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How hard is it to pass your driving test in Wanstead?

PUBLISHED: 17:06 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:06 19 July 2018

Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency show just 33per cent of all learners passed their practical test there between April 2017 and March 2018. Photo: Ken Mears

Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency show just 33per cent of all learners passed their practical test there between April 2017 and March 2018. Photo: Ken Mears

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Wanstead test centre is one of the hardest places to pass your driving test in the country.

Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency show just 33per cent of all learners passed their practical test there between April 2017 and March 2018.

The average pass rate for test centres across Great Britain was 46pc, with the highest pass rate in Golspie, in the Scottish Highlands, where 77pc of new drivers received 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. The toughest place to pass was The Pavilion test centre, in Birmingham, where 30.2pc of learner drivers got their licence.

Wanstead test centre conducted 12,888 tests over 2017-18 and 4,304 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 Wanstead test centre 36.8pc gained their licence compared to 29.8pc of women.

On December 4 last year 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 your windows while driving. However the new test does not seem to have bothered rookie drivers. In April 2017, under the old test, the pass rate was 31.3pc, less than the rate in March 2018, in the new test.

The data also shows that 32pc of people taking their test for the first time managed to pass, with 34 learners succeeding first time with no minor faults. Drivers taking the test can pass with up to 15 minor faults, such as not checking your mirror at the right time.

DVSA deputy chief driving examiner, Gordon Witherspoon, said: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone through a lifetime of 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 expect candidates and instructors to become more familiar with the new test and well continue to monitor the impact of the changes.”

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