California DMV Practice Test – 25 Questions and Answers

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#1. If you are less than 21 years, you may carry an opened container of alcohol in your car:

A container of liquor, beer, or wine carried inside the vehicle must be full, sealed, and unopened. Otherwise, it must be in the trunk or in a place where passengers do not sit. Keeping an opened alcoholic drink in the glove compartment is specifically against the law.

If you are under 21 years of age, you may not have beer, wine or liquor in your vehicle unless accompanied by a parent or other person as specified by law.

The law specifies: parent, responsible adult relative, any other adult designated by the parent, or legal guardian.

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#2. If you have entered an intersection to make a turn, and the signal turns to red, you should:

Clear the intersection as soon as it is safe to do so. Do not back up.

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#3. When approaching animals that are standing near the roadway:

If you see animals or livestock near the roadway, slow down and proceed with caution. Be aware of sudden movements from the animals as they are unpredictable and may run into the roadway.

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#4. What is the meaning of this sign?

Winding road. There are several curves ahead. Drive slowly and carefully.

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#5. 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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#6. This sign means:

Reduction of lanes (there will be fewer lanes ahead).

These signs are used on multi-lane highways to warn you of a reduction in the number of traffic lanes in the direction you are traveling. Be prepared to change lanes or to allow other vehicles to merge into your lane. Drivers of all vehicles may need to adjust their speed and position to avoid a collision with another vehicle.

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#7. If you are riding in a vehicle with a lap belt and a separate shoulder belt, you are:

Seat belts, both the lap belt and shoulder harness, must be in good working order. You may not operate your vehicle on public roads and on private property, such as public parking lots, unless you and all of your passengers eight years of age or older, or children who are 4 feet 9 inches tall or taller are wearing seat belts.

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#8. Driving slowly in low gear while applying brakes lightly will help to:

If the brakes get wet, dry them by lightly pressing the gas pedal and brake pedal at the same time so that the vehicle drives against the pressure of the brakes. Perform this light pressing only until the brakes dry.

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#9. At night, if an oncoming car fails to dim its high beams, look:

If another driver does not dim their lights, do not look directly into the oncoming headlights. Look toward the right edge of your lane. Do not try to get back at the other driver by keeping your bright lights on. If you do, both of you may be blinded.

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#10. You are driving in heavy traffic on a freeway. The freeway is posted for 65 mph, but traffic is moving at 35 mph. What should your speed be?

Posted speed limits do not tell you at what speed to drive.

Regardless of the posted speed limit, your speed should depend on things like the number and speed of other vehicles on the road. Your speed should most likely be 35 mph.

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#11. When you become a resident and you want to drive in California, you must apply for a California driver's license within:

When you become a resident and you want to drive in California, you must apply for a California driver’s license within 10 days.

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#12. When making a left turn, you should:

Begin signaling about 100 feet before the turn.

While waiting to turn left, keep your wheels pointed straight ahead until it is safe to start your turn.

When you turn left, do not turn too soon and cut the corner of the lane belonging to the vehicles coming towards you.

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#13. Which is true about a center left turn lane?

You may only drive for 200 feet in the center left turn lane. This lane is not a regular traffic lane or a passing lane.

You must use it when you turn left or start a permitted U-turn. You may drive across a center left turn lane.

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#14. Which is one factor that greatly affects your stopping distance?

If something is in your path, you need to see it in time to stop. Perception and reaction time can be affected by human factors such as tiredness, alcohol, fatigue and concentration levels. Your braking distance depends on factors such as: weight of your vehicle, tires, brakes, road, and weather conditions.

A posted speed limit does not affect the stopping distance, only your actual speed does. Speed limits do not tell you at what speed you should drive. They only say you cannot go faster than the speed shown.

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#15. Which of these 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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#16. You may leave a vehicle standing in a lane designated for the exclusive use of public transit buses:

It is illegal to drive, stop, park, or leave a vehicle standing in the area of a road designated for the exclusive use of public transit buses unless a vehicle must cross the lane to make a turn.

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#17. If a pedestrian stands on the sidewalk and plans to cross the street between intersections and where there are no crosswalk or signals:

Pedestrians must abide by the rules of the road. A pedestrian should not suddenly leave a curb, or other place of safety, and cross into the path of a vehicle as this creates an immediate hazard. Furthermore, a pedestrian must not stop unnecessarily or delay traffic while in a crosswalk.

Even if you, as a motorist, should be given the right-of-way, you must take care for the pedestrian safety if he or she should cross your path.

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#18. Which of the following is not considered safe driving on a freeway?

The left lane on freeways is for passing. Do not tie up traffic in the left lane, move over to the right. Whenever you choose to drive slowly or enter or turn off the road, use the right lane.

This question asked what is NOT a safe driving practice.

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#19. To check your blind spot when changing lanes to the left you should glance:

Look over your shoulder in the direction you want to move. Be sure no one is near the left or right rear corners of your vehicle. These areas are blind spots. To see the blind spots, you have to turn your head and look.

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#20. Road signs with a red background indicate:

All red signs are regulatory signs and must be obeyed. They indicate stop or prohibition and include signs like: stop, yield, do not enter and wrong way.

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#21. You must use your headlights:

You must use your headlights 30 minutes after sunset and leave them on until 30 minutes before sunrise. You must also turn on your headlights if snow, rain, fog, dust, or low visibility (1,000 feet or less) requires the use of windshield wipers.

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#22. You approach this road sign. It means:

Keep right. A divided highway or traffic island where traffic must keep right is ahead. Stay on the right side of the divider.

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#23. If you stay in the blind spots on the sides and in the rear of a truck, you:

If you stay in the blind spots on the sides and in the rear of a truck, you block the trucker’s ability to take evasive action to avoid a dangerous situation.

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#24. Parking is against the law:

It is illegal to park in the space next to a disabled person parking space, if it is painted in a crosshatched (diagonal) pattern. This area is designated for the loading and unloading of vehicles parked in the stall or space.

Parking is illegal on or within 7.5 feet of a railroad track. You may park in a bicycle lane if your vehicle does not block a bicyclist and/or there is not a No Parking sign posted.

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#25. Which of these statements is true about road construction zones?

The most common cause of deaths and injuries in work zones is rear-end collisions. Remember to pass a work zone carefully, slow down, allow extra following room between vehicles, merge early, expect sudden slowing or stopping, watch for drivers changing lanes at the last minute, and avoid distractions while driving.

Fines for traffic violations in a work zone can be up to $1,000 or more.

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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.

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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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