Is the Theory test getting harder in the UK? Shocking new pass rate stats

Matthew Wojciow

New statistics have found that the theory test pass rate has fallen to its lowest level in over the last ten years.

The pass rate of the theory test has fallen by a quarter over the last decade. It has also been proven by the Department of Transport that women were more likely to pass their theory test than men, as found by the Sunday Times.

We will look at how the test has changed over the last decade to decipher why pass rates have plummeted and some tips to help you pass the test.

Theory test timeline

Here is a timeline for what has changed in the theory test over the last 10 years:

Edmund King, President of the AA said that: “Some people assume you can pass the theory test with a few lessons and a bit of common sense but you can’t. Some of the questions are actually quite obscure. “ King then went on to add, “The test is obviously very necessary but perhaps part of it could be a bit more mainstream and relevant to the reality of driving.” King also gave an example of these more obscure questions: “Following a collision, someone has suffered a burn. The burn needs to be cooled. What’s the shortest time it should be cooled for?”

The obscure questions could be one of the reasons as why the pass rates have dropped by 20% in just 10 years.

Here are some of our tips to help you get through the theory test:

  • Check your answers and revisit tricky questions
  • Get a good nights sleep
  • Get yourself a revision schedule
  • Be in the right frame of mind

For more tips on taking the theory test, click here

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