Driving Theory Test Centres in Galashiels

The largest town in the Scottish Borders is home to the county’s only theory test centre. Thankfully, it’s very conveniently located right on the high street, just a short walk from the main train station. You should therefore have no problem getting to your test appointment, even if you’re heading in from out of town.

What can you expect if you take your theory test here? We’re about to answer that question and more, in our comprehensive guide to the Galashiels theory test centre. Give it a read!


Suite 2b, Ladhope Business Centre 54 Ladhope Vale Galashiels Scottish Borders TD1 1BT

Phone Number

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


Arriving at Galashiels Theory Test Centre

Nearest train station: Galashiels (3-minute walk)

Nearest bus stop: Iceland (5-minute walk)

Nearest car park: Ladhope Vale (1-minute walk)

Pass Rates by Year

These pass rates are pretty decent! Every single one over the past 7 years or so has been above the national average. While this is certainly a positive thing, it doesn't necessarily mean that your chances of passing the theory test are higher if you take it at the Galashiels test centre. The test they provide is the same one offered everywhere else! How you do on the day depends on the work you put in beforehand.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
52.1% 53.9% 50.3% 52.1% 51.8% 69.7%  79.4% 

Guides and Tips

A driving licence opens up a whole new world of freedom and independence, so it really is worth putting the effort in to earn one. Most learners think the practical test is the main challenge (and in many ways, it is), but don’t underestimate the theory test! Less than 50% of learners manage to pass on their first attempt and retaking the test involves even more of your time and money.

To get it done and dusted on the first go, you must do some revision. In fact, you must do quite a bit of revision. You see, the test is made up of two parts—a multiple choice section and a hazard perception test—and you must pass both in order to earn your theory test pass certificate.

Check out these useful resources that will enable you to prepare yourself for the big day:

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Nearby Theory Test Centres

Some people use the theory test as an opportunity to travel out of their local area. If you’re not completely set on taking the test in Galashiels, there are other options nearby. The closest theory test centres to this one are likely to be those located in Edinburgh and Leven.

What Happens Next?

The theory test might feel like just the beginning of your driving journey, but passing this stage is a really significant step. Well done if you’ve managed to earn that pass certificate! 

To continue your progress, you can use the pass number on your certificate to book a practical test. It might sound like we’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves here, but the wait times for these appointment slots can be months long! On a more positive note, there is a practical test centre in Galashiels, so you won’t have to travel far. 

Friends and family members may offer to teach you how to drive, but you really can’t beat the knowledge and experience of a DVSA-approved instructor. After all, the driving test isn’t just about showing that you can get a car from one side of town to the other. You’ll be tested on a wide range of skills and marked against pretty strict criteria. That being said, practice lessons with family and friends can be a great addition to your professional tuition!

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