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This Virginia Permit Practice Test
  Questions per test: 25
  Question pool: 500+
  Type of test: Random multiple-choice / True or False

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#1. The road is wet when you approach this sign. Which of the following is most likely to cause a problem?

Slippery when wet.

When pavement is wet, reduce your speed. Do not brake hard or change direction suddenly. Increase the distance between your car and the one ahead of you.

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#2. What does the markings in center lane (B) mean?

Arrows are often used with the white lines to show which turn may be made from the lane.

If you are traveling in a lane marked with a curved arrow and the word ONLY, you must turn in the direction of the arrow. If your lane is marked with both a curved and a straight arrow, you may turn in the direction of the arrow or you may go straight.

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#3. You are on a two-lane highway. There is a bicyclist in front of you and a car approaching from the other direction. What is the best thing to do?

Pass only when safe. Instead of driving between the car and the child, take one danger at a time. First, slow down and let the car pass. Then, move to the left to allow plenty of room (at least three feet) before you pass the child.

Remember, slow down when you approach bicyclists. State law requires motorists to pass cyclists with at least three feet of clearance. Give them plenty of room when passing and be prepared to stop suddenly. Look for bicycles on all public roads.

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#4. During heavy traffic periods, HOV lanes are reserved for the following, except:

During heavy traffic periods, HOV lanes are reserved for buses, vanpools, carpools, other high occupancy vehicles, motorcycles, and certain clean special fuel vehicles. They are not reserved for tractor-trailers.

Note the wording of this question.

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#5. A pedestrian has entered a crosswalk and should be given the right-of-way:

Always yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk, or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. Remember that turns on red are especially hazardous to pedestrians. Avoid conflict with pedestrians and permit them to cross the street safely.

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#6. Consuming caffeine, energy drinks or other stimulants are reliable methods for staying awake and prevent drowsy driving.

Consuming caffeine, energy drinks or other stimulants do not prevent drowsy driving and are not reliable methods for staying awake.

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#7. When you park on a hill headed downhill and there is no curb, you should turn your front wheels:

Headed downhill with no curb, turn the wheels to the right or side of the road, so the car will roll away from the center of the road if the brakes fail.

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#8. On which side should you pass a vertical panel like this?

If the orange stripes slant down to the right, go to the right. If the stripes slant to the left, go to the left.

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#9. The suspension of a driving privilege is the same as:

If your license is suspended, your privilege to drive has been withdrawn temporarily. You may pay the required fees and reinstate your license at the end of the suspension period. You must show proof of legal presence and pass the two-part knowledge, road skills and vision exams to have your driving privilege reinstated.

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#10. This hand signal means:

Right turn – left arm extended, with elbow bent upward, at about a 90-degree angle.

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#11. If pulled over and issued a citation requiring a signature, you should:

If the officer issues you a citation, do not argue with the officer about the citation.

You will be asked to sign the citation. This is not an admission of guilt. Refusal to sign the citation may result in your arrest. Or you may be required to go to the police station.

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#12. When stopping before a left turn, your front wheels should be turned:

Keep your front wheels pointed straight ahead until you are actually going to make the left turn. This prevents you from being pushed into oncoming traffic if another vehicle crashes into you from behind.

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#13. When can you legally make a left turn at a red traffic signal?

You may turn left at a red light if you are on a one-way street and turning left onto another one-way street while the traffic signal displays a red light. Before turning, you must come to a complete stop. Look both ways and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other traffic. Be sure to check for less visible vehicles such as motorcycles, bicycles, and mopeds. You may not turn left on red if signs are posted at the intersection that read No Turn on Red, or if a red arrow pointing to the left is displayed.

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#14. If a stopped school bus with flashing red lights is on the opposite side of a highway median or barrier, you must come to a full stop:

You do not have to stop if you are traveling in the opposite direction on a roadway with a median or barrier dividing the road and the bus is on the opposite side of the median or barrier.

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#15. An adult car passenger must always wear a safety belt:

Under Virginia law, the driver and all front seat passengers must wear safety belts. A passenger younger than age 18 must be properly secured in a safety belt, booster seat or child safety seat no matter where the child is seated in the vehicle.

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#16. In your lifetime, the chance that you'll be involved in an alcohol-related crash is:

In your lifetime, there’s a 50-50 chance that you’ll be involved in an alcohol-related crash.

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#17. You are driving on a highway posted for 60 mph. Traffic around you is traveling at 70 mph. You may legally drive:

A speed limit is the maximum legal speed you can travel on a road under ideal conditions. You may drive slower than the posted speed, but it is illegal to drive any faster. By law, you must drive slower if conditions such as road construction or bad weather make the posted speed unsafe.

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#18. Which is true about tailgating (following another vehicle too closely)?

Most rear end accidents are caused by tailgating.

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#19. Which lane is marked as unavailable or closed?

Lane use signals indicate lanes where you can and cannot drive during different hours of the day.

  • Red X: Never drive in a lane marked with a red X signal.
  • Yellow X: A yellow X signal means that you should move out of the lane as soon as safely possible.
  • Green Arrow: You are permitted to drive in a lane marked with a green arrow signal.
  • Left-turn Arrow: You are permitted to enter in a lane marked with a one-way or two-way arrow only to turn in the direction of the arrow.
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#20. Transporting a child under 16 years in the bed of a pick-up truck:

It is illegal to transport children under age 16 in the bed of a pickup truck, even if equipped with a camper shell.

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#21. You are on a two-way street and have stopped at a red light. An emergency vehicle with flashing lights approaches from behind. You should:

If the traffic light is red, stay where you are. Make room, if possible, but do not proceed into the intersection, unless directed to do so. Make sure you can hear any instructions or directions given.

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#22. If your vehicle stalls in the path of an oncoming train, you should get away from the tracks and move in what direction?

If your car stalls on the tracks and a train is approaching, do not hesitate. Get out of the car right away and run diagonally away from the tracks in the direction of the oncoming train.

You must run in the direction of the oncoming train to avoid being struck by the debris from the accident.

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#23. What do the light gray areas in the picture mark?

Blind spots are danger areas where vehicles around you cannot be easily seen. Before driving, adjust your vehicle’s mirrors. Make sure the inside rear-view mirror frames the entire back window. Adjust both side mirrors so you can barely see the sides of your vehicle.

The best way to see a car in your blind spot is by quickly turning your head and glancing over your shoulder to ensure the way is clear before changing lanes or passing another vehicle.

Avoid driving in someone else’s blind spot. This can be just as dangerous as not checking your own blind spot. Speed up or drop back – but don’t stay in the other driver’s blind spot.

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#24. You are driving in a residential area. If there isn't any speed limit sign, you should assume that the maximum speed limit is 40 mph.

Legal speed limit in school zones, business or residential districts is 25 mph.

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#25. When driving in fog, you should:

Fog is a dangerous driving environment. Increase your following distance. Slow down enough so you can stop safely within the distance that you can see ahead. Turn on your low-beam headlights so others can see you. Do not use your high-beam headlights.

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The Official Virginia Written Knowledge Test
  Questions on real exam: Part I: 10
Part II: 25
  Passing score: Part I: 100%
Part II: 80%
  Correct answers to pass: Part I: 10
Part II: 20
  Allotted time to complete test: No limit
  Wait time before retest: 1-15 days

Virginia DMV practice tests at Drivers Prep

This Virginia (VA) Permit Practice Test

This practice test helps you prepare for the second part of your knowledge examination. It has 25 questions about Virginia traffic laws, common road rules, and safe driving practices.

After each question, you can see if your answer is correct or not. If your answer is wrong, there is also a short explanation to help you understand the correct answer.

Keep the latest version of the Virginia Driver’s Manual handy and compare comments with the information in the manual. By reading up on your weaknesses, you will learn faster. If you don’t have the manual yet, you can quickly get the latest PDF-version online .

Remember, the practice tests are designed to help you study. Use them as a supplement to the Driver’s Manual – not instead of it.

The easy way to pass your Virginia DMV test

Two-part Knowledge Examination

To get your learner’s permit or driver license in Virginia, you must pass a two-part knowledge examination:

    A road sign identification test
    A general knowledge test

The first test addresses 10 of the road signs described in the driver’s manual. You must correctly identify all 10 signs by shape, colors, and/or symbols and messages. You can check your knowledge of the road signs here: Virginia road sign Recognition test .

The total passing score in Virginia is 86 percent. On the practice tests, you should aim for a perfect score of 100%. It is particularly important to know and understand all the road signs.

The second part will verify your general knowledge of laws, rules, and common driving practices. On this part, the passing score is 80 percent. Out of 25 questions, you need to correctly answer at least 20 questions to pass.

If you combine these two parts, the passing score is 86%, which is higher than in many other states .


Who Must Pass the Virginia Knowledge Exam?

  First-time applicants.

First-time applicants who hasn’t been licensed before must always pass all tests, including the written knowledge exam.

  Drivers who had their license revoked.

After a revocation of your Virginia driving privilege, your license may be restored only if you re-apply for a driver’s license. This means that you must pass all applicable tests again, including the written knowledge exam.

  Drivers who let their license expire for more than a year.

Don’t wait to renew your driver license. In some situations, you must take all tests again if you let your license expire more than one year.

  Drivers with a foreign driver license.

If you apply for a Virginia license and hold a valid driver’s license from another U.S. state, the knowledge exam is usually waived. The same applies if you are 19 or older and hold a valid license from Canada, Germany, France, or the Republic of Korea.

Applicants with a license from a country other than Canada, Germany, France, or the Republic of Korea and who are 19 years or older, may convert their license to a Virginia license only after successfully passing all tests.


Failing the Knowledge Exam

You can only take the written exam once per day.

If you fail the test and you are less than 18 years, you must wait a full 15 days before you can retake it. If you are 18 years or older, you can re-take it the next business day – but must pay an additional testing fee.

If you fail the knowledge exam three times, you must complete a driver education course before you can take the test a fourth time. The course must be part of driver education at a driver training school approved by DMV or the Department of Education. Note that driver improvement courses don’t meet this requirement!

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Languages

The knowledge test is available in English and Spanish. But several other languages are also supported. For a complete list, check out dmv.virginia.gov .

Audio versions of the exam are available. Ask for a headset and audio support before you start the test.

Applicants with other needs or special help should let a DMV staff member know before the examination. We recommend that you always call ahead and explain your situation. Special accommodation may not be available at driving schools.

Virginia DMV Driver's Manual

Cheating

Remember, you can’t:

  • Get help from others when taking the test.
  • Help another person during the test.
  • Try to get test questions or answers before the test.
  • Give another person exam questions or answers.
  • Use a cell phone or other electronic devices during the exam.

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