antyIts the big question that is always asked…

What’s my local driving test centre pass rate? And is it better to take your driving test at a centre with a higher pass rate?

 

As a driving instructor myself, I strongly believe that as long as you are ready for your driving test and know all of the test routes, it shouldn’t matter what test centre you go to. However, one common pattern that does appear is that all the major cities like London, Leeds and Birmingham all have an average UK driving test pass rate 10% lower than other towns or small cities.

 

So, the question has to be asked what is the reason for a 10% difference?

 

City driving is always going to be harder than in the countryside or a small town. Although the DVSA ensure all the test routes are well balanced with a mixture of road types, they can’t control the traffic and the mentality of the traffic. Driving in London for example is very dog eat dog. Lots of eye contact is required with other road users, quick decisive decisions are required and of course cyclists and emergency vehicles are more common. These are all areas of the test that require experience. So, someone taking their test with only 20 hours experience might be technically good and capable, however, I would say they would be more suited to a quieter town where there is less of the unexpected likely to happen.

Driving Test Centre Pass Rates

Below is a table of some of the areas we cover and provide driving tests. Along with the first time pass rate for male and females. Each area has a link to our driving lesson page, so if you want to know more about the services in that area, just click.

 

Test Centre Male 1st attempts Male 1st attemptpasses Male Pass %   Female 1st   attempts  Female 1st attempt passes Female Pass %
Aylesbury 907 479 52.8 892 403 45.2
Barnet 2,032 815 40.1 1,518 485 31.9
Birmingham (Kingstanding) 1,924 803 41.7 1,703 544 31.9
Bletchley 1,776 925 52.1 1,830 864 47.2
Cardington/Bedford 606 332 54.8 606 273 45.0
Cambridge (Chesterton Road) 1,066 613 57.5 1,047 531 50.7
Cambridge(Cowley Road) 1,464 785 53.6 1,590 780 49.1
Coventry 1,372 610 44.5 1,311 458 34.9
Enfield 2,020 859 42.5 2,031 743 36.6
Hendon 2,766 1,403 50.7 2,804 1,205 43.0
Kettering 1,519 823 54.2 1,680 753 44.8
Knaresborough 986 529 53.7 985 466 47.3
Leeds 1,272 492 38.7 1,285 436 33.9
Leighton Buzzard 930 518 55.7 848 373 44.0
Northampton 1,668 922 55.3 1,826 775 42.4
Luton 2,002 886 44.3 1,865 659 35.3
Rugby 739 405 54.8 771 355 46.0
Oxford (Cowley) 1,975 1,016 51.4 2,131 987 46.3
Wanstead 2,081 698 33.5 1,934 578 29.9
National Total 322,988 164,960 51.1 328,028 145,412 44.3

 

So there you have it, the 2012-2013 national average pass rate for males is: 51.1% and females 44.3%

 

 

If you’re a driving instructor and would like to know the pass rate for all the areas across the UK, just let me know and I can send you the PDF. It’s quite big, hence I couldn’t put it all on here. If you would like to know individual test centres, just leave a message and I shall post back.