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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. You approach a roundabout with this sign. To turn left:

The left lane is for left turns only. The right lane can be used for any direction.

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


#2. What does this sign mean?

A five-sided sign marks school zones and warns you about school crossings.

These signs may display horizontal lines indicating the point at which a crosswalk exists.

Two signs may be used together to show the actual location of the crosswalk.


#3. To avoid or minimize the impact of a crash, a driver basically has three options:

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


#4. What is the best advice to a driver who has been drinking alcohol?

Never get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or using other impairing drugs. Leave the driving to someone else.


#5. What does this sign mean?

Do not pass. This sign marks the beginning of a no passing zone. You may not overtake another vehicle.

A yellow pennant-shaped sign may be on the left-hand side of the road or highway in addition to a Do Not Pass sign or pavement markings.


#6. What does this sign mean?

Yield ahead. This sign warns of a yield sign ahead. Slow down and be prepared to yield other traffic.


#7. When entering a freeway from an acceleration lane, what should your speed be?

In most driving situations, you slow down or stop before you enter a busy road, but when entering a freeway you do the opposite. Use the freeway on-ramp to speed up and merge with fast-moving traffic already on the road.

Adjust your speed to match traffic already on the freeway. But do not be lured into exceeding the posted speed to keep up with the flow of traffic. You should also keep moving if at all possible. Drivers behind you expect you to speed up rather than slow down.


#8. When you park on a hill headed downhill and there is a 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.

#9. To back your vehicle safely you should:

Check for pedestrians and approaching traffic by glancing to either side, then back up slowly.


#10. If you approach a stopped school bus with flashing red lights on this roadway, you must:

If you are on a divided highway with two roads separated by an unpaved median strip or barrier, you must stop only if you are on the same side of the road as the bus. A painted median strip or turn lane does NOT create two separate roads. In this case, all lanes of traffic must stop.


#11. A flashing yellow traffic signal at an intersection means:

A flashing yellow signal means slow down and proceed with caution.


#12. If an emergency vehicle with flashing lights approaches in the opposite lane on an undivided highway, you should:

You must yield right of way to emergency vehicles, such as fire trucks, police vehicles, and ambulances, when they approach from any direction using a light or siren.

When you see or hear an emergency vehicle warning, you must immediately drive as close as you safely can to the right side of the road and stop.

Stay stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed or until an officer tells you to move.

Do not stop in an intersection.


#13. What is the benefit of having a space cushion on all sides of your vehicle?

When a driver makes an unexpected or quick movement, other drivers need time to react.

The only way you can be sure you have enough time to react is by leaving plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicles around you. That space becomes a space cushion. You should try to keep a cushion of space ahead, to each side and behind you.


#14. The most effective device for reducing the chance of injury in a crash is:

A properly worn safety belt reduces the chance of injury in a crash.

If you wear a safety belt your chances of coming out of a collision alive are about twice as good as if you don’t.


#15. If you have a tire blowout while driving, you can easily lose control of your vehicle by:

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


#16. A broken yellow center line:

A broken yellow line on your side of the lane indicates you are allowed to pass another vehicle on the left side of the roadway. When passing, you may cross this line temporarily only when it is safe to do so.


#17. If you drive into fog, dust, or smoke, the light from high beam headlights will:

If you drive into fog, dust, smoke, or any area of low visibility, use headlights on low beam. Light from high beams will reflect back, causing glare and making it more difficult to see ahead.


#18. If you encounter an aggressive driver, the situation can get worse if you:

Angry or aggressive behavior by other drivers is often called road rage. These behaviors may include driving in an illegal, unsafe, or threatening manner, shouting and rude gestures. If you see an aggressive driver, stay out of the way. Do not challenge them by increasing your speed or trying to outmaneuver them.


#19. When crossing railroad tracks in heavy traffic, you:

Only cross the tracks if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping on the tracks. Never stop on tracks, even for a moment.


#20. You are driving on a freeway. You spot traffic slowing ahead. What is the best way to alert drivers behind you?

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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