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Permit Practice & Driver License Tests – Texas 2021

This Texas DPS Practice Test
  Questions on each test: 10
  Question pool: 500+
  Type of test: Random multiple-choice

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#1. The following are true about large trucks, except:

It is not true that trucks gain speed quicker than cars.

Trucks are not designed to be as maneuverable as cars. They have longer stopping and accelerating distances, a wider turning radius, larger blind spots, and weigh more.

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#2. This yellow sign means:

Divided highway ahead (divided highway begins).

You are approaching a section of highway where the opposing flows of traffic are separated by a median island.

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#3. If a vehicle comes toward you at night and flashes its high-beam headlights, you should:

If a vehicle comes toward you with high beams on, or flashes its headlights, make sure you have dimmed your lights.

Remember, you must dim your lights when you are within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle, or following another vehicle at a distance of 300 feet or less.

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#4. To keep track of what is happening around your vehicle, you should always:

A defensive driver should:

  • Stay alert and keep eyes moving to keep track of what is happening at all times.
  • Look for trouble spots developing all around.
  • Have a plan of action.
  • Know the law requires drivers to protect each other from their own mistakes.
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#5. Double (side-by-side) solid white lines mean:

Separation of lanes where travel is in the same direction and lane changing is prohibited.

Remember, crossing is prohibited where there is a pavement marking of double solid white lines.

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#6. What does this sign mean?

The road ahead is winding, with a series of turns or curves. Drive slowly and carefully, and do not pass.

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#7. When you park alongside a curb on a level street with two-way traffic, the front and back wheels must be:

On a roadway that allows two-way traffic, the driver must park with the vehicle’s right-hand wheels within 18 inches of the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.

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#8. The risk of hydroplaning increases:

Hydroplaning occurs when a tire patch loses contact with the road by rising up on top of water. Avoid hydroplaning by slowing down when the road is wet. Also, check the tires. Poor tires are dangerous. The risk of hydroplaning increase with increased speed.

If you lose traction, take your foot off the gas, do not apply the brakes, maintain the direction of the vehicle, and allow the vehicle to slow to a manageable speed.

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#9. What color do flag persons in construction zones generally wear on vests, shirts, or jackets?

A flag person is often provided in roadway work zones to stop, slow, or guide traffic safely through the area. A flag person wears an orange vest, shirt, or jacket and uses stop/slow paddles or red flags to direct traffic through work zones. Flag persons may also use fluorescent orange or fluorescent yellow-green vests, shirts, or jackets.

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#10. When are you required to stop at a railroad grade crossing?

You must stop at a railroad grade crossing if:

  • A clearly visible railroad signal warns of the approach of a train.
  • A crossing gate is lowered, or a flag person warns of a train.
  • An approaching train within about 1,500 feet of the crossing produces an audible signal and is an immediate hazard.
  • An approaching train is visible and in unsafe proximity to the crossing.
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The Official Texas Written Knowledge Test
  Questions on real exam: 30 questions
  Passing score: 70 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 21
  Allotted time to complete test: No limit
  Wait time before retest:

How to Use the Learner Practice Tests

Most of us don’t like to read a manual. It just takes too long, and we will probably just give up before finishing it. That is most likely why you searched for website like this. You want the quick answers without putting too much effort into it. Right?

Each of our TX sample test has 10 random questions picked from a database with more than 500 questions. This is your guarantee that you cover everything you need to know for the final exam. But practice tests only help if you use them correctly.

Be active. Compare questions and answers in the test with information in the Texas Driver Handbook . It is a good idea to keep the handbook handy and use it to look up questions and answers when you are uncertain.

Practice test questions to help you pass the permit test

While these practice tests give you all the answers you need, memorizing them is no guarantee of success on the Texas licensing test. If you put isolated phrases or pieces of information in the wrong context you are highly likely to get facts mixed up or even wrong.

When taking a practice test, stop and think for a second or two after each question. Is this familiar? Would it share a hashtag with something else? Take a second look at the incorrect choices.

Knowing what is wrong is just as important as knowing what is right.

When is the Texas Knowledge Test Required?

If you apply for your first original Texas license or learners permit, you must always pass a knowledge test.

If you are under 25 years, you must take a driver education course before applying for a learner’s license. This course includes the DPS approved knowledge exam. You don’t have to take any other knowledge test for your permit if you pass this course.

Learn more about Texas Graduated Driver License Program and all requirements for teenagers under 18 years here: Texas GDL Program.


The written test is not required if you are and adult who hold and surrender a valid, unexpired driver license from another U.S. state or U.S. territory. This also applies if you are 18 years or older and 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 written knowledge exam.

If you are under 18 years with a license or permit from a country other than the U.S. or Canada, you must always pass the knowledge test. If you are a minor, there is no exception if you hold a license from France, South Korea, or Germany.

What's on the Written DMV Test - Driver's Prep

What You Should Know about the DMV Written Test

The official written knowledge test is designed to test your:

  • ability to identify and understand highway signs in English that regulate, warn, or direct traffic.
  • knowledge of the traffic laws of this state.
  • knowledge of motorists’ rights and responsibilities in relation to bicyclists.
  • knowledge of the effect of using a wireless communication device, or engaging in other actions that may distract a driver, on the safe or effective operation of a motor vehicle.

The written test is based in information available in the Texas Driver Handbook. Make sure you read the handbook. Skipping it is a risky tactic!

Read more: Risky Study Tactics

Texas Driver Handbook

The Texas Driver Handbook is available at your local DPS office or via the Department’s website.

You take your test at a computerized test station. Read the instructions before you start. You can skip questions that you don’t know the answer to. They will appear again at the end of the rest unless you have already reached a passing score. The test will finish when you have passed.

If you don’t pass the knowledge test, you cannot take it again the same day. Go home and practice some more!

After 90 days or three failed attempts, you must apply for a license again and pay a new application fee.

How Many Questions are on the Texas DMV Written Test?

There are 30 questions on the Texas written knowledge test. The passing score is 70%. You must answer 21 out 30 questions correctly.


Foreign Languages

At this point, Texas knowledge tests are only available in English and Spanish. You must 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 have trouble reading, you may ask for an oral test with a certified ASL interpreter. Contact your local driver license office at least four business days before you wish to take the exam.

What Documents do You Need to Apply for a Texas Driver License?

Simply put, you need to have the following documents ready when you apply for a driver license or permit at a DPS service location:

  Proof of Identity.

Commonly accepted is your unexpired US Passport, US citizen Identification card, or Permanent Resident card.

  Proof of US Citizenship or Lawful Presence.

You can often use the same document as above. To show lawful presence, you usually need your foreign passport with visa, alien number and/or I-94 number.

  Proof of Social Security Number.

Bring your SSN card. DPS also accepts a W-2, SSA-1099 Form, or a paystub with your name and SSN on it.

  Proof of Residency in Texas.

Provide 2 documents that show you have lived in Texas for at least 30 days. Examples include utility bills, cable contracts, paycheck or pay stub dated within 90 days of the application date. DPS also accepts Texas high school, college, or university report card or transcript for the current school year.

  Evidence of Texas Vehicle Registration and insurance.

Normally, you need to show proof of Insurance and evidence Texas Vehicle Registration (New Residents who are surrendering an out-of-state driver license only) for each vehicle you own. If you do not own a vehicle, you will sign a statement affirming this.

This requirement is, however, currently waived until further notice (due to COVID-19).

If you aren’t sure if Texas DPS will accept your documents, you can download this brochure and this checklist to help you determine which documents you should bring.

DPS will not accept your application unless you have all the documents needed.


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