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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 merging onto an expressway:

When changing lanes, look in your rearview and side mirrors. Turn your head and check your blind spot.

Do not drive to the end of the ramp and stop. Unnecessary stopping on freeway on-ramps causes many rear-end collisions and also obstructs the even flow of traffic.

Use the ramp to reach freeway speed so you can merge smoothly.

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#2. When is a driver permitted to turn right on a red traffic signal?

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.

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#3. At a railroad crossing, trains must be given the right-of-way:

Remember, a crossbuck sign must be obeyed the same as a yield sign. Trains do not and cannot stop at crossings, they must always be given the right-of-way at all times.

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#4. In this picture, car A may pass the vehicle ahead:

A broken yellow line indicates that passing on the left is permitted when the way ahead is clear. Overtaking and passing should be done with care because of oncoming traffic.

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#5. Which traffic light has the same meaning as a stop sign?

A flashing red signal light means stop. After stopping, you may proceed when it is safe. Observe the right-of-way rules.

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#6. This red and white sign means:

The Do Not Enter sign is used at intersections of one-way roads and at freeway exit ramps. Do not enter the road or ramp from your direction. (Note that the signs is square, not round.)

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#7. When the road is wet from heavy rain and you are following another vehicle, you should:

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.

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#8. You can park and leave your car:

No person shall park any motor vehicle at special parking locations designated with the handicapped symbol unless the motor vehicle is displaying a state-issued parking card or special license plates for those with disabilities.

Never park on a sidewalk, within 20 feet of an intersection or in front of a private driveway.

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#9. What classified endorsement on a driver's license permits a person to drive a motorcycle or moped?

Class M endorsement on a driver’s license permits a person to drive a motorcycle or moped.

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#10. A yield sign in your lane:

This is a yield sign. Yield signs mean you must slow down and be ready to stop to let any vehicle, bicyclist, or pedestrian pass before you proceed.

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#11. When may you drive at the maximum speed indicated by a speed limit sign?

Vehicles may not be driven at speeds greater or less than reasonable, depending on conditions of traffic, road, and weather. A driver must keep the vehicle under control in order to be able to bring it to a stop within assured clear distance ahead.

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#12. This road sign means:

Y Intersection. The road branches to the right and left ahead. You must bear either right or left.

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#13. This yellow sign means:

Divided highway begins ahead. Two-lane highway ends. The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways.

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#14. What is the background color on a sign directing you to a public park?

Guide signs directing motorists to public parks and recreational areas have a brown background.

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#15. Which of the following is true about driving on a wet roadway?

The faster you drive on a wet roadway, the less effective your tires become at wiping the water from the road.

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#16. 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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#17. If you have a tire blowout while driving, it can be dangerous to:

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.

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#18. 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.

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#19. In general, you should avoid using your horn:

Use your horn when it is reasonably necessary to ensure safe operation. Meaning, use your horn if it is necessary to avoid accidents. Ohio law also requires that a driver overtaking another vehicle sound their horn as a warning.

There are several situations when you should not use your horn. They include:

  • Encouraging someone to drive faster or get out of the way.
  • Letting other drivers know they made a mistake.
  • Around blind pedestrians.
  • Passing bicyclists.
  • When approaching horses.

Remember, do not be afraid to use your horn when another vehicle is in danger of hitting you.

This question asked when you should not use your horn.

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#20. What does this sign mean?

Sharp turn. Slow down and be prepared for a sharp left turn in the road ahead.

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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

Ohio free BMV practice tests for your permit

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:

  Arabic
  Chinese
  English
  French
  Japanese
  Russian
  Somali
  Spanish

 

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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