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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. When passing another vehicle on a two-lane highway, you must return to your lane before you get within the following distance of an oncoming vehicle:

Return to the right lane as soon as the pass has been safely completed and before coming within 200 feet of any approaching vehicle.


#2. You can park your car in an intersection:

No person shall stop, park, or stand a vehicle within an intersection or within 20 feet of a crosswalk or intersection.


#3. Penalties for a second conviction of operating a vehicle while impaired include a court license suspension up to:

A second offense includes at least 10 consecutive days in jail and court license suspension from one to five years.


#4. When you see a warning sign that warns of a railroad crossing ahead, you should:

Advance warning signs advise drivers to look, listen and slow down. Expect a train on any track at any time. Most trains do not travel on a regular schedule.


#5. A traffic signal showing a steady yellow light means:

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.


#6. The shape of a no U-turn sign is:

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


#7. When entering an expressway, you should be driving:

Once you enter the on-ramp, accelerate. When you reach the end of a freeway on-ramp, weather and ramp condition permitting, you should be traveling as close as possible to the speed of traffic.


#8. If the rear of your vehicle starts to skid left, you should:

Skids are caused by drivers traveling too fast for conditions. If your vehicle does go into a skid, slow down gradually by taking your foot off the accelerator. Never apply the brakes while skidding. Turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid. If rear of vehicle is skidding to the left, you want to steer to the left to bring the front of the vehicle back in the direction you want to go.


#9. What does this sign mean?

Reverse turn. Slow down and be prepared for the road ahead to turn sharply left, then right. This sign is used in advance of two sharp turns.


#10. When making a left turn, you should:

To make a left turn, drive close to the center divider line or into the left turn lane, not to the right side. Begin signaling about 100 feet before the turn. Look left, then right, then left again, and make the turn when it is safe. Keep your wheels pointed straight ahead until it is safe to start your turn.


#11. Which of the following must you obey over the other two?

Traffic control can be provided by law enforcement, firefighters, flaggers, or school crossing guards. Drivers must obey directions from these individuals, even if the directions are different than what the traffic lights and signs indicate.


#12. Which of the following would be indicated by circular road sign?

The circle is reserved for railroad crossing signs. It means that there is a railroad crossing ahead. Look, listen, slow down, and be prepared to stop for trains


#13. This road sign means:

T-intersection. The roadway you are traveling on ends ahead. You must turn either left or right at the T-intersection ahead.


#14. Which is one factor that greatly affects your stopping distance?

The process of stopping your car has three main components: perception, reaction, and braking. This is usually referred to as stopping distance. The first two components can be affected by human factors such as tiredness, alcohol, fatigue, and concentration levels. The last component depends on factors such as: tires, brakes, road, and weather conditions.


#15. A right turn against a red light is:

In Ohio, it is legal to turn right after stopping at a red traffic signal, but only when:

  • There is no sign posted at the intersection forbidding right turns on red.
  • You have come to a complete stop and have allowed all crossing traffic and all pedestrians to proceed through the intersection.
  • You can clearly see that the turn can be completed safely.

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.


#16. This warning sign means:

Two-Way Traffic. On this road, traffic is moving in both directions.

Remember, you should drive in the right-hand lane and expect oncoming traffic in the left-hand lane.


#17. You must use extra caution when approaching a pedestrian using a white cane because:

People who are blind are the only pedestrians authorized by law to carry white canes. The law provides that the blind carrying such canes, as well as those with guide dogs, are to be given the right-of-way by every driver.


#18. When you see a sign with this shape and color, you must:

You must come to a complete stop at the sign, stop line, pedestrian crosswalk, or curb. Wait for any vehicle or pedestrian to clear the way.


#19. If you find yourself on a roadway marked with a yellow line on the right edge and a white line to your left:

If you find yourself with yellow to your right and white to your left, you are going the wrong way.

Remember, yellow lines are also used for left edge lines on one-way roadways. White lines are used as right edge lines on roadways and to delineate the separation of traffic flow in the same direction.


#20. 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.
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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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