CA Practice Tests
Our permit practice tests in learning mode has 25 random questions based on the handbook and real CA DMV tests. After each question, you have access to instant feedback with detailed explanations.
How should you study? Well, your first step is to get the latest version of the California Driver’s Manual. When you’ve studied the handbook, you can use these practice tests to check your progress and level of readiness. Pay special attention to rules and laws that are specific for California.
The passing score in California is 83 percent, which means you should be able to answer at least 21 questions correctly. It is a good idea to aim a little higher on a practice test. Take enough practice tests at Driver’s Prep to make sure you can reach a score of 92 percent with ease.
Who Must Take the California Written Knowledge Test
In general, written and vision tests are always required when you apply for an original driver license or upgrade to a different class of driver license.
If you are less than 18, but at least 15 years and six months, and applying for a provisional permit, you need to take the written test on traffic laws and traffic signs. There are 46 questions on this test. To pass, you must correctly answer 38 questions. If you fail, you must wait one week before taking it again. You have three chances to pass the test.
If you are over 18 and applying for an original driver license, the traffic laws and sign test consists of 36 questions. If you pass, you will be issued a permit if you have never been licensed before. As long as you have a permit, you must drive with an accompanying adult who is 18 years of age or older and have a valid California license.
A renewal test has 18 questions.
If you have a license from another state, both the knowledge test and the road test can be waived.
Computerized Tests with Touch Screens
Previously the DMV gave the knowledge test on paper. The new computer version has randomized questions just like on our practice tests, which means that no two tests are exactly the same. Instead of marking the correct answer with an “X”, the applicant now just taps the correct answer on a screen. The computer tests are available in English and Spanish.
Computer tests speed up the exam process, but it is also a lot easier to misread and make a hasty decision.
Make an Appointment?
To save time when you are ready for your test, make an appointment online at www.dmv.ca.gov or call during normal business hours.
Do Not Cheat!
Remember, the use of any testing aids is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of cell phones, cheat sheets, and the California Driver Handbook. If any testing aid is used during the written test, the written test will be marked as a failure. An action may also be taken by the DMV against your driving privilege or the driving privilege of anyone else who assists you in the examination process.
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More driver’s license and permit practice questions with correct answers. Questions and answers you must know for your California driver license or permit examination.