From personal experience with driving schools, I saw that the incentives are not aligned to provide students with the best learning experience.
Schools are forced to choose between providing more dedicated support or accommodating more students - this creates a push for increasingly lower prices.
Tools like this one, allow schools to highlight their quality and enable students to make better decisions.
This application allows you visualise the IMT approval rates on a map in three steps:
If you know the school name, you can also search directly.
From 2015 to 2021, including all categories (driving, motorcycle, etc.) and only first-time passes. The approval rate is the number of approved exams over the total number of exams done.
The Portuguese law says that (decreto-lei n.º 14/2014, de 18 de março) IMT should publish approval rates regularly. Since the initial publication in 2015, these data have not been updated, despite freedom of information acts and a complaint to the Ombudsman.
During the year 2021, the data were finally made public, making initiatives like this one possible.
For a matter of transparency and reproducibility, we have published the code used to extract the data in open-source format:
To make initiatives like this one easier, the approval rates can be imported into a Jupyter Notebook: