As we are now in January 2021, I’ve taken the opportunity to update the statistics of practical tests covering every test taken in my car since I started recording driving test results (in 2012).
My overall pass rate is now 73% (i.e. 73% of all tests undertaken in my car between 2012-2020, by learners taking all their lessons with me, resulted in a pass). This rate reduces to 63% when including learners who took their test with me but had most of their lessons with another instructor (and, in some cases, had already taken a test before starting lessons with me). This compares to the national average of just 46% (from DVSA stats published for the year ending March 2018).
In addition, just over 77% of learners who passed their test after taking all their lessons with me passed first time and 22% passed on their second attempt (with 1% of learners requiring more than two attempts). The pass rate is slightly lower for learners who learned to drive with other instructors first or even took a test before starting lessons with me (62% of those that passed did it on their first attempt and 22% on their second attempt).
Please be aware that the result of a driving test reflects the performance of a learner’s driving in test conditions. Some learners, who drive well in their lessons, find it difficult to cope with their nerves when being scrutinised by an examiner and, occasionally, some learners have taken a test before they are ready (against my advice).
Finally, do be careful when looking to compare my pass rate with other instructors. I keep accurate records and update a published position every year. However, while many instructors may tell you that they have an “excellent pass rate” or a “high rate rate”, I have never seen any other instructor publish their actual pass rate.