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 Centre Test Conducted Passes Percentage Passing
Aberdeen North 1979 1043 52.7
Aberdeen South (Cove) 1279 689 53.9
Abergavenny 1872 1056 56.4
Aberystwyth (Park Avenue) 484 246 50.8
Airdrie 1966 897 45.6
Alness 433 233 53.8
Alnwick 335 220 65.7
Arbroath 288 216 75.0
Ashfield 3626 2046 56.4
Ashford (Kent) 1830 818 44.7
Ashford (London Middlesex) 2785 1329 47.7
Atherton (Manchester) 3150 1508 47.9
Aylesbury 2133 991 46.5
Ayr 1033 492 47.6
Bala 304 151 49.7
Ballater 63 48 76.2
Banbury 2787 1386 49.7
Banff 98 64 65.3
Bangor 1991 1014 50.9
Barking (Tanner Street) 4636 1764 38.1
Barnet (London) 2611 1065 40.8
Barnsley 2681 1346 50.2
Barnstaple 1548 849 54.8
Barrow In Furness 976 560 57.4
Barry 1085 605 55.8
Basildon 3236 1520 47.0
Basingstoke 2250 1101 48.9
Belvedere (London) 2438 884 36.3
Berwick-On-Tweed 259 156 60.2
Birmingham (Cocks Moors Woods) 1681 738 43.9
Birmingham (Garretts Green) 6594 2548 38.6
Birmingham (Kings Heath) 2544 1071 42.1
Birmingham (Kingstanding) 6288 2205 35.1
Birmingham (Shirley) 2085 926 44.4
Birmingham (South Yardley) 4644 1494 32.2
Birmingham (Sutton Coldfield) 3684 1304 35.4
Birmingham (Wyndley) 1683 791 47.0
Bishopbriggs 2601 1260 48.4
Bishops Stortford 3113 1461 46.9
Blackburn with Darwen 4156 1866 44.9
Blackpool 3353 1566 46.7
Bletchley 4584 1951 42.6
Blyth 2743 1504 54.8
Bodmin 2121 857 40.4
Bolton (Manchester) 4707 2386 50.7
Borehamwood (London) 1613 796 49.3
Boston 1885 993 52.7
Bradford (Heaton) 3840 1563 40.7
Bradford (Thornbury) 2250 1019 45.3
Brecon 512 319 62.3
Bredbury (Manchester) 1946 863 44.3
Brentwood (London) 1505 664 44.1
Bridgend 1819 998 54.9
Bridlington 949 529 55.7
Bristol (Avonmouth) 4186 2224 53.1
Bristol (Brislington) 3165 1323 41.8
Bristol (Kingswood) 2990 1570 52.5
Brodick (Isle of Arran) 30 17 56.7
Buckie 119 72 60.5
Burgess Hill 3799 1598 42.1
Burton on Trent 2277 1200 52.7
Bury (Manchester) 2842 1005 35.4
Bury St Edmunds 2989 1160 38.8
Buxton 1893 875 46.2
Callander 100 45 45.0
Camborne 2249 1049 46.6
Cambridge (Brookmount Court) 4954 2407 48.6
Campbeltown 57 45 78.9
Canterbury 1524 702 46.1
Cardiff (Llanishen) 4534 2393 52.8
Cardigan 538 264 49.1
Cardington 3227 1542 47.8
Carlisle 1567 678 43.3
Carmarthen 761 413 54.3
Castle Douglas 166 78 47.0
Chadderton 4029 1863 46.2
Cheadle(Fire Station) 1616 913 56.5
Cheetham Hill (Manchester) 5073 1901 37.5
Chelmsford (Hanbury Road) 3770 1864 49.4
Cheltenham 2771 1326 47.9
Chertsey (London) 3229 1566 48.5
Chester 3896 1773 45.5
Chesterfield 1666 762 45.7
Chichester 2712 1494 55.1
Chingford (London) 4830 1861 38.5
Chippenham 2723 1280 47.0
Chorley 1793 1063 59.3
Clacton-on-Sea 1614 845 52.4
Colchester 2968 1269 42.8
Coventry 4114 1712 41.6
Crawley 3031 1231 40.6
Crewe 1939 896 46.2
Croydon (London) 2801 1151 41.1
Cumnock 448 266 59.4
Darlington 1579 814 51.6
Derby (Alvaston) 4673 2272 48.6
Doncaster 3377 1533 45.4
Dorchester 2111 1264 59.9
Dudley 5210 2143 41.1
Dumbarton 863 416 48.2
Dumfries 873 406 46.5
Dundee 2226 1316 59.1
Dunfermline (Vine) 911 452 49.6
Dunoon 98 63 64.3
Duns 61 41 67.2
Durham 3592 2047 57.0
East Kilbride 935 460 49.2
Eastbourne 2243 1146 51.1
Edinburgh (Currie) 2860 1391 48.6
Edinburgh (Musselburgh) 3391 1433 42.3
Elgin 868 428 49.3
Elswick 2721 1198 44.0
Enfield (Brancroft Way) .. .. 40.0
Enfield (Innova Business Park) 3892 1688 43.4
Erith (London) 2391 755 31.6
Exeter 3185 1642 51.6
Farnborough 5488 2871 52.3
Featherstone 3656 1434 39.2
Folkestone 1787 730 40.9
Forfar 296 203 68.6
Fort William 205 133 64.9
Fraserburgh 257 172 66.9
Galashiels 403 192 47.6
Gateshead 1383 622 45.0
Gillingham 4504 2201 48.9
Girvan 114 67 58.8
Glasgow (Anniesland) 5053 1941 38.4
Glasgow (Baillieston) 3409 1475 43.3
Glasgow (Shieldhall) 2757 1057 38.3
Gloucester 3416 1631 47.7
Golspie 55 40 72.7
Goodmayes (London) 16010 6311 39.4
Gosforth 3023 1451 48.0
Grangemouth 1664 923 55.5
Grantham (Somerby) 2054 984 47.9
Grantown-On-Spey 38 27 71.1
Greenford (Horsenden Lane) 4169 1675 40.2
Greenford (Whitton Ave East) 1021 401 39.3
Greenock 1021 451 44.2
Grimsby Coldwater 2317 921 39.7
Guildford 3132 1600 51.1
Haddington 545 310 56.9
Halifax 2381 974 40.9
Hamilton 2698 1222 45.3
Hartlepool 2416 1342 55.5
Hastings (Ore) 1949 843 43.3
Hawick 197 107 54.3
Hayes (London) 3042 1139 37.4
Heckmondwike 3331 1358 40.8
Hendon (London) 6880 2651 38.5
Hereford 1401 780 55.7
Herne Bay 3610 1539 42.6
Hexham 458 292 63.8
Heysham 1333 656 49.2
High Wycombe 2688 1342 49.9
Hinckley 1509 687 45.5
Hither Green (London) 7475 3731 49.9
Hornchurch (London) 3627 1725 47.6
Horsforth 4556 2049 45.0
Huddersfield 2934 1450 49.4
Hull 4847 2208 45.6
Huntly 118 72 61.0
Hyde (Manchester) 3177 1713 53.9
Inveraray 34 31 91.2
Inverness (Seafield Road) 1247 546 43.8
Inverurie 433 246 56.8
Ipswich 3479 2099 60.3
Irvine 2149 1093 50.9
Islay Island 31 24 77.4
Isle of Mull 12 11 91.7
Isle of Skye (Portree) 72 47 65.3
Isle of Tiree .. .. 80.0
Isles of Scilly .. .. 83.3
Isleworth (Fleming Way) 7648 3514 45.9
Kelso 125 63 50.4
Kendal (Oxenholme Road) 1108 687 62.0
Kettering 3996 1949 48.8
Kings Lynn 2492 1250 50.2
Kingussie 29 15 51.7
Kirkcaldy 2377 1197 50.4
Knaresborough 1772 867 48.9
Kyle of Lochalsh 74 49 66.2
Lampeter 279 166 59.5
Lanark 824 420 51.0
Lancing 4340 1977 45.6
Launceston 998 497 49.8
Lee On The Solent 3142 1774 56.5
Leeds 3474 1177 33.9
Leicester (Cannock Street) 5328 2195 41.2
Leicester (Wigston) 6243 2638 42.3
Leighton Buzzard (Stanbridge Road) 3050 1317 43.2
Lerwick 233 140 60.1
Letchworth 2515 1177 46.8
Lichfield 3419 1709 50.0
Lincoln 2875 1322 46.0
Livingston 1869 941 50.3
Llandrindod Wells 434 294 67.7
Llanelli 1689 865 51.2
Llantrisant 1714 1006 58.7
Lochgilphead 66 51 77.3
Loughborough 2749 1344 48.9
Loughton (London) 3156 1416 44.9
Louth 373 205 55.0
Lowestoft(Mobbs Way) 2526 1122 44.4
Ludlow 1138 586 51.5
Luton 4718 1761 37.3
Macclesfield 1471 739 50.2
Maidstone 2788 1265 45.4
Mallaig 18 15 83.3
Malton 388 261 67.3
Melton Mowbray 1068 642 60.1
Merthyr Tydfil 1840 993 54.0
Middlesbrough 4299 2281 53.1
Mill Hill (London) 4346 2049 47.1
Mitcham (London) 5372 2279 42.4
Monmouth 1301 679 52.2
Montrose 273 188 68.9
Morden (London) 8889 4357 49.0
National Driving Centre (Croydon) .. .. 33.3
Nelson 2370 1219 51.4
Newbury (Hambridge Lane) 2317 1187 51.2
Newport (Gwent) 2899 1315 45.4
Newport IOW (Innovation Centre) 1080 570 52.8
Newton Abbot 2671 1280 47.9
Newton Stewart 112 67 59.8
Newtown 598 349 58.4
Norris Green (Liverpool) 6560 2538 38.7
Northallerton 1301 739 56.8
Northampton 4673 2127 45.5
Northwich 1696 925 54.5
Norwich (Jupiter Road) 1406 752 53.5
Norwich (Peachman Way) 3842 2062 53.7
Nottingham (Chilwell) 2611 1357 52.0
Nottingham (Colwick) 4295 1954 45.5
Nuneaton 2312 1159 50.1
Oban 194 113 58.2
Orkney 184 126 68.5
Oswestry 649 314 48.4
Oxford (Cowley) 5024 2428 48.3
Paisley 2768 1232 44.5
Peebles 135 84 62.2
Pembroke Dock 1151 611 53.1
Penzance 723 355 49.1
Perth (Arran Road) 1199 584 48.7
Peterborough 4807 2200 45.8
Peterhead 515 314 61.0
Pinner (London) 7790 3360 43.1
Pitlochry 64 53 82.8
Plymouth 4205 1639 39.0
Pontefract 2981 1309 43.9
Poole 4553 2499 54.9
Portsmouth 3627 1753 48.3
Preston 4037 2231 55.3
Pwllheli 358 199 55.6
Reading 6025 2932 48.7
Redditch 2402 1019 42.4
Redhill Aerodrome 2288 1162 50.8
Rhyl 1615 749 46.4
Rochdale (Manchester) 3434 1068 31.1
Rotherham 2673 1283 48.0
Rothesay 59 39 66.1
Rugby 1918 976 50.9
Sale (Manchester) 3755 1824 48.6
Salisbury 1759 978 55.6
Scarborough 931 453 48.7
Scunthorpe 2347 1143 48.7
Sevenoaks 2292 1178 51.4
Sheffield (Handsworth) 4176 1692 40.5
Sheffield (Middlewood Road) 4275 1841 43.1
Shrewsbury 1370 634 46.3
Sidcup (London) 4153 1934 46.6
Skegness 655 348 53.1
Skipton 1154 571 49.5
Slough (London) 5148 2180 42.3
South Shields 2062 957 46.4
Southall (London) 2624 1098 41.8
Southampton (Forest Hills) 2651 1256 47.4
Southampton (Maybush) 3786 1686 44.5
Southend-on-Sea 3396 1614 47.5
Southport (Liverpool) 2939 1493 50.8
Speke (Liverpool) 4027 1348 33.5
St Albans 3638 1534 42.2
St Helens (Liverpool) 2977 1394 46.8
Stafford 1259 611 48.5
Steeton 1481 671 45.3
Stevenage 2554 1253 49.1
Stirling 1809 797 44.1
Stoke-On-Trent (Cobridge) 3380 1254 37.1
Stoke-on-Trent (Newcastle-Under-Lyme) 2665 1050 39.4
Stornoway 175 101 57.7
Stranraer 139 89 64.0
Sunderland 2941 1327 45.1
Swansea 3164 1662 52.5
Swindon 4101 1959 47.8
Taunton 3244 1796 55.4
Telford 2589 1085 41.9
Thurso 93 62 66.7
Tilbury 2337 1036 44.3
Tolworth (London) 3624 1820 50.2
Tottenham 3235 1318 40.7
Trowbridge 639 326 51.0
Tunbridge Wells 2366 1198 50.6
Ullapool 29 20 69.0
Upton 3325 1536 46.2
Uxbridge (London) 2142 1052 49.1
Wakefield 3566 1559 43.7
Wallasey 1012 431 42.6
Wanstead (London) 4239 1437 33.9
Warrington 2708 1438 53.1
Warwick (Wedgenock House) 3937 2020 51.3
Watford 2830 1400 49.5
Watnall 2744 1400 51.0
Wednesbury 3470 1242 35.8
Wellingborough 514 312 60.7
West Didsbury (Manchester) 6375 2832 44.4
West Wickham (London) 6262 2938 46.9
Westbury 688 351 51.0
Weston-super-Mare 2162 1188 54.9
Whitby 228 136 59.6
Whitchurch 596 270 45.3
Wick 133 87 65.4
Widnes 2129 1015 47.7
Winchester 1604 764 47.6
Wolverhampton 4740 1730 36.5
Wood Green (London) 5047 2056 40.7
Worcester 3696 1761 47.6
Workington 1300 671 51.6
Worksop 2179 1179 54.1
Wrexham 1996 843 42.2
Yeading (London) 123 51 41.5
Yeovil 2532 1517 59.9
York 3317 1756 52.9

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