Woman, 69, passes her driving test on 960th attempt after spending £11,000

A 69-year-old woman who took her driving test five days a week for three years finally passed after her 960th attempt.

Cha Sa-soon, from Jeonju, 130 miles south of Seoul, South Korea, first attempted the written test in April 2005 and after failing it for the first time, she went on to tally up 780 attempts.

The Mirror reported that she later started taking the test only twice a week until she finally passed – before having to move on to the practical test.

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She passed the driving test after trying 10 times – meaning she went through 960 exams in total before she finally got her licence.

According to reports, she forked out almost €12,500 (£11,000) to secure her driving licence and she didn't give up because she needed to drive for her vegetable-selling business.

Her driving instructor at Jeonbuk Driving School said he felt relieved when Cha Sa-soon finally got the licence.

He said: "When she finally got her licence, we all went out cheering and hugged her, giving her flowers."

"It felt like a huge burden falling off our backs. We hadn't had the guts to tell her to quit because she kept showing up."

Following several attempts at taking the test, the woman became a national celebrity and also appeared in a Hyundai advert.

A South Korean Hyundai car manufacturer even gifted her a brand new vehicle worth almost €13,000 (£11,640).

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The story, from over 15 years ago, resurfaced on Reddit this week with hundreds of users sharing their reactions to it.

A person wrote: "I wouldn't want someone who has failed over ~5 times to be on the same road as me, not to mention 960."

Another commented: "I personally believe if you fail your driving test, or any part of your driving test, more than 10 times, you should never be allowed to drive.

According to the Korean Driver's Licence Agency, the 50-minute written test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions on road regulations and car maintenance.

Speaking in February – after her 775th failure – Mrs Cha had appeared undaunted.

"I believe you can achieve your goal if you persistently pursue it," she told Reuters news agency.

"So don't give up your dream, like me. Be strong and do your best."

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