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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. Which light indicates that you should slow down and proceed with caution at an intersection?

A flashing round yellow signal means slow down and proceed with caution. You do not need to stop for a flashing yellow light, but you must slow down and be especially alert before entering the intersection.

A steady yellow means you must not enter the intersection if you can stop safely.


#2. You must always stop before a railroad crossing if:

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.


#3. How often can you complete of an approved defensive driving course and have points removed from your driving record?

You may have three (3) points deducted from your record by completing an approved eight (8) hour defensive driving class. Motorists are only eligible for this point reduction once every 12 months.


#4. What does this sign mean?

Two-way traffic ahead. Also used to indicate that you are on a two-way road.


#5. 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.


#6. Car tires must have a minimum tread depth of:

A minimum of 1/16 (2/32) inch tread depth is required.

Check tires for proper pressure, abnormal wear patterns, and adequate tread depth. To assure safe operation, tires should be inflated to recommended pressure.


#7. When entering or crossing a city street from a driveway in a business or residence district, you must:

When coming from an alley, private driveway, or building within a business or residence district you must stop before crossing the sidewalk or crosswalk area and yield to pedestrians. When entering the roadway you must yield the right-of-way to all vehicles on the main road. (17C-12-6)


#8. When changing lanes, it is important to:

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


#9. This is an example of:

Reverse turn is an example of a warning sign. The turns are too sharp to take at the regular highway speed. An advisory speed sign may be attached.


#10. 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.


#11. Brown road signs are used for:

Brown and white signs point out scenic areas and parks.


#12. Penalties for driving while your license is revoked on a DUI include imprisonment up to:

The penalty for driving while your license is revoked on a DUI is a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 30 days to six months.


#13. Parking your car in front of a driveway is:

Parking is not allowed in front of a public or private driveway.


#14. What does this sign mean?

This sign tells you that there is a flag-person ahead to control traffic. Slow down and be prepared to stop.


#15. Before turning left, it is important to:

Make sure it is safe to turn. Only turn left when the path is clear of pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles. Yield to oncoming vehicles.


#16. Unless otherwise posted, what is the speed limit in school zones when children are present?

Designated speed limits, unless they are otherwise posted, or not reasonable, or not prudent for the conditions, are:

  • Interstate, 70 mph.
  • Open county highway, 55 mph.
  • Business or residential areas, 25 mph.
  • School zone (when children are present or when specified), 15 mph.

#17. A yield sign in your lane:

Remember, it is your responsibility to slow down and give vehicles crossing your path the right-of-way. If the way is clear, you may move forward slowly without stopping. Yield signs are usually placed where auxiliary roads lead into major roads.


#18. Compared to cars, the stopping distance of a motorcycle is usually:

Stay farther back than if you were behind a car. The motorcycle can usually slow or stop much faster than you can.


#19. When entering an interstate highway or a limited access highway it is wrong to:

You should not insist on the right-of-way.

Remember that traffic on the interstate has the right-of-way. You cannot always count on other drivers seeing you or moving over to give you room to enter.


#20. The Implied Consent Law means:

If you are arrested for DUI, you are subject to the Implied Consent Law. As a driver, you are deemed to have given consent to take the designated breathalyzer for the purpose of determining alcohol content in your body. If you refuse to take the test, your privilege to operate a motor vehicle will be revoked for a period of one year and up to life.


#21. This sign tells you that:

This is a regulatory No Right Turn sign. It means that you are not allowed to turn right at the intersection.


#22. If your car starts to skid, you should ease off the gas and:

If your vehicle begins to hydroplane or skid, stay calm. Do not use your brakes unless you are in danger of hitting something. Take your foot off the gas pedal and concentrate on steering out of trouble.

Turn your steering wheel in the direction of the skid. If the rear of your vehicle is skidding to the right, turn to the right. Turn left for a skid to the left. Your vehicle may now start to skid the other way. Again, turn your wheels in the direction you want to go. Straighten wheels to bring vehicle under control.


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

If there is snow or ice on the road, slow down. Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you. It takes as much as 12 times the normal distance to stop on snow or ice as it takes to stop on dry pavement. When you stop or slow down on ice or packed snow, always apply the brakes gently and smoothly. Start braking early when you come to an intersection or a stop.


#24. In what type of lane are you allowed to drive for any distance to the left of a yellow line?

Reversible lanes.

Where traffic volumes are heavy at certain times of the day, it may be necessary to reverse the traffic flow direction. Lanes which reverse are marked on both sides by a double yellow broken line. This is the only case where a driver may drive for any distance to the left of a yellow line.


#25. Motor vehicles registered in West Virginia must be inspected by an official state inspection station:

West Virginia requires a yearly inspection of all vehicles to ensure they are in safe driving condition. Your vehicle must be checked at an inspection station displaying an official state inspection station sign.

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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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