Newbury Test Centre

If you’re looking to get your hands on a full driving licence in Newbury, your journey will start at a test centre found on Hambridge Lane in a small industrial estate. Like every other driving test centre, Newbury has its own range of challenges that will make your goal of becoming a fully qualified driver a bit more difficult. Don’t take any chances—get to know Newbury test centre like the back of your hand with our useful guide.


Hambridge Lane
RG14 5TZ

Tests Offered at Newbury

– Car
– ADI part 3

How To Get There

With its close proximity to the town centre, learners in Newbury and the Berkshire area certainly won’t struggle with reaching Newbury test centre—especially with the bustling A339 being mere minutes away. If you’re not entirely certain where the centre is, simply use these directions with your trusty sat nav. Please be aware that the test centre’s car park has a one-way system in place. You also won’t be allowed to practice manoeuvres in this car park, but don’t worry: your instructor will take you elsewhere.

A Bit More About Newbury

On the day of your test, you’ll be pitted against the most challenging road types and conditions that Newbury has to offer. Examiners will use everything they have at their disposal in order to truly test how safe and confident you are when driving. Newbury test centre certainly has plenty of difficult features, from the busy A339 to the numerous roundabouts in the nearby vicinity—not to mention the quieter residential roads which are the perfect location for manoeuvres or a surprise emergency stop. Looking for more general information about Newbury? Check out the resources below.

What To Expect On The Day

Here it is—your big day has finally arrived! After hours of driving lessons and building up your experience on the roads of Newbury, you’re finally ready to take your practical test. Feeling a bit nervous? That’s to be expected—just keep a level head and remember that your instructor wouldn’t let you take your test if they didn’t think you were ready.

On the day of your test, get to Newbury test centre around 10 minutes before your test is due to start. Don’t forget to bring your provisional—you won’t be able to take your test otherwise.

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.