Virginia (VA) Permit Practice Tests
A permit practice test at Driver’s Prep has 35 random questions based on the Virginia Driver’s Manual and real exam questions.
After each question, you can see if you answered correctly or not. If your answer is wrong, you can also see a brief comment.
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, get it 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 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.
Virginia Two-Part Knowledge Exam
The Virginia knowledge exam consists of two parts: a road sign test and a general knowledge test.
The road sign test has 10 questions. You must correctly answer all 10 questions (100% passing score) before you can continue with part two.
The second part tests your general knowledge about Virginia traffic laws and safe driving practices. This part has 25 questions and you must correctly answer at least 20 questions (80%) to successfully pass the exam.
If you combine these two parts, the passing score is 86%.
On the practice tests, you can see any number of road signs. Unlike the real exam, your score is based on all questions – not the two parts separately.
Who Must Pass the Virginia Written Test?
First-time applicants must pass all applicable tests, including the written knowledge exam.
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 after successfully passing all tests.
After a revocation of your Virginia driving privilege, your license may be restored if you re-apply for a driver’s license. This means that you must pass all applicable tests again, including the written knowledge exam.
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 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!
Learn how to ace the DMV test!
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 also 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.
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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