Stevenage theory test centre is one of only two locations within the county of Hertfordshire where you can sit the all-important driving exam. Located in the northern part of the county, it’s a potential option for Hertfordshire locals and even those from southern parts of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
Join us as we delve into all of the useful details you need to know before deciding to head on down to the Stevenage theory test centre. We’re going to cover wait times, directions, pass rates, local amenities and much more!
3-4 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.
By public transport
This theory test centre is situated just outside of town in a business park known as Meadway Corporate Centre. Thankfully, though, it is still relatively easy to get to by public transport. Taking the train, for instance? No problem! From Stevenage train station it will take you just under 25 minutes to walk to the centre.
If that doesn’t sound quite as convenient as you’d hoped, you can always count on the bus to give your legs a good old rest. The Rutherford Close bus stop is handily located just 2 minutes from where you’ll be taking the test!
For further details on the transport links serving Stevenage, have a scour of the Stevenage Borough Council website.
Perhaps you’ve ditched the idea of public transport altogether and persuaded someone to give you a lift to the centre instead. Nice work! Tell that kind person to enter SG1 2EF into a sat nav device and simply follow the instructions.
Depending on your direction of travel, you’ll be accessing the business park from either the A1 or Gunnels Wood Road. Whichever it is, just follow the signs to Meadway.
Catching a lift to the test is all well and good, but if that person needs to park their car while you sit your theory, you may struggle to find a free spot. You see, very few test centres provide on-site parking and, sadly for you, Stevenage does not buck this trend.
Here’s the deal: your nearest parking options are going to be at least a 20-minute walk from the test centre, so you may as well get dropped off and picked up. If the driver does want to leave their car somewhere, they should head over to the Primett Road North car park (SG1 3DY). Sure, it’s 22 minutes away, but you’ll only be charged £1.50 for 2 hours of parking. You win some, you lose some!
Even though the pass rate at Stevenage test centre has been in a state of steady decline, the figures remain nothing to be worried about. It’s currently only slightly below the national average.
Of course, pass rates shouldn’t really factor into your overall decision anyway. They paint a big picture of regional trends—they’re not to be taken as an indication of how well an individual learner is likely to fair in a particular location.
While the theory test is nothing to be nervous about, it does require that you devote some time to learning the relevant material. Heading in to the test with no idea of what to expect or how to answer the questions is a recipe for disaster! So, study the Highway Code, take a few practice tests and revise the stuff you think you already know. To make life easier, we’ve included some handy study aids, which you can find below.
If you’re planning to travel from Stevenage from out of town, have you considered staying in a local hotel the night before your test? It’s a great way to avoid any travel disruption in the morning and get yourself acquainted with the local area. Here are a few nice options close to the test centre:
Perfect for a convenient short stay, this ibis is less than half an hour from the test centre on foot. For a very reasonable price you can enjoy a bright, clean room, WiFi, refreshment facilities and satellite TV. Plus, if you feel peckish at any point, just pop down to the on-site cafe!
Another lovely accommodation option in Stevenage comes courtesy of The Gate Hotel. Situated just a 20-minute walk from the test centre, this charming hotel will make you feel right at home as soon as you cross the threshold. All rooms recently underwent a major refurbishment, so you can expect modern facilities and stylish decor. There’s also a restaurant and bar to cater to all of your refreshment needs!
Last up on our list is this delightful hotel located in a beautifully-converted 16th century farmhouse. The original building actually belonged to John Thurloe, secretary to Oliver Cromwell (hence the name). If that historical claim to fame isn’t enough to entice you here, its stunning rooms and swanky eatery surely will! Better yet—it’s the closest hotel to the test centre, at a mere 18-minute walk away.
Finished up with the test and ready to let your hair down? Woohoo! Let’s see what the local bar scene in Stevenage has to offer…
If you’re just looking for a swift pint that’s close to the test centre, The Crooked Billet fits the err... bill! With banging burgers, live sports on the telly and plenty of drinks to choose from, it certainly ticks a lot of boxes. Plonk yourself down here and forget the stress of the day.
For a slightly more upscale drinking establishment, head over to The Chequers in Old Stevenage. This place is stylishly decorated and offers an impressive range of fine ales and craft beer. It’s also walking distance from both the test centre and the train station—making it super convenient for anyone commuting!
This casual coffee place slash stylish lounge bar sets the perfect post-test atmosphere. Sink into a plush seat, soak up the mood lighting and sip on a sumptuous cocktail (or creamy coffee!). A little bit glam and A LOT of fun!
Stevenage theory test centre certainly has quite a few plus points that could sway your decision to make an appointment here: good transport links, reasonable pass rates and great local amenities. At the very least, it’s the most convenient option for anyone living in northern Hertfordshire.
As soon as the theory test is in the bag, you should turn your attention to the practical side of things. Get behind the wheel and perfect that driving prowess! Keep in mind that waiting times for the final driving test can be long, so it’s a good idea to book in early. If you’re from Stevenage, your nearest practical test centres will be in Stevenage itself or Letchworth.
Still working on passing the theory? Not everyone is lucky enough to ace it first time. Re-group, think about where you went wrong and get stuck into your revision. Oh, and book another test as soon as possible. You know what they say—get back on that horse!
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