Watford theory test centre serves the learner driver needs of the southwest section of Hertfordshire and beyond. If you fancy taking your test here, be sure to give this guide a read before committing to anything. Don’t worry if you’ve already bitten the bullet and booked a test—it’ll be handy for you, too!
So, scroll down to discover all the juicy details about Watford theory test centre. We’re talking pass rates, wait times and directions (oh my!). Seriously, though, knowing these details will be really useful on the day, so check it out…
5-6 days Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.
By public transport
Watford theory test centre is really centrally located, making it very easy to get to by public transport. Those travelling by rail will be particularly pleased to learn that, from Watford Junction train station, it only takes 2 minutes to walk to the test centre! This also doubles as a tube stop, so equally handy for those navigating the underground system.
Anyone taking the bus to their test should disembark at either the West Street or Watford Junction bus stops—which is more convenient will depend on your direction of travel. Both are roughly a 3-minute walk from the test centre.
Those swerving public transport in favour of a car should get whoever’s driving them to stick WD17 1AP into a sat nav and put the pedal to the metal (in a responsible manner, of course).
The centre is located on Langley Road, with a main entrance on St Albans Road (A412). Keep an eye out for a large red brick building with steps leading up to the main doors.
While the drive might be easy, finding somewhere to park could be a different matter. Theory test centres rarely provide parking spots and Watford is no different. There are a few options nearby, though, if whoever’s driving you wants to leave their car somewhere so they can stretch their legs while you sit the test.
The closest option to the test centre is actually the Watford Junction Station car park (WD17 1EU). It’s only 4 minutes away from the centre and boasts nearly 700 spaces! The downside is that it will set you back a fairly hefty (in our opinion, anyway) £5.50 for 2 hours of parking.
For a cheaper option, you can always make your way to the Holiday Inn Watford Junction car park (WD17 1DS). This one is just 5 minutes away and charges a much more reasonable £2 for 2 hours.
Sure, they seem to be heading in the wrong direction, but the pass rates at this test centre stick fairly close to the national average (though they're currently just below it).
These kind of statistics shouldn’t be used to predict how well an individual is likely to do on test day, anyway—that’s all down to hard work and preparation. (Roll your eyes all you like, but it’s true!)
Even if studying for tests isn’t really your thing, we urge you to do so when it comes to the theory. You’re paying for the joy of sitting this particular exam, so there’s no point risking having to repeat the process. Get a clear idea of what to expect on the day and devise a revision plan. You might find the resources we’ve listed below useful in this process.
Fancy a night in a local hotel before sitting your theory test? It’s a great idea if you’re arriving from out of town. Skip the travel hassle, get a good night’s sleep and wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day! Below are a few lodging options located near to the theory test centre.
For a hotel room that doesn’t break the bank and puts you in a very convenient location, it has to be the Travelodge Watford Central. As you can guess from the name, it’s right in the middle of town and only 15 minutes away (on foot!) from the test centre. Rooms are simple yet comfortable, and there’s even a desk in your room where you can work on some last minute revision!
If you fancy something a little sleeker, you could always book a room at the local Jurys Inn. This one is situated just 10 minutes from where you’ll be taking your test! Amenities include a flat screen TV, free WiFi and extra pillows on request. There’s even the option of room service—perfect for those moments where you spot something on the menu that whets your appetite, but you can’t be bothered traipsing downstairs!
Finally, those who want to be able to practically roll from their bed straight into the test centre should check out this Holiday Inn. It’s just around the corner from the test centre and offers high quality accommodation at a very reasonable price. Once inside you’ll be treated to a stylish and comfortable room kitted out with luxury toiletries, satellite television, plush towels and a pillow menu. We’re not exactly sure what the latter involves, but we know we want to try it out!
As soon as your theory test wraps up, why not explore the local area and treat yourself to a cheeky drink or snack? There are no shortages of interesting establishments to visit in Watford. Check out a few of our favourites:
Just past the train station and slightly further into town, you’ll find this family-friendly pub offering a wide range of beers, spirits, wine and tasty grub. If the weather is nice while you’re there, do pay a visit to their outdoor seating area—it’s a lovely place to relax! Various deals are on offer throughout the week, too, so don’t miss the chance to bag a bargain.
This slightly quirky and extremely trendy bar is perfect for those who like more than a simple pint. Steinbeck and Shaw specialises in fresh cocktails, rare ales and cool nightly entertainment. The decor provides a treat for the eyes and the friendly staff are very knowledgeable and eager to please.
Our final choice is a little bit more exclusive, in the sense that it’s for over-25s only. If you do fit into this bracket, we definitely encourage you to pay a visit to this 1920s speakeasy jazz club that serves up both delicious food and incredible signature cocktails. The chilled atmosphere is the perfect antidote to a day filled with theory questions!
That just about wraps it up for Watford theory test centre! We’d say this is a great location to take your test if you’re from Hertfordshire or any of the bordering counties. As long as you don’t mind braving public transport, it’s super easy to get to and you can enjoy an impressive range of local amenities while you’re there.
Once you’ve earned your theory test pass certificate, it’s time to move on to the final stage: the practical test. Polish up on (or start learning!) your driving skills and think about booking a test slot. If you’re from the Watford area there’s a practical test centre right in town!
If you’re still struggling to pass your theory test, do not give up! It just takes a bit of hard work and belief in your own abilities. Book yourself a new test so you have something to work towards and keep studying. The DVSA requires that you leave a gap of 3 working days between tests, so keep this in mind when deciding on dates.
If you’re determined to get out and about on the road as soon as possible, PassMeFast may hold the answer. We have courses to suit every type of learner, and knowledgeable booking agents who can provide plenty of useful advice along the way. Dial 0333 123 4949 to have a chat with a member of our team today.
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