It took me five attempts to pass. What's your question?
I don't think cleverness has anything to do with it. Just think of some of the celebrities who can drive.
Brightest chap I know (well, at least academically speaking) took either 6 or 8 attempts.
It's just common sense and a lot of practice.
It's just a matter of staying calm. I don't think intelligence comes into it. My friend (who isn't intelligent, sorry if that sounds horrible!) passed first time.
I passed on the third attempt on Friday the 13th 2005
I got reasonably good grades and am considered clever (in MENSA etc.) but I failed really badly first time; passed second time though. Some people in my school who are not the brightest of sparks passed first time after failing their theory test one or more times..
It's about co-ordination, not academic ability.
Just like there are some thickos who are brilliant at sports, but can't write a coherent essay to save their lives. Completely different skills are used.
I think luck plays a huge part in whether you pass your test, i mean, you cant control what jumps out at you on the road can you?
It's not really about what happens, it's how you deal with it that will pass or fail your test.