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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. The faster you drive:

The faster you drive, the greater your stopping distance even in ideal conditions.


#2. You see this sign beside the road, you should:

Traffic signal ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop, if necessary.


#3. If you are involved in an accident and your vehicle is blocking traffic, you should:

If there are no injuries and vehicles can be safely moved, they should be moved out of travel lanes as soon as possible. Filing an accident report with DMV is not always needed (see requirements in Driver Manual).


#4. When taking any medicine, you should:

Both prescription and over-the-counter medications may impair your driving ability. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the side effects and how they could impact your ability to drive safely.


#5. When passing a stopped streetcar or light rail train, you should:

Use caution when passing a stopped train or streetcar. Watch for pedestrians. Passengers unloading from the train may cross in front of the train into your lane of traffic.


#6. At this uncontrolled intersection, vehicle A is turning left. Vehicles B and C are going straight. Vehicle A must:

Vehicle C goes first.

Vehicle A must yield to both B and C.

Vehicle B must yield to vehicle C.

As you approach an intersection with no signs or signals, first look to the left to make sure cross traffic is yielding right of way, then look to the front and to the right. Be prepared to stop. Yield the right of way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching from your right.


#7. If a yellow center line is solid on your side of the road, it means:

A solid yellow line on your side of the lane indicates you are not allowed to pass. You may turn left across solid yellow lines after waiting for oncoming traffic to clear and if it is safe to do so.

You may cross the center line in a no-passing zone only if the right side of the road is blocked or if you are turning left.


#8. Compared to other roadway users, motorcyclists:

Motorcycle riders have the same rights and responsibilities on public roads as other highway users.


#9. Your cell phone rings while you are driving. Which of the following is the best thing to do?

Being alert is an essential part of safe driving. Avoid distractions, such as cell phones. If you must use a cell phone, regardless of age, pull off the road and find a safe place to stop.

If you are under 18 years, it is illegal to talk or text on a cell phone or other communication device while operating a vehicle. Turn it off or put it in the back seat and ignore it.


#10. If you are traveling in the left lane on a multi-lane road and someone comes up behind you at a faster speed, you should:

Do not tie up traffic in the left lane. In open area when traffic is free-flowing, use the right lane and use the left lane for passing or when vehicles are entering from the right. Use the right lane if you are moving slower than other traffic.


#11. You are driving in fog and a vehicle from opposite direction comes within 500 feet. You must:

Dim your lights when following another vehicle within 350 feet. When you are required to dim your headlights, other auxiliary lights such as fog lights, must be off.


#12. If an oncoming vehicle is drifting into your lane:

If an oncoming vehicle is drifting into your lane, pull to the right as far as possible, slow down, and warn the other driver with your horn or lights. Never pull into the opposing lane, the oncoming driver may turn back sharply into that lane. In most cases, steering to the shoulder or ditch is safer than risking a head-on crash.


#13. When you park on a hill headed uphill and there is no curb, you should turn your front wheels:

Always set your parking brake. Leave your vehicle in gear if it has a manual transmission or in park for an automatic transmission. Turn your front wheels as indicated below to prevent your vehicle from rolling downhill in case the brake fails.

  • Downhill against a curb: turn your wheels toward the curb.
  • Uphill against a curb: turn your wheels toward the travel lane.
  • Uphill – no curb: turn your wheels toward the edge of the road.

#14. You can make a turn in the direction of a red arrow:

The same turns allowed for a steady red signal are allowed for a red arrow.


#15. Which road signs have this shape?

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.


#16. A blind spot is the area of the road:

A blind spot is the area around your vehicle that you cannot see from the driver’s seat even with the use of your mirrors. Avoid driving in another driver’s blind spot, if possible.

Before changing lanes, check your side and rearview mirrors for traffic approaching you from behind. Then, use your turn signal to let other drivers know you plan to change lanes. Check for other drivers who also may be moving into the same lane. Just before you begin moving into the other lane, quickly glance over your shoulder to the rear in the direction you want to move to check for any vehicles that may be in your blind spot.


#17. When you see this sign, you are approaching:

Low clearance / Maximum height.

The overpass has a low clearance. Do not proceed if your vehicle is too tall to pass under.


#18. When you drive through a construction zone, you should:

Slow down and pay attention when you approach a work zone. Traffic may slow or stop unexpectedly in these areas.


#19. Directions and instructions from a flag person in a work zone:

You must obey all official signs, signals, and markings unless you see a police officer or road worker redirecting traffic. You must also obey directions from school crossing guards and fire fighters.


#20. How can you warn drivers behind you, if you see an accident ahead?

If you spot traffic slowing ahead, lightly tap your brake pedal several times to alert drivers behind you.

If you are going to stop or slow down at a place where another driver does not expect it, tap your brake pedal to let those behind you know you are about to slow down.

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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.

What's on the Written DMV Test - Driver's Prep

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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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