|This Practice Test||Number of questions on each practice test:||25|
|Each test is random|
#1. This sign means:
You cannot make a complete turn to go in the opposite direction where this sign is displayed.
If a sign has a red circle with a red line through it, it always indicates NO. The picture inside the circle shows what you cannot do. The sign may be shown with or without words.
#2. If you see a stray animal crossing the road in your path, you should:
If you see a stray animal in your path, slow down or stop if it is safe. Do not swerve as you may lose control of your vehicle and cause an accident.
#3. Which of the following factors affect an individual's absorption of alcohol?
The concentration of alcohol in the blood primarily changes with gender, body weight, time spent drinking, and the amount of alcohol that is consumed.
#4. When driving in parking lots and downtown areas, you should:
As a rule, drive more slowly:
- In parking lots and downtown areas.
- On roads with heavy traffic.
- When you see the brake lights of several vehicles ahead of you.
- Over narrow bridges and through tunnels.
- Through toll plazas.
- Near schools, playgrounds, and in residential areas.
#5. When stopping before a left turn, your front wheels should be turned:
While waiting to turn left, keep your wheels pointed straight ahead until it is safe to start your turn.
If your wheels are pointed to the left and a vehicle hits you from behind, you could be pushed into oncoming traffic.
#6. Which of the following is true about driving on a wet roadway?
Slow down when there is a lot of water on the road. In a heavy rain at speeds of 50 mph or more, your tires can lose all contact with the road and then your vehicle will be riding on water or hydroplaning. A slight change of direction or a gust of wind could throw your vehicle into a skid. If your vehicle starts to hydroplane, slow down gradually – do not apply the brakes.
#7. Road signs with orange background are used:
Highway construction and maintenance signs have orange background. Pay close attention when road work is being performed. Signs and message boards warn you of workers, slow-moving equipment, and closed lanes ahead.
#8. For which of the following must you always stop your vehicle?
A flashing red signal light or a steady red circular signal means stop. If a traffic signal light is blacked out, proceed as if the intersection is controlled by a stop sign in all directions. Meaning, you must stop, and may only proceed when you can do so safely.
#9. To make sure you are not driving in a truck's blind spot, you should:
When you follow so closely behind a truck that you cannot see the truck driver’s side view mirrors, the trucker cannot see you and has no way of knowing you are there.
#10. Every owner of a motor vehicle must maintain financial responsibility (liability coverage). The minimum amount your insurance must cover for property damage is:
The minimum amount your insurance must cover per collision is:
- $15,000 for a single death or injury.
- $30,000 for death or injury to more than one person.
- $5,000 for property damage.
#11. When approached from behind by an emergency vehicle with activated lights and sirens, you must:
You must yield the right of way to any police car, fire engine, ambulance, or other emergency vehicle using a siren and red lights. Drive as close to the right edge of the road as possible and stop until the emergency vehicle has passed.
#12. In which situation is it necessary to always allow extra room in front of your vehicle?
You should allow a four-second or more following distance when:
- Following motorcyclists or bicyclists, especially on wet or icy roads, on metal surfaces, and on gravel.
- Following large vehicles that block your view ahead.
- Driving on slippery roads.
- Being crowded by a tailgater.
- The driver behind you wants to pass.
- Towing a trailer or carrying a heavy load.
- Merging onto a freeway.
- You see a bus, school bus, or a placarded vehicle at railroad crossings.
#13. What should you do when you see this sign?
Cross road or intersection. A road crosses the main highway ahead. Watch for other vehicles entering, leaving, or crossing the highway.
#14. Your car stalls on railroad tracks and a train is approaching. You should exit your vehicle and run in a 45-degree angle away from the tracks:
If warning lights are flashing/train is approaching immediately exit your vehicle and run in a 45-degree angle away from the tracks in the direction that the train is coming, and then dial 911.
#15. When a school bus with flashing red lights is stopped on the other side of a road with five or more lanes and a shared center turn lane, you should:
If the school bus is on the other side of a divided or multilane highway (two or more lanes in each direction), you do not need to stop.
#16. When is it safe to pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk?
Never pass a vehicle that has stopped at a crosswalk. It is illegal and dangerous. A pedestrian you cannot see may be crossing the street.
Stop, then proceed when all pedestrians have crossed the street.
#17. Roads are usually most slippery:
Many road pavements are the most slippery when it first starts to rain or snow because oil and dust have not yet washed away. Slow down at the first sign of rain, drizzle, or snow on the road. Turn on your windshield wipers, headlights, and defroster.
#18. With a valid Class C license (without special endorsements), you may drive:
With a valid Class C license, you may drive:
- any 2-axle vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 26,000 lbs. or less.
- any 3-axle vehicle weighing 6,000 lbs. or less gross.
- any house car 40 feet or less.
- a vanpool vehicle, designed to carry more than 10 but no more than 15 persons including the driver.
You may not tow more than one vehicle. Special endorsements or licenses are required for motorcycles, school buses, and vehicles carrying hazardous materials.
#19. A center lane with yellow pavement markings on both sides is:
A two-way left turn lane is found in the middle of a two-way street. It is marked on both sides by two yellow lines. The inner line is broken and the outer line is solid.
#20. Which of the following is true about use of your turn signal?
Always signal to other drivers when you change from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway.
#21. You are driving in the right-hand lane and approach this sign. What should you do?
Reduction of lanes (lane ends). There will be fewer lanes ahead.
Right lane ends. Traffic must merge left. Drivers in the left lane should allow others to merge smoothly.
#22. Which is the best rule to remember when it comes to turning on your headlights?
The best rule is to remember to turn on your headlights any time conditions prevent you from seeing other vehicles. Chances are other drivers may have trouble seeing you, too.
#23. When you park and leave your car, you must:
Never leave your car until you have stopped the engine, removed the key, and set the parking brake.
#24. When two vehicles from different directions arrive at the same time at an intersection where there are no signs or signals, which one should be given the right-of-way?
Yield to the vehicle that arrives first, or to the vehicle on your right if it reaches the intersection at the same time as you.
#25. A car passenger under two years of age must:
Children under 2 years old must be secured in a rear-facing child passenger restraint system unless the child is 40 pounds or more, or 3 feet 4 inches or taller. The law is effective since January 1, 2017.
California DMV Knowledge Test – Quick Facts
|What You Should Know|
|Number of questions on exam:||46 – if under 18 years
36 – if 18 years and older
18 – renewal test
|Correct answers to pass:||36 – if under 18 years
30 – if 18 years and older
15 – renewal test
|Passing score:||83 percent|
|Allotted time to complete test:||No limit|
|Wait time before retest:||7 days (3 attempts within 12 months)|
Practice Permit Test & Driver License Test
The best way to study for your permit or full driver license test is to use both the Driver Handbook and these permit practice tests!
Make sure you get the latest version of the handbook and read it. Pay special attention to rules and laws that are specific for California .
Use the practice tests to verify what you have learned and if you are ready or not. Take enough sample tests at Driver’s Prep to make sure you can reach the perfect score of 100%. This way we can almost guarantee that you will pass the official exam.
Each CA DMV practice test has 25 random questions based on the handbook and real questions from California DMV (dmv.ca.gov ). After every question on the practice test, you will get instant feedback with a brief explanation if your answer is incorrect.
The number of questions on the real California written test depends on your age and which test you take. If you are under 18 years, the permit test has 46 questions.
The passing score on the real DMV examination is 83 percent. On a permit test with 46 questions, this means you can only miss 10 questions. If you are 18 years or older, you can only miss 6 questions.
Who Must Take the California Written Knowledge Test
You must always take a knowledge test, vision test, and road test when you apply for an original California driver license or upgrade to a different class of driver license.
If you have a license from another state, DMV will usually waive both the knowledge test and the road test.
After a license revocation, you must apply for a new license and re-take all necessary tests, including the knowledge test.
Holders of a driver’s license from a country other than Canada must also take all tests. California does not waive the knowledge test if you move to California from another country.
Computerized Tests with Touch Screens
Previously, you got the DMV knowledge test on paper. Today, you take the test on a computer with a touch screen. Instead of marking the correct answer with an “X”, the applicant now just taps the correct answer on a screen.
The new computer version has randomized questions just like our practice test, which means that no two tests are the same. The computer tests are available in several languages:
Computer tests speed up the exam process, but it is also a lot easier to misread and make a hasty decision. So, take your time and read everything carefully.
Read more about studying for your exam: How to Ace the DMV test.
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 you use any aid during the written test, you will fail. 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.
Make an Appointment?
When you are ready for your test, make an appointment online at www.dmv.ca.gov or call during normal business hours.
To make sure you have all necessary documents for your permit application, you should follow the REAL-ID checklist online at dmv.ca.gov
You should have the following documents:
ONE identity document that show full name and date of birth
You will typically bring the original or a certified copy of your U.S birth certificate, a valid and unexpired U.S. passport or passport card, or your unexpired permanent resident card.
ONE original document that shows your name and full Social Security Number
It is best to bring your social security card, but a W-2 form or a pay stub with full SSN is also accepted by DMV.
TWO Proofs of California Residency
You must provide two documents that show your first and last name together with your current mailing address. Examples of accepted documents are your rental agreement or mortgage bill, bank or credit card statements, your tax return, employment documents, or insurance documents.
A child may use a residency document in their parents’ name by presenting a tracing document (such as a birth certificate) showing the relationship.
After the California DMV Knowledge Test
If you pass the written knowledge test, California DMV issues a provisional permit (learner’s permit).
Once you have your permit, you may practice driving supervised by a parent, spouse, legal guardian, or certified driving instructor. You may also practice driving with any licensed California driver 25 years of age or older.
To learn more about California’s graduated driver license process, read this article: What is California Graduated Driver’s License ?
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