Guildford Test Centre

Situated in the midst of a number of car showrooms, the area surrounding Guildford test centre will certainly put you in the right frame of mind to hit the road! Before you can pick out the latest model, however, you have the small matter of passing the practical test. If you’re biting the bullet and heading to Guildford for your practical, you should do some background reading. Read on for more information!


Slyfield Industrial Estate
Off Moorfield Road

Tests Offered at Guildford

– Car
– Lorries, large vehicles and buses
– ADI part 2
– ADI part 3

How To Get There

Around 10 minutes from the centre of Guildford itself, right next to the River Wey and busy A3, Guildford test centre is an ideal option for many learners in the South East. Of course, if you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to use a sat nav to find your way.

A Bit More About Guildford

Guildford test centre is ideally located for driving tests. The industrial estate it’s situated in provides a constant stream of traffic and congestion—not great in normal driving, but it does allow an examiner to see how you perform under pressure! Local roads like the A25 and busier routes around the town centre also allow for enough variety in road conditions to put candidates through their paces on the test.

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.