Ilford Theory Test Centre

The Ilford theory test centre can be found right in the centre of the East London town. Well-served by numerous transport links, it’s a great option for people travelling from all over the Greater London area. Read on to find out helpful information about this test centre like pass rates, contact details, wait times and more!


Address

253 High Street Ilford Essex Greater London IG1 1NE

Phone Number

0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.

Waiting Times

1-2 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.

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Arriving at Ilford Theory Test Centre

By public transport

The first good news is that this theory test centre is just a quick walk from the central train station. Yep, it’ll only take you around 7 minutes on foot to get from Ilford station to your test. If you really want to cut down on the walking and be taken almost door-to-door, hop on a bus instead. The Hainault Street (W) bus stop is literally 150 ft away from the test centre.

For additional information on Ilford’s transport links, including timetables and ticket prices, head over to the Redbridge council website, or search for ‘Ilford’ on the Transport for London website.

By car

We appreciate that plenty of people prefer to be driven to their theory test rather than take their chances on public transport, and that’s definitely an option if you’re heading to Ilford. Simply enter IG1 1NE into a sat nav and follow the instructions.

The test centre itself is just around the corner from the Redbridge Council buildings and a few yards away from Ilford police station. So, if you happen to get lost, just keep an eye out for those! As always with Greater London, avoid travelling around rush hour as the roads are likely to be particularly busy.

Parking

As you may have anticipated, the theory test centre does not provide parking spaces for those visiting. You do, however, have plenty of parking options close by. The closest to the test centre is Lynton House car park (IG1 1NJ), which is 3 minutes away. For 2 hours of parking here you’ll be charged a very affordable £2.60. If you’re a real bargain hunter, though, you can’t beat the car park at Ilford Retail Park (IG1 1NJ). You can park your car for two hours for free! Better yet, it’s only a 6-minute walk from the test centre.

Pass Rates by Year

Ilford theory test centre’s pass rates tend to fall below the national average. No need to take this as a cause for concern, however—pass rates don’t really reflect how well you are going to do if you take the test in this location. At the end of the day, it’s all down to the individuals in question taking the test. The format and timing of the theory will be the same no matter where you take it.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
44.2% 43.7% 43.5% 42.3% 41.9%

Guides and Tips

If you really want to set yourself up for a pass, the best thing to do is make sure you know exactly what the test will entail and start studying! Read the highway code, take mock tests and revise all of the relevant information. For those who need an extra helping hand or a bit of motivation, we’ve listed some useful study aids below.

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Nearby Theory Test Centres

Mile End
Cropped Google Map with pin over Mile End theory test centre

3 Quebec Wharf
14 Thomas Road
London
E14 7AF

5.5 miles away

By rail: Limehouse

2017/18 pass rate: 50.0%

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Sidcup

Cropped Google Map with pin over Sidcup theory test centre

Planwell House
LEFA Business Park
Edgington Road
Sidcup
DA14 5BH

10.2 miles away

By rail: Sidcup

2017/18 pass rate: 48.6%

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Hotels

Don’t forget to get plenty of sleep the night before your theory test. You want to feel fresh and alert the morning of your test, so that you’re ready to tackle anything that comes your way. Or, you know, some multiple choice questions and a hazard perception test. Not from the Ilford area? It might be worth booking a night at a local hotel—that way, you don’t have to worry about traffic or delayed transport jeopardising your test. Check out some of these options:

Best Western Greater London Hotel ★★★☆☆

Just a 10-minute walk from the theory test centre, you’ll find the Best Western Greater London. With clean rooms, friendly staff and free WiFi, this place has everything you need for an enjoyable short stay. There’s also a nice breakfast room, where you can enjoy some yummy food before starting your day!

Travelodge London Ilford ★★☆☆☆

If you’re just looking for something cheap and cheerful, head over to the Travelodge on Clement’s Road. Despite the lower price tag, you can still expect to find a big comfy bed, clean rooms, fresh towels and your own TV. All you need, really!

Signature Hotel London ★★★★☆

This stylish hotel is great for those who fancy a change from the usual chain hotels. The Signature (as you may have guessed) has its own fashionable character and is decorated beautifully throughout. Enjoy free WiFi, air-conditioned and soundproofed rooms, blackout drapes and an LCD TV, for a truly relaxing experience.

Places to Celebrate

If you don’t have to rush back home or to work after the test, it’s worth sticking around and sampling some of the local delights. After a big test, you certainly deserve it! Here are a few places you could try out:

The General Havelock

A mere stone’s throw from Ilford theory test centre you’ll find this charming pub. It’s a friendly place full of welcoming locals where you can pull up a stool and enjoy a pint. If you enjoy a boogie, stick around into the evening, when the party atmosphere starts to kick in!

The Great Spoon of Ilford

Another great option in Ilford is the local Wetherspoons. This branch provides an extensive food and drink menu, live sports, and even an outdoor seating area. Just the ticket if you fancy a quick drink or even a bite to eat.

Champs Sports Bar & Grill

Sports fans simply must stop by this place before heading home. There’s a tasty American-style food menu, plenty of HD screens showing a range of sports and, of course, delicious drinks. Will it be a classic lager or a scrumptious ice cream float? You decide!

What Happens Next?

Ilford theory test centre is a great option for anyone from the Greater London area who would prefer to avoid the hustle of the inner city. It’s easy to get to, has some great parking options and boasts a range of local amenities that can make your trip a success.

Clutching a theory pass certificate and ready to know what’s next? Well done! Now it’s time to start thinking about the all-important practical test. You can book one online (or get in touch with us and we’ll do it for you) as soon as you decide on a test centre. If you’re from the Ilford area, your closest test centre will be Wanstead or Goodmayes.

If you didn’t manage to pass the theory test first time around, we’d recommend booking another one while all of the information is still fresh in your mind. Remember that the DVSA requires you to leave a gap of 3 working days between your old test and the new one. Use any interim time to study up and work on the areas you struggled with first time!

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