Driving instructors and pupils alike often share a theory that driving test examiners have a certain number of people to pass and a certain number of people to fail on the day of their driving test. This, if true, is an outrageous claim. Imagine for a moment that the 30th pupil presented for the driving test was a perfect driver and the examiner has already passed his maximum allowance of passes for the month!
That would be a shocking scenario.
I am reliably informed that the reality of the situation has similarities to that but is performed in a much more fair way.
How it is reported to really be is that each examiners pass rate in the test center is compared with all the others and if there seems to be a big difference, then questions are raised to the reliability of the examiner in question – are they being too strict or too lenient, which causes the variance.
I would guess that this, although a good idea in theory, would present it’s own temptations which may come close to the example above, or at least put the examiners under pressure to ‘play the game’.