Nobody wants to make their road test any harder than it already is, but is there such a thing as an “easy” place to pass your test? Are some test centres automatically harder to impress than others?

Although we’d like to think all test centres are equal, it’s true that the failure rates of Ontario test centres can vary wildly.

If you’re a little bit worried about your test, and nervous when getting behind the wheel, you might be tempted to look for the easiest place to pass and book your test there.

But how do you find out where that is?

Ask around

It’s likely that many of your friends have already taken their test and these are the best people to ask first.

When I was at college, there were many stories doing the rounds about which were the easiest test centres, and conversely, which ones were an absolute nightmare.

The horror stories for one test centre were terrifying.

For one thing, the roads in that area were particularly difficult.

Lots of parked cars, hidden side roads, terrible junctions to navigate, it all added up to a stress-filled time for anyone doing the test.

Also, the examiners had a reputation for being extremely quick to hand out a fail for the slightest rule infringement.

Some would complain that they went beyond that and were especially nasty to the drivers, not putting them at ease at all, instead instilling fear and loathing in them.

Interestingly, this centre had the shortest waiting list, so, after I’d failed my test at one of the apparent easier centres, I booked my second test at this ‘difficult’ one.

I passed.

So maybe we should take what others say with a pinch of salt?

The stats don’t lie

Luckily, we can do a bit of research and find out which centres fail the most people, and therefore deduce whether we’re likely to be making things a little difficult for ourselves by going there.

Luckily for us, APNA Toronto has done all the number crunching here:

And it makes for quite shocking reading!

The difference between the lowest and highest failure rates is astonishing.

For example, here are the lowest and highest rated test centres for failures in Ontario:

As you can see, the centre with the lowest failure rate is Kenora with 7%, and the highest is Brampton with 53%!

We could argue why this is so for hours, and still not get a satisfactory answer, but it does show that not all test centres are the same.

It also shows that you should check your local centre on the table before booking, and take their rate into account!

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