Southend Driving Test Centre

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Practical Driving Test Centre Address
The Tickfield Centre
Tickfield Industrial Estate
Tickfield Ave

Test Centre Details:  Male and female toilets available. Car parking facilities available for test candidates though spaces are limited.
Test Centre Provides Tests For: Car


Diverse driving skills will be required to take the driving test from Southend Driving Test Centre as many road types and traffic conditions. Very busy areas and dual carriageway roads such as the A127 will likely feature during the test. Such roads will also combine busy multi-lane roundabouts.

In contrast to these areas, the Southend driving test routes will also feature quiet residential areas where blind and closed junctions can be challenging. Such areas are prone to meeting oncoming vehicles when passing parked cars and are typical areas where driving test manoeuvres take place.

Although quiet, such areas can be more challenging than expected due to difficult to see areas, junctions and mini roundaboutsCountry road driving can also be a part of the Southend driving test. Country roads can in fact be the most challenging roads of all. All road types may feature on the test as they often incorporate the most difficult areas laid out by the driving examiner.

A single manoeuvre from the possible four will be requested. Bay parking is possible as parking bays are present at the test centre. Around a 1-in-3 chance of the emergency stop is possible. Test routes are compiled to utilise as many varied road types and traffic systems as possible so to ensure the test candidate is proficient in all aspects of driving. Test routes often include difficult parts and by gaining knowledge of the routes offers valuable insight into what to expect on the test. Driving test routes may be available to view or a downloadable app for your mobile device in your area, including Southend Driving Test Centre.


Driving tests are easily booked online or by telephone – ensure you have your theory pass number and provisional driving licence number at hand. Tests take place throughout the week and during busy periods, some test centres may operate on Saturdays.

Book a driving test by phone
Practical driving tests can be booked over the telephone via an automated service. To book a test at Southend 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 Southend 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.


Practical driving test pass rates vary from centre to centre. This can often be due to the location, often busier areas having a slightly lower pass rate. Driving tests can be taken at any UK test centre. Choosing an area that you feel more confident in may benefit. The driving test pass rates section may show driving test pass rate statistics for your practical test centre.


For driving test booking and test amendments such as rescheduling or cancelling, please only contact the DVSA as above. Test centre staff may be contacted directly if you have a question that directly relates to your test – examples may include an issue with your test vehicle (see cars for the driving test), or if a test is still going ahead due to bad weather (see driving tests in bad weather for further information). Your test centre contact telephone details (including Southend Driving Test Centre) may be located driving test centre contact numbers section.


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 41 reviews
 by Angry man

So, my brother had his driving test today but he was failed. We don’t know who the examiner was because HE DIDNT TELL HIM HIS NAME!!! and he came up with the most ridiculous reason to fail him saying, “you drove perfectly but you didn’t check your mirrors enough.” This is complete bullshit we taught my brother to specifically exaggerate checking mirrors so this wouldn’t happen.

When my brother got back to the centre he overheard two girls who had just done there tests and heard one of the examiners say, “you have passed but watch out for you speeding (SPEEDING?!?!?!) and your knowledge of the show me tell me questions” THIS IS BLOODY RIDICULOUS.


 by Max

I failed lol - and it’s because I was rushed into a test by my instructor. I’m a nervous driver and this was an overwhelming experience for me. Alex my examiner was nothing but calm and collected with me. Even though I got a major almost instantly because of a poorly positioned parked car on double yellows, he remained calm. Once I had failed and was obviously upset, he comforted me and told me other opportunities would come up, and I shouldn’t worry about him, and should just keep practicing. Whilst I was upset i didn’t pass - it was my fault, and I can only commemorate Alex as a genuinely good examiner. Does his job and more and was very understanding.

 by Baron Montagu of Beaulieu

Before I leave a review - yes I did fail my test and it was my fault. Does this mean my review is not relevant or meaningful? Only you can decide.

I found the examiners rude, with no empathy and interested only in ticking boxes. Southend is a difficult test center as it is really urban with lots of challenges but we as those being assessed are human, unlike the position taken by the examiners.

But why? Well you can become a driver examiner here - did you check out the pay? Just in case you missed it they get paid as a starting salary £24K a year - peanuts and monkeys come to mind.

When you think in 2020 in the UK the national average wage is £30K we find the driver examiners wage below average.

So they get pain less than average, very little promotional prospects, will tend to have lower academic qualifications and will probably form over a quick time a chip on their shoulder. I mean a lot of youngsters with potential and wealth being assessed with opportunity and intelligence, these people just don't possess.

A chip that grows depending on the personality - no wonder then they are angry, they have no flexibility or creativity in their job - its a tick sheet for a petty bureaucrat, that's all they do, tick a box.

Can you imagine the sheer tedium of this role day in day out, the mind-numbing drudgery it is to be a low level bureaucrat, just ticking boxes.

So what can they do to feel better, to try and equalize the gnawing feeling on inequality they must inevitably feel as a consequence as being a underpaid, mindless cog in a machine? They can tick more boxes, that's it, that is all they have, they can tick the serious one or the dangerous one, but it is all they have, these mindless petty automata.
So don't hate them, don't get angry if they tick a box and it means you fail, don't give them that power or attention, that's all they have, take it away from them, smile and say thank you.

Pity them, as ticking a box defines their life, they haven't even the wherewithal to design their own box In work they just tick boxes, they are pathetic creatures not worthy of your anger.

What is worthy is smiling, getting a new test booked and not give them the satisfaction of ticking boxes again, take away from them all they have, and just think of them as sad individuals as you start your new career, buy a car they can only dream off, or understand that you are above average.

 by Jacqui

I did a review at the bottom and I got the guy name wrong it was Kevin lol god knows were I got first name from 🤣🤣🤣
But I just like to say that you always get the same treatment from any test place you go to there only making sure you are safe on the road !
I have had clacton and these people at southend was much happier and friendly
Enjoy it and just pretend you’re on a lesson 40 mins goes so fast the time you leave them gates you are back again
Kevin you are fab 😄😄😄😄😄😄😄

 by Jacqui

So I had my test in southend failed my first one at westcliff but I went back out there and got more practise then went back today I was so happy I got Alex again as he really did Stop my nerves and we had a good convo which then took my mind off it was my test and I passed with only 2 minus!
There is so much neg of southend and yes of course marcel which I was happy to hear he went as I did not want him lol but nice place to do test long as you no then roads there is no problem I was so nervous but Alex was the best I really Prayed to get him again as he just makes you feel so much better
But they all looked happy when I was there today long as you stay focussed and carm there no reason to worry my test was over so fast and could not be happier Thankyou Alex 😃 x

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