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# Test centre past rates Watch

1. What driving test centres in London have the highest past rates??

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2. You cannot go by pass rates for a particular centre or instructor

For example a test centre may have a pass rate of 50% which is half of all tests taken but is that everyone passing 2nd time ????

12 tests =3 pass 1st time + 3 pass 3rd time
12 tests = 4 pass 1st time + 2 pass 4th time
12 tests = 0 pass 1st time + 6 pass 2nd time

If all an instructors pupils pass eventually then that is a 100% pass rate
3. Pass rates are also an indication what what proportion of competent condidates vs incompetent candidates attempt their test there. This proportion is largely determined by the local demographic.

If you are an incompetent taking a test at a high pass rate centre, you'll still fail. If you are competent and take your test with a dreadful pass rate, you'll pass.

In other words, the chosen centre doesn't make any difference, only you do.
4. Basically, you could have a pass rate off 68% (This means you have a 68% chance of passing). The test centre pass rate is how many learners pass that take their test there. If this is low, say 41%, it doesn't mean you have a 41% chance of passing, it just means that 41% of people pass that take their test there, this could be down to the instructors not being great, the roads being busy, the weather being bad, anything
Pass rates are also an indication what what proportion of competent condidates vs incompetent candidates attempt their test there. This proportion is largely determined by the local demographic.

If you are an incompetent taking a test at a high pass rate centre, you'll still fail. If you are competent and take your test with a dreadful pass rate, you'll pass.

In other words, the chosen centre doesn't make any difference, only you do.
Whilst this is largely true, some centres definitely are easier than others.
6. Undoubtedly some centres are easier than others, but generally the rule is the busier the area the lower the pass rate. If you are taking it in Barnet during rush hour you are clearly going to have less chance of passing than if you take it in South Uist at 10AM. This is mainly due to the sheer number of cars that you will come up against. More cars and pedestrians on the road with you means that it is harder to not make somebody brake, get to 4th gear, and do all of your manouevres effectively...
7. Some centres always do certain maneuvers too. Mine always did bay park, which worked well for me
8. (Original post by nexttime)
Some centres always do certain maneuvers too. Mine always did bay park, which worked well for me
You may well have had bay park more than once by coincidence, but this is certainly not down to the preference of a centre. Each examiner at each centre has to do all manoeuvres equally over a period of time. The only exception to this is the omission of bay park altogether at centres without a car park with clearly lined bays.
9. (Original post by nexttime)
Some centres always do certain maneuvers too. Mine always did bay park, which worked well for me
My centre doesn't do that for some reason. My instructor didn't even bother teaching it!

Updated: July 24, 2012
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