California DMV Practice Test – 25 Questions and Answers

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#1. Which statement is true about alcohol and driving?

Alcohol impairs your judgment. Impaired judgment affects how you react to sounds and what you see.

Good judgment is needed for safe driving.

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#2. To avoid last minute moves, you should:

To avoid last minute moves, look down the road 10 to 15 seconds ahead of your vehicle so you can see hazards early. Constantly staring at the road just in front of your vehicle is dangerous.

Safe driving includes keeping a safe distance around your vehicle.

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#3. You must yield to a pedestrian using a white cane or guide dog:

Pedestrians using guide dogs or white canes with or without a red tip must be given the right-of-way at all times. These pedestrians are partially or totally blind.

When these pedestrians are in your vicinity, be especially careful when turning corners or backing up, particularly if you are driving a quiet hybrid vehicle.

Do not honk your horn at a blind person. The blind person has no idea who you are honking at and may be startled by the noise.

Do not give the blind pedestrian verbal directions. A blind pedestrian listens to all traffic sounds before deciding to cross the street.

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#4. You just sold your vehicle. You must notify the DMV within how many days?

When you sell or transfer a vehicle, report it to the DMV within 5 days. You can complete the Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability (REG 138) form online.

Note: if you are a buyer and purchase a vehicle from a private party, you must transfer the ownership within 10 days.

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#5. Which of the following vehicles must always stop before crossing railroad tracks?

Watch for vehicles that must always stop before they cross train tracks. These vehicles include buses, school buses, and trucks transporting hazardous loads.

Remember, if you are following this type of vehicle you should slow down early, allow plenty of room, and be prepared to stop.

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#6. What does this sign mean?

Stop sign ahead. When you come to this sign, you should slow down and be ready to stop at the stop sign ahead.

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#7. How long should you signal for when changing lanes on a freeway?

Signal at least five seconds before you change lanes on a freeway.

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#8. You want to pass another vehicle on a two-lane road. There is a curve ahead that blocks your view. What should you do?

Do not pass if you are approaching a hill or curve and you cannot see if there is another vehicle approaching.

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#9. What does this sign mean?

The wrong way sign is a supplement to the Do not enter sign. It is placed along the exit ramp or the one-way roadway farther from the crossroad. It tells you that the road is closed to traffic going in your direction and you are driving in the wrong direction. When safe, back out or turn around and return to the road you were on.

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#10. Starting across an intersection controlled by traffic signals is:

Even if you have the green light, do not start across the intersection, if there are vehicles blocking your way.

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#11. You can legally park your car:

Unless otherwise posted, law does not prevent parking close to a police station (do not block the driveway).

Never park at a red curb, in front of a public or private driveway, or on a bridge.

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#12. Trying to beat a truck to a single-lane construction zone is dangerous because:

Trucks take longer to stop than a car traveling at the same speed. Trying to beat a truck to a single-lane construction zone represents a particularly dangerous situation. Cutting into the open space in front of a truck removes the truck driver’s cushion of safety.

Remember, trucks have longer stopping and accelerating distances, weigh more and are not as maneuverable as cars.

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#13. With an instruction permit you may drive alone:

You cannot drive alone. You must be accompanied by and under the instruction of a California driver who is a parent, guardian, driving instructor, spouse, or an adult 25 years of age or older. The person must sit close enough to you to take control of the vehicle at any time.

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#14. Where is a U-turn illegal?

U-turns are illegal on a one-way street, in front of a fire station and across two sets of double yellow lines.

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#15. If there seems to be a deep puddle in the road ahead, you should:

To prevent skidding on slippery surfaces avoid especially slippery areas, such as ice patches, wet leaves, oil, or deep puddles.

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#16. The posted speed limit on a road is 55 mph. When this road is wet:

A slippery road will not give your tires the grip they need. Drive more slowly than you would on a dry road. Go at least 5 – 10 mph slower.

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#17. You must obey directions, signals, and instructions from:

You must obey any traffic direction, order, or signal by a traffic or police officer or a fire fighter even if it conflicts with existing signs, signals, or laws. You must also obey instructions from school crossing guards.

Also, obey special signs or instructions from workers (flaggers). Driving carefully through work zones improves safety for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and road workers.

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#18. To prevent drowsy driving on a long trip it is a good idea to:

Pulling over safely and take a 10-20 minute nap can prevent drowsy driving.

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#19. Near schools, watch for:

Near schools, you should be extra careful and look for: bicyclists, school crossing guards, stopped school buses, and children crossing the street.

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#20. A carpool lane is a special freeway lane used for:

A carpool lane is a special freeway lane used only for carpools, buses, motorcycles, or decaled low-emission vehicles.

You may use a carpool lane or on-ramp if your vehicle carries the posted minimum number of people required for the carpool lane, or you drive a low-emission vehicle displaying a special DMV-issued decal. Motorcycle riders may use designated carpool lanes, unless otherwise posted.

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#21. Wearing earplugs in both ears while driving:

It is illegal to wear a headset covering, earplugs in, or earphones covering, resting on, or inserted in, both ears while driving.

With some exceptions, use of a cellphone with hands-free device is not illegal.

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#22. What does this sign mean?

Sharp Turn.

The sign is used to warn of a sharp turn.

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#23. When should you use your horn?

Use Your Horn:

  • Only when necessary, to avoid collisions.
  • You may tap your horn to alert another driver who might turn in front of you and cause a collision.
  • On narrow mountain roads, where you cannot see at least 200 feet ahead of your vehicle.

Do Not Use Your Horn:

  • If a driver or bicyclist is moving slowly, and you want him or her to drive faster or get out of your way. The driver or bicyclist may not be able to safely go faster due to illness, being lost, intoxication, or mechanical problems with the vehicle.
  • To alert other drivers that they made a mistake. Your honking may cause them to make more mistakes or to become angry and retaliate.
  • Because you may be angry or upset.
  • To honk at pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists unless necessary to avoid a collision.

Remember, it is safer to slow down or stop instead of honking your horn.

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#24. What does this sign mean?

School crossing.

This sign marks a school zone crossing.

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#25. When you see this road sign, you should:

If you see a sign with a picture of an animal, be alert for possible animals in or near the roadway.

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DMV Written Test for California

Key numbers for the official CA written knowledge test:

Number of Questions: 46 (under 18 years)
36 (18 years or older)
18 (renewal test)
Correct answers needed: 38 (under 18 years)
30 (18 years or older)
15 (renewal test)
Passing score: ~83 percent
Time limit: n/a
Earliest retest upon failure: 7 days

If you are under 18 years when you apply for an instruction permit you will get a knowledge test with 46 questions. For applicants 18 years and older the test has 36 questions.

Anyone who must take a California renewal test will get 18 questions.

The passing score in California is 83 percent, which is higher than in many other states.

Is the California DMV Test Hard?

The failure rate on the California knowledge test is close to 40 percent. Approximately one of three test takers fail the exam.

Surveys, however, show that test takers who studied the handbook, took 20 practice tests or more, and studied for more than a week had a pass rate of 92 percent.

Compared to other states, Licenseroute.com grade the difficulty of the California Class C DL examination as moderate.

[ Pass rates 2015 ]

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

Is the California DMV Test an Open-Book Test?

Open-book exams allow you to take notes, texts, or resource materials into an exam situation, but the California knowledge test is not an open-book exam. All use of testing aids is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to the California Driver Handbook, cheat sheets, and/or electronic communication devices such as a cell phone, hand-held computer, etc.

Turn off your phone and don’t try to take pictures of exam questions with your phone!

If you are caught using your phone or any testing aid during the knowledge test, not only will your test be marked as a failure, but DMV may also act and postpone your possibilities of earning a driving privilege.

What Happens if You Fail the Test?

If you fail the California DMV test you must wait 7 days before you can try to pass exam again.

A re-test may also be subject to availability, which means you might have to wait longer.

To avoid this, you should prepare well to be able to pass the first time.

California Driver License 2020

What is the Best Way to Prepare for the California DMV Test?

You will not pass the knowledge examination without a good understanding of California laws and rules of the road.

You should always start by getting the latest version of the California Driver Handbook. The handbook is available at all DMV service centers but also online. By downloading a PDF-version from www.dmv.ca.gov you can have the handbook ready on your phone, tablet, or computer. It is an easy way to study the handbook and refer to it when you need to check up on certain questions.

After reading the handbook, you are ready to verify what you have learned.

Practice tests is an easy way to get familiar with DMV questions and answers. They will also give you a good idea about your level of readiness.

Try to reach a full score on each practice test. It gives you some margins when you take the real exam.

Good Luck.

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