If you are planning on taking your practical driving test at the Poole test centre it’s quite easy to locate, it’s is just outside of the town and is situated on the Nuffield Road Industrial Estate on Harwell Road, Poole is a very well know location, famous for being the worlds largest natural harbour and with some prestigious beaches it can be very busy in the summer months on the roads. About 5 minutes from the town centre, it is reasonably sized and caters for learners in the towns of Poole and Bournemouth and surrounding towns and with links to the A31/A35 make it easily accessible to students across the county 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!
There is parking available at this test centre.
There are male and female toilets available at this test centre
Disabled arrangements can be made at this test centre
Check out the gov.uk – ‘book your driving test’ service for availability.
If you are not familiar with the area the best route to the test centre is to head for the A31 or A35 on either of these roads you want to pick up Gravel Hill A349, this road links between both of them so look out for signs for the A349. Once on Gravel Hill you will need to follow signs for Nuffield Industrial Estate entering it on Hatch Pond Road, at the end of Hatch Pond Road turn right and then take the 3rd road on the left Harwell Road the entrance to the Poole Driving Test Centre is on your left about 100meters along this road.. There is parking at this test centre, but try not to arrive too early before your test so as not to cause congestion for other students taking their tests.
Here are the best directions to get there.
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 Poole 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.
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)
Once you get back to Poole 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
If you’re to be a qualified driver in the Poole 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 Poole 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 quite a busy industrial estate and many of the test routes take you straight out onto the dual carriageways these are definitely worth practising. Also it is worth practising some of the larger roundabouts around the test centre, particularly the Fleetsbridge Roundabout as it features on many test routes.
Want to be more familiar with Poole? here are some useful links below.
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 Poole Driving Test Route
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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 gov.uk – ‘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