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The Best and Worst Places to Take a Driving Test

Posted in General News on Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

The current social distancing measures mean that many learner drivers are keen to get out onto the road and pass their driving test as soon as possible. With this in mind, the car insurance comparison site,, has compiled a report to show which UK test centres have the highest first time pass rates. The company’s research reveals that Llandrindod Wells in Powys, Wales is the test centre with the highest first-time pass rate as 76.3%, or three in every four of the candidates taking their test here pass first time. The test centre in the Scottish market town of Crieff comes a close second on this list with a first-time pass rate of 74.5%. The test centre with the next highest first-time pass rate is the Ballater test centre in Aberdeenshire which has a first-time pass rate of 72%.

Some of England’s larger cities can be difficult to drive around even for some of the most experienced drivers and for that reason certain test centres in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Bedfordshire and Leicester are amongst those with the lowest first-time pass rates. Of these test centres, the Pavillion test centre in Birmingham has the lowest past rate as only 29.3% of the candidates taking their test here pass it on their first attempt. Next on this list is the South Yardley test centre which is also in Birmingham, this centre as a first-time pass rate of just 32.2%. The driving test centre with the third lowest first-time pass rate is the Erith test centre in London as again just over 32% of the candidates taking their test here pass it first time. Matt Oliver from said: "Preparation is always the key when it comes to tackling any challenge. But there's no harm in looking at extra ways to boost your chances, and choosing a quieter route can keep your nerves at a minimum. The most common reason for failure in driving tests is responding incorrectly at lights. At busy junctions, it's easy to lose your concentration when surrounded by different distractions - choosing a quieter location is a good way to limit this risk. To make sure you're prepared, try to practise in a variety of conditions. Once you've chosen your test centre, drive the routes as often as possible, so you can get used to the trickier roads."

If you would like to read the full report you can do this by visiting        

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