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Maryland Knowledge Test

Who Must Take the Maryland Written Test?

- All new drivers applying for an initial Maryland learner's permit or driver's license must take and pass the written knowledge test.

- This may also apply to anyone applying for a new license after a revocation.

- If you let your current license expire for more than one year, you may also be required to take all tests again.

- Applicants with an out-of-county license must also pass the knowledge test.

If you hold an out-of-state license and apply for a Maryland driver's license, tests are usually waived.

Maryland Knowledge Test

The typical test for the noncommercial Class C consists of 25 questions. A score of 85% or better is required to pass. This is a higher passing score than in other states. Make sure you prepare well.

In general, tests are administered on a computer and are available in English as well as Spanish. The use of foreign language interpreters for other languages is permitted. Note that MVA does not pay the interpreter fee.

If you require an oral test, you must make an appointment.

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Are You Ready for Your Drivers Permit Test?


Read the state Driver's Manual or Handbook. All real permit test questions are based on the material in this manual. Get familiar with all areas and learn the laws and rules presented. Pay special attention to facts that are bolded or highlighted.

Give yourself plenty of time. Start preparing at least two weeks before the real test.

Take several of our driver permit practice tests to make sure you are ready for the real examination.

Our Practice Tests

Our permit and license practice tests contain 25 questions. You must correctly answer 20 questions to pass (80%). This is a common passing score in most states. You should, however, aim for a score of 90% or more on a permit practice test.

Read Carefully

Read all questions and answers carefully. You will see many DMV test answers, but do NOT focus on memorizing exact phrases - focus on understanding! The practice permit test questions may be repeated with several different alternatives and different wording. Real DMV permit test questions are created the same way.

All questions are multiple-choice or true/false. Only one alternative is correct and acceptable. If you see All of the above, None of the above, or similar as one alternative, make sure you evaluate all alternatives carefully.


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