Ashford (Kent) Test Centre

A convenient town centre location and close proximity to the bustling M20 make Ashford driving test centre easy to reach for learners from across Kent. If you’re not familiar with the centre, though, you’ll face a number of challenges when taking your test here. Read on for more information!


Ground Floor, Civic Centre
Tannery Lane
TN23 1PL

Tests Offered at Ashford (Kent)

– Car
– ADI part 3

How To Get There

Ashford test centre is right on the doorstep of the town’s major shopping areas, as well as being located near to several major local A roads. As such, anyone living locally will be able to get to their test without much fuss. The A28, A2070 and M20, meanwhile, link the town with other parts of Kent, meaning that Ashford test centre serves the wider area, too. Of course, if you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to use a sat nav to find your way.

A Bit More About Ashford (Kent)

Driving test centres are always carefully placed to ensure they provide examiners with a varied selection of road types, and, in this regard, Ashford test centre is no different. Not only is it close to the town centre and local dual carriageways, it’s also not far from quieter, residential areas. This ensures a mix of conditions that is sure to test the skills of even confident learners, and means that getting your licence here is no cakewalk.

What To Expect On The Day

After hours of driving lessons, your test date is finally upon you. Talk about nerve-wracking. If your confidence isn’t quite where you hoped it would be, we’d advise you to read up on our top six ways to relax before your driving test.

Before you jet out of the front door on your big day, there’s one important question you need to ask yourself: do you have your provisional licence? If the answer’s no, you can wave goodbye to taking your test. You need to have your provisional licence with you to take the driving test, otherwise you will be turned around, so double-check you’ve got it before you leave. Additionally, you’ll want to get to the test centre 10 minutes before your test is due to start.

Your driving test will consist of:

– An eyesight test, where you’ll need to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres
– Two “show me, tell me” questions covering vehicle safety and maintenance
– Twenty minutes of general driving, where you’ll be guided by the examiner, and will also need to perform one of the following manoeuvres:
Parallel parking
Bay parking
Pulling up on the right
– Twenty minutes of independent driving, during which you’ll either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination

Once you get back to the test centre and park your car, the test will officially end. The examiner will then walk you through the feedback sheet and list any driving test faults, whether they are minors or majors, that you may have accumulated. If you fail, keep hold of this sheet as it can be used to help you figure out which areas you need to improve on for your next test attempt. If you pass, you’ll also be handed a test pass certificate.

But What If I Fail?

Like any other test you take in life, if all doesn’t go according to plan with your driving test and you end up failing, it’s as simple as trying again. Of course, we don’t recommend just heading back in without any preparation. Instead, take some time to improve on the areas in which you picked up the most faults in. The best way to do this is by taking a refresher course with an instructor. They’ll be able to give you pointers to ensure you don’t trip up on them again.