Warrington Test Centre

If you’re in north Cheshire, it’s likely you’ll be heading to the Warrington practical test centre to take your driving test. This test centre can be found on Festival Avenue in Orford, a little to the north of Warrington town centre. Around 5,000 candidates take their tests here each year—if you’re planning on joining them, or just want to find out more about the test centre, read on.


Warrington Borough Council Orford Day Centre
Festival Avenue

Tests Offered at Warrington

– Car
– ADI part 3

How To Get There

Located around 10 minutes away from the centre of Warrington itself, the test centre isn’t hard to get to—especially given the closeness of A roads like the A49 and A50 If you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to use a sat nav to find your way.

A Bit More About Warrington

Learners definitely have a variety of challenges up ahead of them when it comes to taking the driving test in Warrington. There’s a mix of road types and features to tackle, ranging from busy A roads—including the roundabout on the A57—to the narrow residential streets closer to the centre.

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.