In some states, nearly 50% of applicants who take their DMV permit test fail the first time. While a test can be retaken, it can be very frustrating and inconvenient. You may have to wait a few weeks or more to retake. Here are some of our favorite tips as well as a link to a California Permit Test practice exam!

Instead of getting your on-the-road test, you're stuck at home wondering what went wrong. Here are 6 tips to help you pass your DMV written test on the first try and help you get on the road sooner.

1) Study the Driver's Handbook?

Most new drivers who've driven with parents or friends assume that driving is just common sense. The fact is that there are many details that even drivers who've been driving for decades may not know unless they study their specific State driver's handbook.

Here are a few tips when you're going through the handbook - which can all be found online someplace or another.

  • Jot down specific numbers and information, such as following distances, the speed limit in certain areas, allowed alcohol levels. There will most often trip test takers up if they haven't gone through and jotted down these numbers.
  • Review traffic signs, and remember them. Identifying traffic signs is a big - and easy - part of the test if you spend time going through the different types of them. Make flashcards if you need to or ask someone to help quiz you.
  • Visualize the rules of the road, and think about different situations you might find yourself in. This includes at intersections, on highways or residential streets, or in the presence of pedestrians, cyclists, or emergency vehicles.


2) Take A Practice California Permit Test - Or Three ?

While this may seem obvious, again, many people overlook or skip this step. Taking practice tests is the single best way to prepare for the written DMV permit test. Why? There are hundreds of practice questions out there specific to your state. Chances are these questions will cover a good majority of the information you will need to know when you take the test.

A common mistake is drivers may take generic DMV practice tests that aren't specific to their state. Be sure you identify tests that are both relatively recent and specific to your state. There is a vast amount of websites catering to these test (including this one ?).

If you're in need of a California Permit Test, again, be sure to take our practice test, a guaranteed pass on the first try.


3) Go for a drive with friends - and be observant?

You can do this with your parents or family as well. The important thing is to get out on the road, if you can, and imagine that you are driving. Are you noticing road signs and understanding what they mean? Are you observing other vehicles and what they're doing? Try to put yourself in the position of the driver and understand his or her decision-making! That way when you open the manual, take practice tests and take the real DMV written test, you'll be able to visualize situations and put what you've learned to practice.

Plus, if you have questions about certain things you can go ahead and ask the person you're with. I'm sure they'll be glad to help you pass the test (so you can drive them around next time)

4) Use basic multiple-choice test-taking tips ??

In most states you can only miss up to several questions, so be sure you take the actual DMV permit test process seriously. Here are some important tips that will help you pass:

  • Stay focused when you're taking the test and read each question carefully and a couple of times.
  • Don't second guess your initial instinct, it's usually right. However, if you're not sure, don't get stuck on a question. Skip it and come back to it later.
  • Review your test before submitting - if time permits. Look for obvious mistakes. You'll feel better about this no matter what the outcome is.

5) Don't wait - make an appointment and take the test!

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