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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. Before turning left or right you should turn on you turn signal during the last:

Signal at least 100 feet before you change lanes, turn right, or left, merge into traffic, or park.


#2. Under ideal driving conditions, a safe following distance is:

Under normal conditions, a three- to four-second following distance is required. When speeds are increased, or during adverse driving conditions, increase your following distance up to six seconds or more if necessary. Remember, using a four-second following distance does not mean that you are able to stop within four seconds.

Maintaining a following time of four seconds or more improves your line of sight, allows more time to avoid hazards or risks, and gives an idea of path of travel problems that may arise from other vehicles, weather conditions, or unforeseen emergencies or situations.


#3. Of all traffic collisions in which someone is killed, alcohol is involved in:

Alcohol is involved in about 40 percent of the traffic collisions in which someone is killed.


#4. When can you use a cell phone to send a text message while driving?

Using an electronic wireless-communications device to send, read, or write a text message while operating a motor vehicle is against the law unless you are reporting illegal activity or summoning medical or other emergency help. See Driver Guide for more exemptions


#5. When driving in a roundabout, you should:

Once inside the roundabout, don’t stop. Follow directions on signs or pavement markings about which lane to use, then stay in your lane. Use your right turn signal when exiting.


#6. The risk of hydroplaning increases:

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.


#7. It is a good idea to give a sharp blast on your horn:

If there is danger, do not be afraid to sound a sharp blast on your horn. Do this:

  • When a child or older person is about to walk, run, or ride into the street.
  • When another vehicle is in danger of hitting you.
  • When you have lost control of your vehicle and are moving toward someone.

#8. Which traffic signs are almost always yellow, and diamond shaped?

Diamond shaped signs warn you of special conditions or hazards ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary.


#9. Bicycle lanes are marked with:

Bicycle lanes are marked with solid white lines.


#10. Before you back up, reduce your speed, or drive down a long or steep hill, it is very important that you:

It is very important to look for vehicles behind you when you change lanes, slow down, back up, or are driving down a long or steep hill.


#11. Drinking coffee after drinking alcohol:

The body disposes of most alcohol through oxidation (burning) in the liver. The oxidation takes place at a constant rate and nothing can be done to slow down or accelerate the process. It continues until all of the alcohol has been burned. In other words, only time will sober up a person.


#12. When should you use your high-beam headlights?

Use high beams at night and in open country with a clear road ahead.

Do not use high beams in fog or when it is snowing or raining hard. Light from high beams will reflect back, causing glare and making it more difficult to see ahead. You must also use low beams when approaching another vehicle from behind.


#13. When is it recommended that you adjust your speed to a crawl?

Remember, when the road is slippery, the vehicle’s tires do not grip as well as they do on a dry road. On a wet road, you should reduce your speed by about 10 mph. On packed snow, you should cut your speed in half.


#14. You are driving in the right-hand lane and approach this sign. What should you do?

Lane Ends. There will be fewer lanes ahead. Traffic must merge left. Drivers in the left lane should allow others to merge smoothly. Right lane ends.


#15. Failing to settle a civil court judgment resulting from a collision can result in a suspension for:

Failing to settle a civil court judgment resulting from the collision can result in a suspension for 13 or more years.


#16. Your headlights suddenly go out. To get them working again, you should:

If your headlights suddenly go out:

  • Try the headlight switch a few times.
  • If that does not work, put on the emergency flashers, turn signals, or fog lights, if you have them.
  • Pull off the road as soon as possible.

#17. A yellow undashed line on the right-hand side of the centerline means:

Two solid yellow lines between lanes of traffic means neither side can pass. Where there is both a solid and a dashed yellow line between opposing lanes of traffic, you may not pass if the solid yellow line is on your side. If the dashed line is on your side, you are in the passing zone and may pass if it is safe.


#18. When an emergency vehicle using flashing lights approaches you from behind, you must:

You must yield the right-of-way to a police vehicle, fire engine, ambulance, or other emergency vehicle using a siren, air horn, or a red or blue flashing light. Pull over to the right edge of the road, or as near to the right as possible, and stop when you see or hear an emergency vehicle approaching from any direction. If you are in an intersection, drive through the intersection before you pull over. If the light is red, stay where you are. Follow any instructions given over the emergency vehicle’s loudspeaker.


#19. What should you expect ahead when you see this sign?

Stop ahead. When you come to this sign, you should slow down to be ready to stop at the stop sign ahead.


#20. When you can see no more than 400 feet ahead, you should slow down to:

At 50 mph, it can take about 400 feet to react to something you see and bring your vehicle to a stop. That is about the length of a city block. If you cannot see 400 feet ahead, it means you may not be driving safely at 50 mph. By the time you see an object in your path, it may be too late to stop without hitting it.

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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 go 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 test providers, like a driving school, 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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