Driving Theory Test Centres in Sunderland

Anyone living in and around south-eastern Tyne and Wear will find that the Sunderland theory test centre is probably their most convenient option. It’s centrally located and just a short walk from various public transport options. Plus, the wait time for a test is usually around 2 weeks, which is very speedy!

Keep reading to find out heaps of useful facts and advice about this theory test centre, including wait times, pass rates, contact details and more!


Unit 1b, Echo 24 Building West Wear Street Sunderland Tyne and Wear SR1 1XD

Phone Number

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


Arriving at Sunderland Theory Test Centre

By public transport

Those making their way to the theory test centre by public transport have the option of either train or bus. Travelling there by rail is a great option, as it should only take you about 8 minutes to walk from Sunderland train station to the test centre.

For further information on the public transport system in Sunderland, head on over to the Sunderland City Council website.

By car

Hailing a cab or getting a lift to your theory test from a friend or relative? Life will be much easier if they have a sat nav. Simply give them the postcode SR1 1XD, and pay attention to the directions.

The entrance to the theory test centre is a fairly unassuming door nestled between two sets of windows. Look out for the small white signs labelled ‘Pearson’, located just above and next to the door. Once you’ve made your way in, you’ll find the test centre on the second floor of the building.


As is the norm, the theory test centre does not provide on-site parking. This shouldn’t put you off being driven to the test, however, because there are some good alternatives nearby.

5 minutes away you can find the Sunniside car park (SR1 1UL). It contains 653 spaces and charges a pretty reasonable £2.60 for 2 hours of parking.

If you’re intent on pinching every penny, there is a slightly cheaper option available 7 minutes from the test centre. Have a look for High Street West car park (SR1 1TZ). This one only charges £1.80 for 2 hours of parking. The downside is that there are just 35 spaces, so you’ll need to cross your fingers that a space will be available when you arrive!

Pass Rates by Year

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
49.3% 48.1% 47.1% 46.3% 47.0% 57.0%  54.3% 

Guides and Tips

What does have an impact on your theory test result is how much preparation you put in. As soon as you have one booked (and maybe even a little before!), you should be researching what the theory test involves and the kind of things you need to study. Yes—study. Treat the theory test like the important exam it is. 

If you’d like some help putting together a revision plan, take a look at the resources we’ve listed below.

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Nearby Theory Test Centres


Those travelling to the Sunderland theory test centre from outside of town should consider spending the night in the city before their big day. This should ensure that you can get plenty of sleep and avoid any transport complications on the day of the test. Check out some nearby options:

Travelodge Sunderland High Street West ★★☆☆☆

Booking a room here could save you a lot of bother as it’s located a mere 4-minute walk from the test centre. The price may be low, but that doesn’t mean the standards are! All rooms benefit from cosy bedding, facilities to make hot water beverages and your very own desk and TV.

Boar’s Head Boutique Hotel ★★★☆☆

Perhaps you’re after a more unique accommodation experience? You’ll find it at this all-in-one bistro, cafe and hotel! Lovely suites, traditional pub vibes, delectable food and the potential for some gorgeous views over the River Wear—this place has plenty to shout about! It’s also only a 13-minute walk (or a 3-minute drive) from the theory test centre.

Hilton Garden Inn Sunderland ★★★☆☆

Finally, if you’re looking for high standards and a hotel chain you can trust, head to the Hilton Garden Inn just across the river. It’s only a 15-minute walk from the test centre. Once there, you can expect welcoming staff, plush surroundings and great amenities like free WiFi. It’s also right next to the stadium, should you fancy taking in a game!

Places to Celebrate

Once you’ve completed the theory test, it’s time you get yourself a drink or something to eat. Thankfully, there are plenty of places that provide this in Sunderland. Discover some of our favourites below. 

808 Bar and Kitchen

Sleek, stylish, contemporary—just some of the words that spring to mind when you walk through the doors of 808 Bar and Kitchen. Their motto is “Eat good—drink good—feel good”, and you’ll be ticking off each one of these in no time! Whet your appetite with a signature cocktail before delving into the sumptuous food menu.

Sinatra’s Bar

Those heading back to the train station after their theory test might want to take a slight detour to this lovely little pub on Holmeside. It’s 6 minutes away from the test centre and provides a warm, friendly setting in which you can enjoy a pint or glass of wine with the locals. A great way to round off the day!

Sloanes Sports Bar

If a buzzing atmosphere and live sports are more your thing, head down the road from the theory test centre to Sloanes Sports Bar. Here you can enjoy a nice cold pint in casual, friendly surroundings. There’s even a pool and billiards room in case you wish to get in on the sporting action yourself!

What Happens Next?

Sunderland theory test centre is definitely worth considering if you’re a resident of Tyne and Wear, or even northern County Durham (a county where there are zero theory test centres)! The pass rate may not be stellar, but the centre more than makes up for it with short wait times and handy local amenities.

After the theory test is checked off, you need to turn your attention to the practical test. This might seem a little daunting in comparison, but it only takes a few simple steps to get going. Find an instructor you like, book an adequate amount of lessons and find a suitable test appointment at your local centre. If you’re from around here, it makes sense to book in at Sunderland practical test centre.

Perhaps you’ve not been that lucky and ended up failing the theory test. If this is the case, please do not worry or throw in the towel. Dust yourself off, book a new test and study hard! We promise it will be easier the second time around.

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