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2016 California DMV Practice Test

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DMV Practice Test

The 2016 update to our DMV practice test is now launched. While some old questions have been removed from the test, several new questions have been added. As always, this is the most reliable and up-to-date license and driving permit practice test you can find online. And it is free.

Studies show that reliability improve with larger numbers of questions the practice tests. No other site has as many questions as Driver’s Prep. This will help you prepare with much less effort and ace the real test.

What You Need to Know

Remember, the California knowledge test is based on information contained in the California Driver Handbook. If you don’t have a printed copy of this booklet, download the pdf-version from It is a must-have!

To pass the knowledge test, you must demonstrate a good understanding of California traffic laws and safe driving techniques. You must also be able to read and understand highway signs regulating, warning and directing traffic, even if California DMV doesn’t put as much focus on this as other states.

Most questions on the California DMV test deal with driving situations and safe traffic maneuvers.

How to Use the DMV Practice Test

The DMV practice tests at Driver’s Prep contains sample questions from real DMV tests. Tests are the Multiple Choice type. Meaning, you are asked to select the best possible answer out of three choices. By using the DMV practice test you will get a good understanding of what the questions will look like and how they are worded.

Remember to read everything carefully. This is probably the single most important thing you can do to master both the practice test and the real knowledge test.

Take several practice tests. Make a note of the questions you miss. Go back to the handbook and study those chapters again. Then, take some new practice tests. Don’t guess on the practice test! The test is good drivers education and your way of making sure that you will pass the real thing. If you don’t know or understand an answer, you need to study the handbook again.

When you reach a passing score of more than 90% without any problems, you are probably ready for the real test.

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  1. Paulette R.Davis- Fuss June 7, 2018

    I would like to take the test, how do I do that?

    • I assume you mean the real test at DMV. The process for obtaining a license and taking the knowledge test is described in the California Driver Handbook. If you have further questions you should contact your local DMV office.

  2. Hi, Mark:
    I used your test exams for practice and passed the DMV written exam with 100% correct answer. Thank you very much!
    This year, my wife need to take her written exam so I recommended to use your practice exams also. However, she found in a question in exam 3, it was asked what sign has the same meaning of Chevron sign. We searched the California Driver handbook but there is no mention of Chevron sign. Do you think this question is formed incorrectly? Please let us know. Thanks.
    Fuyun Ling

  3. Somehow, I couldn’t fine the reverse turn sign in the California Handbook. Can you or Mark point out where it is? Thanks.

    • Not specifically shown in the Driver handbook. With a permit or driver’s license you are, however, responsible for knowing and correctly act on all traffic signs.

  4. Diane Parkinson April 7, 2016

    The first question I got showing a traffic sign….your correct answer was…sharp turns….the book says. Reverse Turn!!

    • Reverse turn = two sharp turns in opposite directions. You have to know what signs mean and how to react to them – not just the names. You will see the reverse turn sign before you get to TWO sharp turns in opposite directions. There is a similar reverse curve sign (two curves in opposite directions) and the winding road sign (several curves or turns ahead).

  5. Eyerusalem Admassu January 12, 2016

    I never read a book when I took the exam ,I practiced the 500 questions here .Almost all the questions are the same. It took me only 10 minutes to finished coz all the questions were familiar. Keep practcing pay attention on the junior fines questions and you all will be fine. Good luck!

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