Useful Reminders for the DMV Written Test


Scott McGregor lists 7 important reminders for the DMV written test on It is a quick summary of some very useful tips for students who are preparing to take the DMV written knowledge test.

Outsmart the Multiple-choice Test

The article offers some insight to how multiple-choice tests work, which may give you an edge over DMV and the test-makers. Even if knowledge of rules of the road is by far the best recipe for passing the DMV test, there may be situations when you are forced to guess on the exam.

Test makers often construct false choices (“distractors”) by using words like always or never. Unless the question is directly related to traffic laws, this may warn you that the answer is false.

If you are force to wild guessing, you should also look for the longest answer, or the answer with more details. But be aware of unnecessary details, like numbers, penalties and similar, that may change over time. Test makers don’t want to change their questions just because the law changes.

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All tests are written by humans and are constructed in a certain way to make sure you have the proper knowledge. Test-makers are, of course, also aware of the above and may try to outsmart you instead. So, be careful when you take the exam. Who outsmarts who in the question above?

The Best Strategy is to Use Practice Tests

A DMV written practice test at serves two purposes:

  • You familiarize yourself with the test format.
  • You get instant feedback on your current knowledge level.

With DMV practice tests that are little bit more challenging, you will also learn how to pace yourself and read everything twice. An important experience, when you enter the test room at your local DMV office.

Start by motivate yourself, read your state’s driver handbook, and then take as many practices tests as you need. The more tests you take, the more you will learn.

According to Scott, you should aim for a score of 95 – 100 % on the practice test. Friends and family may also be able to help with honest feedback. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask them.


Should We Retest All Drivers?

Retest Driver Knowledge - Copyright: Denis Raev

Mandatory Testing of Older Drivers

Drivers 70 years or older are involved in more accidents than teenagers. As they reach 85 years, they have the highest rate of fatal accidents per miles driven, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Some states already require seniors over a certain age to pass a vision and written test before renewing a driver license. Illinois also requires older residents to retake the behind-the-wheel test.

Is It Time to Retest All Drivers?

The older you get, the more important it is to have your basic driver knowledge updated. No one is immune from bad driving habits or forgetting rules of the road. Traffic has become more complex and rules of the road are constantly changing.

John Simmons, an experienced driver, took a re-exam to find out if he was up-to-date with all rules, signs, and signals.

He missed the passing score for his state by one question.

If you already have a driver’s license, do you think you could pass a DMV reeximantion today? Are you comfortable with all road signs, traffic signals, pavement markings, and safe driving techniques? How much have changed since you got your driver’s license? Do you know?

What Do You Think?

From Storify: Should We Retest All Drivers?

Free Alabama DMV Tests

Alabama Driver Manual

Alabama Driver Manual

We have added new and updated questions for the Alabama DMV test.

As always, our tests include all the necessary questions on Alabama traffic laws, road signs, and rules of safe driving.

We offer a complete coverage of the material published in the Alabama Driver Manual.

You should always start by reading the manual, which you can find in digital format on the DPS web site.

Many of the details in the manual are easy to skip. They might seem irrelevant or insignificant for becoming a good driver. However, knowing the facts is often an important part of the written knowledge test.

Safe following distances, what to do at a railroad crossing, in what situations you are required to stop, and responsibilities at the scene of an accident are all areas that might show up on your test. Generally, you will also find questions about drinking and driving. Study all of these chapters carefully.

When you think you are ready with the manual, take a handful of practice tests at When you reach a score of 90% or more you are probably ready for your real test.

Click on the button to get to our free tests. Remember, everything is free without any stupid gimmicks. You don’t need to sign up or we don’t ask for any personal information.


Colorado Driver’s License Tests

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The online preparation tests for the Colorado driver’s license and instruction permit are updated and better than ever before! is the best way to prepare for the DMV written knowledge test. Thousands of users can verify that our tests are effective and easy to use.

I guarantee that you will pass the DMV written test the first time or I will refund all your money

Oh, yeah, sorry… I forgot! doesn’t charge anything. The website is absolutely free, with no hidden gimmicks.

Plus you will get more and better questions than on any other site.

The catch? There must be one…

Well, there isn’t.

I just want to make sure you are well prepared. And that you will be the best possible driver out there.

Get the Colorado Driver Handbook here: and start your free test here:

New and Revised Questions on Texas Practice Test

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Copyright (c) 123RF Stock Photos

This week the Texas preparation tests on have been updated with new and revised questions.

All questions are now based on the 2012 version of the Driver’s Handbook. About 50 new questions have been added and many questions have been totally rewritten.

Each free test consists of a set of 25 questions, randomly picked from the large pool of questions (the pool has more than 500 questions).

On the practice test you must correctly answer 20 questions to pass (80%), which is slightly more than on the real test.

Taking several practice tests on the web site is one of the best ways to prepare for the real written test. But don’t forget to read the handbook!

What questions can you expect on the driver’s license test?

A written test will cover all the contents of the handbook including road signs, safety rules and legal items. It will sample across all knowledge categories or domains, in order to make sure you have a complete understanding of the handbook.

Meaning, you must both read and practice.

That way you will an advantage over many others, and most likely pass at your first try.

Tests are absolutely free. No hidden fees or strange gimmicks. And you stay anonymous. does not save information about you.

To take one of the free tests now, click on the start button below.


Free Maryland Permit Tests

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The free driver’s license tests at driver’s prep now include a complete coverage for Maryland.

More than 500 questions cover everything appearing in the driver’s manual. All tests are free and unlimited. No gimmicks, and no sign-up required.

Each test on consists of 25 questions, drawn from the large database. You should correctly answer at least 22 questions to make sure you pass the real knowledge test.

Always start by reading the driver’s manual. All questions on the real MVA knowledge test are based on the information in the manual. There are no trick questions, but the Maryland manual is known for being a bit scanty. Read it carefully. Important information is often mentioned in a single sentence.

Most items in the driver’s manual may show up on the real test.

The MVA knowledge test also consists of 25 questions. You need a score of 85% or better to pass. MVA may use a time limit. At, however, there is no time limit.

Tests are administered on a computer. They are available in English, as well as Spanish. Other translations or oral tests may also be available. Make sure you make an appointment if you need other translations or oral tests.


Nobody Wants To Be Wrong website


When you run a website with free tests for instruction permits and driver’s licenses, you get many comments. Some people simply feel an urge to comment whenever they get a question wrong.

Gaurav do not agree with the need to check your blind spots when changing lanes:

Why would you need to turn your head!? thats illegal and dangerous!

Anonymous in Arizona do not understand why you should turn on your windshield wipers as soon as it starts to rain:

You should wait 10 minutes before using windshield wipers because you would be spreading dirt all over the windshield.

Have a clean windshield before you start driving, maybe?


New Cell Phone Law in Wisconsin

Young Woman Using Cell Phone While Driving


As of today, November 1, drivers with an instruction permit or probationary license are prohibited from using a cellular or other wireless telephone while driving.

In Wisconsin, anyone learning to drive must first obtain an instruction permit. You are eligible for an instruction permit at age 15-1/2. A probationary license can be issued if you are at least 16-years-old and have held an instruction permit for six months.

In addition to new drivers, probationary licenses are required for the following:

  • Drivers licensed in other countries.
  • Persons with suspended or revoked instruction permits or probationary licenses.
  • New state residents who have fewer than three years of driving experience.
  • New state residents under the age of 21.
  • New state residents who surrender a license that is expired for more than six months.

Wisconsin law also prohibits texting while driving
for all motorists of all ages. That law went into effect in December 2010.

32 states and the District of Columbia have already banned all cell phone use by novice drivers.


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Prepare for Your DMV Test

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It is only natural to be nervous before your driver’s license test. Here are some good advice to get rid of the anxiety.

Always prepare for the test well in advance. Take as many practice tests as possible weeks before the real test.

Driver’s Prep Tests has more than 500 questions. Many of them are very similar to the real test. Try to get a score of 90% or more on these practice test. This will boost your confidence. The real test is usually easier!

Try to do something else the day before the test. Cramming too much information into your memory is not always a good idea.

Get a good night’s sleep. Your result will suffer if you are tired when doing the test.

Eat and drink. Again, your result will suffer if you are hungry and thirsty.

Arrive at the test center early. Yes, there will be some waiting time. Listen to music and relax. Think about something else.

When it is time, read instructions carefully. Can you skip questions and go back to them later? Is there a time limit? This is important to know!

When you start your test, read questions and all alternatives carefully. Even if you think you spot the right answer right away, do not stop reading. Consider all alternatives. Just because one answer seems familiar from the driver’s manual, it doesn’t mean it is correct.

If you encounter a difficult question and you can save it until later, do so! Take the easy questions first.

When in comes to best driving practices, you must use judgment and common sense. Focus on general situations without being too specific. Best driving practices seldom cover all driving situations that can occur. Do not read anything into a question that is not there.

Do not skip any questions. If you have saved the tricky ones until last and still do not know which alternative is correct, you should still answer the question. Start by eliminating alternatives that you think are wrong. Often, wrong alternatives are easier to spot.

Good Luck.


How To Hold The Steering Wheel

Both hands on the steering wheel


It is just as easy to develop good driving habits as it is to fall into bad habits. Make sure you listen to advice given by trained instructors. Form good habits from the beginning and use them for every trip, even if it is just around the block.

When you get in your car, always check your mirrors. Adjust them, if needed.

Make sure your seat is adjusted. You should be able to see clearly through the windshield. Keep a distance of at least 10 inches to the steering wheel.

All passengers should be properly seated.

Before switching on the ignition, buckle your safety belt and see that all passengers do the same.

With a manual transmission, push in the clutch before turning the ignition key. With an automatic transmission, the indicator must be in park or neutral, then depress the brake pedal as you turn the key.

Before you start driving, make sure it is safe to do so. Know what it is happening around your vehicle by checking mirrors and your blind spots.

Good posture at the steering wheel is important. It will result in better vision, control, and ability to maneuver in an emergency.

Grip the outside rim of the steering wheel with both hands.

If your vehicle has airbags, grip the wheel by 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock positions, or lower. This position helps avoid injury from air bag deployment during an accident.

Avoid the 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock positions, unless you drive a vehicle without airbags.

Do not develop the habit of driving with your elbow or arm propped on the door or out the window. You can easily loose control of your vehicle if you have a blowout, a skid, or run off the pavement.