Moving over to the north-western section of Hampshire, it’s time to take a closer look at the Andover theory test centre. This one is fairly new on the scene, having only opened its doors in September 2016. In that short time it’s managed to achieve above-average pass rates and the wait time for tests is hard to beat!
Read on to discover everything you need to know to take your test here. We’re talking contact details, transport links, local amenities and much, much more!
0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.
1 week Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.
By public transport
The test centre is located in the bustling heart of this charming market town, so you shouldn’t have any issues arriving by public transport. From Andover train station it only requires a 15-minute walk to reach your destination.
For those who think that sounds like too much walking, or simply prefer taking a bus anyway, this is also a good option. We recommend hopping off at the King’s Yard or Bus Station (yes it’s called that) stops, both of which are a nice and easy 3 minutes away on foot.
To discover more about the transport options in this area, have a look on the Test Valley Borough Council website.
If arriving by car is more your thing and someone has been nice enough to offer you a lift, you can just pack up your things and go! To ensure you don’t get lost, it’s a good idea to take note of the test centre postcode: SP10 1LP. A sat nav could come in very useful if you’re not that familiar with the area!
You’ll find your destination just off a major roundabout on the A3057. Be prepared for the fact that the test centre is located on a pedestrianised street, so you won’t be able to get dropped off right outside the front door.
As we’ve just mentioned, you won’t find any parking spaces outside the test centre itself. Before you let that put you off, though, we can confirm that there are quite a few affordable and convenient parking options in the surrounding area.
Our top pick for those heading towards the theory test centre is the Black Swan Yard car park (SP10 1LP). It’s big enough to accomodate 112 cars, so you’re in with a very good chance of finding a space! Your bank balance won’t have to suffer for the honour, either, as 2 hours of parking will only set you back £1.60.
Despite being one of the new kids on the block, Andover theory test centre boasts some pretty impressive pass rates. Even though there’s a steady decline, the current rate is still higher than the national average.
While this is surely a good sign, learner drivers shouldn’t give pass rates that much weight. The test is the same wherever you take it and the only real measure of how well you’re likely to do on the day is the amount of studying you do beforehand. Boring but true!
We urge you to take the theory test seriously and squeeze in plenty of revision before the big day. While it’s not a huge deal if you fail, it does cost money every time you take a test and you’ll only be extending the amount of time it takes to earn that driving licence.
Plus, with all the study material available out there, there’s no reason you can’t pass first time! Check out some of our favourite resources in the list below.
Why not stay in a local hotel the night before your theory test? It saves you rushing around in the morning and gives you more time to get ready for the test. Plus, if you choose wisely, you could be guaranteed a great night’s sleep! We’ve put together a few options in the local area…
If you like pubs and a comfy bed to lay your head on at night, this place provides the best of both worlds. You only need to pop downstairs from your room to find the bar, and walk 3-minutes out the front door to find the test centre. Sounds perfect to us! Just make sure you do this in the right order—drinking alcohol before the test is strongly NOT recommended.
Those who appreciate a brand name they can trust will probably be happy settling in at this chain of Best Western. It’s around a 16-minute walk from the test centre and offers free parking to guests—great if someone is driving you to your test in the morning. Once inside you can enjoy clean, comfortable rooms, free WiFi and 24-hour service. There’s even an on-site restaurant to satisfy any hunger pangs.
This pleasant hotel dates all the way back to the 18th century and still retains its Georgian facade. Thankfully, the rooms have been refurbished since then and guests can enjoy clean and contemporary rooms, flat screen TVs and a power shower. The best part? It’s only a 3-minute walk from the test centre!
We reckon you deserve a nice drink or bite to eat after completing the theory test. Whether you pass or fail, it’s worth spending a bit of time enjoying the local amenities. Below you’ll find a couple of establishments we think are worth a look.
With beautiful views over the River Anton, this recently refurbished pub is an excellent place to chill out with a drink after a potentially stressful day. It’s actually one of the few remaining pubs with a mill wheel still intact, meaning the river actually runs through the building! Don’t worry, though: you won’t get your feet wet while enjoying your point.
For another drinking establishment steeped in local history, you could also head over to the Angel Inn. Located in a Grade II listed building just 1-minute from the test centre, it offers heaps of traditional pub charm and some delicious pub grub. It’s open from 9am, so worth a visit no matter what time your test finishes!
Prefer a sophisticated cocktail over a basic pint? You might feel more at home at The SP Bar. Situated over the river, but still just a 5-minute walk away, The SP Bar provides an extensive drinks menu and chic surroundings in which to relax. Arrive at happy hour to get the best deals!
The Andover theory test centre has plenty of things going for it: excellent transport links, above-average pass rates and very short wait times. It’s definitely one to keep in mind if you live in or around northwest Hampshire!
As soon as that theory test certificate is under your belt, you can start turning your attention to the practical side of things. Keep in mind that practical test dates get snapped up very quickly, so it’s a good idea to book one nice and early. As long as you have time to fit all of your required lessons in beforehand, it’s fine to secure a date before you’re test-ready. Taking an intensive course is a great way to speed up the overall process.
Before booking your practical test you of course need to pick a location. If you live in Andover, your closest test centre options will be Newbury or Southampton (Maybush).
If you don’t leave the theory test centre with a pass certificate, don’t let it get you down. The best approach is to maintain a positive attitude and get straight back on it. That means booking a new test and studying hard! It might be an idea to switch up your study process and find a theory test revision resource that’s better suited to the way you learn.
No matter your driving experience level, PassMeFast is sure to have a course that suits your needs. Whether you prefer to drive a manual or automatic, learn at an intensive or semi-intensive pace, we can design a driving package that’ll transform you from learner to qualified as soon as possible.
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