California DMV Practice Test – 25 Questions and Answers



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#1. When you approach a railroad crossing and see a vehicle with this sign ahead, you should:

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.


#2. 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.


#3. This white sign means you must not pass:

Do not pass. This sign marks the beginning of a no passing zone.

Passing signs tell you where it is safe to pass another vehicle and where you cannot. Passing areas are based on how far you can see ahead. Where it is permitted to pass, you may do so only if it is safe.


#4. How many hours of practiced driving are required before you can change an instruction permit to a conditional driver's license?

You must have completed 50 hours of supervised driving practice (10 hours must be night driving).


#5. Five or more vehicles are following you closely on a two-lane highway where passing is unsafe. You see this sign. What should you do?

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.


#6. To give yourself time to react to emergencies and the mistakes of others, you should:

When another driver makes a mistake, you need time to react. Give yourself this time by keeping a space cushion on all sides of your vehicle. This space cushion will give you room to brake or maneuver if you need the space.


#7. What is the background color of the Wrong Way sign?

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.


#8. Which lines separates lanes with traffic going in the same direction?

White lines mark traffic lanes going in the same direction.


#9. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway ahead (divided highway begins).

The road is dividing into two separate roadways by a median or divider. Each roadway is one-way. Stay to the right.


#10. When passing a bicyclist, you should pass:

Leave at least three feet of space between your car and a bicyclist when passing.

When you pass a bicyclist, be patient. Slow down and pass only when it is safe. Do not squeeze the bicyclist off the road.


#11. 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.


#12. Cargo extending more than four feet from your rear bumper:

Cargo extending more than 4 feet from the back of the vehicle must display a 12-inch red or fluorescent orange square flag or two red lights at night.


#13. You approach an intersection with a green light. Cross traffic is blocking the intersection. What should you do?

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


#14. Smoking inside a vehicle when a person under 18 is present:

Do not smoke at any time when a minor is in the vehicle. You can be fined up to $100.

It doesn’t matter if the vehicle is in motion or not.

Health and Safety Code Section 118948.


#15. On cold, wet days, which of the following roadways is most likely to hide spots of ice?

On cold, wet days, shade from trees or buildings can hide spots of ice. These areas freeze first and dry out last. Bridges and overpasses also tend to freeze before the rest of the road does. They can also hide spots of ice.


#16. What is the most frequent type of vehicle accidents in work zones?

The most common cause of deaths and injuries in work zones is rear-end collisions. In fact, most of the people killed in work zones are drivers and passengers. Watch the vehicle in front of you!


#17. Parking close to the driveway entrance to a fire station is allowed, if you keep this distance from the driveway:

Do not park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or a fire station driveway.


#18. When are you allowed to drink alcohol while driving?

You must not drink any amount of alcohol in any vehicle. It doesn’t matter if the vehicle is on or off the highway.

Remember, a container of liquor, beer, or wine carried inside the vehicle must be full, sealed, and unopened. Otherwise, it must be kept in the trunk of the vehicle or in a place where passengers do not sit.


#19. When entering a freeway, you should always:

Freeway traffic must be given the right-of-way. You must yield and wait until it is safe to enter the traffic flow on the highway. Do not try to squeeze into a gap that is too small.

The law says: The driver about to enter or cross a highway shall yield the right-of-way to all traffic approaching on the highway close enough to constitute an immediate hazard.


#20. Suppose you are driving on a four-lane highway. From which lane should you make a right turn?

To make a right turn, drive close to the right edge of the road.


#21. Which of the following could best contribute to improved traffic flow?

Avoid slowing down to look at collisions or virtually anything else out of the ordinary. It can cause traffic congestion.

Small changes in your driving habits can help relieve chronic traffic congestion, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).


#22. Pedestrians must:

Some of the responsibilities of pedestrians include:

  • Obey traffic signals.
  • Be aware of traffic conditions.
  • Watch out for hybrid vehicles because they operate silently.
  • If there are no traffic signs, let the vehicles have the right-of-way.
  • Use crosswalks between adjacent intersections.
  • Make sure an intersection is clear before you attempt to cross a street.
  • Not stop or delay traffic unnecessarily while crossing a street.
  • Do not cross a bridge or highway unless there is a sidewalk and you are permitted to cross.
  • Walk facing oncoming traffic if there are no sidewalks.
  • Not walk or jog on any freeway where signs tell you that pedestrians are not allowed.
  • Not use a bike lane unless there is no sidewalk.
  • Wear light clothing and carry a flashlight when walking at night.

#23. This is an example of:

Reverse turn is an example of a warning sign.


#24. If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes (ABS) and you need to stop quickly on a slippery road, you should:

If your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes, it is not necessary to pump them when braking in slippery situation, apply constant and firm pressure and your vehicle will make a smooth, safe stop.


#25. If it starts to rain and you turn on your wipers, you should also:

By law, headlights must be used during inclement weather, which is a weather condition that is either of the following:

  • A condition that prevents a driver of a motor vehicle from clearly discerning a person or another motor vehicle on the highway from a distance of 1,000 feet.
  • A condition requiring the windshield wipers to be in continuous use due to rain, mist, snow, fog, or other precipitation or atmospheric moisture.
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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.

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 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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  1. Great practice questions!

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