August 30 2012.

The test and instructor statistics are derived from data held by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), which administers the driving test and training schemes in Great Britain.

General trends
There are a number of factors that affect how many tests are conducted: common ones are the economic climate influencing candidate behaviour; changes in the testing regime generating surges in tests; and weather conditions at each test centre. In general, the number of tests conducted in December through to February each year is lower than the other months. This is because the weather is often worse during these months, lowering the demand for tests, and
reducing the number of tests that are conducted. This leads to a redistribution of tests in the following months.

Practical motorcycle tests (Module 1 and 2)
There were 18,057 Module 1 motorcycle tests in quarter 1 2012/13. This represents a 3.5 per cent fall compared to the same quarter in 2011/12.

The number of Module 2 tests taken was 16,800, a 2.7 per cent increase over the same period.

Over 87 per cent of all Module 1 motorcycle tests since April 2009 have been undertaken by men. This rises to 91 per cent of all Module 2 tests.

The pass rate for Module 1 increased 1.9 percentage points to 72 per cent while the Module 2 pass rate fell by 0.8 percentage points to 68.1 per cent in quarter 1 2012/13 compared to the same quarter in 2011/12.

The female pass rate for Module 1 tests remained static when compared to quarter 1 in the previous year, however the Module 2 female pass rate fell by 2.6 percentage points to 65.3 per cent in the same time frame.

The male pass rate for Module 1 increased by 2.2 percentage points to 74.3 per cent in quarter 1 2012/13 compared to the same quarter in the previous year. For Module 2, the male pass rate fell by 0.6 percentage points to 68.4 per cent over this period.

Compulsory basic test (CBT) instructors also undergo check tests. Of the 151 tests undertaken during the quarter, 124 (82%) resulted in a satisfactory marking.

23 new approved off-road CBT sites were approved in Great Britain in this quarter. Overall there has been a decrease in the number of sites since quarter 1 2011/12 from 1,524 to 1,493.