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This Washington Permit Practice Test
  Questions per test: 20
  Question pool: 800+
  Type of test: Random multiple-choice



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#1. What distance should you keep to a fire truck answering an emergency call?

Police vehicles, ambulances, and fire trucks need more room to operate. Do not follow closer than 500 feet to a fire truck.


#2. Which is true about signaling before suddenly reducing speed?

Always signal when you slow down or stop. Normally, your brake lights let people know that you are slowing down. You may also use hand signals when signal lights cannot be seen by other drivers.


#3. The risk of hydroplaning and skidding increase:

When it is raining or the road is wet, most tires have good traction up to about 35 mph. As you go faster, your tires will start to ride up on the water, like water skis. This is called hydroplaning.


#4. What does this sign mean?

Chevron sign. Sharp turn or curve in direction of arrow. Chevron signs are normally placed in series.


#5. A safety restraint system in the rear-facing position must be used for children up to:

Infants and children under two must use a child safety restraint system in the rear-facing position. Never put a belt around you and a child on your lap. Even if you are wearing a lap and shoulder belt yourself, the child would be torn from your grasp by the violent forces of a collision.


#6. You approach this sign. What should you expect ahead?

Cross Road. A road crosses the main highway ahead. Look in all directions for other traffic.


#7. You should adjust your seat and mirrors:

You should always check and adjust your seat and mirrors before you start to drive. You should have clear vision in all directions, all controls should be within reach, and at least one-third of the steering wheel should be between your hands. Head restraints should be adjusted so the head restraint contacts the back of your head.

Always fasten your seat belt and make sure all passengers are correctly using seat belts, child safety restraints, or booster seats. Also remember to lock the doors. Locking reduces the risk of doors opening during a sudden swerve, braking, or crash.


#8. You approach this sign. What should you expect ahead?

Traffic signal ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop, if necessary.


#9. You must come to a complete stop, yield to cross traffic or pedestrians, and then proceed when it is safe:

A flashing red traffic light has the same meaning as a stop sign. You must come to a full stop and then may proceed when it is safe to do so.


#10. During the first six months with an intermediate license, you may transport passengers under the age of 20, only if:

For the first six months, no passenger under the age of 20 may be with you while you drive unless that person is a member of your immediate family.


#11. Which is true about giving your horn a sharp blast?

Don’t your horn around blind pedestrians.


#12. A blind spot is the area of the road:

When turning or changing lanes, look over your shoulder in the direction you plan to move. Be sure no one is near the rear corners of your vehicle. These areas are called blind spots because you cannot see them through your mirrors. You must turn your head and look to see vehicles in your blind spot.


#13. When following drivers who may not be able to see you when you are directly behind them, you should:

The drivers of trucks, buses, vans, or vehicles pulling campers or trailers may not be able to see you when you are directly behind them. They could stop suddenly without knowing you are there. Large vehicles also block your view of the road ahead. Falling back allows you more room to see ahead.


#14. When driving at night on open roads with no oncoming traffic, you should turn on:

Use your high beams whenever there are no oncoming vehicles. High beams let you see twice as far as low beams. It is important to use high beams on unfamiliar roads, in construction areas, or where there may be people along the side of the road.


#15. You drink alcohol at a dinner. How many drinks does it generally take to affect your driving ability?

If you drink alcohol, do not drive. Even one drink of alcohol can affect your driving. With two or more drinks in your bloodstream you are impaired and could be arrested.


#16. To reduce the risk of hand, wrist, or arm injury if the airbag is deployed, it is a good idea to grip the steering wheel by:

Your grip on the steering wheel is important. Your hands should be placed on opposite sides of the steering wheel (left hand between 8 and 9 o’clock and right hand between 3 and 4 o’clock). This position is comfortable and on high-speed roads it allows you to make turns without taking your hands off the wheel. It also positions your hands out of the way of the air bag.


#17. The shape and color of road signs show the type of information they provide. What color is used for distance and direction guidance?

The shape and color of road signs show the type of information they provide. Destination signs are square or rectangular shaped and are green with white lettering. They show directions and distance to various locations such as cities, airports, or state lines.


#18. When entering an interstate, you should:

Yield to traffic already on the highway.

When you merge with traffic, signal, and enter at the same speed that traffic is moving. High-speed roadways generally have ramps to give you time to build up your speed for merging into traffic.

Do not drive to the end of the ramp and stop or you will not have enough room to get up to the speed of traffic.


#19. You must wear your safety belt:

In Washington State it is illegal to drive or to be a passenger without properly wearing seat belts or using child safety restraints.


#20. You are approaching a pedestrian standing by the roadway. The pedestrian is carrying a white cane and using a guide dog. You should:

Pedestrians using a guide dog or other service animal or carrying a white cane must always be given the right-of-way. It is unlawful to interfere with or distract a service animal. Do not use your horn as it could confuse or frighten the pedestrian or the service animal.

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The Official Washington Written Knowledge Test
  Questions on real exam: 40 questions
  Passing score: 80%
  Correct answers to pass: 32
  Allotted time to complete test: 45 minutes
  Wait time before retest: Varies

Washington State DMV tests

Washington State (WA) – Practice Permit Test

You can double your chances of passing the official WA DOL permit test with this practice test from Driver’s Prep.

Each set of practice questions are easy to use. Every time you start a new practice test, you will get 20 random questions from a database with more than 800 questions. The large pool of possible questions gives you plenty of practice for the official knowledge exam.

After each question, you will get instant feedback that tells you if your answer is correct or not. Should you make a mistake, there is also an explanation to help you understand the correct answer. Use this explanation to learn more and, when needed, read more about the topic in the Driver Guide.

Start by Getting the Washington State Driver Guide

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When you prepare for the real knowledge test, you should always start by getting the latest version of the Washington State Driver Guide . The guide is updated on a regular basis, so make sure you have the latest version.

The Driver Guide helps you get a clear picture of what you must learn for the examination.

After studying the guide, use these practice tests to check your progress and if you are ready for the real driver’s exam or not.

The passing score in Washington is 80 percent. On the real examination, this means you must answer 32 out of 40 questions correctly.

Each of our practice tests is limited to 20 question to speed up the process, but when you have taken 10-15 practice tests, you have also covered all the important items and the most likely questions on the exam.

You should aim for a 100% score on the practice tests. It gives you a good margin on the real exam.

Remember, every practice question counts. The more comfortable you are with all questions and answers, the more likely you are to pass the examination.

You should focus on true learning, instead of just memorizing answers, because investing in knowledge always pays off.

The more you know, the stronger you stand. Invest in your future today, you won’t regret it.

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Read more: How to Ace the DMV Test

When Must I Pass a Knowledge Exam?

  If you haven’t been licensed before

All first-time applicants must pass all tests, including the Washington written knowledge test.

  If you let your WA license expire for more than six years.

If your Washington license expired more than six years ago, you must apply for a new license and pass all tests.

  If you hold an expired license from another state.

If have an out-of-state license that has expired, the normal test waiver does not apply, and you must pass the knowledge test before you can get a Washington license.

  If you hold a license from a foreign country

If you hold an out-of-country license you are usually required to pass all examinations. The state will, however, waive the knowledge and drive test if you hold a valid driver’s license from British Columbia, Germany, South Korea, or Taiwan.

Test Waivers

When moving to Washington, the knowledge test can be waived if you hold a valid out-of-state license. If you are under 18, you must show us proof that you have completed a driver-training course meeting Washington standard.

When renewing your license, the knowledge test and the driving test are waived unless the department determines that you are not qualified to hold a driver’s license.

The Department of Licensing can ask you to take both the knowledge and driving test again if they find it necessary. Chances of a necessary re-test increase with poor driving records and/or age.

What You Need to Know about the Washington Written Test

The knowledge exam is sometimes called the written test. It is the same test.

The purpose of the test is to verify that you understand road signs, traffic signals, pavement markings, Washington traffic laws, and common safe-driving practices.

The test is based on information found in the Washington Driver Guide. All questions on the test are drawn from this driver’s manual.

Make sure you read the guide. Relying solely on taking practice tests is not a good idea.

Read more: Are Taking Practice Tests Enough?

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You can take the test at all driver licensing offices. You will be offered the test on a computerized test station unless you have notified DOL about special needs.

The knowledge exam is a multiple-choice test with 40 questions. If you miss more than 8 questions on the exam, you may have to wait before you can retest.

Remember, before you can take the exam, you must apply online or at a WA driver license office.

You can also take the test at authorized driving school and participating high schools.

Should you fail the knowledge examination, there is no official wait time before you can make another attempt. Examiners at a driver licensing office are, however, less likely to let you have another got at the test the same day. Expect a waiting time of at least two – three days, depending on location and how many questions you missed.

With third-party tests, you may be able to take the test twice in one single day, even if they recommend you to wait at least 24 hours.

Each attempt to pass the test usually comes with a new fee of $35 (some third-party testers may waive the re-test fee).

The Department does not offer the test from the comfort of your home, regardless of age.


The computerized knowledge test in Washington state is available in these languages:



What is on the Washington Permit Test

The Department expanded the test from 25 to 40 questions a few years back. The new 40-question test focuses more on distracted driving and the distraction of cellphones. Both texting and the use of a handheld phone while driving is against the law in Washington State.

You should be aware that drivers with an intermediate license or instruction permit cannot use any wireless device while driving, not even a hands-free phone.

On the test, you should also expect questions about impaired driving, including how the use of marijuana affects your ability to drive safely.

Is the Washington Permit Test Hard?

Washington state does not release failures on the knowledge test, but the test is generally considered to be one of the toughest in United States.

Failing the test can be expensive since you must pay the testing fee again.

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