Oklahoma Permit Practice for the DPS Knowledge Exam

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#1. You should use high beams only:

Use high beams at night or when visibility is not normal, and when driving in the open country without other cars near.

Do not use high beams in fog or when it is snowing or raining hard. Light from high beams will reflect back, causing glare and making it more difficult to see ahead. You must also use low beams when approaching another vehicle from behind.

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#2. Whenever you stop your car and go into a store to make a quick purchase, you:

Remember, when you leave your car:

  • Set the parking brake.
  • Put the gear in low, reverse, or park.
  • Turn off the motor.
  • Lock the ignition and remove the key.

It is always a good practice to lock your car, even in your own driveway.

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#3. Which is true about alcohol?

Alcohol slows your reflexes and reaction time, reduces your ability to see clearly, and makes you less alert. As the amount of alcohol in your body increases, your judgment will worsen and your driving skill will decrease.

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#4. To make a left turn you should:

Look in all directions before starting to turn.

Remember, turning requires paying attention in all directions at once, planning and preparation, and good timing. You should signal for at least 100 feet or 1/3 of a block before you turn. Do not turn the steering wheel to the left while waiting for oncoming traffic to pass.

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#5. If you have a tire blowout while driving, it is generally wrong to:

Remember, do not overreact. Sudden changes can make you lose control of your car. Make changes slowly and carefully. Keep your car in the same lane by steering straight until the car is under control.

This question asked what is generally wrong.

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#6. To avoid glare from high-beam headlights of an approaching car:

Avoid glare from oncoming lights by looking down to the right hand edge.

Do not wear sunglasses or colored glasses when driving at night or on dark days. Glare from oncoming headlights, billboard and advertising lights, and in some conditions, from streetlights, can interfere with your night driving vision because your eyes take longer to adjust. Colored lenses cause your eyes to adjust even more slowly and can reduce your vision.

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#7. For normal driving, you should grip the steering wheel by approximately:

Use a solid, strong grip on the steering wheel. You should have at least 1/3 of the wheel between your hands to have a strong turning force with either hand. Think of the steering wheel as a clock. Generally, your left hand should be between 9:00 and 10:30 and your right hand between 2:00 and 4:00.

To help avoid injury if your vehicle’s airbag goes off, experts say it is best to hold the steering wheel with your right hand at 3:00 and your left hand at 9:00.

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#8. This sign means:

Stop signs are always octagonal (8-sided). A stop sign means that you must bring your vehicle to a complete halt at the marked stop line. If there is no marked stop line, stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. If there is no crosswalk, stop at a point nearest the intersecting roadway where you have a clear view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the intersection.

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#9. Road signs with the horizontal rectangular shape is generally used for:

Horizontal rectangles are generally used for guide signs.

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#10. A dashed yellow line alongside a solid yellow line means:

A dashed yellow line separates lanes of traffic moving in opposite directions. Stay to the right of the line, unless you are passing. When passing, you may cross this line temporarily when it is safe to do so.

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#11. You should check your rearview mirrors:

Do not develop a fixed stare. Check the traffic behind you frequently. This will alert you if someone is moving up too quickly or tailgating you. Check the traffic behind you when changing lanes, backing up, slowing down quickly or driving down a long, steep hill.

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#12. When the yellow light above this sign is flashing, you must:

When you see the School Zone sign, you must reduce your speed to the limit shown when the yellow light is flashing. Watch carefully for children and be ready to stop.

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#13. If you see flashing red lights at a railroad crossing, you must:

You must bring the vehicle to a complete stop within 50 feet, and no closer than 15 feet from the nearest rail and may not proceed until it is safe.

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#14. If you encounter an aggressive driver on the road, it is wrong to:

Avoid eye contact with an aggressive driver. Just get out of the way.

This question asked what you should not do.

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#15. A truck's blind spots consist of the following:

A truck’s blind spots are immediately in front, on either side of the cab, and up to 200 feet in the rear.

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#16. An Oklahoma driver's license is normally valid for:

Your license is issued for four years from the month in which you paid your fee and received your license. It expires the last day of the month.

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#17. Why is it important not to drive with a defective muffler or exhaust system?

Carbon monoxide is most likely to leak into your car when the heater is running, when your exhaust system is not working properly, or when you are in heavy traffic and breathing exhaust fumes from other cars.

Remember, you cannot see, smell, or taste it, but carbon monoxide gas from your engine can kill you.

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#18. A first conviction of impaired driving with a BAC over 0.05 but less than 0.08 when you are 21 years or older will result in a license suspension for:

Impaired driving with BAC over 0.05 but less than 0.08: When the Department of Public Safety receives notice of a conviction, the Department will also suspend the person’s driving privilege as follows:

  • First suspension: 30 days
  • Second suspension: 6 months
  • Third suspension: 1 year
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#19. A pedestrian is crossing your lane at an intersection, but there is no marked crosswalk. You should:

Always yield to people crossing the roadway, whether the crosswalk is marked or unmarked. Be especially alert in school zones and high-traffic pedestrian areas.

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#20. What does this sign mean?

The chevron sign marks a sharp change in direction. The road ahead curves sharply. Slow down, keep right, and do not pass.

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#21. When you want to make a right turn at an intersection with a steady red light, you should:

A steady red light means stop. Come to a complete stop before entering the crosswalk or intersection. You must remain stopped until the light turns green.

After coming to a complete stop, you may turn right on red unless there are signs forbidding the turn.

You may also turn left from a one-way street into a one-way street – unless there are signs forbidding the turn.

When you turn, you must yield to all pedestrians and vehicles using the intersection, including bicycles.

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#22. This sign means that:

Two roadways come together ahead with a new lane added. You do not have to merge (form one line), but watch for traffic in the new lane.

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#23. On which side should you pass a vertical panel like this?

Stripes on barricades and panel devices slope downward in the direction traffic must travel.

Stripes sloping downward to the left mean the driver should bear to the left. Stripes sloping downward to the right mean the driver should bear to the right.

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#24. What is the basic speed limit in school zones on any highway outside of a municipality?

Speed Limit for school zones on any highway outside of a municipality is 25 mph.

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#25. Using the shoulder to pass another vehicle on the right is:

You may never legally pass on the right by driving off the pavement or main portion of the highway.

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Oklahoma DPS Driver Knowledge Test

Quick facts about your Oklahoma written test for a Driver License or Learner Permit:

  Number of Questions: 50
  Correct answers needed: 40
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Time limit: No
  Earliest retest upon failure: Next day

The Oklahoma Sample and Practice Test

This sample test is designed to help you practice for the official driver knowledge test in Oklahoma.

Each set is limited to 25 sample questions, unlike the real written knowledge test that has 50 questions. The limitation is deliberate. Most users find it easier to practice with a smaller number of questions.

After each question, there is an instant feedback to let you know if your answer is correct or not. When your answer is incorrect, you can also find a short description of the correct answer. Use this to make sure you fully understand why your choice was wrong. Use the Driver Manual to look up more information.

Each set is random, and questions are pulled from a larger question bank that covers all important areas of the manual. You should, however, be aware that randomized tests also mean that the questions you get may not include all possible questions on your exam. Wordings may also be slightly different.



The Official Knowledge Examination in Oklahoma

As mentioned, the official exam consists of 50 questions about road rules, Oklahoma traffic laws, and the meaning of common traffic signs and signals. To pass the examination you must correctly answer 40 questions; a passing score of 80%.

Should you fail the written knowledge test, you can at the examiners discretion take it again the next day. Should you fail the Oklahoma test three times in a row, a longer wait time kicks in, so it is a good idea to try to get it right from the beginning. With these practice tests your chances of passing the first time are almost 100%.

The test is only available in English and Spanish. If you have trouble reading and understanding any of these languages, you can bring an interpreter, but be aware that Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) does not pay for the interpreter.

There is a new fee for each time you take the written test, which is another reason for you to try to get it right the first time.

The knowledge examination is a closed book test. You cannot bring manuals, papers, backpacks, or notes into the testing area. Mute and put away your cell phone before you start your test.

At this point, Oklahoma DPS does not offer any kind of online testing from home.

Oklahoma DPS test - photo by Andrea Piacquadio

The Importance of the Oklahoma Driver Manual

The Oklahoma Driver Manual outlines all rules, traffic laws, and road signs you must know for your written test.

The test is constructed to make sure you have read and understood the contents of the manual, which is why you should always start by getting a copy.

For a small fee, you can get a hard copy at Motor License agents (Tag Agents ). You can also download a PDF-version of the OK Manual and keep on your phone, tablet, or computer.

Without previous experience of driving, it is difficult to pass the knowledge examination without reading the manual.

We recommend that you read the manual at least a couple of times and use practice test to verify and expand your knowledge.

Is the Oklahoma Written Test Hard?

Oklahoma DPS does not release failure rates on the knowledge test, but it is estimated that more than 25% of all first-time test takers fail the examination. The difficulty level is rated “moderate”.

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

Who Must Pass the Written Exam?

  First-time applicants.

Whenever you apply for an Oklahoma driver license or Learner Permit and haven’t been licensed before, you must pass all applicable requirements, including the knowledge exam.

  Drivers who had their license revoked.

A revocation means that your driving privilege is taken away and will not be automatically reinstated after the revocation period. It is much more serious than a suspension.

If your license was revoked, you must wait until the revocation period has ended and apply for a new license. Just like a first-time applicant, you must pass all tests again.

  Drivers who let their license expire more than three years.

When you renew your driver license, DPS will not ask for a new test unless they have reason to believe that you are unfit to drive or if you have let your license expire more than three years.

  Drivers with a foreign driver license.

Drivers who move to Oklahoma and hold a driver license from a country other than United States, Canada, or Germany must pass the knowledge test when they replace their foreign license with an Oklahoma license.

For drivers with a license from United States, Canada, or Germany both the knowledge exam and the road skills test are waived, but the must still pass the vision screening.



Oklahoma Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program

Oklahoma GDL is a program that helps young driver gain driving experience through different phases and restricts driving in high-risk environment. The rules affect all new drivers between 15 and 18 years.

The program includes four different stages:

  No license

A teenager who is at least 15 years can start practice driving without a license, as long as they are enrolled in a driver education and while they are receiving instruction from and accompanied by a certified driver education instructor.

  Learner Permit

A learner permit is issued if a teenager is at least 15 years and six months old, have passed the written test, and is enrolled in or has completed a driver education.

In addition to practice driving while supervised by a certified driver education instructor, the teen can now also drive together with any licensed driver at least 21 years old and who occupies the front seat beside the teen. Driving is restricted from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Without a driver education, a teen must wait until they are 16 years before DPS issues a permit.

  Intermediate License

To be eligible for an intermediate or provisional license, a teenager must:

  • hold a permit for at least six months,
  • complete at least 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training (10 hours night driving),
  • have no traffic convictions, and
  • pass the road skills test.

The intermediate license allows a teenager to drive without supervision. Driving is, however, generally restricted to daytime driving and with no more than one non-family passenger.

After holding the intermediate License for at least 6 months (one year with no driver education), a teenager can move on to apply for an unrestricted license.

  Unrestricted Driver License

To be eligible for the full and unrestricted driver license, an applicant under 18 years must have held the intermediate license for at least six months (one year with no driver education) and have no traffic convictions.

If the applicant is 18 years or older, the GDL requirements no longer applies.

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