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This Ohio BMV Sample Test
  Questions on each practice test: 20
  Question pool: 500+
  Type of test: Random multiple-choice test



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Remember: the real knowledge test has 40 questions.

#1. This sign means:

U-turns are not permitted. You cannot turn around and go in the opposite direction.


#2. This sign tells you that:

Reduction of lanes. The road narrows and there will be fewer lanes ahead. This sign warns you that the right lane ends ahead, and that you must merge left if you are in the right lane.


#3. When driving in fog, you should:

When driving in fog, reduce your speed. Use your low-beam headlights, not your high beams. Keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you. If you are involved in a collision, get your car off the road as quickly as possible.


#4. After stopping, left turns on a red light are:

A left turn on red may be made only from the extreme left lane of a one-way street to the extreme left lane of another one-way street, providing there is no sign posted forbidding a left turn on red.


#5. On slippery roads, you should leave more space in front of your vehicle. This extra space is needed:

In bad weather and on slippery roads, you must put a greater distance than usual between you and other vehicles. This is necessary because cars need a greater stopping distance on slippery roads.


#6. If temperature just above freezing point when you approach a bridge with this sign, you should:

This sign warns of conditions that can cause you to lose control of your car. The road surface of a bridge may be dangerous in winter because it freezes first and may remain icy after the rest of the roadway is clear. In wet or cold weather, drive slowly. Do not speed up or brake hard.


#7. You see a sign with this shape from a distance. What should you expect ahead?

The pennant No Passing Zone sign can be used to supplement the Do Not Pass regulatory sign. It is installed on the left side of the roadway.


#8. A solid white line between lanes of traffic means:

Solid white lines mark traffic lanes going in the same direction and is used where crossing the lane line markings is discouraged.


#9. Drinking coffee after drinking alcohol:

The only way to effectively reduce your BAC is to spend time without drinking. Coffee, fresh air, vitamins, exercise, and cold showers cannot reduce your BAC and the effects of alcohol.


#10. Crossbuck signs must be obeyed the same as:

Railroad crossbuck signs are found at many public crossings. These signs must be obeyed the same as a yield sign. The driver should slow down and be prepared to stop upon seeing or hearing a train.


#11. You may continue carefully against a yellow light if:

A steady yellow traffic light means caution. The red stop signal will be exhibited immediately after the yellow light appears. Adjust speed to come to a smooth stop.

Remember, stop if it is safe to do so. Do not speed up to beat the light.

If you are already in the intersection when the yellow light comes on, do not stop, but continue cautiously through the intersection.


#12. You are driving on a highway when a tire blows out on your vehicle. What should you do?

A blowout when traveling at a high rate of speed is dangerous, especially if the driver does not realize it. Follow these tips for a safe recovery:

  • Do not panic.
  • Keep your foot off the accelerator, and let the vehicle coast until it stops.
  • When the blowout is a rear tire, sudden application to the brakes will set up a tail sway, which is difficult to control.

Remember, do not overreact. Do not steer sharply off the road.


#13. When overtaking and passing a bicycle, you should allow approximately the following space between your vehicle and the bicycle:

Maintain a safety zone of at least three feet between the car and the bicyclist.


#14. Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDL) do not include the following class:

Class D is not a Commercial Driver’s License.

Commercial Driver’s Licenses include Class A, B, and C depending upon the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR), and what is being transported.


#15. This sign means:

Emphasis has been given to the school and school crosswalk signs through the use of a pentagon shape. The school sign warns motorists that they are approaching a school zone, while the school crosswalk sign identifies established crossings where children are directed to cross a roadway.


#16. If you miss your exit when leaving a freeway

If you miss your exit, take the next one. It is illegal to stop, to back or to drive into the median, or cross over on an interstate highway.


#17. To avoid getting tired on a long trip, you should:

Be on guard against highway monotony. Fatigue is a significant factor in highway crashes. The Digest of Ohio Motor Vehicle Laws gives these simple tips to avoid fatigue:

  • Play the radio.
  • Engage in light conversation.
  • Stop periodically to stretch your legs and have a cup of coffee or a cold drink.
  • Do not continue to drive if you become too tired. Pull off the road and rest.

#18. When an emergency vehicle with flashing lights approaches you in the opposite lane on an undivided highway, you should:

Upon the approach of an emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights and an audible signal, you must immediately drive to a position parallel to the right edge or curb of the road or highway and stop. All vehicles must remain in this position until the emergency vehicle has passed or when directed otherwise by a law enforcement officer. Remember, you must be careful not to block intersections. Continue through before stopping.


#19. This road sign tells you that:

Reverse curves. The road ahead curves right, then left. Slow down. Compare this sign to the reverse turn sign.


#20. You can park your car:

It is not illegal to park on a hill. Make sure your vehicle is visible from either direction.

Do not park on a highway bridge, on a crosswalk or within 30 feet of a flashing beacon, stop sign or traffic-control signal.

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Facts about Your Ohio BMV Test

Ohio Written Knowledge Test for Permit or Driver License
  Number of questions on exam: 40 questions
  Passing score: 75 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 30
  Allotted time to complete test: 25 minutes
  Wait time before retest: 1 day

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This Ohio Permit Practice Test

Each practice on this website has 20 random questions.

Practice questions are drawn from the information in the Ohio Digest of Motor Vehicle Laws and real examinations. After each question, you will get instant feedback that tells you if your answer is correct or not. If you miss a question, there is also a brief explanation to help you learn faster.

Just like the real exam, about half of the questions will check your knowledge of common signs, signals, and markings. The other half addresses common road rules and Ohio traffic laws.

The passing score in Ohio is 75%, but you should aim higher on the practice test to make sure you can pass the first time.

Each set of practice questions are from a larger question bank, which means that each test is unique, and you can practice as often as you need to get comfortable with all questions and answers. Getting a full score on a handful of tests will boost your confidence ahead of the real examination.

Digest of Ohio Motor Vehicle Laws 2020

1   Get the Ohio Handbook

Start by getting the latest version of the Digest of Ohio Motor Vehicle Laws.

This is the Ohio Driver’s Handbook issued by Ohio Department of Public Safety.

You can get a hard copy from a local BMV office or download a PDF-version online .

Unfortunately, surveys show that students spend less time with the Ohio Handbook than ever before. Many students find the Digest of Ohio Motor Vehicle Laws difficult to “digest” with a lot of information that is off the target and offers little help in learning safe driving or understanding common rules of the road.

Even if the handbook outline all the information a first-time permit applicant need to know for the examination, many rely on online information and practice tests such as this practice test instead.

We recommend that you don’t bypass the Digest of Ohio Motor Vehicle Laws all together, even if it is boring and needs a rework.

Practice tests should only be used as a supplement to the handbook, not instead of it.

2   Use the Practice Tests

A mock theory test or practice test has two purposes:

  • It lets you familiarize yourself with the test format.
  • It gives you feedback about your current knowledge level.

Experts agree that practice tests also help you learn faster. They boost your confidence and make new knowledge stick better.

It is a good example of the advantages of active learning.

Challenging practice tests help you more. They will improve your test-taking “endurance” and you will learn how to pace yourself and read everything twice. Errors made on a knowledge exam are often made by test takers who knew the answer, but didn’t read all the way through and answered in hast.

3   Write Your Own Explanations

Writing or taking notes is another approach to active learning. Some will say that notes should be kept short and simple. Some also say that notes just serve one simple purpose – to help you remember information.

This is not true.

You should use notes to rewrite information with your own words. The longer, the better. This triggers a reflecting process which promotes learning. You don’t necessarily have to go back to the notes afterwards.

Short and automatic notes that you scribble down and read over and over, won’t really help. No matter how well you organize them. They have the same low effect on your learning as highlighting, underlining, and rereading the text in your textbook. It becomes static.

We have collected some more good advice in this article: How to Ace the DMV Test .

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What You Should Know about the Ohio Knowledge Test

The test is random. You’ll never know which questions you will get.

You must correctly answer 30 questions out of 40 (75% passing score). Half of the questions will address signs and signals.

There is allotted time of 25 minutes for each test (most finish in 10-15 minutes).

Should you fail the test, you can take it again the next day, if available.


The Ohio knowledge test is available in several languages:



For tests in any other language, please contact your local driver license exam station.

Remember that you must always be able to understand directions and read traffic signs printed in English.

If you cannot read or write well enough to take a knowledge test may be permitted to take an audio version of the test in English. You must still be able to read and comprehend the traffic signs.

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Who Must Take the Written Knowledge Test?

All persons applying for a first permit or driver’s license must pass a written test that is given in two parts and covers Ohio motor vehicle regulations and traffic signs.

These requirements also apply to drivers who have allowed their license to expire for more than six months and to persons who must apply for a new license after losing their license due to a suspension or revocation.

If you hold a driver license from a country other than United States or Canada and wish to convert to an Ohio driver license, you must take and pass all required tests (vision, knowledge, driving and maneuverability). The maneuverability test is, however, waived for holders of a license from Germany, France, or Japan.


What Documents do You Need?

When you apply for a temporary permit or full driver’s license at BMV, you must show proof of your:

   Full legal name
   Date of birth
   Legal presence in the US
   Social Security number
   Ohio street address

Bring your Birth Certificate or U.S. passport (they prove your name, date of birth and legal presence), your Social Security Card, and at least two documents showing your name and street address.

As proof of your address BMV will typically accept pay stubs, bank statements, credit card statements, and school records (more examples ). Note that you need 2 documents from different sources.

If you are a minor, a certified statement of your Ohio address from your parents or legal guardian is enough.

As a resident alien, you need your green card or visa to prove your legal presence in the US.

Once BMV has accepted your documents, you can proceed with the knowledge test and the vision screening.

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