The town of Fareham is nestled in the south of Hampshire, between the cities of Portsmouth and Southampton. This theory test centre is therefore ideal for anyone looking to avoid the hustle and bustle and take their test in a quiet, but still accessible location.
And that’s not all it has going for it! Learners can often nab a last-minute test appointment here in less than a week, and it boasts pass rates that top the national average. Read on to find out more useful information like this, as we explore everything you need to know about the Fareham theory test centre!
0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.
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By public transport
We get off to a great start here, because the test centre is located just a 6-minute walk from the town’s central train station. Perfect if you’re making your way here from out of town!
The bus will get you even closer. Disembark at Trinity Street bus stop and you can be at the test centre front door in 60 seconds or less! For those coming in from the opposite direction, the Station Roundabout bus stop is a similarly convenient 3-minute walk away.
To gain a deeper understanding of the transport network serving Fareham, head on over to the Fareham Borough Council website.
If someone who has already earned their driving licence is willing to drive you to your theory test, this should also be a fairly hassle-free way of arriving at the centre. Your best bet is to type the postcode, PO16 0EN, into a sat nav and let that take care of the directions.
The centre is located just off the Western Way road, and down the street from the Fareham Community Church. Keep an eye out for either of these landmarks to establish that you’re in the right area.
Theory test centres hardly ever provide onsite parking, and Fareham is not breaking the mould here. Don’t give up on that life just yet, though, as there are car parks conveniently located nearby.
The first one you should try is the Trinity Street car park (PO16 7SA). It’s just a 6-minute walk from the test centre and will set you back £1.40 for 2 hours of parking. Failing that, there’s always the Holy Trinity car park (PO16 0NT). Anyone else sensing a theme here? Regardless, you’ll find this car park located a 7-minute walk away and prices are the same.
They’ve taken a couple of dips, but the Fareham theory test centre pass rates still look fairly strong. 48.9% is still above the national average, so if stats matter to you this should put your mind at rest.
Do bear in mind that whatever the pass rates are at a test centre, it shouldn’t have any effect on how you perform in the test. Unless they’re abysmal, the pass rates aren’t really something that learner drivers need to give much thought to.
What you do need to think about is how you’re going to prepare for the test itself! There’s quite a bit of material to get your head around, so we recommend making a start on this well before your test appointment arrives.
Remember, there’s both a multiple choice and hazard perception section to pass if you want to earn that certificate. Doing extremely well on only one or the other simply won’t cut it. So, get your head down and start studying! You’ll find some of the resources below a helpful addition to your revision plan.
Make sure you get plenty of shuteye before the big day to ensure you’re in the best headspace to ace the test. If you’re heading to Fareham from out of town, it might even be worth hunkering down in a local hotel the night before. Below are a few options that are worth a look.
This simple but lovely hotel has a very homely feel and is a perfect option for a short stay. Rooms are kitted out with comfortable beds, tea and coffee-making facilities and complimentary toiletries. Downstairs you can also relax in the traditional pub with fine ales and an open fireplace.
If you prefer to stay in a recognisable chain, mosey on over to the Holiday Inn on Cartwright Drive. We say mosey, but it’s actually just under an hour away from the test centre. Don’t panic, though: it’ll only take you 7 minutes by car! Once there, you can enjoy bright modern rooms with all the usual amenities, and friendly staff will be on hand to make your stay a pleasant one.
If that boat needs pushing out a little further, it’s probably time to tell you about the Solent Hotel & Spa. This place is fancy with a capital F! Tennis courts, hot tubs, an on-site spa—you name a luxury facility, they’ve got it. It’s a 16-minute drive from the test centre, but we’re sure you’ll think it’s worth it when you feast your eyes on the beautifully decorated rooms and scenic surroundings.
Time for a quick drink or bite to eat? If you’ve just completed the theory test, we say yes! Fareham doesn’t come up short in terms of places to relax and replenish. Here’s a few spots we recommend:
This branch of the classic chain is located 7 minutes down the road from the test centre and has everything you would expect. Yummy food, great deals on drinks and a lively atmosphere to help you shake off the stresses of the day. Just what you need after a test!
Those looking for a quick pint in a laid back atmosphere would do well to head over to this delightful corner pub. Friendly staff and some delicious cask ales await! There’s also a full bar menu and plenty of comfy seats to sink into.
If a quick drink isn’t going to cut it and you’re looking for something more substantial, may we recommend the Rancho Steak House? Crossing the threshold here is like stepping out of Fareham and into South America! A must for those who like their steaks Argentinian and their cocktails full of flavour.
Fareham theory test centre is a great option for Hampshire locals who want to swerve the nearby cities and take advantage of some very short wait times. With excellent local amenities and above-average pass rates to boot, this place is an all-rounder!
After the theory test comes the practical test. Yes, it’s time to get out on the road and put all of that information you’ve learned into practice. Find an instructor you like and start building up those skills until you’re confident behind the wheel and test-ready.
Even if you still have a lot to learn, we recommend getting your practical test booked in as quickly as possible. This is because, unless you fast-track your test, DVSA wait times can be fairly substantial. If you’re from Fareham, the closest practical test centre to you is the one located in Portsmouth.
Didn’t manage to pass this time? That’s OK—you can always have another crack at it. In fact, that’s what we advise you to do pronto. The DVSA requires that learners leave a gap of just 3 working days between theory tests. So, book a new one as soon as possible and revise, revise, revise!
Ready to kickstart your driving journey or revive it after a break? PassMeFast is here to help. We have a range of courses to suit all different types of learner. We can also throw in any tests you may require. For more information, give the team a call on 0333 123 4949.
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