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St Albans Test Centre

Located smack bang in the middle of the town centre, St Albans test centre is based in Beauver House on Bricket Road. The phrase ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ comes to mind here—whilst it might look relatively harmless, this centre has dashed the hopes of many learner drivers over the years. The trick, we find, is getting to know more about the test centre so that you’re not as intimidated on the day of your test. You can do this with St Albans test centre by reading below for more information!

Address

Beauver House
6 Bricket Road
St Albans
Hertfordshire
AL1 3JX

Tests Offered at St Albans

– Car
– ADI part 3

How To Get There

If you’re a learner driver located in St Albans, you really don’t have to look far to find your local test centre. St Albans test centre is based in the centre of town, with A roads like the A1081 in close proximity. Of course, if you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to use a sat nav to find your way.

A Bit More About St Albans

St Albans test centre is surrounded by a diverse range of road conditions and types. For starters, the centre is just across from the NCP Car Park and in close proximity to the town’s London Road Car Park, so learners can expect to face heavy streams of traffic—especially during rush hour. With the contrast between A roads like the A4147 and the quiet roads around local schools and residential areas, candidates will need to be sure their hazard perception and speed awareness skills are up to snuff.

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.