RANKED: The EASIEST place to sit your driving test on Tyneside
You’re more likely to fail your test than pass on Tyneside
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Everyone remembers the day they took their driving test.
Then some remember the time they took their second, and their third, and their fourth, and so on.
Some drivers take to life on the road like a duck to water and others struggle to feel comfortable behind the wheel.
Across Tyneside, there's always debate as to which of the region's four test centres is easiest to pass at.
NewcastleWorld crunches the figures for driving tests taken between April and September 2021 to find out, where is the easiest place on Tyneside to take your driving test?
The hardest place to take your driving test on Tyneside is at the Elswick test centre.
Between April and September last year, 1,095 hopeful drivers passed out of a total of 2,476, meaning a lowly pass rate of 44.2%
The easiest centre on Tyneside is over in Gosforth where 1,652 out of 3,326 hopefuls passed.
In between the two are Gateshead with a 45.3% rate and South Shields with 48.4%.
It means, wherever you take your test on Tyneside, you’re more likely to fail than pass.
If you really are looking for an easy pass in the North East, it might be worth making the trip up to Northumberland.
The Alnwick test centre boasts the highest pass rate across the wider region.
Only 525 people took their tests in that period, but 341 passed, meaning a 65% pass rate.
That also makes Alnwick the 37th easiest place to pass in the UK.
The coronavirus pandemic severely hampered the number of tests carried out.
In the 12 months to March 2021, just under 440,000 tests were conducted, with half of drivers (217,000) passing, according to data sourced from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.
The most recent figures available for this year, covering the six months from April to September 2021, shows a big increase in the volume of tests carried out.
Some 700,000 tests were completed, again with about half (350,000) of drivers passing.
A Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency spokesperson said: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone through a lifetime of safe driving.
“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 standard and the result of their test is entirely dependent on their performance on the day.”