California DMV Practice Test – 25 Questions and Answers



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#1. If you are driving slowly on a two-lane highway and see this sign, the rule of thumb is to drive into the turnout area when how many cars are following you?

If you are driving slowly on a two-lane highway or road where passing is unsafe, and five or more vehicles are following you, drive into the turnout areas or lanes to let the vehicles pass.

Some two-lane roads have passing lanes, others have special turnout areas. Drive into these areas when you need to allow cars behind you to pass.


#2. A line of solid white triangles across a lane of traffic indicates:

Yield lines, also known as shark’s teeth, consist of a line of solid white triangles across a lane of traffic pointing towards approaching vehicles. This line indicates the point where the vehicle must yield/stop.


#3. When driving in foggy conditions, high beams will:

Use the low beams in fog, or when it is snowing or raining. Light from high beams will reflect back, causing glare, and make it more difficult to see ahead.

Some vehicles have fog lights that may be better suited under these conditions.


#4. 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.


#5. When can you legally park your car in front of a private driveway?

Never park or leave your vehicle in front of a driveway.


#6. You need to drive more slowly at night because:

Make sure you can stop within the distance lighted by your headlights. Drive more slowly at night because you cannot see as far ahead and you will have less time to stop for a hazard.


#7. The wrong way sign means:

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.


#8. As a general rule, drive more slowly:

As a general rule, drive more slowly:

  • In parking lots and downtown areas.
  • On roads with heavy traffic.
  • When you see the brake lights of several vehicles ahead of you.
  • Over narrow bridges and through tunnels.
  • Through toll plazas.
  • Near schools, playgrounds, and in residential areas.

#9. What does this sign mean?

Sharp Turn.

The sign is used to warn of a sharp turn.


#10. Which of the following is true about school safety patrols and school crossing guards?

Be sure to obey directions given by school safety patrols or school crossing guards at all times. For the crossing guard’s safety, allow him or her to safely get to the side of the road before driving ahead.


#11. A sign with this shape means:

A four-sided diamond-shaped sign warns you of specific road conditions and dangers ahead. Many warning signs are diamond-shaped.


#12. The best way to keep from hydroplaning is to:

Slow down when there is a lot of water on the road. In a heavy rain at speeds of 50 mph or more, your tires can lose all contact with the road and then your vehicle will be riding on water or hydroplaning. A slight change of direction or a gust of wind could throw your vehicle into a skid. If your vehicle starts to hydroplane, slow down gradually – do not apply the brakes.


#13. When being passed by another vehicle, you must:

Keep your speed or slow down. Accelerating when being passed is discourteous, improper, and hazardous.


#14. Which light signal indicates that you may make a protected turn (oncoming traffic is stopped by a red light)?

A green arrow means go. You must turn only in the direction the arrow is pointing after you yield to any vehicle, bicyclist, or pedestrian still in the intersection.

The green arrow allows you to make a protected turn. Oncoming vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians are stopped by a red light as long as the green arrow is lighted.

Remember, the green arrow does not mean that all other traffic is stopped by a red light.


#15. A broken yellow center line next to your lane means:

Keep to the right of a yellow center line. A broken yellow line indicates that you may pass if the broken line is next to your driving lane.


#16. Dumping or abandoning animals on a highway:

Do not dump or abandon animals on a highway. This crime is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, six months in jail, or both.


#17. The following practices are dangerous while driving. Which is also illegal?

Effective January 1, 2009, regardless of age, it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle while using an electronic wireless communication device to write, send, or read text messages, instant messages, and e-mail.


#18. 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.


#19. When you approach a roundabout, you must:

When you approach a roundabout:

  • Slow down as you approach the intersection.
  • Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the roadway.
  • Use your turn signals when you change lanes or exit the roundabout.

#20. This sign means:

Merging Traffic sign. You are approaching a point where other traffic lanes come together with your lane. Watch for traffic from that direction.


#21. If you see an accident ahead, how can you warn drivers behind you?

If you can see a collision ahead, warn the drivers behind you by turning on your emergency flashers or tapping your brake pedal quickly three or four times. You can also use the hand signal when slowing and stopping.

Never stop on the road, unless necessary for safety or to obey a law.


#22. An information sign that indicates what to do if there is an emergency on or near railroad tracks is:

Many railroad crossings have a blue and white sign to indicate what to do if there is an emergency on or near the tracks, or if your vehicle has stalled on the tracks. The sign lists a telephone number along with the crossing’s US DOT number.


#23. To obtain an instruction permit without a driver education or participation in a driver education/driver training program, you must be at least:

If you are at least 17 1/2 years of age, you may obtain a permit without completing driver education or driver training. However, you cannot get a driver license before you are 18 years old, or you must provide proof of driver education and driver training completion.


#24. What do the light gray areas in the picture mark?

Blind spots are areas near the left and right rear corners of your vehicle that you cannot see in your mirrors. These blind spots can hide a motorcyclist or a bicyclist.

Remember to turn your head before changing lanes. Do not drive in another driver’s blind spot.

Study the illustration in your driver handbook.


#25. When you approach a school, you should:

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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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, 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 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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9 days ago

Great practice questions!