District of Columbia Practice Tests
Each practice test at Driver’s prep has 25 random questions based on the DC Driver Manual and real DMV tests. After each question, you get instant feedback and will know if your answer is correct or not. Whenever you miss a question, there is also a short comment to help you learn faster.
Studying the DC Driver Manual is often a must for successfully passing the driver knowledge test. You can get the manual online from dmv.dc.gov or from your local DMV office. When you’ve studied the handbook, you can use these practice tests to check if you are ready or not.
The passing score in District of Columbia is 80 percent, which means you must answer at least 20 of these 25 practice questions correctly. Aim a little higher when you are studying and preparing for the exam. You have a better chance of passing the examination, if you can reach a score of 92 percent or more.
Learn more about How to Study for the driver test.
Who Must Pass the District of Columbia Knowledge Exam?
If you haven’t been licensed before, you must always pass the knowledge test.
Foreign Nationals with a valid out-of-country or out-of-state driver license must also pass the knowledge examination.
If you have a DC driver license and let it expire for more than 90 days, you must also take the knowledge examination again. Should you let your license expire for more than 180 days, you must take and pass both the knowledge test and the road test.
When DMV has revoked your license and you want it back, you must apply for a new license and take all necessary tests again.
District of Columbia Knowledge Test
The driver knowledge examination tests your knowledge of traffic laws, road signs, and driving safety rules. It will show if you can drive a vehicle in accordance with DC law.
The knowledge test consists of several highway signs. The DMV examiner will also check to see if you pay attention to the signs during the driving test. This is why you should learn all common highway signs and know how to act when you see one.
You can take the driver license knowledge examination at any DMV service center. There is no need for and appointment, DMV offers all testing on a walk-in basis. Tests are available in the following languages: Amharic, Arabic, Cantonese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.
If you need help with reading, you can get an audio assisted test. Ask for a headset before you take the exam.
Number of Questions
The standard examination is a computerized test and consists of 25 questions. To reach the passing score you need at least 20 correct answers (80%).
If you are between the ages of 16 – 20 years old, you are part of the Graduated Licensing Program, also known as GRAD (Gradual Rearing of Adult Drivers). In this program the test has 30 questions and you must correctly answer 24 questions (80%).
Answers to all test questions are found in the driving manual.
If you fail the official knowledge test, you must wait at least 72 hours before you can take it again. If you fail your knowledge test six (6) consecutive times, you must wait one year from the date you failed the first test. There will be a new fee charged each time you take the knowledge test.
More Permit Practice Tests
Start practicing and you will see links to all our sample tests, like Permit Test No. 2, Permit Test No. 3, etc.