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New research claims Theory Test is tougher than ever

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The number of learner drivers passing the Theory Test is the lowest it’s been in over a decade, sparking the debate that the Theory Test is tougher now than it’s ever been.

The DfT (Department for Transport) most recent statistics show that the Theory Test pass rates have been declining from a 68% pass rate in 2008/2009, to only 47.4% in 2018/2019. 

The statistics also show that women are more likely to pass. The DfT reports 49% of women passed, as opposed to only 45% of men.

In addition, the number of Theory Tests that have been taken is also declining. 

From October 2017 to September 2018, there were 1.7 million UNIQUE Theory Test candidates for car, bike and trainee ADI. However, this figure has dropped to 1.34 million for 2018/2019.

And, new research from MoneySupermarket, based on a survey of 2,800 UK drivers, claims that only 4 in 10 British drivers (that’s 43%) think they would pass the Theory Test if they were to take it now.

According to the survey, men were confident and were able to answer more correct sample questions.

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These new statistics prove just how difficult the Theory Test has become compared to years ago. 

For instance, in 2007, the multiple choice questions increased from 35 to 50, and in 2012 the answers to the test stopped being available online to stop learners memorising them.

This latest news is concerning, especially if you’re looking to sit the Theory Test, but backs up our advice that you MUST prepare, revise, and practice!  

Getting the best Theory Test revision

The DVSA has a database of over 1,100 questions, and while it would be a perfect solution for you to know all the answers, it’s far more realistic that you understand the sorts of questions you’ll be asked. 

Our Car Theory and Hazard Perception Revision Anytime Online Training can provide you with ALL the revision practice you could need to make sure you’re giving the correct answers as it contains the licensed DVSA questions.

It’s a complete solution that not only prepares you for the multiple choice questions, but there are also over 700 interactive Hazard Perception clips; allowing you to take an unlimited amount of mock tests for both.

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Lisa Carnwell
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