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This West Virginia Permit Practice Test
  Questions per test: 25
  Question pool: 500+
  Type of test: Random multiple-choice



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#1. When stopping on a slippery surface such as snow or ice, you should:

When you stop or slow down on ice or packed snow, always apply the brakes gently and smoothly.


#2. A flashing yellow light means:

Drivers facing a circular flashing yellow light may proceed through the intersection with caution.


#3. Which of the following traffic violations will add more than five points to your driving record?

Six points will be assessed if you are convicted of a hit and run, property damage only.


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

Blind spots are areas on both sides of vehicles where you cannot see without turning your head.


#5. If you are in an intersection when an emergency vehicle with flashing lights approaches from behind, you should:

If you are within an intersection, including a roundabout, clear it before you pull over.

Remember, do not block intersections.


#6. When driving in foggy conditions, high beams will:

Use low beam lights when driving in fog or heavy rain. High beams cause the light to be reflected back into your eyes.


#7. This sign tells you:

Reduction of lanes. Right lane ends. Merge left.

Two lanes of traffic will soon become one lane of traffic. Right-lane traffic must yield when merging.


#8. For normal driving, it is recommended to grip the steering wheel by:

Consider the steering wheel as the face of a clock. The left hand should be placed approximately at 8 o’clock and the right hand at 4 o’clock.

This placement will afford the driver maximum control of the vehicle at all times and reduce the chance that a deploying air bag will knock your hands off the steering wheel.


#9. What does a sign with this shape mean?

The upside-down triangle shape is exclusively used for yield signs. Slow down and, if necessary, stop to give the right of way to vehicles and pedestrians.


#10. When you drive through a construction zone, you should:

Various traffic control devices are used in road construction and maintenance work areas to direct drivers and pedestrians safely through the work site and to provide for the safety of highway workers. Be prepared to reduce your speed and use caution. Be cautious of road conditions, lane position, and the presence of workers.


#11. You have a green light at an intersection and a blind pedestrian is preparing to cross. Who must be given the right-of-way?

Drivers must always yield the right-of-way to persons who are blind. When a pedestrian is crossing a street or highway guided by a dog or carrying a white cane (or a white cane with a red tip), you should come to a complete stop.

Remember, a blind person who is on foot and using a guide dog or other service animal, or is carrying a white cane or walking stick, has the right-of-way on a highway, street, or road regardless of whether he or she is in a crosswalk or not.


#12. Under the GDL system, a level 1 license (instruction permit) is valid:

A level 1 permit will be issued up to your 18th birthday, and will expire on the 18th birthday. However, to allow sufficient time to complete the road skills examination, a 30-day grace period will be allowed.


#13. Road signs with a yellow background indicate:

Yellow is used for general warning and advisory of unexpected roadway conditions.


#14. If an oncoming vehicle is drifting head-on into your lane:

If you see a vehicle coming toward you in your lane, move to the right, slow down, then sound your horn and flash your headlights.

Do not turn into the lane the vehicle has left, since the driver may realize their mistake and turn back into the proper lane.


#15. To avoid getting tired on a long trip, it is often a good idea to:

When you are tired, you cannot drive as well as you do when you are rested. Decisions are slower and more difficult to make, with a tendency to become upset easily. There is always the chance you will fall asleep behind the wheel. To keep from getting tired on a long trip:

  • Get a lot of rest before you start.
  • Do not take any drugs that can make you drowsy.
  • Do not drive long hours.
  • Take regular rest stops, even if you are not tired. Stop for coffee or a soft drink every 100 miles or every two hours.
  • Keep shifting your eyes from one part of the road to another. Look at objects near and far, left and right, and check the speedometer.
  • Roll your window down to get some fresh air.

If none of the above suggestions seem to help you stay awake, the best thing to do is pull off the highway at the first rest stop. A short nap may be enough to refresh you.


#16. You approach a railroad crossing. There is heavy traffic ahead. You must stop before the crossing when:

It is important to note that you should not enter a railroad crossing until the vehicle ahead has moved far enough ahead that you can clear the tracks. Otherwise, you may be trapped on the tracks and hit by another vehicle or by a train.


#17. When making a right turn you must:

Make sure it is safe to turn. Check traffic to the front and rear of your vehicle and watch for pedestrians.


#18. You should expect to be in a large truck's blind spot if you:

The easiest way to avoid lingering in the no-zone is to look for the truck driver’s reflection in the side mirror. If you cannot see the driver, you are in the truck driver’s blind spot.


#19. Stop lines, crosswalks and parking spaces are marked with:

Stop lines, crosswalks and parking spaces are marked with white lines.


#20. A posted speed limit like this is:

West Virginia law prohibits driving at a speed that is greater than reasonable and prudent for existing conditions. This is known as the basic speed law.

Remember, posted speed limits do not tell you at what speed to drive. They only tell you what the maximum legal speed is under ideal conditions. Slow down during traffic, weather, roadway hazards, or other conditions that limit visibility or stopping distance.


#21. What does this sign mean?

Added lane sign. Two roadways come together, but you are not required to merge. An additional lane begins. Watch for traffic in the new lane.


#22. What does this sign mean?

No Pedestrians. Pedestrians are not allowed on the roadway.

Remember, a red outline with a diagonal bar through it always means NO.


#23. 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 (toward the travel lane) and let your vehicle roll back a few inches. The curb will stop the car from rolling anywhere.

Remember, when you park on a hill, the general rule is to turn your wheels sharply towards the side of the road or curb. This way, if your vehicle starts to roll downhill, it will roll away from traffic. However, when headed uphill at a curb, you should turn the front wheels in the opposite direction, away from the curb and towards the road.

Study the diagram provided in your driver’s handbook.


#24. What is not true about alcohol?

Drinking three drinks in one hour will affect you more than drinking three drinks in three hours. When a person has more than one drink per hour, the BAC level builds up in his or her body.


#25. When overtaking another vehicle on a two-lane road, you must:

Signal properly to show you intend to change lanes. Signal early enough to allow other drivers to know your intentions.

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The West Virginia Written Knowledge Test
  Questions on real exam: 25
  Passing score: 76
  Correct answers to pass: 19
  Allotted time to complete test: 18 minutes
  Wait time before retest: 7 days

West Virginia DMV Tests

We Help You Pass the West Virginia Knowledge Test

Every practice test at Driver’s Prep has 25 random questions from a large database with study questions. You can find all answers in the West Virginia Driver’s Licensing Handbook, so make sure you read it.

When you study, use the practice test to verify your progress and level of readiness. Aim for a full score (100%) on each practice test .

Use the test as a supplement to the Driver’s Licensing Handbook, not instead of it. Practice tests are a learning tool.

Get the West Virginia Driver’s Licensing Handbook

Pick up at hard copy of the handbook at any local DMV office or download a PDF version online . The handbook has a clear focus on road safety and mentions many “dos and don’ts”. Some of them will show up on your test.

After you have read the handbook, move on to the practice tests. Try to fully understand questions and answers. Don’t just memorize them. The test asks questions in many different ways. Only one option is correct, but the options to a question aren’t always the same.

After each question, you will get instant feedback, which will tell you if your answer is correct or not. There may also be a short explanation to help you understand the correct answer when you miss a question.

Remember, the test is random, and you can take it as many times as you need.

Read more about questions and answers on the practice tests: Is it the Same Questions on the Real DMV Test?

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Who Must Pass the West Virginia Knowledge Exam?

  First-time applicants.

If you’ve never held a driver’s license before, you must pass the knowledge examination before DMV will give you a license.

  Drivers with a WV license that is expired more than six months.

Anyone who lets his or her West Virginia license expire more than six months must pass all applicable examination tests again. Make sure you always renew your license in time.

An expired regular Instruction Permit (ages 18 and over) also requires a re-examination.

  Drivers with a revoked license.

If you lose you driving privilege because of a license revocation, you must re-apply for a new license after the revocation period and take all examination tests.

  Drivers with an out-of-state license that is not valid.

When you move to West Virginia and have an out-of-state license that has expired, DMV will treat you as a first-time applicant. You must take all examination tests, vision, written, and road skills examination before DMV issues a West Virginia license.

If another state has suspended or revoked your license, you will not get a license in West Virginia until you receive a clearance.

  Drivers with a foreign driver license.

Drivers with a driver license from a country other than United States, Canada, or Germany must apply as first-time applicants and pass all tests.

New Residents with a Valid Out-of-State License

If you move to West Virginia and your out-of-state license is valid, you must pass a vision test, complete a brief alcohol awareness course, and surrender your out-of-state license. DMV will normally waive the written knowledge test.

How Many Questions are on the West Virginia Knowledge Test?

The West Virginia knowledge examination has at least 25 questions covering basic knowledge of traffic rules, regulations, signs, and signals found in the Driver’s Licensing Handbook. You must answer 19 out of 25 questions correctly, a passing score of 76%.

The passing score is among the lowest in United States .

Passing Score in West Virginia is 76 percent

What is on the West Virginia Knowledge Test?

Besides questions about common traffic rules, safe driving techniques, and West Virginia traffic laws, the test will also verify your awareness of the effects of alcohol and drugs on safe driving.

The examination shall include a test of the applicant’s eyesight, the applicant’s ability to read and understand highway signs regulating, warning, and directing traffic, the applicant’s knowledge of the traffic laws of this state, and the applicant’s knowledge of the effects of alcohol upon persons and the dangers of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

What You Must Know about the West Virginia Knowledge Test

In West Virginia, there is a time limit of 18 minutes on the written test. If you fail to answer some questions within the allotted time, they are counted as incorrect.

Remember, 18 minutes is still plenty of time. Carefully read all questions before you answer and don’t let the time limit disturb you. Most test takers finish in less than 10 minutes.

If you have trouble reading, there are audio versions of the knowledge test available. Headsets can be limited, so you may have to wait for your turn.

Oral tests are not available. Employees of the DMV may not read the questions to you, re-word the information, or provide additional help explaining questions.

No other person than the applicant is allowed in the exam room. No cell phones, PDA, blue-tooth devices, electronic devices, or similar will be permitted.

If you fail the test, you must wait at least seven days before you can take the test again.

Can You Take the Knowledge Test from Home?

Since spring 2021, West Virginia DMV offers online permit testing from the comfort of your home.

To start the testing process, you must:

  • Register and create an account.
  • Agree to online testing rules.
  • Pay applicable fees.

If you are under 18 years, you must also have a supervising adult who is at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license from a U.S. state. The identity of the supervising adult will be validated during the registration process.

It is not necessary to visit a DMV office before the test, but you must provide necessary documents after you have passed the test and before DMV issues your learner’s permit.

  • All Applicants must provide required identity registration information which will include First Name, Last Name, Street Address, City, State, Zip Code, Date of Birth and last five digits of SSN.
  • Applicants under the age of 18 must have an adult over the age of 18 to participate in the registration process. It is preferable that the adult be the parent or legal guardian, but not necessary.
  • The responsible adult, parent or legal guardian must provide First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth, last five digits of SSN, and a valid Driver’s License number.
  • The test program uses specialized software to verify your identity information. This software has access to the one of the largest electronic databases for legal and public-records related information in the world. If there is a mismatch of information from the information contained in these data bases and what the applicant enters, you will be required to appear in-person to take the test.
  • The online testing program will take a photo of the applicant prior to starting the test for the purpose of Applicant identification.
  • The online testing program will verify that a webcam is actively connected to the Applicant’s device and is able to see the applicant prior to the test beginning.
  • Be aware of your background on the webcam test. Walls with pictures will confuse the facial recognition technology and create suspicion of fraud activity.
  • When taking the on-line knowledge test, you must use a device with a mouse or mouse pad-controlled curser. You CANNOT take the test on a phone or a device with touch screen.
  • The Applicant CANNOT navigate away from the screen while taking the test. The applicant must always keep the curser in the red box on the screen. When the curser leaves the red box area of the screen the program software may determine the tester is opening another tab to look for test answers. You will receive two warnings for leaving the test screen. After two warnings the program will stop the test and you will be failed for leaving the screen.
  • Applicants who fail testing due to knowledge must wait seven (7) days before attempting to retake the test.
  • The online test program will provide the Applicant with a receipt of successful payment via email.
  • If the Applicant fails the test, the Certificate of Completion will provide a link to the study guide.
  • Refunds will not be issued to the Applicant because of test failure due to knowledge.
  • Refunds will not be issued to Applicant because of test failure due to fraud.
  • Upon completion of the test, you will receive a Completion Certificate. This certificate along with the required identification and residency documents must be presented at your local DMV. At this time your official license photo will be taken, and your license permit issued.



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