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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. You must treat a non-working traffic signal as:

By law, except when a law enforcement officer is present to direct traffic, drivers must treat the non-working traffic signal as a four-way stop. After stopping, due care should be taken before proceeding through the intersection, as other drivers may wrongfully view the inoperable traffic signal as clearance to proceed without stopping.


#2. What does this sign mean?

Crossing for disabled.


#3. What is the best advice to a driver who has taken too many drinks?

Some myths about drinking alcohol say that taking cold showers, drinking black coffee, or exercising will sober a person up. This is not true.

A person that had too much to drink must not drive. If possible, he or she should ask somebody who has not been drinking to drive instead.


#4. This road sign means:

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


#5. After a train passes at a railroad crossing with more than one track, you should:

If there is more than one track, a sign below the crossbuck indicates the number of tracks at the crossing. Make sure all tracks are clear before crossing.


#6. 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.


#7. When approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with activated lights on a multi-lane roadway, you must:

When an emergency, stationary public safety and/or road service vehicle is stopped alongside the roadway with its lights flashing, the driver of vehicles passing it must reduce their speed. Furthermore, whenever it is possible, the driver should change lanes to pass the emergency vehicle in a lane that is not adjacent to where the emergency vehicle stopped.


#8. When parking parallel to a curb you must not park:

A vehicle must be parked facing the direction of traffic on that side of the street, parallel to and not more than 12 inches from the right curb.


#9. An adult car passenger must always wear a safety belt:

The mandatory safety belt usage law requires drivers and front-seat occupants of most passenger vehicles to wear safety belts whenever they drive or ride in a motor vehicle on Ohio’s roadways. When the vehicle is being driven by a probationary license holder, all occupants must wear safety belts.


#10. Using the right shoulder to pass another vehicle is:

You must not drive off the roadway in order to overtake the slower vehicle.


#11. When driving at night, you should use your high-beam headlights:

When you are closely following another vehicle and another vehicle is approaching yours, be sure to dim your headlights. Use the upper beams only for driving in open country with a clear road ahead. When driving in fog, snow, or heavy rainfall, use your low-beam headlights.


#12. A driver is turning at an intersection without traffic lights, and a pedestrian is crossing. Who must yield?

A driver must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk, or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.


#13. When you see this sign, what should you expect ahead?

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


#14. 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.


#15. Solid yellow lines on two-lane roads indicate:

A solid yellow line marks a No Passing zone. If the solid yellow line is on your side of the road, do not pass. Pass only if there is a broken line on your side.


#16. What do the light gray areas in the picture mark?

Turn your head before changing lanes because your mirrors have blind spots. These blind spots can hide a motorcyclist or a bicyclist. Do not drive in another driver’s blind spot.


#17. What is the background color on a destination sign like this?

Green signs with white lettering are used for destination and distance signs.


#18. If you have a tire blowout while driving, you should:

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.

#19. What is true about signaling before suddenly reducing speed?

It is illegal to stop or suddenly decrease speed without first giving an appropriate signal. A stop signal can be given by means of the hand and arm, or by signal (brake) lights.


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

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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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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