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Barking Practical Driving Test Centre

If you are planning on taking your practical driving test at the Barking test centre it’s a little more tricky than most test centres to locate, although it’s quite central to the town it is situated in a residential building, Barking is located just of the A406 Northern Ring Road at the intersection with the A124. Barking test centre is located at 84 Tanner Street, this is on the corner of Tanner Street and Fanshawe Avenue, about 5 minutes from the town centre,  it is reasonably sized and caters for learners in the town of Barking and with links to the A406 make it easily accessible to students across London also. We suggest getting to know your chosen test centre a bit better? The best way to do this is by reading our guide below. We will take you through directions, pass rates, test routes and much more!

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84 Tanner Street, Barking And Dagenham, Barking, Greater London, IG11 8QF.

Tests Offered at Barking

  • Car
  • ADI Part 3


There is only on-street car park available at this test centre. you will need to find a space near to the test centre


There are Male and female toilets available

Disabled Access

Disabled arangements can be made at this test centre

Phone Number

0300 200 1122

Check out the – ‘book your driving test’ service for availability.

Directions to get to Barking Practical Driving Test Centre

If you are not familiar with the area the best route to the test centre is to head for the A406 and follow signs to Barking via the A124. Follow the signs for Barking/Town Centre A124, and then Ilford A123 this will lead you onto Fanshawe Avenue. Tanner Street makes the corner on the left as the road turns into Ilford Lane. This is not the easiest of test centres to find so it’s well worth using the SatNav if you are not familiar with the area. There is no parking at this test centre, arrive a little earlier to familiarise yourself with the area and find a suitable parking space on the side roads, but try not to arrive early before your test so as not to cause congestion for other students taking their tests.

Here are the best directions to get there

What to expect on your practical driving test at Barking?

This is the day and finally you are ready to take your practical driving test! Of course you will be  feeling a little nervous? you don’t need to be, the examiner is just going to be observing you driving safely, and the test is very straight forward and shouldn’t be anything new to you.

On the day of the test you just need to be at Barking DVSA Driving Test Centre 10 mins before your test, making sure you have your Provisional Driving License with you. The test will be as follows. 

  • An eyesight test,  you’ll need to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres.
  • One “tell me” questions covering vehicle safety and maintenance. (click here)

20 minutes of general driving, where you’ll be following instructions from the driving test examiner, and will also need to perform one of the following manoeuvres


One “show me” questions covering vehicle controls, this will be asked while you are driving along. (click here)

  • 20 minutes of independent driving,  you will either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination
  • You may also be asked to perform an emergency stop.

Once you get back to Barking driving test centre, you’ll find out if all of your hard work has paid off. The examiner will tell you the result and give you some feedback  which will contain any faults you might have accumulated. If you pass, the examiner will also give you a test pass certificate and the opportunity to send off for your new licence then and there. The full test report will be sent to you via the email that you provided when you booked your driving test.

More details can be found Here

More about Barking

If you’re to be a qualified driver in the Barking area, be prepared to face a variety of difficult traffic conditions and road types. Whilst the driving examiner isn’t looking to fail you, their job is to make sure that you are actually ready to remove the L plates. As such, they’ll take you through a thorough test to see if you can handle safely all of the challenges Barking has to offer. With a variety of dual carriageways, residential roads, and congested areas, you’ll also need to be at ease with responding to different speed limits, it is worth practicing this well as there are a lot of narrow streets. With lots of one way side roads around the test centre these are definitely worth practising.

Want to be more familiar with Barking? here are some useful links below.

Driving Test Routes

Having local knowledge of the test area will give you a great advantage when it comes to taking your driving test. The DVSA does not make test routes public however, The test routes available on our site are the knowledge gained from local driving instructors who are able to either sit in on lessons or can track their cars whilst they are out on test. They are all current routes that can be used by the DVSA examiners. Downloading the test routes yourself if you have someone else that you can practise driving with will be a huge advantage and potentially save you a considerable amount of money and possibly speed up the time it will take to pass your test.

We are so confident in the quality of our test routes we always offer a free sample of one of the routes for you to take look at and practice before buying the full pack of routes – click HERE for a FREE Barking Driving Test Route

Barking Practical Driving Test Centre - Pass Rates


What If I Fail?

It can be very upsetting to not pass your driving test, but as you can see from the figures above that quite a few people do not pass their driving test immediately, it may take them several attempts. Don’t be disheartened by this and take the time to do further practise and seek professional advice from an instructor if you feel it is nessasary.

 Once you feel ready to take your test you can re-book through the – ‘book your driving test’ service additionally, you can use various websites/apps to find earlier cancellation appointments the one we recommend is below.

If you need a new driving instructor try searching for one at Drive Academy – one of the UK’s leading directories of driving instructors