Topographical Test


The PCO Topographical skills test checks the applicants basic ability in map reading through the use of an A to Z.

At PCO Licence East London we offer:

  • Full support/training to help gain a pass in the Topographical test.
  • Free outside of the congestion charge zone parking.
  • Free maps and materials.
  • Unlimited support and help.


Do not panic the PCO Topographical Skills Test, is very straightforward and takes around 120 mins. The current pass mark set by TFL is 60%. There are only seven approved test centres across London and these can be found here : 

We specialise in providing professional help and support, ensuring you get the best possible training delivered in a distraction free environment. Regardless of your country of origin or learning ability, we ensure you walk away confident in order to pass the test !


The test is divided and structured into 5 sections that are conducted in English. Training will prepare you in detail to successfully complete each module.

  • Map reading ability – ability to use a simple map and lookup addresses and key points.
  • Local route selection – ability to be able to plan and choose routes in London going from various destinations.
  • Intermediate route selection – ability to be able to plan and choose routes beyond your local area but still within London.
  • Long distance route selection – ability to plan routes to a destination outside of London.
  • 4 general topographical skills questions – general map reading questions such as orientation and motorways.


You may be exempt if you satisfy the Topographical skill’s requirement as listed by TfL:

  • Previously licensed London Private Hire Vehicle drivers who have already passed a TfL Topographical Skills Assessment
  • Licensed London taxi drivers – both all London and Suburban
  • Professional London tourist guide (e.g. Blue Badge Driver Guide)

Note :

We used to do Topographical testing in-house however from Oct -16 all testing must be done at one of TFL’s new approved centres (list above). We still provide full premium packages to customers and our training remains very popular. We are the experts in PCO Licensing in London and understand the process thoroughly. We can guarantee absolute peace of mind when partaking in the PCO Licensing process with us here at PCO Licence East London.