Clifden has Ireland’s highest pass rate for the driving test

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If you’re taking your learner driver taking your driving test, it’s best to head west as Clifden test centre has the highest pass rate in the country by a wide margin.

The pass rate at Clifden was 77.31% in the first ten months of this year, 15% higher than the next best test centre at Newcastle, Limerick.

Data from the RSA released to shows that the majority of the best results were in the west, with Galway taking another spot on the top ten centres with a 60.44% pass rate at Tuam.

Overall the majority of drivers who sat their car test at one of the RSA’s 48 test centres between January and October failed this year.

Only 49.23% of people taking their car test in those ten months passed, but when you include those taking all kinds of driving test including motorcycle, bus, truck, the pass rate climbs to 52.4% across 49 test centres.

The top ten test centres by pass rate were:

  • Clifden, Galway (77.31%)
  • Newcastle, Limerick (62.34)
  • Donegal town (61.28%)
  • Tuam, Galway (60.44%)
  • Ennis, Clare (59.23%)
  • Buncrana, Donegal (59.07%)
  • Monaghan town (58.56%)
  • Cavan town (58.04%)
  • Roscommon town (57.98%)
  • Mallow, Cork (57.37%)

When looking at lower end of the scale the majority of the worst performing test centres were in Leinster.

Of the four test centres in Dublin, just one at Tallaght escaped positioning on the worst ten pass rates in the country.

Overall however just 18 of 48 test centres had failure rates of over half of learner sitting there driving test.

The test centres with the lowest pass rates for learner driver from January – October were:

  • Shannon, Clare (47.40%)
  • Letterkenny, Donegal (47.21%)
  • Dundalk, Louth (46.01%)
  • Athlone, Westmeath (45.02%)
  • Churchtown, Dublin (42.87%)
  • Clonmel, Tipperary (41.60%)
  • Finglas, Dublin (40.17%)
  • Raheny, Dublin (38.25%)
  • Kilkenny town (37.92%)
  • Kilrush, Clare (34.94%)

Of those 30 test centres with a majority pass rate in the first ten months of the year, just seven were in Leinster.

In contrast the best performing test centres were mostly located in the west and north of Ireland.