Women have a higher pass rate in the theory test, while men have a higher rate of success in the practical test, according to the latest Department for Transport driver and rider testing and instructor statistics.
The latest figures show that between April 2018 and March 2019, 1,787,773 car theory and 1,664,219 car practical tests were conducted. This is a fall of 5% and 3% respectively from the previous year.
The pass rate for 2018/19 was 47.3% for the theory test, down 1.4% from last year and 45.8% for practical tests, a change of -0.5%.
Over all types of vehicle, there were 2,015,624 theory tests and 1,866,908 practical tests.
The female pass rate for the theory test was 49% compared to the male rate of 46%. However it’s the other way round in the practical test, with 50% of men passing and 42% of women. Men had a higher pass rate than women at every attempt.
As of 31 March 2019, there were 39,710 ADIs on the statutory register, which is an increase of 1.2% compared to March 2018. There are also 2,252 approved CBT motorcycle instructors, a decrease of 6.6% from the previous March.
Prospective driving instructors must pass all three parts of the ADI test to be approved and registered. There was a large peak in ADI theory tests around 2009. This may have been due to individuals considering a career change during the recession.
The number of people applying to be an ADI followed a downward pattern until 2013, where a slight upturn for theory and practical tests began and has continued.
During January to March 2018, ADI tests increased compared with the same period in 2017. This might be attributed to the improvement of the ADI part 2 test and ADI part 3 test, from 23 December 2017.
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