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Driving Test Pass Rates Revealed: How UK’s Learners Performed in Q2 2021/22

DVSA Pass Rates Revealed: July-September 2021

If you’re learning to drive (or simply just a sucker for stats), it’s the perfect day for a spot of light reading. Why? Because new driving test stats just dropped! Today we’ll learn the theory and practical driving test pass rates from July–September 2021.

Buckled up? Let’s get going…


The latest practical driving test figures

Practical test

The DVSA has revealed that 401,365 driving tests were taken between July and September 2021. This sounds like a mahoosive number and is the highest number of tests taken during a financial year quarter since lockdown was lifted. But things are never that simple when learning to drive in Britain…

Although numbers are looking up, the DVSA is still feeling the aftershocks of lockdown and the number of tests taken still hasn’t reached pre-pandemic levels. During the same quarter in 2019 (before covid popped off), test centres conducted 407,671 driving tests — 1.5% more than the same period in 2021.

Fingers crossed these numbers continue to move in the right direction and we can all leave the ‘Great Test Backlog’ firmly in the past.

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Practical Driving Test Pass Rates Q2 2021-2022

Now for the number we’ve all been waiting for — the practical test pass rate.

The practical test pass rate in the UK typically hovers around 46% but rocketed up to nearly 56% during lockdown.

We’ll never know for sure, but we can probably put this increase down to quieter roads and the fact that anybody sitting the test had gone through a lengthy application process to get an emergency test. If you were one of the lucky 7,600 people to be approved for a test during lockdown, wouldn’t you also make sure you were 1,000,000% ready for it?

Anyway, bringing it back to 2021 — between July and September, the practical test pass rate was 49.6%. Sadly, those lockdown pass rates didn’t stick around after restrictions eased, but they’re still up when compared to the same period in 2019 by a healthy 3.4%.

Maybe lockdown has made those surly test examiners go a bit soft?!

Sitting your test soon? Help give that pass rate a push in the right direction and learn from the mistakes others make — these are the 10 most common reasons for failing a driving test.


The latest driving theory test figuresMortarboard and scroll cartoon

Don’t let the theory put the fear into you — we’ve done some digging to help you know what you’re up against. Here’s everything you need to know…

Although the DVSA hasn’t announced the Q2 driving theory test pass rates just yet, they’ve given us all the stats up to Q1. So when you compare those to the practical test figures from earlier, you can have a fairly good guess at the Q2 figures.

Before the pandemic, around 400,000–500,000 theory tests were carried out every quarter. But, during the main lockdowns, a measly 9,300 went ahead…

Once theory test centres reopened, Q1 2021–22 (April–June 2021) saw a larger statistical spike than a ‘box-sets watched over lockdown’ chart. A whopping 733,543 tests were carried out and we can expect to see more of the same in Q2.

So, don’t hang around if you need to sit your theory test ASAP — book a fast-tracked test and skip the queue!

Driving Theory Test Pass Rate Q2 2021-2022

Sadly, the DVSA hasn’t released pass rates for theory tests in Q2 yet, but the Q1 stats are looking rosy for UK learners.

The theory pass rate typically hovers just below 50% but, just like the practical tests, that flew right up to 59% during lockdown. It looks like anybody sitting the test in 2020 made use of the extra time indoors by getting stuck into some extra revision!

Things are balancing out now, though, with the latest theory test pass rates (up to June ’21) coming in at 54%. If I was a betting person, then I’d guess this number will continue to drop before balancing out around 48–49% like it was pre-pandemic. But I’d love to be proven wrong!

When revising for the theory test, start with the Highway Code, which provides vital road information and rules. Some of the best resources out there are the official DVSA handbook and the AA theory test book. They both contain official DVSA questions with answers, so get stuck in — they could show up on your test!


That’s all you need to know about the current driving test situation! The backlog is (very) gradually reducing, but demand is still at the highest we’ve ever seen. If you want to pass sooner rather than later, then right now is the perfect time to book your fast-tracked driving course.

PassMeFast is your faster route to driving — just give us a bell on 0333 123 4949 or book online and we’ll get you on the road ASAP.

By Sam Plant

Sam spent the first 2 years of his PassMeFast career with the Customer Experience team, and now he’s sharing his driving experience with the rest of the world! When not writing, you can find Sam reading, playing games, or following Port Vale.

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