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Northampton Practical Driving Test Centre

If you are planning to take your practical driving test at Northampton test centre, it’s important to familiarize yourself with its location. Northampton is a town in Northamptonshire, located in the East of England. It is well-connected by road, with major routes such as the M1 motorway passing nearby. The town is also accessible via other major roads, including the A45 and A43, which provide connections to nearby cities and towns, making it convenient for learners from both Northamptonshire and surrounding areas to reach the test centre. The test centre is located at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) office on Gladstone Business Centre, Gladstone Road, just a few minutes away from the town centre.

To help you prepare for your test, we have put together a comprehensive guide below that includes directions, pass rates, test routes, and more, to help you get acquainted with Northampton test centre and increase your chances of passing your driving test with confidence.

Northampton Guildhall


Gladstone Business Centre, Gladstone Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN5 7QA

Tests Offered at Northampton

  • Car
  • ADI part 2
  • ADI part 3


There is parking available at this test centre. 


There are male and female toilets available at this test centre.

Disabled Access

Disabled access is available at this test centre. 

Phone Number

01604 751277

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


Directions to get to Northampton Driving Test Centre

Don’t worry if you are not familiar with the area, this test centre is very easy to find. The test centre is located on Gladstone Road.

If you’re a learner driver living in Northampton, you have a convenient and straightforward journey to the driving test centre. From the city center, you can take the A428 road. This road will lead you directly to Gladstone Road, where the Northampton test centre is located. It’s a simple and direct route, making it incredibly easy for local learners.

For those located further out in Northamptonshire, you can still reach the Northampton test centre with ease. The presence of A roads such as the A508, A4500, and A45 makes the journey hassle-free. Depending on your specific location, you can plan your route to connect with one of these A roads. They provide convenient access to Northampton, allowing you to reach the test centre without unnecessary detours or confusion.

Overall, whether you’re in central Northampton or located further out in Northamptonshire, the driving test centre in Northampton is conveniently reachable. The well-connected road network ensures that you can navigate to the test centre without any unnecessary complications or time-consuming diversions.

There is parking at this test centre but try not to arrive too early so as not to interfere with other drivers returning from their tests.

Here are the best directions to get there.


What to expect on your practical driving test at Northampton Test Centre?

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 a Northampton 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 Northampton 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 Northampton Test Centre

If you’re to be a qualified driver in the a test 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 Northampton 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 practising this well as there are a lot of narrow streets. The test centre is based on a main thoroughfare area with many test routes that take you out onto the dual carriageways and these are definitely worth practising. Also, it is worth practising some of the larger roundabouts around the test centre.

Want to be more familiar with Northampton? 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 Northampton Driving Test Route

Northampton Practical Driving Test Centre - Pass Rates

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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