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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. Instructions given by a flagger in a construction zone:

Be prepared to reduce your speed and use caution when directed to do so by a sign, flagger and/or police officer. A flagger’s instructions must be obeyed.

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#2. Defensive driving means that you should:

Defensive driving means being prepared through the practice of good driving habits. Be aware of where you are, and pay attention to developing traffic problems. Safety techniques begin the moment you step into the vehicle.

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#3. When two vehicles from different directions arrive at the same time at a four-way stop, which one should be given the right-of-way?

At four-way stops, the first vehicle to stop should move forward first. If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.

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#4. Road signs with a yellow background indicate:

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

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#5. If you are convicted of disobeying a stop sign, it will result in the following points on your driving record:

Failure to obey stop sign will result in three points on your driving record.

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#6. You should check your rearview mirrors:

Check traffic and mirrors regularly. As a good driver, you should always be aware of where you are, and pay attention to developing traffic problems. Constantly observing your surroundings, to the front, side, and rear of your vehicle, helps you to see problems that may cause you to change speed or roadway position.

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#7. What will happen if you are convicted of two violations when you hold a level 1 instruction permit?

Under a level 1 permit, two convictions will result in the revocation of your license for 90 days. When 90 days are up you will be required to re-apply and retest for your level 1 permit

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#8. Which is true about a fully loaded tractor-trailer, traveling 55 mph?

A fully loaded tractor?trailer, traveling 55 mph, needs three times the distance a car needs to stop.

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#9. A two-way special left turn lane in the center of the road should be used for:

These lanes are reserved for left turns from either direction and are not to be used as through or passing lanes. You can recognize these lanes by the solid yellow lines nearest the through lanes and broken lines to the left of them.

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#10. If you are driving in fog and conditions are so bad that you can barely see the road ahead:

Fog is an extremely hazardous driving condition. Smoke from factories, forest fires, and burning leaves can produce similar conditions. If you must drive in fog or dense smoke conditions, you should:

  • Reduce speed.
  • Be alert and prepared for an emergency stop.
  • Use your low-beam headlights.
  • Use your windshield wipers to remove moisture.

If you can barely see the road ahead, pull off to the side of the road and stop. Leave your lights on and also turn your hazard lights on.

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#11. If you strike an unattended vehicle and are unable to find the owner, you must:

If you strike an unattended vehicle, try to locate the owner. If that is not possible, leave a written notice containing your name, address, license plate number, driver’s license number, motor vehicle insurance information, and circumstances of the crash.

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#12. What does this sign mean?

Cross road. A road crosses the main highway ahead. Watch for other vehicles entering or leaving the highway.

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#13. This sign is:

This is a regulatory Speed Limit sign. It shows the minimum speed you are allowed to travel.

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#14. When is it safe to pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk?

Passing is prohibited when a vehicle in front of you has stopped at an intersection to allow a pedestrian to cross.

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#15. 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.

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#16. If there is an oncoming vehicle approaching head-on in your lane, you should:

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.

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#17. The following car equipment is against the law:

Cutout or loud-sounding muffler is illegal.

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#18. Double parking is allowed:

Parking on the roadway side of another parked vehicle (double parking) is not allowed.

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#19. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway ahead (divided highway begins).

The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways. Keep to the right.

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#20. Which lane is closed for traffic from your direction?

Special signals are used to control traffic when the direction of a street or certain lane changes during the day. These signals indicate how the specific lanes may be used.

A green downward arrow means that traffic may use the lane under the arrow.

A yellow X means that the lane is about to be closed or its direction is about to reverse. Move out of it as soon as you can.

A red X means that the lane is closed or being used by opposing traffic. Do not use this lane.

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#21. You may always continue carefully against a yellow light if:

A steady yellow light means caution. The light will soon be red. Stop if you can safely do so.

West Virginia has a restrictive yellow law, you are only allowed to drive through a yellow light if the vehicle clearance is within the intersection. This means you may receive a ticket if you are still within the intersection when the light turns red.

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#22. The best way to increase visibility when backing up is to:

The best way to increase visibility when backing up is to turn your head and look out the rear window. Do not depend on your mirror. Back slowly.

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#23. When headlights are required, can you drive with just your parking lights on?

Whenever it is necessary to drive with your lights on, you must use your headlights. Use your parking lights only when you are parked.

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#24. Which is true about alcohol?

Alcohol is the most important cause of fatal car accidents.

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#25. This hand signal means:

Left turn – left arm extended horizontally out of open window.

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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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