Welcome to another theory test centre essential guide! PassMeFast courses have been available in the county of Hampshire since February of 2020. So, we thought it was about time learners got to get to know the test centres in the area. As the theory test is the first hurdle you face in earning a licence, we figured this was the best place to start. Join us as we explore the ins and outs of the various Hampshire theory test centres!
Hampshire Theory Test Centres
|ALDERSHOT FACT FILE|
|Address||1 London House
|Waiting times (as of September 2019)||1-2 weeks|
|Nearest railway station||Aldershot|
|2019/20 pass rate||46.5%|
First up we’re heading to north-eastern Hampshire where we find Aldershot theory test centre. Straight off the bat, you’ll notice that the pass rate is nothing to write home about. Then again, we always like to assure learners that such figures do not really affect individuals taking their theory tests. On the plus side, you don’t have to wait long to secure a test date here. Just a couple of weeks of revision and you can be on your way to collect that pass certificate!
If this does end up being the test centre for you, we can assure you that it’s very easy to get to by public transport. It is a mere 3-minute walk from Aldershot train station, or you can catch a bus that will drop you off right around the corner! If the latter sounds like a winner, hop off at Arthur Street bus stop and the rest is easy-peasy.
Maybe those short walks aren’t enough to convince you to use public transport? Very well then—tap GU11 1TY into a sat nav and hit the road. Or, rather, get someone else to hit the road while you take the passenger seat. Keep an eye out for red Royal Mail vans to let you know when you’re close to your destination—there’s a delivery office just across the road from the test centre.
In terms of parking, we’d advise you to avoid the two closest car parks. One is reserved for customers only (for the local Co-op) and the other is very expensive. Your best bet is the Parson’s Barracks car park (GU11 1TW). It’s a 7-minute walk from the test centre and will only cost you a quid for 2 hours of parking!
|ANDOVER FACT FILE|
55-57 High Street
|Waiting times (as of September 2019)||1 week|
|Nearest railway station||Andover|
|2019/20 pass rate||49.7%|
Next up we’re heading slightly west to visit the Andover theory test centre. If you’re into stats you’ll be pleased to learn that the pass rate here sits just above the national average. On top of that, you usually need only wait around a week to get a test appointment. So, we’re off to a very positive start!
Let’s talk about how you can make your way to the test centre. While it’s centrally located, you can expect a short walk if you’re coming from Andover train station. This should take around 15 minutes. On the other hand, if you don’t like spending too much time on your feet, you might want to take a bus instead. Both King’s Yard and Bus Station bus stop are only 3 minutes away from the test centre.
Some people manage to secure a lift to their theory test instead. If you’re catching a ride from a friend or hailing a taxi, simply let whoever’s driving know that the postcode is SP10 1LP. Hopefully a sat nav can do the rest for you! Do keep in mind, though, that you won’t be able to get dropped off at the door because High Street is pedestrianised.
If your chauffeur plans to park up for an hour or two, point them in the direction of the Black Swan Yard car park (SP10 1NG). It’s a 3-minute walk away and only charges £1.60 for 2 hours. Bargain!
|FAREHAM FACT FILE|
|Address||189-199 West Street
|Waiting times (as of September 2019)||Less than a week|
|Nearest railway station||Fareham|
|2019/20 pass rate||49.0%|
Those of you living in and around the southern region of Hampshire may find that Fareham theory test centre is your most convenient option. If this is the case, you’ll be happy to hear that the average wait for a test appointment is less than a week! This is extremely speedy, so make sure you leave yourself enough time to study up before you book in. The pass rate also tops the national average, which you can view as an added bonus.
In terms of logistics, you should have no problem reaching the test centre by public transport. It’s situated a mere 6-minute walk from Fareham train station. If even that is not quite close enough for you, try getting a bus instead. Hop off at Trinity Street bus stop and you can be at your test in less than a minute!
Alternatively, you might be being driven to your theory test. For those lucky enough to find themselves in this scenario, consider noting down the postcode of the test centre, which is PO16 0EN. This should help whoever’s at the wheel navigate their way to the correct building.
Planning a park up rather than a drop off? You should note that there is no on-site parking provided by the test centre. Instead you should head to Trinity Street car park (PO16 7SA), which is a 6-minute walk away. Here you’ll be charged £1.40 for 2 hours of parking.
|PORTSMOUTH FACT FILE|
|Address||Ground Floor Annex, Enterprise House
Isambard Brunel Road
|Waiting times (as of September 2019)||2 weeks|
|Nearest railway station||Portsmouth & Southsea|
|2019/20 pass rate||46.6%|
Sticking around southern Hampshire, it’s time move on to Portsmouth theory test centre. This vibrant port city is a great place to sit your theory test, especially if you fancy making a day of it. Securing a test appointment here can take a couple of weeks, but that leaves you with a good amount of time to revise and prepare yourself for the test. Yes, the pass rate is below the national average, but as we suggested earlier, this doesn’t really impact you as an individual taking the test.
Let’s talk about how you’re going to get there. With public transport it couldn’t be any easier. Both bus and train can drop you off just a 2-minute walk from the test centre itself. If rail is the way you want to go, grab a ticket to Portsmouth & Southsea station. Those preferring to take a bus should get off at either Civic Offices or Station Street bus stop, depending on your direction of travel.
Learners arriving at their test by car should jot down the postcode PO1 2RX. This will allow whoever’s driving to take you to Enterprise House, where the test centre is located. You may feel a little daunted at first, as this is a building that houses a large number of offices. The good news is that the theory test centre is located on the ground floor—just look out for a sign reading ‘Pearson’ in the window. If your driver needs to park the car, their best option is to head to the Isambard Brunel car park (PO1 2BX). It’s only a 3-minute walk from the test centre and will set you back £2.60 for 2 hours of parking.
|SOUTHAMPTON FACT FILE|
|Address||2nd Floor, South Suite, Anglo City House
2-6 Shirley Road
|Waiting times (as of September 2019)||Less than a week|
|Nearest railway station||Southampton Central|
|2019/20 pass rate||49.4%|
Last but certainly not least on our list is Southampton theory test centre. It’s a particularly convenient option for those living in and around the south-western region of Hampshire. This place benefits from a double whammy of an above average pass rate and a very short wait time for appointments. It’s also located in a city, so if you’re travelling there for the day you’ll find plenty of other things to see and do once your theory test is complete!
We’re going to assume that most learners will be taking public transport to their theory test. In Southampton this will be nice and easy because the test centre is only a 3-minute walk from the central train station. If you’d like to shave an extra 1 minute of walking time off your schedule, take a bus instead. From Four Post Hill bus stop it should only take you 2 minutes to walk to your test appointment.
If the above is not enough to convince you of the convenience of the public transport system here, you can always get a lift. Tell the driver that the postcode is SO15 3EU and hopefully they can do the rest! Once you get closer to your destination, look out for a large brick building with stairs leading up to the entrance.
If the person driving you is a friend or family member who plans to leave their car in the area while you take the test, let them know that the test centre does not provide parking spots. There are, however, a few options nearby. We recommend making your way to Southbrook Road South car park (SO15 1GP). 2 hours of parking costs £2.50 and it’s around a 7-minute walk from the theory test centre.
Hampshire theory test centres
And that’s a wrap on the theory test centres of Hampshire! We hope this essential guide has given you an idea of which of the 5 options is the best choice for you. If you require more detailed information on each centre listed above, you should head over to our complete guide.
Not sure if Hampshire is the county you’ll be taking your theory test in? No problem! We have guides to test centres across the country. Check out some of our other essential guides that are listed below.
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