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Canterbury Test Centre

Located near the city centre, Canterbury test centre can be found on the bustling New Dover Road. Though small in size, this test centre has plenty of challenges up its sleeve. If you’re heading here for your practical, be sure to get to know it better before your big day.

Address

25 New Dover Road
Canterbury
Kent
CT1 3AS

Tests Offered at Canterbury

– Car

How To Get There

Canterbury test centre is in the vicinity of both the A257 and the A28, making it an ideal and accessible option for learners located in Canterbury. Of course, if you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to use a sat nav to find your way.

A Bit More About Canterbury

Though you might not think it, the location of Canterbury test centre was chosen carefully. Why? In order to put learners through their paces and truly test their driving skills, test routes need to incorporate a varied amount of road types and challenges. Canterbury is ideally located near busy A roads, the hectic city centre and other quieter areas to round it off.

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.