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Published at 3:52pm 24th April 2019. (Updated at 6:31am 25th April 2019)

Dorchester test centre is one of the easiest places to pass your driving test in the country, according to the latest data.

  • 62% of all learners passed their test there between April and December last year.
  • Rural areas tend to have a higher pass rate than urban areas.
  • The test has recently updated to include sat-navs  break checks and demisting.

Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency show 62% of all learners passed their practical test there between April and December 2018.

The average pass rate for test centres across Great Britain was 46%.

The Pavilion, in Birmingham, was the toughest test centre, with 30% of drivers successfully getting their licences.

Overall built up urban areas tended to have lower pass rates, while at quieter rural test centres learners appeared to find the exam easier. Inveraray, in Scotland, has the highest pass rate, with 85%.

Dorchester test centre conducted 3,216 tests over the nine-month period and 1,995 people passed.

Historically men have paid more for car insurance than women as they have more accidents. But the figures show they have a higher pass rate.

At Dorchester test centre, 64.7% gained their licence compared to 59.7% of women.

Changing the test

Just over a year ago, the driving test was changed, with many observers saying the new test is tougher than the old one.

Learners now must navigate for 20 minutes using a sat-nav, and explain how to test the brakes, clean the windscreen and demist their windows while driving. And rookie drivers do seem to be finding it harder at Dorchester test centre. In November 2018, the pass rate was 61.9%, compared with a pass rate of 65% in November 2017, under the old test.

Photo of learner plate
Photo of learner plate

First time passes 

Data from the 2017-18 financial year shows the number of first time passes.

At Dorchester test centre, 64.6% of people taking their test for the first time passed, with 65 learners succeeding first time with no minor faults.

Drivers taking the test can pass with up to 15 minor faults, such as not checking their mirrors at the right time.

DVSA chief driving examiner, Mark Winn, said: "The driver testing and training regime tests candidates’ ability to drive safely and responsibly as well as making sure they know the theory behind safe driving.

"All candidates are assessed to the same level and the result of their test is entirely dependent on their performance on the day.

"We constantly monitor our examiner’s performance so they conduct and assess driving tests in accordance with the standards set. This includes the supervision of live tests."

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