Occasionally, I get asked about pass rates although, interestingly, I’ve never been asked this question by someone learning to drive!
In performing a review of 2013, 83% of pupils who learned to drive with me and took their test during the year, passed. Of those, 66% passed first time and 28% passed on their second attempt. During the period of October to December 2013, I had 12 pupils take a test (with 10 of them resulting in a pass).
I should qualify this by saying that there is no standard by which each driving instructor calculates their pass rates and there is no way of checking the accuracy of any figures published. In addition, some driving instructors may not include all their learners in their results (e.g. not counting learners who had a previous instructor). For this reason alone, it is very difficult to compare pass rates with other driving instructors. In addition, ultimately, the driving test is a test of the learner’s abilities displayed on the day of the test and, therefore, not necessarily the quality of their driving instructor e.g. some of the best learner drivers can be badly affected by nerves and make an uncharacteristic mistake on the day of their test (a mistake that they might not normally make in any of their driving lessons).
In saying that, I find it useful to reflect on test results (not just as a log of results but to analyse any common reasons for not passing a test, to help future pupils) and the end of the year is always a good time for reflection.
The national average pass rate (published by the DSA) is 49% for men and 43% for women (the pass rate in Nottingham is lower than the national average with a pass rate of up to 47% for men and 38% for women).