Brentwood Test Centre

Situated in close proximity to the town centre, Brentwood test centre can be found right on the hectic Warley Hill Road. Though it might look pretty unsuspecting, this centre has plenty of tricks up its sleeve. If you’ve decided to head here for your practical, get to know it better before your big day. You can do this by checking out our guide below.


89 Warley Hall
CM14 5JN

Tests Offered at Brentwood

– Car
– ADI part 2
– ADI part 3

How To Get There

Brentwood test centre is just around the corner from the B186 and just minutes from the busy A1023, making it accessible for candidates located all over town. Plus, with the London Orbital Motorway in its vicinity, Brentwood is easy to get to for learners in the Essex area and even further afield! You can get to the centre with little to no fuss. Of course, if you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to use a sat nav to find your way.

A Bit More About Brentwood

Practical tests are designed to test whether a learner is truly ready to ditch the L plates and become a fully qualified driver. As a result, the location of test centres are carefully chosen to ensure that examiners will be able to incorporate as wide a range of road types as possible. Those taking the plunge at Brentwood test centre, for example, will be pitted against the frequently congested roads around the town centre, the high-speed A1023 and much more. Though you’ll have taken motorway lessons with your instructor, you won’t be taken on motorways during your test—so you don’t have to worry about the M25!

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.