PassMeFast launched in the West Midlands all the way back in September 2018. Since then, we’ve watched learners from Coventry to Wolverhampton sail through their crash courses and earn a driving licence.
If you’re from the area and thinking about learning to drive, the first thing on your list (after booking a PassMeFast course!) should be the theory test. Read up on the ins and outs, book yourself a test appointment and start revising the rules of the road!
There are 5 theory test centres scattered across the West Midlands, so you need to decide which one you’d like to visit to take your test. To make things easier, PassMeFast has created a quick but thorough guide to each one. We cover pass rates, directions, wait times and more!
Have a read of the facts and figures below and decide which one looks best for you…
West Midlands Theory Test Centres
|BIRMINGHAM FACT FILE|
|Address||38 Dale End
|Waiting times (as of February 2019)||1-5 weeks|
|Nearest railway station||Birmingham Moor Street|
|2017/18 pass rate||43.1%|
It should come as no surprise to anyone that there is a theory test centre located in Birmingham. This is a major city with great transport links to serve its large population. Wait times can vary dramatically, from a few days to over a month—so, we advise keeping an eye on the available appointments here. The pass rate is a few marks below the national average, but we don’t see that as a big deal. The test itself does not change from centre to centre, after all! Pass rates simply reflect the fortunes of individual learners, so don’t let them impact your personal performance.
Once you’ve booked a test here, it’s simply a case of getting there. If you fancy arriving by train, book a ticket to Birmingham Moor Street station. From here it should only take you around 7 minutes to walk to the test centre. If that sounds like too much walking (we’re not here to judge!) hop on a bus and get off at Old Square or Ryder Street, both of which are only a couple of minutes away from the centre. For a more eco-friendly ride, you could also take the tram! Disembark at the Bull Street stop and the test location is only 4 minutes away.
Those jammy enough to have bagged a lift to the test centre need only enter B4 7NJ into a sat nav and set off! Keep in mind that because this is a busy city, traffic is likely to be heavy, particularly during rush hour. Leave plenty of time to get to your test.
Once you get there, you also have to find somewhere to park. Unfortunately, the theory test centre itself does not provide onsite parking. There are car parks close by, but some charge extortionate prices, so be sure to check out the Parkopedia page for this location to secure the best deal!
|COVENTRY FACT FILE|
|Address||1st Floor, Warwick Gate
21-22 Warwick Row
|Waiting times (as of February 2019)||3-4 weeks|
|Nearest railway station||Coventry|
|2017/18 pass rate||47.8%|
Next up is yet another city centre location, this time in Coventry. Convenient for those living in the south of the West Midlands, this test centre offers reasonable wait times and easy access by public transport. The pass rates are only just below the national average, so we wouldn’t give them much thought.
What you do need to think about is how you’re going to get there. Those taking public transport will be pleased to learn that they can spend very little time on their feet! The test centre is only a 5-minute walk from Coventry train station and sits just around the corner from Queen Victoria Road bus stop.
Arriving by car instead? No problem. If you don’t know the area well, it might be an idea to simply enter CV1 1ET into a sat nav and follow the instructions. Warwick Gate, where the test centre is located, is a large brick building that is hard to miss. Upon arrival, you’ll need to look for a parking spot. There’s no parking at the centre itself, but you do have some reasonable options nearby. Your best bet is probably the City Arcade car park, which is only 3 minutes away and charges £2 for 2 hours of parking. Bargain!
|DUDLEY FACT FILE|
47-49 Kings Street
|Waiting times (as of February 2019)||3 weeks|
|Nearest railway station||Tipton|
|2017/18 pass rate||44.4%|
If you put the west in West Midlands, Dudley is likely to be one of your most convenient theory test centres. The wait time is a very reasonable 3 weeks, which gives you just enough time to revise your highway code and get prepped for the test. Sure, the pass rates aren’t exactly impressive, but they really don’t matter all that much. How you do on the day is down to the work you put in, so make sure you have a good study plan!
In terms of arriving at the test centre, if it’s going to be by public transport, we’d recommend taking the bus. From both the Victor Street and Flood Street bus stops, it will only take you 1-2 minutes to walk to the test centre. You do still have the option of arriving by rail, but you should expect quite a long walk at the other end! The closest train station to the centre is Tipton, and this is a 38-minute walk away.
Ready for a shock? Dudley theory test centre actually provides free street parking outside! So, if you are planning to arrive by car, get whoever’s driving to tap DY2 8PE into a sat nav and keep your fingers crossed for an empty spot! Failing that, you can find information on nearby car parks on Parkopedia.
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|Address||Four Oaks House
160 Lichfield Road
|Waiting times (as of February 2019)||2-3 weeks|
|Nearest railway station||Four Oaks|
|2017/18 pass rate||50.8%|
Now for probably the fanciest theory test centre location in the West Midlands: the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield. This place boasts a double whammy of having short wait times and the highest pass rate in the county! Don’t get carried away, though—while 50.8% is no doubt impressive, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are likely to pass first time here. That kind of thing depends on how much work you put in.
The centre is located in the Four Oaks part of town, and is handily situated right next to Four Oaks train station and Four Oaks bus stop. It’ll therefore only take you 5 minutes to walk from either of these stations to your test—winner!
As the test centre is located on one of the main roads in Sutton Coldfield, it’s also easy to get to by car. If someone is nice enough to offer you a lift, pack a satnav, keep note of the postcode (B74 2TZ) and hit the road! You’re looking for the A5127, which is also called Lichfield Road. The test centre is in a large brick building.
After you find the centre, the next challenge is to find a parking spot. There are none available at the centre itself, and the car park at the nearby train station is reserved for customers. Your closest option is the Anchorage Road car park, which charges £1.40 for 2 hours of parking. Cheap? Yes. Convenient? …Not exactly. Anchorage Road is actually a 36-minute walk from the test centre, so we recommend getting dropped off at your test and meeting up with your designated driver somewhere else.
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|Address||2nd Floor, Derwent House
42-46 Waterloo Road
|Waiting times (as of February 2019)||4 weeks|
|Nearest railway station||Wolverhampton|
|2017/18 pass rate||46.3%|
Last up on the West Midlands list is the Wolverhampton theory test centre. It’s located right in the heart of the heart of the city and there are a variety of different transport options you can take to get there. The wait times are a very standard 4 weeks, so book in as soon as you can and start revising! As is the case with most of the West Midlands theory test centres, the pass rate here is below average. As we’ve explained, though, this should have much of an impact on your decision to take the test here.
If you’re planning to travel to the test centre by public transport, you have 3 options: train, tram, or bus. Wolverhampton train station is a 14-minute walk away from the test centre, so arriving by rail isn’t a bad shout. That said, the St George’s tram stop leaves you with just a 10-minute walk to get to your test. Still not close enough? Better get the bus! Hop off at either the Clarence Street or Park Avenue stop and it’ll only take you 2 minutes to trot over to the test centre.
Finally, you can of course arrive by car (as long as someone agrees to drive you!). Type WV1 4XB into a sat nav and head off. We’d advise that you give yourself plenty of time to make your test appointment, to allow for inevitable delays that come with city centre driving. If your driver is planning to stick around, you’ll also need a parking space! These aren’t available at the test centre itself, but you do have a few options close by. Scour the Parkopedia page for this location to find the best deal.
Beyond the West Midlands theory test centres…
If none of these theory test centres tickle your fancy, or you just want to branch out a bit and see what else is out there, our other essential guides can help! Check out some for nearby counties:
- Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Theory Test Centres: Your Essential Guide
- Greater Manchester and Lancashire Theory Test Centres: Your Essential Guide
- South and West Yorkshire Theory Test Centres: Your Essential Guide
- East and North Yorkshire Theory Test Centres: Your Essential Guide
- Cheshire and Merseyside Theory Test Centres: Your Essential Guide