicious breakfast for free—winning!
If you’re on a tight budget this Travelodge is probably the way to go. A low rate doesn’t mean low quality! Each room is kitted out with a cozy bed, Freeview TV and fresh towels. It’s also right in the centre of town, so you have quick access to lots of great amenities.
Those looking for something a bit more special than your average chain should take a chance on the Hilton London Croydon. Situated just an 8-minute drive from the test centre, this 4-star hotel has everything you need for a comfortable stay with a touch of luxury. Expect superb customer service, beautifully decorated rooms and top notch facilities. There’s even an on-site restaurant where you can indulge in a mouth-watering meal to fuel your last-minute revision!
Wrapped up the test and fancy sampling some of the local delights? Croydon isn’t exactly short of places to eat, drink and be merry. Check out a few local hot spots that are worth a visit below.
Is it a chain? Yes. Does it still provide delicious cocktails at a bargain price? Yes! We don’t care where you are in the UK, you can’t go wrong with a drink in the Slug & Lettuce. There’s fun to be had here at any time of the day and plenty of options for both food and drink.
Known as one of the best pubs in Croydon, The Spread Eagle is located in an impressive building that formerly served as a bank. Serving up more ale than accounts these days, it’s a great spot for those who take beer seriously and enjoy a lively atmosphere.
If you’re more of a grape over grain type of person, this wine bar is quite the hidden gem. There’s a great selection of both food and drink, plus friendly staff to welcome you in. Keep an eye out for some feline friends, too!
With its convenient location right at the centre of Croydon, this theory test centre is a great option for a lot of people in and around the Greater London area. Thanks to the numerous transport links serving the area, it’s easy for residents and visitors alike to get to a test here.
Already passed the theory section and wondering what’s next? Time to look to the practical test. Use your theory test pass certificate number to book an appointment online. If you’re thinking of doing a course with PassMeFast (or already booked on) we can organise all of this for you! Just let us know where you’d like to take it. There’s actually a practical test centre located in Croydon itself, so this may be your best option.
Don’t worry if you haven’t passed the theory test yet, for some people it does take a couple of attempts. The best thing to do is book another one as soon as possible (leaving a gap of 3 working days from your last test, as per the DVSA’s rules) and stay positive. Chances are, you know which areas made you slip up, so be sure to revise the necessary material before giving it another go.
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