Data published by the DSA shows that a higher proportion of male candidates pass the practical driving test than is the case for females (motoring.co.uk).
In the period April 2012 to March 2013, of the 682,699 males who took the test, 345,599 (50.6%) met the required standard. In contrast, while 753,774 women took the test only 331,653 (44%) passed.
The combined male/female pass rate was 47.1% – fractionally higher than the previous 12-month period.
The pass rate for the youngest drivers, irrespective of gender, was higher than for other age groups.
50.7% of drivers aged 17-19 yrs passed the test. In contrast, 45.8% of candidates in their twenties met the standard and the thirty-plus pass rate was 38.8%. For candidates in their forties and fifties, the pass rates were 35.6% and 32.8% respectively.
Other statistics published by the DSA include the pass rate for first time candidates and by ethnicity of candidate.
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