Driving Test Pass Rates

Don L. Gates

Driving test centre pass ratesA common question for people to ask when they are learning to drive is “What are the driving test pass rates?” Well here they are for 2020.

You will notice that there is a lot of variation in pass rates among the test centres, but this does not mean that the examiners there apply a different standard. There are numerous reasons why a centre in one location, will have a higher or lower pass rate than another.

For instance, small towns in remote parts of the UK often stand out with a pass percentage that is double that of some other places. But you can hardly compare driving around a quiet Scottish island to the task of taking a test in major city such as Manchester or London. The required standard may be the same but the challenge is not.

Other Factors

There is also the question of wealth, some areas of the country are more affluent. Those lucky learners can probably afford to pay for more driving lessons and may well have a car of their own to practise in.

Ethnicity can also play a part in driving test pass rates, but NOT because examiners are racist! Culture, background and upbringing play an important role in how we approach all aspects of life. We are not all the same, people from different races have different attitudes, strengths, weaknesses and values. We do not all react in the same way in stressful situations.

So, use the information below as an interesting guide; but do not assume that the test centre with the lowest pass rate is worse than any other. Yes, you certainly would stand a better chance of passing if you were willing to travel to the Isle of Scilly to take your test. But in reality, the secret to giving yourself the best chance of passing is:

Driving Test Pass Rates per CentreTest ConductedPassesPercentage Passing
Aberdeen North1979104352.7
Aberdeen South (Cove)127968953.9
Abergavenny1872105656.4
Aberystwyth (Park Avenue)48424650.8
Airdrie196689745.6
Alness43323353.8
Alnwick33522065.7
Arbroath28821675.0
Ashfield3626204656.4
Ashford (Kent)183081844.7
Ashford (London Middlesex)2785132947.7
Atherton (Manchester)3150150847.9
Aylesbury213399146.5
Ayr103349247.6
Bala30415149.7
Ballater634876.2
Banbury2787138649.7
Banff986465.3
Bangor1991101450.9
Barking (Tanner Street)4636176438.1
Barnet (London)2611106540.8
Barnsley2681134650.2
Barnstaple154884954.8
Barrow In Furness97656057.4
Barry108560555.8
Basildon3236152047.0
Basingstoke2250110148.9
Belvedere (London)243888436.3
Berwick-On-Tweed25915660.2
Birmingham (Cocks Moors Woods)168173843.9
Birmingham (Garretts Green)6594254838.6
Birmingham (Kings Heath)2544107142.1
Birmingham (Kingstanding)6288220535.1
Birmingham (Shirley)208592644.4
Birmingham (South Yardley)4644149432.2
Birmingham (Sutton Coldfield)3684130435.4
Birmingham (Wyndley)168379147.0
Bishopbriggs2601126048.4
Bishops Stortford3113146146.9
Blackburn with Darwen4156186644.9
Blackpool3353156646.7
Bletchley4584195142.6
Blyth2743150454.8
Bodmin212185740.4
Bolton (Manchester)4707238650.7
Borehamwood (London)161379649.3
Boston188599352.7
Bradford (Heaton)3840156340.7
Bradford (Thornbury)2250101945.3
Brecon51231962.3
Bredbury (Manchester)194686344.3
Brentwood (London)150566444.1
Bridgend181999854.9
Bridlington94952955.7
Bristol (Avonmouth)4186222453.1
Bristol (Brislington)3165132341.8
Bristol (Kingswood)2990157052.5
Brodick (Isle of Arran)301756.7
Buckie1197260.5
Burgess Hill3799159842.1
Burton on Trent2277120052.7
Bury (Manchester)2842100535.4
Bury St Edmunds2989116038.8
Buxton189387546.2
Callander1004545.0
Camborne2249104946.6
Cambridge (Brookmount Court)4954240748.6
Campbeltown574578.9
Canterbury152470246.1
Cardiff (Llanishen)4534239352.8
Cardigan53826449.1
Cardington3227154247.8
Carlisle156767843.3
Carmarthen76141354.3
Castle Douglas1667847.0
Chadderton4029186346.2
Cheadle(Fire Station)161691356.5
Cheetham Hill (Manchester)5073190137.5
Chelmsford (Hanbury Road)3770186449.4
Cheltenham2771132647.9
Chertsey (London)3229156648.5
Chester3896177345.5
Chesterfield166676245.7
Chichester2712149455.1
Chingford (London)4830186138.5
Chippenham2723128047.0
Chorley1793106359.3
Clacton-on-Sea161484552.4
Colchester2968126942.8
Coventry4114171241.6
Crawley3031123140.6
Crewe193989646.2
Croydon (London)2801115141.1
Cumnock44826659.4
Darlington157981451.6
Derby (Alvaston)4673227248.6
Doncaster3377153345.4
Dorchester2111126459.9
Dudley5210214341.1
Dumbarton86341648.2
Dumfries87340646.5
Dundee2226131659.1
Dunfermline (Vine)91145249.6
Dunoon986364.3
Duns614167.2
Durham3592204757.0
East Kilbride93546049.2
Eastbourne2243114651.1
Edinburgh (Currie)2860139148.6
Edinburgh (Musselburgh)3391143342.3
Elgin86842849.3
Elswick2721119844.0
Enfield (Brancroft Way)....40.0
Enfield (Innova Business Park)3892168843.4
Erith (London)239175531.6
Exeter3185164251.6
Farnborough5488287152.3
Featherstone3656143439.2
Folkestone178773040.9
Forfar29620368.6
Fort William20513364.9
Fraserburgh25717266.9
Galashiels40319247.6
Gateshead138362245.0
Gillingham4504220148.9
Girvan1146758.8
Glasgow (Anniesland)5053194138.4
Glasgow (Baillieston)3409147543.3
Glasgow (Shieldhall)2757105738.3
Gloucester3416163147.7
Golspie554072.7
Goodmayes (London)16010631139.4
Gosforth3023145148.0
Grangemouth166492355.5
Grantham (Somerby)205498447.9
Grantown-On-Spey382771.1
Greenford (Horsenden Lane)4169167540.2
Greenford (Whitton Ave East)102140139.3
Greenock102145144.2
Grimsby Coldwater231792139.7
Guildford3132160051.1
Haddington54531056.9
Halifax238197440.9
Hamilton2698122245.3
Hartlepool2416134255.5
Hastings (Ore)194984343.3
Hawick19710754.3
Hayes (London)3042113937.4
Heckmondwike3331135840.8
Hendon (London)6880265138.5
Hereford140178055.7
Herne Bay3610153942.6
Hexham45829263.8
Heysham133365649.2
High Wycombe2688134249.9
Hinckley150968745.5
Hither Green (London)7475373149.9
Hornchurch (London)3627172547.6
Horsforth4556204945.0
Huddersfield2934145049.4
Hull4847220845.6
Huntly1187261.0
Hyde (Manchester)3177171353.9
Inveraray343191.2
Inverness (Seafield Road)124754643.8
Inverurie43324656.8
Ipswich3479209960.3
Irvine2149109350.9
Islay Island312477.4
Isle of Mull121191.7
Isle of Skye (Portree)724765.3
Isle of Tiree....80.0
Isles of Scilly....83.3
Isleworth (Fleming Way)7648351445.9
Kelso1256350.4
Kendal (Oxenholme Road)110868762.0
Kettering3996194948.8
Kings Lynn2492125050.2
Kingussie291551.7
Kirkcaldy2377119750.4
Knaresborough177286748.9
Kyle of Lochalsh744966.2
Lampeter27916659.5
Lanark82442051.0
Lancing4340197745.6
Launceston99849749.8
Lee On The Solent3142177456.5
Leeds3474117733.9
Leicester (Cannock Street)5328219541.2
Leicester (Wigston)6243263842.3
Leighton Buzzard (Stanbridge Road)3050131743.2
Lerwick23314060.1
Letchworth2515117746.8
Lichfield3419170950.0
Lincoln2875132246.0
Livingston186994150.3
Llandrindod Wells43429467.7
Llanelli168986551.2
Llantrisant1714100658.7
Lochgilphead665177.3
Loughborough2749134448.9
Loughton (London)3156141644.9
Louth37320555.0
Lowestoft(Mobbs Way)2526112244.4
Ludlow113858651.5
Luton4718176137.3
Macclesfield147173950.2
Maidstone2788126545.4
Mallaig181583.3
Malton38826167.3
Melton Mowbray106864260.1
Merthyr Tydfil184099354.0
Middlesbrough4299228153.1
Mill Hill (London)4346204947.1
Mitcham (London)5372227942.4
Monmouth130167952.2
Montrose27318868.9
Morden (London)8889435749.0
National Driving Centre (Croydon)....33.3
Nelson2370121951.4
Newbury (Hambridge Lane)2317118751.2
Newport (Gwent)2899131545.4
Newport IOW (Innovation Centre)108057052.8
Newton Abbot2671128047.9
Newton Stewart1126759.8
Newtown59834958.4
Norris Green (Liverpool)6560253838.7
Northallerton130173956.8
Northampton4673212745.5
Northwich169692554.5
Norwich (Jupiter Road)140675253.5
Norwich (Peachman Way)3842206253.7
Nottingham (Chilwell)2611135752.0
Nottingham (Colwick)4295195445.5
Nuneaton2312115950.1
Oban19411358.2
Orkney18412668.5
Oswestry64931448.4
Oxford (Cowley)5024242848.3
Paisley2768123244.5
Peebles1358462.2
Pembroke Dock115161153.1
Penzance72335549.1
Perth (Arran Road)119958448.7
Peterborough4807220045.8
Peterhead51531461.0
Pinner (London)7790336043.1
Pitlochry645382.8
Plymouth4205163939.0
Pontefract2981130943.9
Poole4553249954.9
Portsmouth3627175348.3
Preston4037223155.3
Pwllheli35819955.6
Reading6025293248.7
Redditch2402101942.4
Redhill Aerodrome2288116250.8
Rhyl161574946.4
Rochdale (Manchester)3434106831.1
Rotherham2673128348.0
Rothesay593966.1
Rugby191897650.9
Sale (Manchester)3755182448.6
Salisbury175997855.6
Scarborough93145348.7
Scunthorpe2347114348.7
Sevenoaks2292117851.4
Sheffield (Handsworth)4176169240.5
Sheffield (Middlewood Road)4275184143.1
Shrewsbury137063446.3
Sidcup (London)4153193446.6
Skegness65534853.1
Skipton115457149.5
Slough (London)5148218042.3
South Shields206295746.4
Southall (London)2624109841.8
Southampton (Forest Hills)2651125647.4
Southampton (Maybush)3786168644.5
Southend-on-Sea3396161447.5
Southport (Liverpool)2939149350.8
Speke (Liverpool)4027134833.5
St Albans3638153442.2
St Helens (Liverpool)2977139446.8
Stafford125961148.5
Steeton148167145.3
Stevenage2554125349.1
Stirling180979744.1
Stoke-On-Trent (Cobridge)3380125437.1
Stoke-on-Trent (Newcastle-Under-Lyme)2665105039.4
Stornoway17510157.7
Stranraer1398964.0
Sunderland2941132745.1
Swansea3164166252.5
Swindon4101195947.8
Taunton3244179655.4
Telford2589108541.9
Thurso936266.7
Tilbury2337103644.3
Tolworth (London)3624182050.2
Tottenham3235131840.7
Trowbridge63932651.0
Tunbridge Wells2366119850.6
Ullapool292069.0
Upton3325153646.2
Uxbridge (London)2142105249.1
Wakefield3566155943.7
Wallasey101243142.6
Wanstead (London)4239143733.9
Warrington2708143853.1
Warwick (Wedgenock House)3937202051.3
Watford2830140049.5
Watnall2744140051.0
Wednesbury3470124235.8
Wellingborough51431260.7
West Didsbury (Manchester)6375283244.4
West Wickham (London)6262293846.9
Westbury68835151.0
Weston-super-Mare2162118854.9
Whitby22813659.6
Whitchurch59627045.3
Wick1338765.4
Widnes2129101547.7
Winchester160476447.6
Wolverhampton4740173036.5
Wood Green (London)5047205640.7
Worcester3696176147.6
Workington130067151.6
Worksop2179117954.1
Wrexham199684342.2
Yeading (London)1235141.5
Yeovil2532151759.9
York3317175652.9

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