Where is the hardest place to pass your driving test in the UK?
I’m afraid we’ve got some bad news for you Brummies. The Pavilion Test Centre in Birmingham has been named as the UK’s hardest driving centre, with the worst pass rates in the whole of the UK.
Now might be a good time to tell you that private driving practice can help improve your chances of passing first time…you’re gonna need all the help you can get.
The test centre, just outside of the city centre, has a pass rate of just 28.9%. That is almost 20% lower than the national average. Women had a particularly hard time in the Pavilion, with less than one in four passing their test.
Where is the easiest place to pass your driving test in the UK?
Okay that’s enough of the doom and gloom. Let’s talk about the easiest place to pass your driving test in the UK. Drum roll please…
The easiest driving test centre in the UK with the highest pass rate is….the Isle of Mull!
Yeah we had to look up where it is too, so we’ll save you the hassle. The Isle of Mull is a beautiful little island just off the West coast of Scotland. Their driving test centre pass rate is a whopping 91.7%.
Inveraray took a close second place with a pass rate of 91.2%. In fact, 17 of the top 20 driving test centres were all situated in rural Scottish areas. Maybe it’s the incredibly quiet roads, or maybe there’s something in the water. That’ll have to be an investigation for another day.
The hardest places to pass your driving test
- Birmingham (The Pavilion) – 28.9%
- Rochdale (Manchester) – 31.1%
- Carlisle LGV – 31.5%
- Erith (London) – 31.6%
- Birmingham (South Yardley) – 32.2%
- National Driving Centre (Croydon) – 33.3%
- Speke (Liverpool) – 33.5%
- Leeds – 33.9%
- Wanstead (London) – 33.9%
- Birmingham (Kingstanding) – 35.1%
- Bury (Manchester) – 35.4%
- Birmingham (Sutton Coldfield) – 35.4%
- Wednesbury – 35.8%
- Belvedere (London) – 36.3%
- Wolverhampton – 36.5%
- Stoke-On-Trent (Cobridge) – 37.1%
- Luton – 37.3%
- Hayes (London) – 37.4%
- Cheetham Hill (Manchester) – 37.5%
- Barking (Tanner Street) – 38.1%
The easiest places to pass your driving test
- Isle of Mull – 91.7%
- Inveraray – 91.2%
- Isles of Scilly – 83.3%
- Mallaig – 83.3%
- Pitlochry – 82.8%
- Isle of Tiree – 80.0%
- Campbeltown – 78.9%
- Islay Island – 77.4%
- Lochgilphead – 77.3%
- Ballater – 76.2%
- Arbroath – 75.0%
- Golspie – 72.7%
- Grantown-On-Spey – 71.1%
- Ullapool – 69.0%
- Montrose – 68.9%
- Forfar – 68.6%
- Orkney – 68.5%
- Llandrindod Wells – 67.7%
- Malton – 67.3%
- Duns – 67.2%
Driving test centre pass rates in cities
So, generally speaking where are the hardest places to pass your driving test in the UK? Unsurprisingly, people living in cities, it’s not an easy ride for you. If you take your test in a built-up area, your chances of passing go down.
National average (45.9%)
Before you go into panic mode, city drivers, we have some good news for you; things are looking up. In 2017, Cardiff was the only city to beat the national average with a pass rate of 52.8%. But last year Cardiff was joined by Bristol (47.2%), Nottingham (48.7%) and Swansea (52.5%) as cities with above average pass rates.