York (Arabesque House) Test Centre

York test centre can be found a few miles from the city centre. Don’t worry too much, though. It’s easily accessible, as it’s close to plenty of major A roads. The centre itself shares office space with other businesses in Arabesque House and is right next to Monks Cross Shopping Park. Whilst you won’t find half as many people heading here as the number of tourists visiting York itself, plenty of learners still head here to take the plunge and try their best at the driving test. If you’re taking your test here, we’d suggest you spend some time getting familiar with the centre. Read on for more information!


Arabesque House
Monks Cross Drive
North Yorkshire
YO32 9GW

Tests Offered at York (Arabesque House)

– Car

How To Get There

If you’re heading to Arabesque House from the city centre, you should start by taking the A1036, then follow signs for Monks Cross. For learners arriving from further afield, this test centre is conveniently located close to the A1237. Of course, if you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to use a sat nav to find your way.

A Bit More About York (Arabesque House)

As with every other driving test centre in the UK, York test centre has a varied number of road features and types. If you’re taking your test here, be prepared for an even mix of busy urban roads, like the A1237 and A64, and quieter residential areas. If you hate roundabouts, you won’t be too pleased—there are three in close vicinity to the test centre. Odds are that you’ll have to face at least two of them.

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.