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 a brief explanation. You can also see how others answered the question.
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 for the exam. It is a good idea to enough tests to make sure 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. If you let your license expire for more than 180 days, you must take and pass both the knowledge test and the road test.
If your driver license is revoked, you must apply for a new license and take all necessary tests.
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, all testing is done 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%).
All questions are based on the information in the driving manual.
If you fail the official knowledge test, you will not be allowed to re-test until 72 hours after the fail test. If you fail your knowledge test six (6) consecutive times, you will not be allowed to retest until one year from the first failed test date. There will be a fee charged each time you take the knowledge test.