What are the UK Driving Test Pass Rates?

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 %
Aylesbury 2498 1274 51.0% 2680 1214 45.3%
Barnet 3355 1409 42.0% 3193 1158 36.3%
Birmingham (Kingstanding) 4534 1901 41.9% 4362 1753 40.2%
Bletchley 4357 2055 47.2% 4905 2125 43.3%
Cardington/Bedford 3295 1458 44.2% 3475 1328 38.2%
Cambridge (Chesterton Road) 2453 1381 56.3% 2773 1382 49.8%
Cambridge (Cowley Road) 3343 1759 52.6% 3890 1842 47.4%
Coventry 3855 1758 45.6% 4216 1508 35.8%
Enfield 5154 2062 40.0% 5858 1913 32.7%
Hendon 4850 2291 47.2% 5769 2442 42.3%
Kettering 3661 2029 55.4% 4174 1913 45.8%
Knaresborough 2013 1082 53.8% 2078 976 47.0%
Leeds 3410 1237 36.3% 4003 1232 30.8%
Leighton Buzzard 2997 1536 51.3% 3272 1491 45.6%
Northampton 3792 2118 55.9% 4480 2116 47.2%
Luton 4638 1742 37.6% 5506 1659 30.1%
Rugby 1800 873 48.5% 2046 886 43.3%
Oxford (Cowley) 5149 2758 53.6% 5993 2697 45.0%
Wanstead 6600 2428 36.8% 6288 1876 29.8%
National Total 803464 402005 50.0% 915051 393885 43.0%

There you have it, the April 2017 – March 2018 national average pass rate for males is 50% and 43% for females.

For pass rate data for other years and driving test centres, please see the documents below:

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