Dudley Test Centre

Based in a small business estate, Dudley test centre was set up to replace the now-closed Lower Gornal test centre. Located off the bustling A4101, Dudley test centre is a perfect option for learners in Dudley, Stourbridge and Kingswinford. If you’ve decided to take your test here, we’d recommend you get ahead and learn a bit more about it. Read on for more information!


Newton House
The Pensnett Estate
West Midlands

Tests Offered at Dudley

– Car
– ADI part 3

How To Get There

As you’d expect, Dudley test centre isn’t too far from the centre of Dudley itself—it’s around 15 minutes away to the west. It can be found in the middle of a relatively small business estate, just off the busy Dudley Road. With major roads like the A491 in close proximity, learner drivers won’t struggle with getting to Dudley 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 Dudley

To ensure examiners are able to test learner drivers on a varied selection of road features, the locations of test centres are carefully chosen. Dudley test centre is surrounded by a diverse range of road types—with an even mix of built-up areas and quieter residential estates—and varied traffic conditions to test your speed and hazard perception. The centre’s location on the A4101 almost guarantees frequent oncoming traffic, making it challenging for learners moving in and out of the test centre. If you’re shaky on roundabouts then we’d suggest practising a bit more—there are plenty on the route towards Dudley!

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.