Shirley Driving Test Centre

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Practical Driving Test Centre Address
401 Stratford Road
West Midlands
B90 4AA

Test Centre Details:  No wheelchair ramp access. One step is required to access Shirley Driving Test Centre. Special arrangements will be made for disabled test candidates. Male and female toilet facilities available. There is parking for test candidates on the test centre service road which is accessed by Union Road.
Test Centre Provides Tests For: Car, Taxi


The driving test from Shirley Driving Test Centre will be taken over a period of 30 to 40 minutes and is to include one test manoeuvre, the emergency stop (1-in-3 possibility) and 10 minutes or so of independent driving.

The various roads used on the test will vary from high traffic density city roads, residential streets and the possibility of rural country road driving (see the country road driving tutorial for advice on these road types). A high proficiency in all traffic systems such as multi-lane roundabouts, crossroads, junctions and various dual carriageway elements is required from this test centre.

Test centre routes are designed by the examiners who conduct practical tests at their local test centre. The routes are designed in such a way so to involve as many diverse roads and traffic systems as possible, often including very challenging parts.

Gaining knowledge of the test routes provides valuable insight into the type of roads that will be taken during your test. Driving test routes may be available to view or a downloadable app for your mobile device in your area, including Shirley Driving Test Centre.


Driving tests take place during the week and at busy test centres, Saturdays are also used to conduct tests. Booking a test to run on a Saturday costs slightly more than during the week. Depending on your area however, taking your test over the weekend may be beneficial due to quieter roads. Available times and dates that are free for test bookings are shown whilst making the booking.

Book a driving test by phone
Practical driving tests can be booked over the telephone via an automated service. To book a test at Shirley Driving Test Centre, see the book a driving test section for booking contact telephone numbers. Although this is an automated service, a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) assistant can be reached by following the prompts.

Book your driving test online
The majority of test candidates book their driving test over the internet as the available free test slots are made visible to be taken. To make a test booking at Shirley Driving Test Centre, see the book a driving test section.

Rescheduling or cancelling the driving test
Driving Tests can be rescheduled or cancelled. Changing your driving test date can be done providing three working days’ notice is given. To cancel your test and receive a full refund from DVSA bookings, three working days’ notice must also be provided. Saturdays are also classed as a working day.


Throughout the UK practical driving test centres, pass rates vary. Certain centres, often in very busy areas may have a slightly lower pass rate and in this situation, some test candidates decide to take their test at an alternative test centre. The driving test pass rates section may show driving test pass rate statistics for your practical test centre.


Please note that direct contact with driving test centres cannot be made for test booking, cancelling or rescheduling. this can only be made directly with the DVSA (see above). Practical test centres can be contacted directly (including Shirley Driving Test Centre) for reasons such as to inform the test centre manager you may be slightly late, or any issues you have with the test such as if it is still to proceed due to bad weather (see driving tests in bad weather for further information). See the driving test centre contact numbers section for further information.


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 9 reviews
 by RD

I don't think it's fair how examiners can introduce themselves for a second and tell you to get into the car and start your test. New learners should feel comfortable with examiners. From experience I believe a good couple minute pep talk and to make the learner driver feel warm and welcomed would be ideal. Examiners should know learners are nervous and by being warm with them would ease off the tension. Prior to my feedback. The examiner to avoid is C.Smith!!

 by Deleon

There's a guy called sandhu a asian chap, when he calls your name in the office just know he will fail you, hes attitude stinks, people come to their driving test nervous, this guy does nothing to make you feel comfortable, i failed because the i was in a lane that was eventually going to 'turn right only' he advised me to go straight so i had to switch to left lane, i looked at my mirros correctly, indicated left looked again and when was clear to do so i moved in while looking, the dickhead said that was a serious because i apparently made the driver behind in the left laen slow down?? in a 30 mile zone wtf while i was oing 30? hes a t**t and hes attitude completely stinks, he told me i failed and said few comments and left my car all in a mood ***Remaining content deemed too offensive to publish***

 by A good driver

If you start the test and an older looking man who goes by the name of Mr Smith, you may as well go home... Got two majors for not driving in a bus lane when it was out of hours as well as pulling out with a bus next to me on a roundabout as I "Used the bus as a shield". A bit harsh considering I only got 2 minors and everyone knows that you pull out with a bus on a roundabout! I hear Mr Smith has a reputation for failing - If you're having a test then take your instructor with you so they can challenge the BS this deluded man comes up with. I'm sure he is a nice guy, just tough on the youths.

 by Su

Examiners are very rude they dont make you feel comftable.

 by f

there is one examiner which is awful

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