How To Pass Your DMV Knowledge Test

Study and Practice
Some people say the driver’s license written test is just common sense.

Well, there is no common sense without knowledge. And there are no knowledge without studying.

The best advice is to read your DMV Handbook and know it from beginning to end. It may seem overkill to know some of the details, especially those that seem less critical to driving safety, but you can never know too much.

As an example, there is almost always a question about drinking and driving. Your driver’s manual probably has some statistics related to drinking and driving, or the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol. Know your numbers. Just in case.

The second advice is to practice as much as possible, and in good time. Take your first practice test a couple of weeks before your exam. Then take a few tests each day in the weeks that follow. Don’t wait until the last minute to soak up knowledge and to make sure you know your stuff.

And remember, read through each question and every possible answer carefully. There are no trick questions. But sometimes it is easy to jump to conclusions too quickly. Take your time! Make sure you understand each question and each alternative.

If you have passed several practice tests on this site, I am pretty sure you will not fail your final test. But should you not pass, try to learn something from it. Can you remember what it was that kept you from passing? Some questions you have never seen before? Let us and others know. It will help us improve this site, and it will help others.


8 comments to How To Pass Your DMV Knowledge Test

  • user avatar julia

    i failed mine twice and i’m retaking it for the 3rd time next wednesday. if i don’t pass this time, then that’s it. my life is pretty much over. i’ve been studying like a maniac and i’m just absolutely terrified that i’ll fail again. i have no idea if i can pass. both times, i failed by only 2 or 3 questions.

    • user avatar Mark

      It is not easy, but you should try to ignore the feeling that it is the end of the world. It isn’t! In fact, anxiety can be your worst enemy when it comes to passing a test.

      When people fail a test they usually say that they did know the answer. They just misunderstood, didn’t read the question carefully enough, or… whatever…

      Do not rush through any of the questions. Not even “the simple” ones.

      Gaining self-confidence from our tests is important. You should aim for at least 90% on a handful of our practice tests. Do not memorize answers. Just remembering phrases and answers will not help you. Try to figure out WHY and HOW. Read the comments, compare contents in the manual, and discuss with yourself.

      Don’t worry too much about details. Numbers may be important (signal 100 feet before a turn) or they may not be (usually fees or fines). Laws that have great impact on road safety are your main priorities when studying the manual.

      Since you already taken the test twice: What kind of questions did you miss? What areas? Focus more on those!

  • user avatar Shannon

    I just failed my knowledge test for the third time all i needed was two more and i could of passed it, people say its common sense well let me tell ya this not all people are smart i read through the book and made flash cards and studied a lot and i still cant pass it.

  • user avatar kalab

    Ya i have taken it five times and i have read the book over and over but for some reason i cant pass it i get so close i need help

  • user avatar Patrick

    Hey i failed my knowledge test

  • user avatar mike

    i failed my permit test by 12 questions and i gotta take it really sucks.

    • user avatar Mark

      Sorry to hear that. Did you take our practice tests before? If so, anything you think we missed? Let us know.

      By taking another handful of our practice tests I am pretty sure you will pass next time. Good Luck.

  • user avatar dane

    Thanks a lot everyone kept telling me it was just common sense