Derby (Alvaston) Test Centre

Over to the south-west of the city of Derby lies the Alvaston driving test centre. You’ll need to head into the depths of an industrial estate to start your test, which will soon progress across the city’s roads. If you want to familiarise yourself with your chosen test centre, read our guide below.


Quintin Rd
DE21 7AY

Tests Offered at Derby (Alvaston)

– Car
– ADI part 2
– ADI part 3

How To Get There

Derby Alvaston test centre is located between Wilmorton and Alvaston. The centre is just off the A5111 Raynesway, so learners won’t have any difficulty in getting to it. Of course, if you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to use a sat nav to find your way.

A Bit More About Derby (Alvaston)

Derby Alvaston is situated in a perfect location for driving tests. The industrial estate in which it is found hosts a variety of traffic conditions depending on the time of day, and the vicinity of the A5111 means that learners will have to be on their toes for speed awareness and hazard perception during their test—not to mention additional nearby features like residential estates and local schools.

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.