Multiple choice tests are based on your ability to recognize the right answer from a range of alternatives. Unfortunately, it also encourage superficial recall of phrases instead of real knowledge. In any test situation, it is vital to read and thoroughly understand each question and the various answers to it.
Hopefully, the following hints will help you pass the practice tests on this site and a real knowledge test.
Remember to consider all options before choosing your answer. Just because one option seems familiar from the driver’s manual, it doesn’t mean it is correct.
Wording of the question and potential answers can be tricky. The ambition on this website is to create variety, not always copy the exact wording from the driver’s manual.
Try to supply your own answer before reading the alternatives provided. This will help you understand why a certain answer is correct.
Do not read anything into a question that is not there. There are no trick questions. Reading too much into a question usually results in a wrong answer.
Take special note of negative phrasing. This is probably one of the biggest pitfalls. If the question contains the word not or false, it changes everything. Staying in the left lane when you are driving slower than other traffic can be a correct answer, if you are asked what you should not do!
Be alert for absolute and exact words, like always and never. They often make a statement false. But not always!
You should also look out for the words should and must.
Questions about seat belts are typically based on what law says and the word must is used. What you should do, however, might be a totally different matter. Almost half of the comments we get on our tests claim that seat belt must be used by all passengers, which is not true in many states. This doesn’t mean that passengers shouldn’t wear their safety belt in those states! It just mean that they are not required by law to do so. The same is true for the use of cell phones in many states.
When you think that more than one alternative is correct, the all of the above alternative might be a good choice. If no alternative makes sense, maybe there is a none of above available?
When in comes to best driving practices, there are some judgment questions, where you must choose the most correct or suitable answer. Focus on general situations without being too specific. Best driving practices seldom cover all driving situations that can occur. A very common answer is to slow down and drive cautiously to avoid an accident. Do not assume that your speed is already 10 mph and that you do not need to slow down.
Finally, no tests are fool-proof. We all interpret written communication differently. Try not to get stuck on difficult questions or wording you do not understand. You will waste time and feel anxious. Move forward to the next question. On a real test you can usually go back to that question later.
Feel free to let us know when you find our questions difficult to understand. There is a constant review ongoing on this site. Tests are updated and modified, often based on your input. Your help is appreciated and will help make this site better.