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Oregon DMV Test Questions & Answers – Permit Practice

This Oregon DMV Practice Test
  Number of questions on each test: 20
  Question pool: 500+
  Type of test: Random multiple-choice



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#1. To avoid or minimize the impact of a crash, a driver basically has three actions he or she can take:

There are three things you can do to avoid or minimize the impact of a crash: stopping quickly, turning quickly, and speeding up.


#2. This road sign means:

Two-way Traffic. This sign tells you that you are leaving a divided roadway and will be driving on a two-way highway. It is also used along such a road.

Expect oncoming traffic on the same roadway.


#3. If you drive the green vehicle (A) and arrive at this intersection, you should:

Triangle shape is used for yield signs. This sign means you should reduce speed and yield right of way. If needed, stop the same as you would for a stop sign.

Signs often use symbols or pictures rather than words. Each type of sign has a special color and shape to help you easily recognize the sign at a glance.


#4. To keep control of your car when you have a tire blowout, you should:

If you have a blowout, grip the steering wheel firmly. Steer straight and slow down gradually. Pull off the road.


#5. Can you legally turn left on a red light into a one-way street?

A steady red signal means stop. Remain stopped until the signal changes. You are allowed to make the following turns on red after coming to a complete stop unless a sign or police officer states otherwise.

  • When entering a two-way road, you may turn right.
  • When entering a one-way road, you may turn right or left in the direction of the one-way road.

#6. When a large truck appears to be turning left ahead, you should:

Large vehicles often cannot see vehicles directly behind or beside them when they are attempting to negotiate a turn. Observe their turn signals. Do not cut in between a large vehicle and the curb or shoulder. Large vehicles may need to swing wide and use more than one lane to start or finish a turn. Be aware of long loads that may extend into adjacent lanes during a turn. When you see a large vehicle making a turn, do not crowd the intersection – allow it to complete the turn.


#7. Driving around a lowered gate at a railroad crossing is:

It is illegal to go through, around or under a crossing gate that is down or is being opened or closed. After stopping, do not start across the tracks until you are sure you can do so safely.


#8. When drivers are impaired, the most common intoxicant involved is:

Alcohol is the most common intoxicant involved when drivers are impaired. Intoxicants include a wide range of inhalants and drugs, both legal and illegal. You may be arrested for driving under the influence of these drugs and inhalants, the same as for alcohol.


#9. Safety corridors are designated stretches of highway:

Safety corridors are designated stretches of highway with more fatal and serious injury crashes than the statewide average. Turn on your lights for safety. Signs identifying safety corridors may include diamond shaped flags.


#10. What is an important reason for increasing your following distance when following large vehicles?

The drivers of large vehicles may not be able to see you when you are directly behind them. These vehicles also block your view of the road ahead.


#11. In winter, the road is likely to be the most slippery when:

Be aware that the road is likely to be the most slippery when the temperature is near the freezing point rather than below freezing.


#12. Before entering and driving through a multi-lane roundabout, you should:

Pay close attention to exit and lane use signs, along with pavement markings. Enter the roundabout using the appropriate lane for your exit.


#13. A child must be secured in an appropriate child-restraint system when:

Child passengers must be restrained in approved child safety seats until they are 8 years of age or at least 4 feet 9 inches in height.


#14. You may pass a school bus from the front or rear on an undivided roadway:

When the red lights flash, stop before reaching the bus and remain stopped until the driver turns off the flashing red lights.

Under special circumstances, an officer may be directing the flow of traffic. If so, obey the officer’s hand signals instead of the normal traffic signals or signs.


#15. On average, how long does it take to stop a passenger car when you travel at 60 mph in ideal conditions?

The average stopping distance at 60 mph is 359 feet.

For more information study the table in the driver manual.


#16. During a traffic stop by a law enforcement officer, you should refrain from:

Limit your movements and those of any passengers

During a stop, turn off the engine, roll down the window, and keep your hands of the steering wheel.


#17. When entering a freeway, you should check traffic by:

While on the on-ramp you have a chance to observe traffic conditions on the freeway. Use your mirrors and check your blind spots before merging.


#18. Unless otherwise posted, the legal speed limit in public parks is:

The following speeds are set in law for the specified areas, whether posted or not. They apply unless a different speed is posted.

  • 15 mph: When driving in alleys and narrow residential areas.
  • 20 mph: In any business district and within a school speed zone.
  • 25 mph: In residential districts, in public parks and on ocean shores, if vehicles are permitted.
  • 55 mph: On all roads and highways not meeting any other definition and unless otherwise posted.

#19. When is a wide solid white line used as pavement marking between lanes?

Wide solid white lines are used to direct traffic into specific lanes, such as turn lanes, and to separate bike lanes from other traffic lanes.

Crossing a wide solid white line is permitted but discouraged.


#20. When parking close to a fire hydrant you must keep what distance?

You cannot stop or park your vehicle within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.

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Oregon DMV Written Knowledge Test
  Number of questions on exam: 35 questions
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 28
  Allotted time to complete test: No limit
  Wait time before retest: 1 day (After 3rd failure: 28 days)

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Oregon Practice Test

This Oregon written practice test has 20 random multiple-choice questions.

The test is designed to cover all important topics in the latest version of the Oregon Driver Manual and help you pass your written driver examination for a permit or full driver license.

After each practice question, you will get instant feedback that tells you if your answer is correct or not. If your answer is incorrect, there is also a short comment to help you understand the correct answer.

It is a good idea to keep the Oregon Driver Manual handy when you take the test and look up more information when you miss a question. That way, you will learn faster and remember facts better.

Get the Latest Version of the Oregon Driver Manual

Remember to always get the latest version of the Oregon Driver Manual. Don’t use old copies. Visit a local office for a hard copy or download a PDF-version online .

After you have studied the manual, it is time to start using these practice tests to check your progress and level of readiness.

Don’t use the practice tests instead of the manual. A practice tests is a supplement to the manual, not a replacement.

Study the Oregon Driver Manual - 2020-2021

Is the Oregon DMV Test Hard?

The failure rate on the written DMV test in Oregon is almost 50%, which means that the examination is hard for young first-time applicants. Serious preparations are a must if you want to pass your test the first time.

Should you fail the test, you must wait at least one day before you can take it again. Sometimes the wait can be longer. If you fail three times, the wait will be no less than 28 days before you can take the test a fourth time.

The real written test in Oregon has 35 questions and the passing score is 80%, which means that you must have 28 correct answers to pass.

When you practice, you should take at least two tests with 20 questions each to cover all items. You should also aim for a result higher than 80% to give yourself some leverage.

The Best Way to Study

Another good idea is to spread your study sessions over time. Don’t try to digest everything only a few days before the examination.

If you work with the manual and practice tests over a period of a few weeks, you will be much better prepared.

If you want to ace the DMV test, these tips can help: How to Ace the DMV Test .

Who Must Take the Oregon Knowledge Exam?

  First-time applicants.

For an Oregon original license of any type or an upgrade to a different type of license, you must always pass the following tests: a vision screening, the written knowledge test, and a road skills test.

Applicants under 18 years must also take the Safe Driving Practices Knowledge Test before Oregon DMV issues a driver license. You can take this test no more than 30 days before you turn 16.

  Drivers with an expired license.

Drivers who let their license expire for more than one year, must pass the knowledge test again.

  Drivers with a foreign driver license.

Drivers who move to Oregon and hold a license from a country other than Canada, Germany, or United States must pass all tests.

For drivers with a valid license from Germany, the road skills test is waived, but not the knowledge test.

Drivers with a valid license from another state or territory, or from Canada, are not required to take the written knowledge test or the road skills test.

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More about the Oregon Knowledge Test

The Oregon class C knowledge test has questions about road signs and signals, Oregon traffic laws and other information you need to know to drive in this state.

You should always expect questions about:

  • Pedestrians who are blind.
  • Traffic signs described in the manual.
  • Traffic signals described in the manual.
  • How to act in different emergency situations.
  • Vehicle safety equipment and its use.
  • Safe driving around pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Safe driving around motorcyclists (2 questions).

Remember, answers to all questions are found in the Oregon Driver Manual.

The knowledge test is offered on a touch-screen computer, with or without audio assistance.


The Oregon knowledge test is available in the following languages:



With permission by DMV, you may use a foreign language translation dictionary or an authorized interpreter. Contact your local DMV office for further details. You should also contact DMV if you require any other special accommodation.

Don’t Cheat on the DMV Test

Only people taking the test are allowed into the testing area, except for authorized interpreters.

During the test you are not allowed to talk, use a cell phone or any other electronic devices, write or take notes. If you don’t follow rules and instruction given by the staff, or if you are found cheating, examiners will stop your test immediately.

DMV will not allow you to test again for 90 days. It’s a long period, if you really want your learner’s permit.

What the Law Says about Your Examination

ORS 807.070 – Examinations

The examination for each class of license or endorsement must include all of the following as described:

(1) A test of the applicant’s eyesight. This subsection does not apply to an applicant with a limited vision condition as defined in ORS 807.355 (Definitions).

(2) A test of the applicant’s knowledge and understanding of the traffic laws of this state, safe driving practices and factors that cause accidents. The following all apply to the test under this subsection:

(a) The test may not cover any subject that is not presented in the publications of the department intended for the instruction of applicants for licenses and driver permits.

(b) The test for each class of license and endorsement must include, but is not limited to, a test of knowledge and understanding of traffic laws that relate specifically to the type of driving privileges granted under the specific class of license or endorsement sought.

(c) The test must include, but is not limited to, the following subjects:

(A) Rights of pedestrians who are blind.

(B) The meaning of official traffic signs and signals.

(C) Proper operating procedure in emergency situations.

(D) Vehicle safety equipment and its use.

(E) Practices necessary for safe operation of a vehicle around pedestrians and bicyclists.

(F) Practices necessary for safe operation of a vehicle around motorcyclists.

(d) The test must include at least two questions pertaining to the practices necessary for safe operation of a vehicle around motorcyclists.

(e) The test may include a question regarding fuel efficient driving techniques.

(f) The department may waive the test under circumstances described in ORS 807.072 (Waiver of certain examinations, tests and demonstrations).

(3) A test that is an actual demonstration of the applicant’s ability to operate a motor vehicle without endangering the safety of persons or property. The following apply to this subsection:

(a) The actual demonstration for each class of license shall be performed in a vehicle that may be operated under the class of license sought, but that may not be operated under lower classes of license.

(b) An actual demonstration for a passenger endorsement shall be performed in a vehicle that may be operated under the endorsement.

(c) An actual demonstration for a school bus endorsement shall be performed in a school bus.

(d) An actual demonstration required for a commercial driver license may be performed by a person only if the person has held for at least 14 days a commercial learner driver permit that was issued by the department or by another jurisdiction that authorizes operation of the vehicle used for testing.

(e) The department may waive the demonstration under circumstances described in ORS 807.072 (Waiver of certain examinations, tests and demonstrations).


  1. you should help me pass I’m 16. name is kai.

  2. Sandra Paterson July 13, 2021

    This was very helpful. Passed with no mistakes.

  3. Are your answers and questions similar to the ones on the actual test?

  4. How many questions can you miss on the permit test in Oregon?

    • Read above. “The passing score in Oregon is 80 percent, which means you must answer at least 28 questions correctly.”

      It means you can miss no more than 7.

  5. My son just got his permit and he’s going to be 18 in March 09, how long he needs to wait to be able to take the drive test.

    • Short answer: March 9.

      If you are under 18, you must hold an instruction permit for at least six months and complete 50 hours of supervised driving practice. Then you must complete an approved driver training course OR complete another 50 hours of supervised driving practice plus pass an ODOT-approved traffic safety education course.

      Once you are 18, the above no longer applies. After you’ve passed the knowledge test, you can schedule a road test. Driver Education and Permit are optional.

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