If you need to pass the initial California permit test for teenagers under 18 years, the real exam has 46 questions. You must correctly answer 38 questions. This means that you must reach a passing score of 83 percent or more. If you are 18 years or older, the test has 36 questions and you are allowed 6 incorrect answers (83 percent passing score). The renewal test in California has 18 questions and you are allowed 3 incorrect answers.
Read the following article to learn about passing scores in other states: Permit and License Passing Scores in United States.
Many of the details in the state driver manual might seem irrelevant or insignificant for your driving skills. However, laws and California rules of the road are an important part of the driver examination.
Unexpected details on the driving tests may deal with speed limits (check the speed limit in school zones in California, proper parking distance to intersections and fire hydrants, use of headlights, and the length of a license suspension after certain convictions. Sometimes, you can figure out many of these numbers by trying to think like lawmakers. The best strategy, however, is to simply learn them from the handbook.
Safe driving also means you must learn the meaning of traffic signs, signal lights, lane-use control signals, and pavement markings. There are several articles on driversprep.com that can help you learn more.
You should also expect questions about right-of-way and when you are expected to yield to pedestrians and other vehicles. Remember that blind pedestrians often have an absolute "right-of-way".
It is also important that you know what to do in case of emergencies, like a skid, oncoming vehicle in your lane, a tire blowout, or if you drift off the pavement.
You must also know what to do in case you are involved in a crash.
You should special pay attention to some everyday driving situations that may pose a higher risk, such as driving at night, in fog, in winter weather, through work zones and school zones, when there are emergency vehicles around, and when you approach railroad crossings.
Study all chapters in the California driver's manual carefully. Questions on your final California DMV test are drawn from all parts of your state driver's guide.
No matter what the official passing score is, you should always aim for at least 92 percent on the practice tests. If you get a question wrong, make sure you understand why.