Bishop's Stortford Test Centre

Situated in the middle of a bustling industrial estate, Bishop’s Stortford test centre can be found on South Road. Whilst relatively small in size, this test centre still packs a punch. That’s because, like any other test centre in the UK, Bishop’s Stortford comes with a copious amount of challenging road features. So, if you’re heading here, it’s smart to get ahead of the game and find out more about the centre. Read on for more information!


South Road
Bishops Stortford
CM23 3JQ

Tests Offered at Bishop’s Stortford

– Car
– ADI part 3

How To Get There

Bishop’s Stortford test centre can be found right near the busy London Road and River Stort in an industrial estate not too far from the centre of town. With hundreds of learners in the Hertfordshire area heading here for their driving test, it’s safe to assume that Bishop’s Stortford is easy to get to and access. Of course, if you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to use a sat nav to find your way.

A Bit More About Bishop’s Stortford

The last step for anyone looking to get their hands on a full driving licence is the practical test. In order to truly test how ready a candidate is to take to the roads unsupervised, examiners must be able to use as many difficult road types and features as possible. The area around Bishop’s Stortford is ideal for this, providing an even mix of urban and residential spaces. A roads like the A120 and A1060 will test your speed awareness—especially when you move through to quiet residential areas. Please be aware that, whilst you might have practiced driving on the nearby M11, motorways will not feature on your driving test.

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.