Driving Test – Practical Pass Rates for 2016
To understand the statistics produced by the department for transport you would need to sit and look at a rather large spreadsheet.
Have you ever read a government statistical spreadsheet?
Fascinating as it is, easy to compress into summarised information, it isn’t. At DIA Insurance, we thought you might like a more digestible way of understanding some of the major statistics of the national trends for practical pass rates last year.
When broken down, this information opens a whole avenue of conversation about pass rates, the difference in urban to rural driving experience and why exactly are male drivers of Golspie in Scotland, so good at passing their practical test first time?
So let us save you the eye strain of reading the spreadsheet and delve a bit deeper into the driving test practical pass rates across the UK for 2016.
National practical pass rate figures by gender 2016
National distribution of practical test centres in the UK
Of the 338 national practical test centres;
240 are in England (71%)
75 are in Scotland (22%)
23 are in Wales (7%)
So does the distribution match the population?
According to the office for national statistics, the population of the UK (released in June 2016) was broken down as follows:
UK population (minus Northern Ireland) was 63,258,400.
Of that number, England’s population was estimated at 54,786,300 which accounts for 86.6% of the population.
The population of Scotland was estimated at 5,373,000 which accounts for 8.4% of the population.
Wales comes in at 3,099,100 which makes up the remaining 5% of the population.
Initial figures show Scotland to have a far higher proportion of test centres per capita but the geographic landscape of Scotland with it’s 790 island landscape would lend itself to this.
Both England and Wales fall short of an equal geographic proportion of test centres.
Breaking this down further will be considered for future publication.
Pass rates by country
Overall Scotland came out on top for the national average with a rate of 57.1%.
This was followed by Wales at 54.1%.
England came in 3rd at 48.3%
The highs and lows
Figures published are based on individually published test centre results and may differ from the governments own summary sheet which concludes with the following disclaimer:
“Please note the table above summarises the information contained within each worksheet. There may be circumstances where this information will not match the information published as Official Statistics due to the relevant reports being run on different dates. As the difference is negligible it is considered an acceptable variance.”
The figures published did not include the results for Northern Ireland.
* Actual calculation discrepancies are a total of 371 (0.03%) Government summary sheet reports a statistic of 1,252,871 tests taken nationally compared to individual test centre numbers totalling 1,252,500.
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