Colchester Test Centre

Based in the midst of an industrial estate, Colchester test centre is easy to miss amongst the many other businesses in its vicinity. Don’t let its small size fool you though! The examiners at this centre will be using all of the local challenging routes and features to put your newfound driving skills to the test. Get a step ahead by familiarising yourself with Colchester test centre.


Grange Way

Tests Offered at Colchester

– Car
– ADI part 2
– ADI part 3

How To Get There

Whilst it might be easy to miss Colchester test centre amongst the many other businesses located in the industrial estate, it couldn’t be any easier for learners to get to. Situated off Old Heath Road and Whitehall Road, the centre is in close proximity to both the A134 and A133. So, whether you’re a local or travelling from further away, you won’t have a problem getting to Colchester test centre. Of course, if you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to use a sat nav to find your way.

A Bit More About Colchester

Colchester test centre is certainly surrounded by a diverse enough range of road types and features. For starters, its location in a small industrial estate means that learners will undoubtedly have to face oncoming traffic and manoeuvre around parked vehicles in tight roads. They’ll also have their speed awareness and hazard perception skills put to the test on roads like the A134 and the streets closer to the city centre.

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.