East and North Yorkshire Theory Test Centres: Your Essential Guide

One of the most important pieces of advice we give to new learners is to take the theory test seriously. The multiple choice quiz (plus hazard perception clips!) may sound fairly easy, but trust us: it’s not. Make sure you plan well ahead and fit in lots of revision before the big day.

Speaking of the big day, one of the first decisions you’re going to have to make is where you want to take your theory test. Can you guess what’s coming next?

Yep—it’s time to explore the theory test centres in yet another area that PassMeFast covers. This week we turn our attention to the rugged cliffs and rolling hills of East and North Yorkshire. If this is your neck of the woods, you’ll be pleased to learn that there are plenty of centres to choose from. In actual fact, there’s a whopping eight in this area!

Need some help narrowing your choices down? You’re in the right place! Join us as we take a quick peek at some of the most important details associated with each test centre. We’ll get stuck into pass rates, directions, transport links and more!

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East Yorkshire Theory Test Centres



Entrance to Driffield theory test centre

Address Cass Hall
King St
East Yorkshire
YO25 6QW

Waiting times (as of February 2019) 2-3 months
Nearest railway station Driffield
2019/20 pass rate 54.5%

First up on our list is a bit of a strange one. Now, we mean no offence to the lovely people of Driffield. It’s just that this theory test centre seems to run on a part-time basis and its pass rates yoyo quite a bit. You’ll notice that the wait time for an appointment is 2-3 months—great if you need plenty of time to revise; not so great if you’re looking to get on the road as soon as possible!

Then again, the Driffield theory test centre does have its plus points. It’s easy to get to by rail (it’s just a 6-minute walk from Driffield train station), bus and car. In terms of the latter, Driffield is one of the only theory test centres where free parking is available nearby. To take advantage of this, you just need to head to the East Gate car park, which is only 5 minutes from the test centre. Keep in mind that after 2 hours a charge will be applied.

While we can’t escape the fact that the pass rates here look pretty dire, you should take into account the fact that this centre only began operating in 2016 and serves a very small community. That being said, we think Driffield is only worth a visit if you’re from the town itself or nearby.


Entrance to Hull theory test centre

Address Unit 14-15
Kingston House South
Bond Street

Waiting times (as of February 2019) 2 weeks
Nearest railway station Hull
2019/20 pass rate 46.2%

East Yorkshire’s city-based theory test centre comes courtesy of Hull. As you’d expect, it’s well connected and surrounded by some great amenities that you can enjoy before and after the test. The pass rate isn’t too bad either. At 46.2%, it’s below the national average, but not to an extent that’s cause for concern. As we always say—how you do is up to you! Check out some of our handy revision guides if you want to be on track for a pass.

In terms of getting to the Hull theory test centre, you have quite a few options. It’s only a 7-minute walk from Hull Paragon Interchange train station and 2 minutes away from the nearest bus stops. Alternatively, if you’re taking the car, there are some affordable parking options just 1 minute from the centre. We recommend Albion Street car park (HU1 3TG), where you’ll be charged a very reasonable £2 for 2 hours of parking.

Learners can also benefit from the fact that, at Hull, there is a relatively short wait time for appointments of 2 weeks. All in all, this is a great choice of test centre for anyone from East Yorkshire and its neighbouring counties.

North Yorkshire Theory Test Centres



Entrance to Harrogate theory test centre

Address 1st Floor, Strayside House
27 West Park
North Yorkshire

Waiting times (as of February 2019) 3 weeks
Nearest railway station Harrogate
2019/20 pass rate 51.9%

Moving on to North Yorkshire, where we’ll kick things off with Harrogate. Theory test aside, this is a lovely town to visit for any occasion, so it might be worth the journey even for those who live on the outskirts of North Yorkshire!

If you do decide to mosey on down, public transport can save you a lot of time on your feet. Harrogate train station is a 10-minute walk from the centre, while the nearest bus stops are only 2 minutes away! It’s also easy to get to your test by car—the theory test centre is actually located right on the A61, so it’s not exactly hard to find.

Parking is not provided on-site, but you do have options nearby. We’d recommend trying the West Park Multi-Storey car park. It’s only a couple of minutes from your final destination and charges a very bank balance-friendly £1 for 2 hours of parking.

Finally, you may have noticed that the pass rate at Harrogate is quite impressive. 51.9% is well above the national average—so, if stats matter to you, this centre may have just rocketed to the top spot. Remember, though, that such figures don’t really reflect how well you personally are likely to fare here. To ensure a pass, you need to put in the work!


Entrance to Middlesbrough theory test centre

Address Unit 6, Cleveland Business Centre
1 Watson Street
North Yorkshire

Waiting times (as of February 2019) 2-3 weeks
Nearest railway station Middlesbrough
2019/20 pass rate 45.7%

Next up, we’re paying a visit to Middlesbrough. This theory test centre is conveniently located right in the centre of town. As a result, it’s easy to access via both car and public transport. Taking the bus means you’ll only have to walk 2 or 3 minutes to reach your test, depending on which direction you come from. Middlesbrough train station is a similarly convenient 9-minute walk across town.

One of the most exciting (admittedly, our bar is set pretty low) aspects of Middlesbrough theory test centre is the fact that it provides on-site parking. As soon as you’ve peeled yourself off the floor, we should warn you that spaces are limited, so you’ll need to get in early to nab one. The extra good news is that even if all the spots outside the test centre have been taken, there are plenty of affordable options in the surrounding area. Just visit the Parkopedia page for this postcode to locate the nearest car parks.

The pass rates for the Middlesbrough theory test centre aren’t anything to write home about, but they’re not worryingly bad, either. 45.7% is only slightly below average and, like all pass rates, provides little indication of how well you are likely to do if you take your test here.  Unless you slack off with the studying, there’s no reason you can’t have a successful test day here.


Entrance to Northallerton theory test centre

Address Carrick House (First Floor)
Thurston Road
North Yorkshire

Waiting times (as of February 2019) 1-2 months
Nearest railway station Northallerton
2019/20 pass rate 51.2%

Northallerton is another one of the newer theory test centres, having only opened its doors in September 2016. In that short period of time it has managed to achieve an impressively high pass rate, making it a top choice for people in Northallerton and beyond. Seriously, if you want to take your test here we recommend booking in ASAP—those wait times are no joke!

Once you do have an appointment, it’s time to work out how you’re going to get to your test. The Northallerton centre is located in a business park in the north of the town, and if you’re planning to arrive by public transport, be prepared for a bit of a walk. From Northallerton train station it will take you 30 minutes to reach the centre. Alternatively, if you’d like to cut the walk time in half, take the bus—the nearest stop is 15 minutes away.

If you’re planning to arrive by car, the journey itself should be no bother, but finding a parking space is another matter. The nearest car park is a 34-minute walk away, which isn’t exactly ideal. For more detailed information on the car parks in this area, check out its Parkopedia page.

To sum up: as long as you don’t mind waiting for a test slot to become available, this is a great choice of test centre for anyone in the North Yorkshire area.


Entrance to Scarborough theory test centre

Address 29-30 St Nicholas Street
Suite 2
North Yorkshire
YO11 2HF

Waiting times (as of February 2019) 2-3 weeks
Nearest railway station Scarborough
2019/20 pass rate 48.0%

Looking for a theory test centre and an excuse to visit the seaside? Scarborough might just be the answer. This theory test centre is located right in the heart of town and boasts both reasonable wait times and a fairly good pass rate.

In terms of getting there, it’s a short walk from both train and bus stations—perfect for those planning to take the public transport route. If you arrive at Scarborough train station, for instance, it should only take around 8 minutes to get to the test centre. The nearest bus stop will be Harcourt Place.

For those being driven to the test centre, keep in mind that it’s just a short walk from the seafront. If you get lost, travel along here until you spot Nicholas Street. Parking is not provided by the test centre, but you can leave your vehicle at King Street car park for a small sum of £2.60 for 2 hours. From here it will only take you 3 minutes to walk to the test centre.

Unless you have a fear of seagulls or dislike the sound of crashing waves, we see no reason to overlook the Scarborough-based centre when selecting a theory test location!


Entrance to Skipton theory test centre

Address Suite 3 High Street House
High Street
North Yorkshire
BD23 2HU

Waiting times (as of February 2019) 2 months
Nearest railway station Skipton
2019/20 pass rate 49.9%

Despite being fairly new on the scene, the Skipton theory test centre has an above-average pass rate that is sure to attract learners. This might explain why you have to wait 2 months to get a test date here! If you are willing to hold out for an appointment, everything else on the day should be fairly easy.

The centre is conveniently located less than a 10-minute walk from Skipton train station and even closer to various bus stops. If being driven to places is more your style, you’ll probably need to take either the A59 or A629. Once you arrive, you’ll have to search for available parking spots, because the centre itself does not provide any. To speed up the process, just do a bit of research before setting off—you can find plenty of options on Parkopedia.

Overall, this is a solid choice of theory test centre for anyone living in North Yorkshire—just remember to book in advance!


Entrance to York theory test centre

Address Stirling House, Station Business Park
Holgate Park Drive
North Yorkshire
YO26 4GB

Waiting times (as of February 2019) 3-4 weeks
Nearest railway station York
2019/20 pass rate 52.2%

The last option in North Yorkshire is located in the lovely city of York. You’ll find the test centre on the outskirts of the city in an area known as Holgate, which is about 15 minutes away from York train station. If you are taking public transport, the bus will get you closer to the centre itself. Disembark at either the Holgate Park or Fox Inn bus stop and you’ll only have to work for a couple of minutes before arriving at Stirling House.

Travelling by car is, of course, also an option, but you may struggle to find parking options nearby. As is often the case, the test centre does not provide spaces for you to leave your vehicle. According to Parkopedia, the closest option is Carlisle Street car park, which is a 15-minute walk away.

The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that the pass rates at York theory test centre are well above the national average. This is great news for those running the centre but, in all honesty, doesn’t really affect you as a learner. Not to sound like a broken record, but the only thing that can increase your chance of passing the theory test is good old hard work. That means finding out what you need to learn, studying up and revising everything until you know the material like the back of your hand!

Beyond East and North Yorkshire…

And that’s East and North Yorkshire fully covered! If you still have an open mind when it comes to selecting a theory test centre, be sure to check out some of our guides to your options in nearby areas. Here are a few more to add to your list:

By Isobel Robb

Isobel enjoys the freedom of the open road and loves driving to new places. She's here to offer helpful hints and tips to improve your motoring skills. When not keeping up to date with the latest driving info you can find her discovering new restaurants or exhausting her Netflix subscription.

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