It’s the big question that is always asked – “what’s my local driving test centre pass rate?” “Is it better to take my 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 in all the major cities like London, Leeds and Birmingham, the average UK driving test pass rate is 10% lower than in other towns or smaller cities.
What is the reason for the 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 or the mentality of other drivers. Driving in London, for example, is very dog eat dog. Lots of eye contact is required with other road users, quick decisive decision are required and, of course, cyclists and emergency vehicles are more common. These are all areas of the test that require experience, meaning someone just taking their test with only 20 hours of experience might be technically good and capable, but would be more suited to a quieter town where the unexpected is less 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 the area, just click.
|Test Centre||Male 1st attempts||Male 1st attempt passes||Male pass %||Female 1st attempts||Female 1st attempt passes||Female pass %|
|Cambridge (Chesterton Road)||2453||1381||56.3%||2773||1382||49.8%|
|Cambridge (Cowley Road)||3343||1759||52.6%||3890||1842||47.4%|
There you have it, the April 2017 – March 2018 national average pass rate for males is 50% and 43% for females.