If you want to take your theory test in Staffordshire, it’s a case of heading on down to the Stoke on Trent theory test centre. Situated just outside of the city centre, you’ll find it right on the edge of the picturesque Central Forest Park.
In this guide we go over anything and everything you could possibly want to know to prepare yourself for theory test day. We’re talking directions, wait times, pass rates and so much more!
0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.
3-4 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.
By public transport
If you’re planning to get to the Stoke theory test centre by public transport, you may be a bit miffed to find that it’s not exactly in the middle of town. It actually sits to the north of the city, bordering Central Forest Park, which, despite its name, is not particularly central.
Nevertheless, you can reach it quite easily by public transport alone. From Stoke train station it will take you a fairly lengthy 40 minutes to walk to the test centre. Understandably, not everyone will be up for that (especially on the day of a big test!), so it’s probably best if you take a bus from the train station.
Disembarking at the Old Town Road bus stop will leave you with just a 6-minute walk to get to your theory test. Take into account the fact that you’ll be travelling through the busy city centre and leave yourself plenty of time to make your test appointment.
Head over to the Stoke on Trent government website to learn more about the transport options in this area.
If none of the above options float your boat, there’s always the option of driving. That is, of course, if you can find someone to take you. When travelling by car to the Stoke test centre, the best way to ensure a straightforward journey is to enter ST1 2QE into a sat nav and follow the instructions.
It’s highly likely you’ll end up on the A50 and/or the A5272. The test centre is on the south-east edge of the park. Simply follow signs to Town Road and keep your eyes peeled for the collection of red brick buildings that make up Whittle Court.
Those who like to pinch the pennies will be pleased to learn that there are free parking spaces available near(ish) to this test centre. Make your way to John Bright Street (ST1 2EL), which is a 7-minute walk away. The only downside is that there are just 10 spaces on offer. Better get in early if you want to take one!
Not optimistic about your chances of landing a free space? It will be tricky. Another good option is the Upper Huntbach Street car park (ST1 2HG). It’ll take you 12 minutes to walk from here to the test centre, but costs only £1.60 for 2 hours of parking. That’s a pretty good deal and there are 75 spots available!
OK, so the pass rates at the Stoke on Trent theory test centre don’t look that great. On the positive side, though, they currently only sit slightly below the national average.
Plus, as we always say, these pass rates shouldn’t really affect individual learners. If you’ve studied hard and know your stuff, there’s no reason you can’t pass first time—wherever you take the test!
The best way to build up your confidence for the theory test is to ensure that you have all the required knowledge to pass it! Yes, it’s time to get studying. The theory test will cover your understanding of the highway code and challenge you to spot potential hazards on the road.
Check out some of our favourite resources that will make revising for your theory test a breeze:
Not from Stoke on Trent but have your test booked here? Skip the hassle of that morning commute by spending the night in a local hotel! There are various options to choose from in the area surrounding the centre. Here are a few you might consider:
This one comes at a budget price but offers far more personality than your run-of-the-mill Travelodge. It’s actually a pub-slash-hotel, which gives it a really homely atmosphere and means you can just pop downstairs whenever you want to whet your whistle! It’s not exactly walking distance from the test centre, but if you’re happy to take a taxi, it’s only a 12-minute drive.
A 20-minute bus ride away from the theory test centre, you’ll find The George Hotel, located in the charming town of Burslem. The building dates all the way back to the 17th century, so history lovers are sure to enjoy a night here! You’ll have access to free WiFi, free parking and, of course, a comfy bed on which to lay your head.
This city centre hotel is a great choice if you’re willing to splash a little bit more cash to enjoy a slight upgrade in amenities and surroundings. What exactly does the ‘plus’ refer to? Well, on top of complimentary parking and WiFi, you’ll have access to a gym, pool, jacuzzi and 24 hour services. Just make sure you remember that you have a theory test to get to!
All finished up? Great! Now you get to explore the sights and sounds of Stoke on Trent. Whether you fancy a drink, food or a nice sit down, this place has something to offer. Here are some places you might want to try:
Just an 8-minute walk from the theory test centre, you’ll stumble across this friendly little pub that provides a great place to forget any driving-related wobbles and end the day on a high. The traditional pub decor and relaxed environment is sure to make you feel right at home. Pull up a stool, grab a refreshment and chill. Ahhh!
Feeling a bit peckish after all of that concentrating? Time to head to the city centre! One of our top picks for some nice grub is The Exchange Bar & Kitchen. It offers a casual dining experience and serves up some delicious American plates in trendy, quirky surroundings. A great spot to fill up your tank after a long day.
Finally, if you’re looking for a standard British pub, you can’t go wrong with The Masons Arms. Friendly bar staff will put you at ease and help you decide from their wide array of delicious beers, wines and soft drinks. Judging by the many glowing reviews, the food isn’t half bad either! Pop in and say hello.
The Stoke on Trent theory test centre is a great option for anyone living in the Staffordshire area. In fact, it’s your only option! Despite its somewhat awkward location on the outskirts of the city, it is fairly easy to access by both public transport and car. This should mean you don’t have to cross county lines to find a suitable place to sit your theory test!
As soon as your theory test certificate is in the bag, you can start thinking about the practical side of things. It’s a good idea to get your practical test booked in fairly quickly, as you may have to contend with some lengthy wait times. There are two practical test centres to choose from in Stoke on Trent: Stoke (Cobridge) and Stoke (Newcastle-under-Lyme).
If you’re yet to pass your theory test because you didn’t get a high enough score, don’t be put off. The best approach is to get right back on that horse! Book another test and squeeze in plenty of studying before giving it another go. You can do it!
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