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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. If you are traveling on a road with solid white lines between lanes of traffic, you should:

Solid white lines are used for pavement edge lines, shoulder markings, channelizing, transitions, and lane use control. Crossing a solid white line should be avoided if possible.


#2. Which of the following would be indicated by circular road sign?

The round or circular shape is used exclusively for railroad advance warning signs.


#3. When a doctor prescribes drugs, which are likely to affect your driving, you should:

You must not drive under the influence of drugs or medicine.

Any drug might affect your ability as a driver. Many over-the-counter drugs cause drowsiness in some people which can affect their driving. Read the labels and be careful with antihistamines, other cold preparations, or any medicine that relaxes or promotes sleep. If you have doubts about a drug or drug mix, check with a doctor or pharmacist.


#4. Using an unpaved shoulder to pass another vehicle on the right is:

You may not pass on the right by driving off the paved portion of the highway.

You may pass on a paved shoulder when the vehicle you are passing is slowing or stopped on the main travelled portion of the highway, disabled, or preparing to make a left turn.


#5. When a law enforcement officer is directing you to do a U-turn against existing signs, you should:

You must obey a law enforcement officer at all times even if the officer is telling you to do something which is ordinarily considered against the law. Instructions from a flag person or a school crossing guard must also be obeyed.


#6. Which of the following is an example of defensive driving?

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.

#7. What does this sign mean?

Keep left.

Drive to the left of this sign. This sign is used in advance of islands and medians.


#8. Your car must have parking lights, and they must show:

Parking lights are required equipment and must show white or amber on the front, red to the rear.


#9. When parking uphill on a two-way street with no curbs, your front wheels should be:

Headed either uphill or downhill and there is no curb, turn the wheels to the right so the car will roll away from the center of the road if the brakes fail.

Remember, when you park on a hill, the general rule is to turn your wheels sharply towards the side of the road or curb. This way, if your vehicle starts to roll downhill, it will roll away from traffic. However, when headed uphill at a curb, you should turn the front wheels in the opposite direction, away from the curb and towards the road. Then, let your vehicle roll backwards until the back of your front wheel touches the curb. The curb will stop your car from rolling into traffic.


#10. What should you do when overtaking a motorcycle?

When passing, go all the way into the other lane.

Respect the motorcycle and allow the motorcyclist a full lane width. Although it may seem as though there is enough room in the traffic lane for an automobile and a motorcycle, the motorcycle is entitled to a full lane and may need the room to maneuver safely. Do not attempt to share the lane with a motorcycle.

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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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