Folkestone Test Centre

Candidates hoping to get their driving licence in Folkestone will start their practical test at Palting House, an office building tucked down a side-street in a residential part of town. However, knowing the location of the test centre is only the starting point to getting prepared for your practical. Read on for more information!


Palting House
Trinity Road
CT20 2RH

Tests Offered at Folkestone

– Car
– Motorcycle module 2
– ADI pat 2
– ADI part 3

How To Get There

A few minutes away from the town centre and the coast, Folkestone test centre is ideally located for learners in the Folkestone area. The proximity of the A259 and A20 also make it an ideal option for learners living further afield. Of course, if you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to use a sat nav to find your way.

A Bit More About Folkestone

At first glance, we can see why the location of Folkestone test centre might not seem ideal for learners. The close proximity of the M20 and A259 almost guarantees hectic road conditions for most hours of the day. Of course, that’s why it was chosen. After all, driving tests are meant to be challenging—pushing you to flex all of your newfound driving skills.

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.