Barrow-in-Furness, also in Cumbria, had the second highest first time pass rate (66%) in 2015/2016, according to data analysis by The Car People.
There’s up to a 40% difference in first time pass rates between major towns, with only 28% of learners passing their test first time in Belvedere, London.
Best places to pass your test first time
|Test Centre||% first time pass rate|
|Kendal (Oxenholme Road), Cumbria||67.8|
|Barrow In Furness, Cumbria||66.6|
|Ashton Under Lyne, Greater Manchester||66|
|Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire||63.3|
|Malton, North Yorkshire||62.9|
Of course, passing your test is all down to your knowledge, skill and plenty of practice, but it’s clear to see that the busier the town/city, the lower the pass rate.
That said, the amount of people passing their test with zero faults has doubled in nine years.
Overall, a total of 1,252,871 tests were taken in 2016/2017 – and 52.8% of these were failed.
Top 10 places with the lowest first time pass rate
|Test centre||% first time pass rate|
|Cheetham Hill, Manchester||30.5|
|South Yardley, Birmingham||31.8|
|Leeds, West Yorkshire||33.7|
|Garston (Liverpool), Merseyside||34.1|
|Salford (Fire Station), Manchester||35.0|