New app to boost theory test pass rate

The AA Driving School has a launched a new app to help more learners pass the theory test. Right now, the theory test pass rate has never been lower. In 2022/23 just 44.2% of tests end in a pass, down from 65.4% in 2007/08. The new app contains more than 700 theory test questions and extensive hazard perception clips.

There’s also a flash-card feature for quick-fire revision questions. Content can be accessed even when you are offline, and there are timed mock tests so you can check you’re ready for the real thing. Camilla Benitz, AA Driving School managing director, said: “The theory test pass rate went up briefly during the pandemic when fewer people were taking it but it’s now lower than ever.

“Learners face enough challenges as it is at the moment with the driving test backlog. We don’t want the theory test to be another hurdle for them which is why we’ve created our new app.

“The fact so many qualified drivers also struggle with important elements of driving theory such as road signs and stopping distances just shows it takes revision and practice to get to grips with the questions and the hazard perception.”

FirstCar’s TikTok presenter, Keanan Lloyd-Adams, is a big fan of using apps to improve skills and learn the theory of driving: “My generation always has access to a phone now so using an app to pass your theory test is a great way to get your revision done – it’s the best way I can think of.

“My own experience, and from what I see on social media, learning to drive is a really key moment in your life when you turn from a child to an adult. Crucially, when you pass your test you have other lives in your hands, which is a huge responsibility.

“Making sure you really know your theory is an important first step to becoming, and staying, safe behind the wheel.”

The AA Driving Theory app is available for both Apple and Android phones, priced at £4.99.

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