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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 of the following is indicated by round road sign?

A circular sign is used to warn that there is a railroad crossing ahead.


#2. What should you do when you approach a railroad crossing marked only with a Crossbuck sign?

Railroad crossbuck signs are found at most crossings. Slow down, look and listen for a train, and stop if a train approaches.


#3. When may you drive faster than a maximum speed limit?

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.


#4. When approaching an intersection to make a left turn and oncoming traffic prevents you from making an immediate turn, you should:

Slow down and stop if necessary. You must yield the right-of-way to vehicles (including bicycles) coming from the opposite direction or vehicles lawfully passing on the left.


#5. If you have been drinking alcohol, what will help you to sober up?

Physical exercise, black coffee, fresh air, cold showers, and other home remedies do not effectively help someone sober up. Time is the only sobering influence.


#6. The biggest risk with air bags is:

The biggest risk is being too close to the air bag. You should allow room for the air bag to deploy before making contact with front-seat occupants.


#7. 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.


#8. Your lane ends ahead and there is a large truck in the lane beside you. What is the best thing to do?

Slow down and merge behind the truck.

Trucks require a much longer stopping distance. Never cut off a truck in traffic or on the highway. Never slam on your brakes in front of a truck.


#9. When parking close to a fire hydrant you must keep what distance?

Parking is not allowed within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.


#10. The road edge on the right side is marked by a:

Solid white lines divide lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction. Solid white lines are also used to mark the right edge of the road.


#11. Keeping a safe following distance using a four-second rule means:

The best way to assure proper following distance is to use the three-to-four second rule. In many situations you may need more following distance to be safe. If it is dark or raining, the distance should be at least four seconds. If there is ice or snow, stay at least six seconds behind the vehicle in front.

Remember, a four-second rule does not mean that you are able to stop within four seconds.


#12. What does this sign mean?

Trucks are not allowed on the roadway.

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


#13. What does this sign mean?

Warns you of hills where special care must be taken. Slow down before you start downhill.


#14. 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.


#15. If you drive slower than the flow of traffic on an interstate highway you must:

The basic rule is to drive in the right lane and pass on the left.

If there are three or more lanes in one direction, the middle lane or lanes are for through traffic. The left lane is for drivers who want to pass or turn left. The right lane is used by drivers who want to go slower or who are entering or turning right.


#16. What does this sign mean?

Sharp turn. The road will make a sharp turn. The turn is too sharp to take at the regular highway speed. An advisory speed sign may be attached.


#17. When approaching a stopped school bus with an extended stop arm traveling in the opposite direction on an undivided roadway with two lanes, you must:

On all undivided highways (without a median), traffic in both directions must stop at least 20 feet from a stopped school bus that has its red lights flashing. You must not pass the bus until the lights are turned off or the bus starts moving.


#18. 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.


#19. When you move, you must report your new address within:

If you move and change your address you must notify, in writing, the DMV within 20 days of the change.

Failure to do this subjects you to a possible fine or imprisonment. Simply notifying the U.S. Post Office will not update your record with the DMV.


#20. To avoid glare from high-beam headlights of an approaching car:

Looking directly into oncoming headlights causes momentary blindness. When meeting an oncoming vehicle at night, slow down, keep to the right of your traffic lane, and look well in front of your vehicle at the right edge of the road.


#21. If you are convicted of speeding in a school zone it will result in the following points on your driving record:

Six points will be assessed if you are convicted of speeding in a school zone.


#22. To avoid getting tired on a long trip, you should:

Take regular rest stops, even if you are not tired.

If you are on a long trip, take a 10-minute rest break at least every two hours. This rest break should be spent outside of the vehicle (walk around, get a cup of coffee or a soft drink).

Rolling your window down, turning your radio on, or singing can reduce the monotony of driving.


#23. 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.


#24. 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.


#25. If you have a tire blowout while driving, you should:

A blowout is a sudden collapse of a tire that can throw the vehicle out of control. To regain control, hold tightly to the steering wheel, steer straight ahead, and ease up on the accelerator. Do not brake until the vehicle is under control. Then pull all the way off the road into a safe area.

Remember, it is dangerous to brake or steer off the road before your vehicle is under control.

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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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