Taking your driving Test at Liverpool's

Taking a driving test in either of Liverpool’s test centre’s, fundamentally shouldn’t feel any different to your driving lessons, hence a driving examiner will say at the start of the test ‘we’ll just be covering stuff you’ve been practising on your driving lessons.’ 

Having said all that, I believe it can feel very different for a lot of people. To help you understand what a driving test entails and to give you the very best chance to pass it first time, we would recommend to continue reading this page.


Driving Test criteria

You’ll be tested on these 5 steps:

  1. Eyesight
  2. ‘Show me, tell me’ – vehicle safety questions
  3. Driving ability
  4. One reversing manoeuvre
  5. Independent driving


Driving Test duration

Normally around 40 minutes. If you’re taking an extended driving test, this will last 70 minutes.


Driving Test top 10 fails

Below we have listed the top 10 faults recorded, of all driving tests taken in the UK in the last year. 

  1. Observations at junctions
  2. Mirrors when changing direction
  3. Steering control
  4. Junctions turning right
  5. Move off safely
  6. Response to traffic lights
  7. Move off control
  8. Position normal driving
  9. Response to road signs and road markings
  10. Parallel parking, control.


Test Centre's we cover

There are two driving test centres in Liverpool. We cover both of them. Norris Green Test Centre is located in North Liverpool and Speke Test Centre is located in South Liverpool.

Where should I Take a Driving Test?

At Evolution, we generally recommend when booking a driving test, to book the one that is closest to where you live.

Below we’ve listed all the locations and postcodes and attached which Test centre we would recommend.    


Speke Test Centre

  • L1- Liverpool city centre
  • L2 – Liverpool city centre
  • L8 – City centre,  Dingle, Toxteth
  • L15 – Wavertree
  • L16 – Broadgreen, Childwall, Bowring Park
  • L17 – Aigburth, Sefton Park.
  • L18 – Allerton, Mossley Hill, Calderstones
  • L19 – Garston, Grassendale
  • L24 – Hale, Speke
  • L25 – Gateacre, Hunts Cross, Woolton
  • L26 – Halewood
  • L27 – Netherley 


Norris Green Test Centre

  • L3 – City Centre, Vauxhall
  • L4 – Walton
  • L5 – Kirkdale
  • L6 – Anfield
  • L7 – Kensington
  • L9 – Aintree, Fazakerley
  • L10 – Aintree Village
  • L12 – Croxteth, West Derby
  • L13 – Old Swan, Tuebrook 
  • L14 – Dovecot, Page Moss 
  • L20 – Bootle
  • L21 – Litherland
  • L22 – Waterloo
  • L23 – Crosby
  • L28 – Stockbridge village
  • L36 – Huyton and Roby


Pass rates at Speke & Norris Green Test Centres

Speke Driving Test Centre
Norris Green Test Centre
Is it easier to pass in a automatic car?
Automatic Transmission
Manual Transmission

According to the stats, you’ve actually got a higher chance of passing your driving test in a manual car. However it must be pointed out, some people opt to learn in an automatic as they feel they’ll get to test standard quicker. 


What's the best age to take My Driving Test?

AGE 17 - 18
AGE 19 -26
AGE 27 - 37
AGE 40 - 50
AGE 50 - 60

Driving test candidates between 17-18 have a pass rate which is 11% higher than the national average.

If your aged between 19-37 – the pass rate is not far off the national average, which is 47%.

Once you turn 40 and over, that’s when it may become harder to pass first time. According to the stats, this age range has a pass rate which is 11% below the national average.

Top Tips to help you pass a Driving Test !

Below we’ve listed what we would regard as our 4 key steps. By following the steps correctly should give you a realistic chance of passing your driving test on the first attempt.


is 'fail to prepare, prepare to fail.' Unfortunately a large % of test fails are simply because candidates have taken a test before they should have.


Test routes shouldn't be manipulated. However, we would recommend to get plenty of practice in the area you take your driving test, as there may be junctions that are bespoke to the area they're located.


What a driving test entails. A test can feel a little alien to a driving lesson. We recommend taking Mock tests to gain an understanding of how you will perform.


Your nerves and how you manage them can play a big part in the outcome of your Driving Test. Try to understand your own nerves and work on calming strategies to manage them effectively.