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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. Which lane should you use if traveling straight ahead?

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.

#2. The basic speed law means you must drive slower than the posted speed limit:

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.


#3. If you turn into a road where road reflectors shine red in your headlights, the reflectors tell you:

Red reflectors on the pavement show areas not to be entered or used. They are positioned on the road surface so that only traffic flowing in the wrong direction would observe them.


#4. 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.


#5. Why is it important to know what kind of braking system your vehicle has?

Knowing how to apply your brakes in an emergency situation may save your life. Conventional and anti-lock brakes (ABS) are used differently, so it is important to know what kind of braking system your vehicle has.


#6. Always wear your shoulder strap seat belt:

Wear your shoulder belt over your shoulder and across your chest. Never wear your shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm. Your shoulder and lap belts should be snug without any slack.


#7. You must obey instructions from a school crossing guard in a school crossing:

You must obey all signs and signals unless directed by law-enforcement officers or crossing guards. You must obey such directions or instructions, even if they conflict with existing signs, signals, or code.


#8. Temperature just above freezing point. You approach a bridge with this road sign. What is the best thing to do?

This sign warns of conditions that can cause you to lose control of your car. The road surface of a bridge may be dangerous in winter because it freezes first and may remain icy after the rest of the roadway is clear. In wet or cold weather, drive slowly. Do not speed up or brake hard.


#9. When approaching an intersection without traffic signals or signs, you must:

When approaching intersections without traffic signals or signs yield to any vehicle that reaches an intersection before you. If you get there at the same time, you must yield to the motorist on the right.


#10. If you are going on a very long trip, it is a good idea to plan a rest stop every:

Driving while you are sleepy reduces your ability to drive effectively. Your reaction time is slower, awareness is decreased, and judgment is impaired.

To avoid falling asleep at the wheel:

  • Get plenty of quality sleep before a trip.
  • Limit long distance driving. Stop at least every two hours for rest.
  • Keep the temperature cool in your vehicle.
  • Talk with passengers but not to the point of distraction.
  • Keep your eyes moving and check your mirrors often.
  • If possible, drive with a companion and switch drivers

#11. When you are facing a green light and there are vehicles in the intersection:

At a green light, you may go if the way is clear. If you are turning, you must yield the right-of-way to vehicles coming from the other direction and pedestrians in the intersection. Drivers entering any intersection or traffic circle must yield to traffic already in it. Remember, don’t enter an intersection if traffic is backed up on the other side and you cannot get completely through the intersection. Wait until traffic ahead clears, so you do not block the intersection.


#12. If you are convicted of exceeding the speed limit in a highway work zone, you may be fined up to:

If you are convicted of exceeding the speed limit in a highway work zone, you may be fined up to $500.


#13. Signaling before turning is:

Using your turn signal is required by law.


#14. When approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with activated lights on a multi-lane roadway, you must:

When approaching a stopped vehicle with flashing lights on a four-lane highway, you must change to a lane not next to the emergency vehicle if you can change lanes safely. If you are unable to safely change lanes, reduce your speed and proceed with caution.

Violations can result in court suspension of your driver’s license and demerit points on your driving record.


#15. What does the Implied Consent Law mean?

Under implied consent laws, if you operate a motor vehicle on Virginia’s public roads, you agree to take a test upon request.


#16. Bicyclists are expected to obey the same traffic rules and regulations as other vehicle drivers:

That bicyclists must not obey the same traffic rules and regulations as other vehicle drivers is a false statement.

Bicycles are considered vehicles and bicyclists are expected to obey the same traffic rules and regulations as other vehicle drivers.


#17. You must keep your headlights turned on:

You must use your headlights at night and at other times when it’s hard to see. Virginia law requires motorists to use headlights during inclement weather such as rain, fog, snow, or sleet when visibility is reduced to 500 feet. You must use your headlights whenever you use your windshield wipers as a result of bad weather.

Using headlights at all times, including during the day, increases your vehicle’s visibility.


#18. Actions to suspend, revoke, or disqualify your driving privileges may only be imposed by a court:

Actions to suspend, revoke, or disqualify your driving privileges in Virginia may be imposed by a court, the Department of Social Services, or by DMV, depending on the nature of your violations.


#19. If HOV lanes are separated by a barrier, they are:

If the lanes are separated by a barrier, they are reversible.


#20. If a school bus with flashing red lights has stopped on the opposite side of a four-lane roadway with a center turning lane, you should:

You must stop for stopped school buses with flashing red lights and an extended stop sign when you approach from any direction on a highway, private road, or school driveway. Stop and remain stopped until all persons are clear, and the bus moves again.

You must also stop if the bus is loading or unloading passengers and the signals are not on.

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.


#21. When changing lanes, it is important to:

When changing lanes, it is important to check your blind spot. Your blind spot is the area of the road you cannot see without moving your head and looking over your shoulder.


#22. Children from 2 years until at least 8 years should normally be secured:

The safest place to install a child safety seat is in the center of the back seat. Children should ride rear facing from birth to 2 years, or as long as the safety seat manufacturer allows. If the vehicle does not have a back seat, a rear facing child seat may be placed in the front passenger seat if the vehicle is not equipped with a passenger side air bag or if the passenger air bag is turned off. Children should ride facing forward in a child safety seat or booster seat until at least age 8, or until they can attain a proper seat belt fit. (Note that older versions of the manual have slightly different recommendations.)


#23. What should you do if you have a traffic crash, and someone is injured?

If someone is injured, always call for professional help. Do not attempt to move an injured person from a wrecked vehicle unless you have the necessary medical training or there is an immediate danger such as fire.


#24. When sharing the road with a bicyclist:

Bicycles are considered vehicles and have the same rights as motor vehicles. Bicyclists are also expected to obey the same traffic rules and regulations as vehicle drivers – however, many are children who may not know or obey the rules.

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.


#25. At a fire hydrant, parking is not allowed:

Never park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.

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

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


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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