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About Test Jitters

Taking a test is usually never fun or easy. We have all experienced the test jitters and the anxiety days before the actual test. And when the day comes, you blank out and every question is just impossible to get right – even though you knew the answers just last night!

It is normal to be a little nervous and stressed before a driver’s license test or permit test at the DMV. Most of us are.

By knowing the top 5 mistakes test takers make, you can focus on the right things and get rid of some of this anxiety. Actually, it isn’t that hard.

1. Not Preparing in Time

The main mistake, of course, is not giving preparations for your driving exam enough time. It is not uncommon to think that it is all common sense and start studying at the last minute. Even though safe driving in many parts boils down to good judgment and common sense, you must also have solid knowledge about rules of the road. Getting a road rules study guide, like your state’s driver handbook or driver’s manual, is a must.

How much time should you give your preparations? Well, it depends. We all learn differently. As long as you keep thinking “What if I haven’t learned everything I need to know?” or “What if the test is too hard?” – then you aren’t ready yet.

2. Not Using All Material Available

Always start with the official state driver’s manual. Your DMV test is based on this booklet. In fact, the test is created to make sure you have read it. There may be several question on your test that most of us don’t know the answer to, unless we have read the manual.

You can easily find online practice tests. Start with the official ones. Explore the manual and the DMV/DPS/DDS homepage in your state. Most have published permit sample tests. You need to take a lot of those permit practice tests, simply because repetition is an important part of learning. Variation is also important. By comparing the official DMV sample tests with other online sources, you will also find that questions can be asked in many different ways. This will speed up your learning and understanding.

3. Not Having a Strategy

Know your material and start studying well ahead of your test. You should also make a time plan and stick to it. Without a strategy and a plan, you may end up with trying to cram everything into your head at the last minute.

Don’t compare yourself with others. Some peers may try to convince you that they passed their permit test without studying. Well, maybe they did, but usually it isn’t true. Stick to your plan.

4. Ignoring Mistakes on Practice Tests

There is one bad thing about online practice tests. People tend to go over the questions quickly, just focusing on the final score.

If you answer a question incorrectly, read it again. Most of the time you just didn’t read the question or the answer carefully enough. Learn something from this! You don’t want this to happen on your real written DMV permit test. Meaning, always take your time to read everything twice. Treat an online practice test the same way you would treat a real test. This will make you a more effective test taker.

If you don’t agree with the answer on a permit practice test, compare the explanation given with the information in your driver handbook. Focus on understanding and learning.

5. Memorizing Instead of Understanding

This is perhaps the most serious mistake. Memorizing answers, like phrases and numbers, may seem like a simple path to take. It isn’t.

If you want to learn and really understand, you must read and think critically, recognize the complexity of driving and sharing the road with others. The danger of just memorizing phrases is that we do not simply take in the words. We take in ideas and thoughts that spring from our own, and perhaps, others experience. Sometimes we translate these ideas to general concepts that we believe is the truth.

The following question may serve as an example (From Connecticut Permit Practice Test):

» True or false? It is always illegal to use a cell phone while driving.

Typically, two out of three answer that it is always illegal, even though no state in United States prohibits all cell phone use while driving. The wrong answer is not the result of a trick question, but the lack of critical reading and understanding. Since we know that we shouldn’t use a cell phone while driving and since it is restricted in many ways, we expect the answer to be negative (saying no) and perhaps we want it to, if we personally think it is always wrong to talk on a phone while driving.

Again, focus on critical reading on your DMV practice tests. The more knowledge you have, the less mistakes you will make.

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Visitors and Non-Residents

Visitors and non-residents can, with few exceptions, drive with their national Driver’s License in United States. An international driver’s license (IDL) is not always required, but it is highly recommended that you carry one. Your IDL is an unofficial translation of your Driver’s License and you must get it in your home country before you get to the United States.

In general, you can drive in the United States as long as your driver’s license is valid. If you become a resident you must convert your license to a state license, and you must pass the knowledge test, vision test, and the driving test. If you take employment, is sent here by a foreign employer, or stay more than a few months in the same state, you must check the state rules.


Basic Rules of the Road

Moving to United States or just planning to visit? This post outlines the basic rules of the road when on the road in the US. However, like most things in the US, road rules vary slightly from state to state. In general, however, the following apply:


You always drive on the right-hand side of the road – This is standardized across all states in the US. If you are used to drive on the left-hand side, take special care when moving out of intersections/roundabouts.


Making left turns at a junction (intersection in US) – Always pass in front of a car that is coming from the opposite direction and turning left. Never make the turn from behind the car.

You may find green-arrow signals for left-hand turn lanes at intersection. This arrow means that oncoming traffic is stopped by a red light. This is known as a protected turn.


Making right turns against a red light – While uncommon in many other countries, turning against a red light is allowed in United States. You must come to a complete stop and make sure there is no sign that prohibits turning. You may then turn right if the way is clear. In most states, you may also turn left from a one-way street onto another one-way street. Turning against a red arrow is usually not allowed (but may be allowed in some states (see this post: Red arrows).


Right Turn and Exit Only lanes – Some lanes are signposted as ‘RIGHT LANE MUST TURN RIGHT’ or ‘EXIT ONLY’. If you are in these lanes, you must turn in the direction indicated. In case you have found yourself in these lanes by mistake, continue through, unless it is legal and safe to change lanes.


Keep an eye out for varying rear indicator lights – The only common thing about turn signals on American-made cars is that they blink. They are available in various colors, yellow, orange, and more. Sometimes they might be difficult to see or distinguish from brake or rear lights, hence more reason to keep focused on the road ahead.


Hand signals – Hand signals are uncommon and necessary only in case your turn signals and brake light fails or may be hard to see. The standardized hand signals in United States may differ from your home country:

  • RIGHT TURN: arm upward.
  • LEFT TURN: arm horizontal.
  • STOP/SLOW: hand and arm downward.


Use horns sparingly – The use of your horn may be prohibited in various districts and should only be used to prevent accidents.


Stop for School Buses – Whenever you approach a stopped school bus with flashing red lights from behind, you must stop! Not stopping for a school bus is a serious offense in all states. If you approach a stopped school bus from the other direction, you must always stop if you are on the same carriageway/roadway. If the highway is divided by a barrier, you should proceed with caution. Rules vary slightly between the states.


Mind the signs – Some common shapes and colors include:

  • Red and Octagonal: ‘STOP’ signs. You must stop completely before pulling out.
  • Red and white inverted triangle: ‘YIELD’ (give way). Though you’re not required to stop, you must give way to the other traffic.
  • Yellow pennant-shaped: ‘NO-PASSING ZONE’. Placed on the left side and marks the beginning of a no-passing zone.
  • Yellow circular-shaped: ‘RAILROAD CROSSING’. The only sign that is circular in US.
  • Yellow diamond-shaped: ‘GENERAL WARNING’. Warning signs are usually yellow and diamond shaped.
  • Orange diamond-shaped: ‘WORK ZONE WARNING’. Warning signs in work zones are always orange.


Mind the lane markings – Some common road markings include:

  • Yellow Lines: They mark the separation of traffic lanes that are moving in opposite directions
  • White Lines: They mark the separation of traffic lanes that are moving in same direction.
  • Broken Lines: They indicate that changing lanes or passing is allowed.
  • Solid White Lines: They mark where changing lanes is discouraged or prohibited.
  • Solid Yellow Lines: They mark no-passing zones. If the solid line is on your side, do not pass. If there is a broken yellow line on your side, passing is allowed. Two solid yellow lines mean that passing is prohibited in both directions.

You may also find two-way left turn lanes on some roads. Such lanes are marked with broken and solid yellow lines on both sides. Center lanes must be entered before making a left turn from either direction. They cannot be used as passing lanes.


Mind the Traffic Signals – These may cause some confusion:

  • Yellow flashing signal: This signal has the same meaning as a ‘YIELD’ (give way) sign
  • Red flashing signal: This signal has the same meaning as a ‘STOP’ sign.


How to Prepare for Your Visit

Taking a practice permit test on this site might be a good idea. You will see permit test questions and answers that equals the driving test in USA. The include questions about road signs, road markings, signals and some basic rules. Just ignore questions on permit test that deals with specific license rules, points on a driving record, and similar. Permit test answers will help you learn and be better prepared without reading a complete driver’s manual.


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Why You Will Get Truck Questions on Your Test

In 2012, we saw 3,921 fatal truck crashes on American roads. The majority of people killed are the occupants of passenger cars, not the occupants of the truck. Over half of all traffic crashes involving large trucks or buses and passenger cars are the fault of the car driver.

By 2023, 12 billion tons of goods is expected to be transported by truck annually. This means that we will see more trucks driving on the roads and must be constantly aware of the dangers when sharing the road with large vehicles.

Here are five tips about trucks and large vehicles to remember for your safety on the road and for your driver’s license test or DMV permit test.


1. Blind Spots

One-third of all car-truck crashes involve blind spots. An excellent rule of thumb for drivers sharing the road with large vehicle is, ”If you cannot see a truck driver in his or her side mirror, he or she cannot see you.”. You can read more here: No-Zones


2. Trucks Swing Wide

When any vehicle makes a turn, the rear wheels follow a shorter path than the front wheels. The longer the vehicle, the greater the difference. This means that a large vehicle may move to the left before making a right turn. Stay back and pay close attention to the vehicle’s turn signals.

Never try to pass on the right-hand side at intersections. The truck might not know that you are there and if the truck turns, you might get squeezed between the truck and the curb.

Read more here: Squeeze Play Crashes


3. Trucks Have Longer Stopping Distances

The exact stopping distances in feet are not of great importance. You must, however, understand that larger vehicles take longer to stop than a car traveling at the same speed.

Cutting into the open space in front of a truck may put you at risk if you suddenly must slow down or stop. Never cut off a truck in traffic just because you need to reach an exit or change lanes.


4. Never Tailgate

Tailgating is always dangerous, and it is especially dangerous when following large vehicles. If you follow a truck too closely, the truck will block your view ahead. You will not see what the trucker sees and may not have enough time to react if the truck suddenly swerves or brakes to avoid a hazard.


5. Do Not Underestimate the Speed of a Truck

Due to its large size, a truck or tractor-trailer often appears to be traveling slower than it actually is. Many car-truck collisions occur at intersections because the driver of the car misjudges how close the truck is or how quickly it is approaching.


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Your Responsibilities

You have probably waited a long time for the day you can experience the freedom of driving – so be sure not to overlook the importance of preparing for this exam.

Remember that, while driving may seem easy and fun, it does come with responsibilities toward your own safety and the safety of others. It is vital that you recognize the great responsibility that comes with a driving privilege.

Be ready to ace your permit exam by learning the rules of the road, and be ready to apply these rules as your first steps to becoming a safe and skillful driver.

Your First Step

Getting a copy of your state’s driver’s manual is a necessary first step. Make sure you get the latest version. If you download an electronic copy, you should also make sure it is from your own state’s official website, since driving regulations do vary from state to state.

Base Your Future Driving on Knowledge

Don’t assume you already understand the rules, based on the experience of other drivers or what you have seen others do. Unfortunately, there are many drivers on the road that forget to do the right thing or are not aware of new rules. Having a long driving experience isn’t always the same as being a good driver.

Knowing the current rules and safe driving practices can give you an advantage. You can be more confident and you may even find that you have new and valuable information for others.

While you shouldn’t discount the experience of driver’s that you know and trust, you should always gather your own information. If you find conflicting information don’t be afraid to clarify with your state’s division that handles motor vehicles and licensing.

The Importance of Practice Tests

It’s important to take practice tests – but do not use this as your only method of study for your actual exam or you may find yourself ill-prepared.

A practice test enables you to become familiar with the format of questions and the areas covered on your permit exam. Being familiar with the final knowledge exam will help alleviate some of the fear of the unknown, so you can concentrate on learning.

Remember to always balance your practice exam with studying the driver’s manual.

Don’t Rush

Don’t rush yourself. This is exciting, yes… so realize that it is important and well worth the time it may take to get it right. You need at least a couple of weeks, preferably months, to study.

Keep a good attitude. Maintain healthy eating and sleeping before this exam. Being at your best is important, because the final test questions can be a challenge even if you are well-prepared.

Above all, try to get a really good night’s rest the night before your test. If you find yourself unable to sleep, don’t go back to studying! It will just add to your stress. Instead you should relax and tell yourself that you have already done all you can.

Earning Your Driver’s License

Earning your driver’s license is an accomplishment. It will most certainly open up new opportunities for you. So, take your time to thoroughly prepare for this important step.

You will not regret it.

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Graduated Driver’s License Programs

All 50 states and District of Columbia have a Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) program. GDL programs are designed to help new drivers gain driving experience over time and in a safe manner.

Typically, such a program contains three steps or phases. In most states, the first steps mean a learner’s permit and an intermediate license. The permit phase include supervised practice to allow young drivers to mature and develop their skills in the presence of an adult. The intermediate phase comes with several restrictions, including a limit on the number of passengers.

Why a Limit on the Number of Passengers?

The reason for the passenger restriction is the risk-taking behavior that peer pressure triggers. Studies by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that young, novice drivers are two-and-a-half times more likely to engage potentially risky behaviors when driving with one teenage peer compared to when driving alone. Studies also show that young men are more likely to engage in risk-taking behavior compared to women.

The More, The Scarier…

According to NHTSA, the risk of a fatal crash went up in direct relation to the number of teenagers in the car. When driving with multiple teenage peers, the likelihood increased to three times.

In the presence of peers, distractions for teen drivers like loud conversation and horseplay are more common. On the other hand, studies showed that electronic device use were less common in the presence of passengers.

Strong Laws Save Lives

Research shows that states with the strongest GDL laws also have manage to reduce teen driver deaths more than states with weaker laws. Raising the age limits and have teenagers wait longer before they get a permit or a full license, have also proven to saves lives.

Six states (Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, and South Dakota) have no or less strict rules for the number of passengers during the intermediate phase.

What You Must Know

If you are a young driver and apply for a permit or intermediate license you must know the minimum age for unsupervised driving, night curfews, and passenger limitations. All permit knowledge tests will have questions on GDL rules.

You should also know that most states have laws that restrict the use of electronic devices, like cell phones, for young drivers. 37 states and D.C. ban all cell phone use by novice drivers.

Check the Rules

Of course, permit test questions and answers on our practice tests also include GDL restrictions and rules. To look up a specific state’s requirements and what questions are likely to appear on your test, study your driver’s manual or driver handbook.

Source: www.nhtsa.gov

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Auto insurance

Since you are taking practice tests on this site you will soon have a new driver’s license in your hand. And perhaps a new car? And your first auto-insurance?

Nowadays you can do most things online. You also have smart tools that let you compare things side by side and find the best deals. Often true about cars. A lot of web sites also tell you how to find cheap auto insurance. But do they work?

Well, not so good.

Finding the best auto insurance is actually harder than you would think. Just because a friend or neighbor got a great deal doesn’t mean you will get the same offer.

Instant quotes online, like insweb.com, are nothing more than very rough estimates. Our tests showed differences up to 40% compared to the real premiums.

Not until you have provided your Social Security number and a lot of other information can an insurance agent or a web service calculate the real quote. All of this requires a check-up on your driving record, credit history and other official records.

Now, there is much to be said about how the insurance industry works, but this is what we have to live with.

Good Student

As long as you study and live with your parent’s, stay on their auto insurance. This will also give you time to get a driving record. Hopefully without accidents or tickets.

If you move from home and need your own insurance, ask for good student discounts, most insurance companies have such discounts.

Good Records

Your driving record matters. You should of course avoid accidents and tickets. If you get points on your record, ask your local DMV office if you can get rid of them by taking a defensive driving course.

Your credit score also matters. Make sure you know what your credit report says. Correct any errors and make sure you pay all your bills and credit cards on time.

Safe Car

The insurance premium is not all about you. It is also about your car. Check safety ratings and compare the average premiums for different car models. That will give you a fairly good idea about which cars to avoid (usually sports cars) and which ones will lower your premium.

An Agent or Online?

Some say that an agent will get you the lowest price, others argue that buying online direct from a company is better.

If records and other circumstances aren’t straight-forward, you should talk to an agent. An agent can give you a lot of useful advice. Compare the agents offer with what you can get online before you decide.



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A lot of people take their knowledge test without being prepared. They think that it is all common sense since they already know how to drive. Others just get nervous, not knowing what to expect.

In fact, two out of three fail their first attempt.

That is why we created this site. We don’t want you to fail; we want you to pass the first time.

The Manual

Reading the driver’s manual is a must. The test is all about verifying that you have done just that.

Don’t just use your eyes when you are reading. The exact recall of specific words and quotations can have the opposite effect in a test if you don’t read questions carefully. You should the try to see the bigger picture, instead of isolated facts.

Discuss questions with yourself or with others. Why is it this way? Why should you use a two-second or three-second following distance? Why do the seconds matter?

Prepare in Time

Start early and read the manual, but don’t rush through everything at once. Give the manual at least a week or two. The key is to digest everything slowly and carefully. After each chapter, try to summarize what you have read. What is important?

If you created a test, what would you ask?


Being familiar with how the test works is very important. Our tests are based on the way the written tests work in most states. You will be given multiple-choice questions with three or four answers. Only one is correct.

Take practice tests every day until you easily score 90% or more.

The Questions

Read the question again, because this is where you are most likely to fail.

Some read too much into questions, anxious not to be the victim of a trick question. Others glance directly at the answers and see a familiar phrase that they believe is correct, and don’t look at the question again.

There are no trick questions on the real knowledge test. Questions are usually very simple and straight-forward with clear answers. (The tests on this site are harder!).

The difference between giving a question a quick glance or read it carefully one or two times is not that big! You are usually not in a hurry.


What if you have no clue, should you guess?

You might see a question where you have no clue about the answer. After taking our practice tests, we don’t believe that will happen, but still… What should you do in this situation?

If you can save the question until later, do that (most states allow this)! Otherwise, take a guess. But don’t despair if the answer is wrong, just move forward.

However, do not guess too often. If you have read the manual, you should know the answer. Relax and try to picture yourself with the manual. Surely it was in there somewhere? Think and discuss with yourself. Remembering images often helps.

If you need to guess several times, you are probably not ready for your test. Nothing wrong in that, just prepare better next time.


Recent Changes To Our Tests

More Questions on Connecticut Practice Permit Test

2014-10-29: Connecticut permit practice test database has been updated with new questions.

Overtaking bicycles in a no-passing zone.

2014-10-28: Some questions and explanations on the Utah practice test incorrectly stated that crossing a double yellow line was not allowed when passing a bicycle. A handful of states allow this maneuver, including Utah. It has now been updated. Thanks to Dan for noticing and reporting this to us.

25 New Driving Permit Questions and Answers

2014-10-22: The database for North Dakota free online permit tests have been updated with new questions.

More than 1,000 Permit Practice Test Questions

2014-10-15: California and Florida tests have been updated. Our database now holds more than 1,000 free online practice questions for your learner's permit or driver's license exam.

Massachusetts Speeding Penalties

2014-10-13: Speeding fines in Massachusetts have been updated. Thanks to Beverly for reporting this update.

Minor Updates to Several Practice Tests

2014-10-12: A handful of state practice tests have been updated with new questions.

Illinois Practice Tests Updated

2014-09-29: Practice tests for Illinois are being updated this week. An additional 35 question has been added this morning and several questions have been re-worded.

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