At the end of every year, I like to take the opportunity to recall the people I’ve supported during the year and, specifically, reflect on test results and the different approaches I’ve found useful to help people learn to drive and pass their practical tests taken during the year.
During 2015, 88% of learners who had lessons with me and took their test during the year, passed. Of those tests, 71% were first time passes, 19% were passed on their second attempt with 10% passing on their third attempt. The latest publication from DVSA showed that, during July to September, the national average pass rate was 47% (51% for men and 44% for women) and commented that this figure closely mirrored the trend over the years). Further statistics released later in the year highlighted that only 21% of tests result in a first time pass (53% of tests are failed and 26% are passed by learners who are on at least their second attempt).
I’ve noted that many driving instructors and driving schools claim to have good/high pass rates but don’t provide any statistics to support the statement. If a pass rate is important to you, when choosing a driving instructor, ask them for more details and consider their response (especially if they appear vague, unaware or unwilling to give you any statistics). I think it is far more more honest, accurate and helpful to provide a fuller picture of the results of tests (at least over the previous year). I should highlight that it is very difficult to compare pass rates with other driving instructors as 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 provided. You also need to remember that the driving test is a test of a learner’s abilities displayed on the day of the test (including how they control their nerves during the test) and, therefore, not necessarily the quality of their driving instructor.