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The Easiest & Hardest Motorcycle Test Centres in the UK

Want to pass your motorcycle test? You may be best staying away from London and other big cities!

That’s according to new research from, who have analysed the pass rates for all UK test centres to find out where you’re most likely to get a pass.

They found that while the national average pass rate was 71.6%, just 58.3% passed at the Shieldhall test centre in Glasgow, the lowest in the country.

London test centres also fared badly, with just 62.7% of applicants passing in Enfield, 63.6% in Erith and 64.3% in Uxbridge, where people are more likely to make use of public transport.

The map was pulled together by looking at statistics from the DVSA and looked at pass rates for both modules of the test, as well as a combined average.

Other test centres with low overall pass rates included Basildon (62%), Darlington (63.9%), Gloucester (65.3%), Newport (66.6%), Atherton in Manchester (67.7%) and Cardington (67.7%).

On the other hand, more rural test centres saw some of the highest pass rates, suggesting that it’s easier to pass the test when there’s less congestion.

The centre which saw the most passes was in Stornoway, in the Outer Hebrides, with a pass rate of 88.1%, with other centres in Scotland such as Lerwick (83.7%), Dundee (78.1%) and Aberdeen South (77.6%) all performing well.

When compared with the tougher test centres, this means that there’s a difference of almost 30% depending on where you take your test!

There also seems to be something of a north/south split, with those in the south generally struggling to pass compared to those further north.

It makes sense that pass rates would be lower in built-up areas, with various factors such as the extra traffic, more complex road networks and increased pressure all probably contributing.

The motorcycle test costs £62 to take, so you can see why it’s so important to pass first time!

The Government have planned some changes to the test, which hasn’t been updated for 15 years, which aim to improve the standard or training and ultimately, raise the pass rate.

Of course, while this does show that location does have an impact upon how likely you are to pass the test, it ultimately comes down to the strength of the candidate.

Click here to see the research for yourself, including how things break down for each of the modules on the test.