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Practical Pass Rates For 2016 Driving Tests

QMT Writer Driving School Insurance, Infographics

We unravel government statistics to report how UK Driving Instructors did last year.

As in any profession, getting feedback about how you are doing is important. Driving Instructors will be no different. Every year national statistics are published by the government to show the performance of the 338 Test Centres across England, Scotland and Wales. This information is published in a rather large spreadsheet which doesn’t make for attractive reading.
So here are the important facts about the performance of last year.

The statistics provided are taken from April to December 2016

The Big Numbers

There were 1,252,871 practical tests taken between April and December 2016 In England, Scotland & Wales.

The national average first time pass rate was 47.3%

596,373 were male with a national average pass rate of 50.6%

656,498 were female with a national average pass rate of 44.1%

Performance By Country

1st: Scotland

Scottish Driving Instructors impressed with a national average first time pass rate of 57.1%.

The male average was 60.0%.
The female average was 54.9%.

Gold For Golspie

Scotland had the highest scoring test centre in the UK with Golspie notching up an incredible 80.4%.
This was out of 46 tests conducted split between 23 males and 23 females.
This leading pass rate at Golspie also achieved the highest male pass rate.
Males from Golspie in Scotland clocked up an impressive 91.3% pass rate getting 21 out of 23 first time passes.
(The ladies came in 6th in the national average with 69.6% with 16 out of 23 passing first time).

2nd: Wales

Wales came in a respectable second with a national average first time pass rate of 54.1%.

The male average was 57.4%.
The female average was 51.7%.

So Few Test Centres

Wales accounts for only 7% of all the test centres on the UK mainland with only 23 across the whole country. That is to serve an estimated country population of 3,099,100.

3rd: England

England came in third with a national average first time pass rate of 48.3%.

The male average was 51.7%.
The female average was 45.1%.

The Guys Have It

English driving test centre results displayed the highest gender difference with the male first time pass rate being 6.6% higher than the females.

UK Driving Test Centre Distribution

There are currently 338 driving test centres on the UK mainland.

This is broken down as follows:

England: 241 which accounts for 71% of the total.
Scotland: 75 which accounts for 22% of the total.
Wales: 23 which is 7% of the total of the UK mainland test centres.

In terms of UK population* and the proportion of test centres per country, this isn’t equally matched.

England Scotland Wales
Population 54,786,300 5,373,000 3,099,100
% of the UK 86.6% 8.4% 5%
Test Centres 240 75 23
% of the UK 71% 22% 7%
Diff. -15.6% +13.6% +2%

However, Scotland’s higher ratio of test centres is due to their geographic layout having many island communities requiring localised test centres facilitating the needs of a small community.

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The Highs & Lows Of The Results

To conclude these statistics, we’ll give a mention to the numbers at either end of the scale.

Highest scoring test centre – Golspie in Scotland was the highest ranking individual test centre with an average score of 80.4%. This was 46 annual tests conducted (23 male/23 female).

Lowest scoring test centreBelvedere in London ranked last with an average pass rate of  28.2%. This was from a combined total of 4796 tests taken. (Details below)

Highest male pass rateMales from Golspie in Scotland clocked up an impressive 91.3% pass rate getting 21 out of 23 first time passes. (The ladies came in 6th in the national average with 69.6% with 16 out of 23 passing first time).

Highest female pass rateMallaig in Scotland produced a figure of 85.7% for female pass rates and were one of only 7 test centres nationally where the female pass rate was higher than the males. This was from a yearly total amount of 13 conducted tests. (The lowest number taken at a test centre in the UK).

Biggest difference between the gendersGairloch in Scotland had a difference of 25.1% with the females getting a pass rate of 78.9% to the male pass rate of 53.8%, and was the second highest female pass rate nationally.

Smallest difference between the genders – Consistency is obviously a strong point in Dunfermline with the males and females separated by 0.01% difference. 2478 tests were taken in 2016 and the males achieved 47.6% to the females 47.5%.

Lowest male pass rate – Belvedere in London where males got an average of 31.4%.  This was from 783 passes out of 2497 tests taken.

Lowest female pass rate – Belvedere in London also came in with the lowest female pass rate of 24.7%. This was from 569 passes out of 2299 tests taken.

We created this map of all the UK’s test centre results if you would like to delve deeper and find the results for your local driving test centre.

Click on your centre to find the average and female/male results.

For a full map of the UK test centres and their results, you can Click Here

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*Population figures supplied by the office for national statistics.

Figures published are based on individually published test centre results and may differ from the governments own summary sheet which concludes with the following disclaimer:
“Please note the table above summarises the information contained within each worksheet. There may be circumstances where this information will not match the information published as Official Statistics due to the relevant reports being run on different dates. As the difference is negligible it is considered an acceptable variance.”
The figures published did not include the results for Northern Ireland.

* Actual calculation discrepancies are a total of 371 (0.03%) Government summary sheet reports a statistic of 1,252,871 tests taken nationally compared to individual test centre numbers totalling 1,252,500.

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