Herne Bay Test Centre

Situated in the lively Altria Business Park, Herne Bay test centre is certainly one of the smallest test centres we’ve seen. Don’t let that fool you, though—examiners here will still put you through your paces on your practical. If you’ve decided to bite the bullet and take your test here, get one step ahead by familiarising yourself with Herne Bay. Read on for more information!


Altria Business Park
Margate Road, Thanet Way
Herne Bay

Tests Offered at Herne Bay

– Car
– Motorcycle module 1
– Motorcycle module 2
– ADI part 2
– ADI part 3

How To Get There

Mere minutes from the seaside town of Herne Bay, the test centre can be found right next to the busy A299. Herne Bay test centre is accessible for all learners in the local area, as well as in the nearby city of Canterbury. Of course, if you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to use a sat nav to find your way.

A Bit More About Herne Bay

Herne Bay test centre is a mixed bag when it comes to road types and conditions. The roads closest to the centre include the A299 and Margate Road Interchange, which almost guarantee varied traffic conditions throughout the day. Further afield, you’ll find quieter residential areas which are ideal for examiners testing candidates on manoeuvres and moving around parked cars.

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.