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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. If you see an accident ahead and need to make a sudden stop, you can warn drivers behind you by:

If you are going to stop or slow down at a place where another driver does not expect it, tap your brake pedal three or four times quickly to let those behind you know you are about to slow down.


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

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.


#3. When crossing railroad tracks in heavy traffic, you:

Never start to cross until the traffic clears ahead. Wait until there is room on the far side so you will not have to stop on the tracks.


#4. This sign means:

Speed zone ahead / Reduced speed ahead. There is an upcoming speed limit change. Be prepared to comply with the posted speed limit ahead.


#5. It is against the law to leave children under 16 years of age alone in a parked car:

It is against the law to leave children under 16 years of age alone in a parked car with the engine running.

Small children should never be left alone in a car.


#6. When driving on packed snow, you should:

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.


#7. If you are 21 years or older and driving a car, you must keep an opened container of beer:

It is illegal for a person in a motor vehicle upon a highway to possess any receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage if the container has been opened or a seal broken, or the contents partially removed. The container cannot be kept in any accessible storage compartment. It must be kept in an area not normally occupied by the driver or passengers.

Remember, a utility compartment or glove compartment is deemed to be within the area occupied by the driver and passengers.


#8. When are you most at risk of drowsy driving?

You are most at risk when you are sleep deprived, driving long distances without rest breaks or taking medicine that increases sleepiness.


#9. When you park on a hill headed uphill and there is a curb, you should turn your front wheels:

Headed uphill, turn your front wheels away from the curb and let your vehicle roll back a few inches.


#10. You encounter a thick fog and conditions quickly get worse. What is the best thing to do?

You should reduce your speed when it is foggy and difficult to see clearly down the road. Use the low beams in fog. Some vehicles have fog lights that you should also use under these conditions. In some situations, you may not be able to see well enough to drive. If this happens, pull off the road in a safe place and wait until it clears.


#11. What does this sign mean?

Winding Road. There are several curves ahead. Slow down and drive carefully.


#12. 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.


#13. To prevent skidding on slippery surfaces, you should:

Because you cannot control a vehicle when it is skidding, it is best to avoid skidding in the first place. Skids are caused by drivers traveling too fast for conditions. Slow down when the road is wet or has snow or ice on it. Don’t turn or stop quickly. Slow down before you enter a curve, so you do not have to brake in the curve. Braking in a curve can cause the vehicle to skid. When driving on gravel or dirt, you must also slow down.


#14. You are traveling at 50 mph on dry pavement. You have good tires and brakes. What is your approximate stopping distance?

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.


#15. When a pedestrian carries a white cane or use a guide dog and attempts to cross a street:

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.


#16. This is the shape and color of a:

A yield sign is a downward pointing triangle. It is red and white with red letters. When you see a yield sign, slow down and be prepared to stop. Let vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians go before you proceed. You must come to a complete stop if traffic conditions require it.


#17. Which is true about following another vehicle too closely?

Rear-end collisions are very common. If you follow too closely and the vehicle in front of you slows or stops suddenly, you may not have enough time to avoid a collision.


#18. Which is true about pavement markings on a four-lane divided highway?

White lines separate lanes of traffic moving in the same direction.


#19. If you are under 21 years, you can be arrested for a THC/marijuana level of:

If you are under the age of 21 and have .02 BAC or a THC/marijuana level of more than 0.00 nanograms per milliliter of blood your license will be suspended for 90 days.


#20. When entering a shared center lane reserved for making left turns, you should enter this lane:

Two-way left turn lanes are shared center lanes marked on each side by a solid yellow and dashed yellow lines. They are reserved for vehicles making left turns in either direction from or into the roadway (or U turns when they are permitted). These lanes cannot be used for passing and cannot be used for travel further than 300 feet.

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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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