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Texas Knowledge Test

Who Must Take the Test?

Persons applying for an original Texas license must pass a knowledge test. Applicants less than 25 years of age is required to take a driver education course before applying for a driver license. Upon successful completion of the course, the person is not required to take the knowledge test.

The knowledge test is not required for adult applicants who hold and surrender a valid, unexpired driver license from another U.S. state or U.S. territory. This also applies to applicants who hold a valid out-of-country license from Canada, France, South Korea or Germany. All other citizens with an out-of-country license must pass the knowledge test.

Applicants less than 18 years of age with a license or permit from a country other than the U.S. or Canada are required to take the knowledge test. This includes France, South Korea and Germany.

Texas Knowledge Test

The knowledge test is based in information available in the Texas driver's handbook. It is offered on computerized test stations. You need a score of at least 70% to pass. If you do not pass the knowledge test, you cannot retake the test the same day. After 90 days or three failed attempts, a new application and fee will be required.

Foreign Languages

At this point, Texas knowledge tests are only available in English and Spanish. You must be able to understand road signs written in English to pass the test.

You may bring a translator, but the translator is not allowed to help you during the test.

If you are hearing impaired and have trouble reading, you may request an oral test with a certified ASL interpreter. Contact your local driver license office at least four business days before your visit.

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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