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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. A flashing red traffic signal is treated the same as:

A flashing red signal is treated the same as a stop sign. Come to a complete stop. Look both ways and to the front, yield to traffic and pedestrians, and proceed when it is safe to do so.


#2. Studded tires are generally allowed in Oregon:

Studded tires are generally allowed in Oregon only from November 1 through March 31. Because of the damage caused by studded tires, they should only be used when necessary.

Remember, some states ban the use of studded tires.


#3. Which distance should you keep from an emergency vehicle on its way to an emergency?

Follow no closer than 500 feet behind an emergency vehicle answering an alarm.


#4. This sign tells you that the center lane is used for:

Center Lane Turn Only. Share the center lane for left turns from both directions. The lane cannot be used for passing, overtaking, or through travel.


#5. When you stop behind another vehicle, you should be far enough away to see:

When stopping behind another vehicle, make sure you can see where the rear tires of the vehicle in front meet the road. After traffic starts to move, return to a safe following distance.


#6. 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.

#7. This sign means you may not drive faster than 20 mph:

You must obey the reduced speed limit of 20 mph any day, at any time children are present.


#8. You are driving on a slippery road when your cell phone rings. Regardless of age, you should:

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.


#9. If you pass a wrong way sign:

If you start to enter a freeway the wrong way, a do not enter or wrong way sign will warn you of your mistake. Immediately pull off to the side of the ramp and stop. Turn on your hazard lights to warn other vehicles. Cautiously turn around or back off the ramp.


#10. A sign with this shape means:

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.


#11. At intersections with stop signs in all four directions:

At intersections with stop signs in all four directions, all drivers must stop. It is common courtesy to allow the driver who stops first to go first. When in doubt, yield to the driver on your right. Never assume another driver will yield the right of way to you. Never insist on the right of way.


#12. 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.


#13. 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.


#14. A large truck is turning right onto a street with two lanes in each direction. The truck:

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.


#15. If your car starts to skid, you can make the skid worse if you:

Skids occur when the tires can no longer grip the road. Driving too fast for conditions causes skids. If your vehicle begins to skid:

  • Stay off the brakes. Until the vehicle slows, your brakes will not be effective.
  • Steer in the direction you want the vehicle to go. As soon as the vehicle begins to straighten out, turn the steering wheel back the other way. If you do not do this, your vehicle may swing around in the other direction and you could start a new skid.
  • Continue to correct your steering, left and right, until the vehicle is again moving down the road under your control.

#16. The two-to-four-second rule refers to:

The four-second rule refers to a following distance. Always maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you. You will have a better view of the road to watch for problems and more time to react.

A safe following distance is defined as 2-4 seconds. For speeds greater than 30 mph, a safe following distance should be four seconds or more.


#17. By driving in this state you have agreed to be tested for alcohol or drugs. This law is known as the:

Oregon’s Implied Consent law means that by driving a motor vehicle you have agreed that you will take a breath, blood, or urine test when asked by a police officer if you are arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII).


#18. 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.


#19. When overtaking another vehicle on a two-lane road, you must:

Before you start to pass, check your mirrors and your vehicle’s blind spot by glancing over your shoulder to the rear in the direction of the lane change. Turn on your signal, increase your speed and complete your pass as soon as possible.


#20. To avoid getting accidentally trapped on a railroad crossing, you should:

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.

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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. 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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