Total Passing Scores in all States
The following is a list of the passing score in all states.
In states where the knowledge test has two parts with a separate road sign test, an average score from both parts are used.
You should, however, be aware that Road sign tests usually have a higher passing score, like Virginia where you must correctly answer all 10 road sign questions (100%).
California has three different tests, depending on your age and if you are a first-time applicant or not. The passing score vary slightly depending on test.
A lower passing score does not necessarily mean that the DMV test is easier. Number of questions on the test and type of questions are also important. Some states have “true-or-false” statements, which is generally considered easier. Other state focus more on road signs, which is also easier.
|State & Questions||Passing Score|
|District of Columbia||25||75%|
Four states (Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, and Texas) have the lowest passing score, 70 percent. In addition, Massachusetts and New York have only 20 questions on their test.
Texas has 30 questions on the test.
States with the lowest passing score on the written test:
In 7 states, the passing score is higher than 80%.
Three states (Idaho, Maryland, and Virginia) have a passing score of 85 percent or more. Idaho has 40 questions on their test, Maryland has only 20 questions, and Virginia has 35 questions (of which 10 are road sign questions).
States with the highest passing score on the written test:
80% is Most Common
In most states, you need a score of 80 percent to pass.
32 states have a passing score of 80 percent. Most of these states have 25 questions on the test, which means you must correctly answer 20 questions to pass the exam.