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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. When it starts to rain or snow:

Roads become slippery when wet, making your car harder to control. Slow down and make sure you have complete control of the situation at all times. The space needed between you and the car in front of you is much greater on wet roads than it is in dry conditions. Avoid slamming on the brakes. Avoid sharp steering or changing speed quickly. In heavy rain or snow, turn on windshield wipers and your headlights.

Many drivers find out too late what a small amount of rain can do.


#2. If your vehicle breaks down on a highway:

If your vehicle breaks down on a highway, move your car off the pavement to the side of the road. If you cannot get the car off the pavement, get everyone out of the car and off the road. Portable warning devices should be used to warn oncoming traffic. Never stand in the roadway.


#3. For how long do points for traffic convictions remain on your driver record?

Points are assessed for traffic convictions. Once the conviction has been reported to the driver record, points are assigned and remain on your driver record for three years.


#4. If you are in a car crash, what will help keep you from being thrown from your car?

Safety belts are life belts and help to keep you:

  • From being thrown from your car (your chances of being killed are five times greater if you are thrown from your car).
  • From hitting the dashboard too hard.
  • Better control of your car.

#5. Before turning left or right you must signal for at least:

Signal continuously for at least 100 feet before you turn or stop. Be sure to turn off your signal light after you use it.


#6. An arrow panel displaying this message means:

Move or merge right. Begin your merge well in advance of the sign.

Large flashing or sequencing arrow panels may be used in work zones day and night to guide drivers into certain traffic lanes and to inform them part of the road or street ahead is closed.


#7. A road sign that is vertical rectangular usually indicates:

The vertical rectangle is generally used for regulatory signs.

Regulatory signs are square, rectangular, or have a special shape and are usually white, red or black with black, red, white or green letters or symbols. They give you information about rules for traffic direction, lane use, turning, speed, parking and other special situations.


#8. This sign means:

The surface of the road is covered with loose gravel. Go slow enough to keep complete control of your vehicle. Do not apply brakes suddenly or make sharp turns.


#9. What do pavement markings in the center of this road indicate?

The center lane is only used for vehicles turning left, not for passing or overtaking. The only time a vehicle should enter the center lane is at a point where the vehicle will have time to slow down or stop to make a safe left turn. This lane should never be used for passing or as a through traffic lane.

This lane is marked on each side by solid yellow and broken yellow lines.


#10. Into which lane should you turn when making a left turn from a one-way street into a two-way street with multiple lanes?

If you are turning left from a one-way street you should turn from the left lane. To complete a left turn you should be in the left portion of the street you are turning into but still to the right of the center line. Once you have completed your left turn, you may signal and change lanes if necessary.

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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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