Oregon DMV Written Test Practice

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#1. Driving between vehicles of a funeral procession is only allowed:

If you are not a member of the funeral procession, it is against the law for you to join or drive between vehicles in the procession, unless you are authorized to do so by a police officer.

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#2. You approach this road sign. What should you expect ahead?

Divided highway ahead (divided highway begins).

You are getting close to the place where two-way traffic will be divided by a center strip. Each roadway is one-way. Stay to the right.

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#3. This sign tells you that the center lane is used for:

Center Lane Turn Only. Share the center lane for left turns from both directions. The lane cannot be used for passing, overtaking, or through travel.

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#4. You are in an intersection when an emergency vehicle with activated sirens approaches from behind. What should you do?

You must yield right of way to emergency vehicles, such as fire trucks, police vehicles, and ambulances, when they approach from any direction using a light or siren.

When you see or hear an emergency vehicle warning, you must immediately drive as close as you safely can to the right side of the road and stop.

Stay stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed or until an officer tells you to move.

Do not stop in an intersection.

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#5. If you are being followed closely or tailgated, it can be dangerous to:

If a vehicle behind you is following too closely and there is a right lane, move over to the right.

If you cannot move over, slowly reduce your speed. This may encourage the vehicle to pass you or to stop tailgating.

Never brake hard to discourage tailgating – you could get hit from behind.

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#6. When parking uphill on a two-way street with no curbs, your front wheels should be:

Always set your parking brake. Leave your vehicle in gear if it has a manual transmission or in park for an automatic transmission. Turn your front wheels as indicated below to prevent your vehicle from rolling downhill in case the brake fails.

  • Downhill against a curb: turn your wheels toward the curb.
  • Uphill against a curb: turn your wheels toward the travel lane.
  • Uphill – no curb: turn your wheels toward the edge of the road.
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#7. Drivers may be temporarily blinded at night by which of the following?

Look slightly to the right of oncoming lights and watch the road edge or fog line. This will help guard against headlight glare.

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#8. When may you drive faster than a maximum speed limit?

Never drive faster than the posted speed limit. All speed limits are based on ideal driving conditions. If conditions are hazardous, you must drive slower.

To obey the basic rule, you need to think about your speed in relation to other traffic, pedestrians, bicycles, the surface and width of the road, hazards at intersections, weather, visibility, and any other conditions that could affect safety. Use posted speed signs to help you determine what is a reasonable and prudent speed for present conditions.

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#9. Oregon's Implied Consent Law means that by driving a motor vehicle you have agreed you will:

Oregon’s Implied Consent law means that by driving a motor vehicle you have agreed that you will take a breath, blood, or urine test when asked by a police officer if you are arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII).

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#10. When entering or crossing a road from a driveway:

Stop before you enter or cross a road from an alley, driveway or parking lot not controlled by signs or signals. Stop before reaching the sidewalk. Yield to approaching vehicles and pedestrians.

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#11. Safety belts must be used:

Safety belt use is mandatory in Oregon for all drivers and passengers in all available seating positions. Some very limited exemptions are allowed under ORS 811.215.

Child passengers must be restrained in approved child safety seats until they are 8 years of age or at least 4 feet-9 inches in height.

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#12. A flashing yellow traffic signal means:

A flashing yellow signal means slow down and proceed with caution.

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

Some vehicles, such as school buses, school activity vehicles, tank vehicles, or trucks carrying hazardous materials, must stop at all railroad crossings. If you are following this type of vehicle, be prepared to stop.

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#14. If a horse rider signals you to stop:

Animals can be unpredictable. Be prepared to brake or slow down as you pass an animal. Stop your vehicle if a person riding on horseback or leading an animal raises a hand or it is obvious the animal is frightened, unless stopping would cause a crash. A raised hand means the animal is frightened.

Do not use your horn or make other loud, sudden noises near the animal.

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#15. What is true about changing lanes when turning at an intersection?

It is very important that you turn from and turn into the proper lane. Avoid swinging wide or changing lanes while turning.

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#16. When overtaking another vehicle on a two-lane road, you must:

Before you start to pass, check your mirrors and your vehicle’s blind spot by glancing over your shoulder to the rear in the direction of the lane change. Turn on your signal, increase your speed and complete your pass as soon as possible.

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#17. This sign means:

Lane use control signs are rectangular, black and white signs. These signs are used where turns are required or permitted from lanes as shown.

You must move your vehicle only in the direction indicated for your traffic lane.

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#18. What should you do if you suddenly hear a thumping sound from your tires?

If a front tire blows, there may be a strong pull toward the side with the blowout. A rear blowout causes the back of the vehicle to weave or sway. Grip the steering wheel firmly and steer straight down the center of your lane. Do not oversteer. Ease off the gas and slow down gradually. Then brake smoothly. Move slowly to the shoulder and find a safe place to stop and change the tire or call for roadside service.

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#19. A blind spot is the area of the road:

A blind spot is the area around your vehicle that you cannot see from the driver’s seat even with the use of your mirrors. Avoid driving in another driver’s blind spot, if possible.

Before changing lanes, check your side and rearview mirrors for traffic approaching you from behind. Then, use your turn signal to let other drivers know you plan to change lanes. Check for other drivers who also may be moving into the same lane. Just before you begin moving into the other lane, quickly glance over your shoulder to the rear in the direction you want to move to check for any vehicles that may be in your blind spot.

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#20. Which of the following would be indicated by circular road sign?

A circular (round) railroad advance sign warns you that a railroad crossing is ahead.

Signs often use symbols or pictures rather than words. Each type of sign has a special color and shape to help you easily recognize the sign at a glance.

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#21. Drivers lingering on the sides of a truck:

Do not linger when passing a truck or bus. By remaining in blind spots too long, you make it impossible for the driver to safely take evasive action if an obstacle appears in the road ahead.

Avoid following too closely. The truck or bus driver cannot see the vehicle in this position, and you severely reduce your own view of traffic flow. Following too closely greatly increases your chance of a collision with a truck or bus.

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#22. If a school bus with flashing red lights has stopped on a four-lane roadway with unpaved median strip, you:

If you are on a divided highway with two roads separated by an unpaved median strip or barrier, you must stop only if you are on the same side of the road as the bus.

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#23. This is an example of:

This is an example of a state route sign.

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#24. After a minor crash without injuries you are blocking the flow of traffic. It is your responsibility to:

If there are no injuries and vehicles can be safely moved, they should be moved out of travel lanes as soon as possible. Filing an accident report with DMV is not always needed (see requirements in Driver Manual).

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#25. You see this sign ahead. What should you do?

Winding Road. The road ahead is winding, with a series of turns or curves. Slow down and drive carefully.

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Oregon DMV Written Test

Key numbers for the official Oregon DMV knowledge test:

Number of Questions: 35
Correct answers needed: 28
Passing score: 80 percent
Time limit: None
Earliest retest upon failure: 1 business day (after the first 2 failures)

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How to Practice for the Oregon DMV Written Test

The DMV written knowledge test in Oregon has 35 questions and the passing score is 80%. You can only miss 7 questions if you want to pass.

Almost one out of two fail the written test in Oregon on their first attempt, so preparations are important if you want to avoid the hassle of retesting.

How you should study and practice for your written exam boils down to your previous experience and knowledge of traffic laws, but the general strategy that applies to most first-time applicants is this two-step approach:

  Get the Driver’s Manual and read it.
  Take a few daily practice tests over the course of 2-3 weeks.



Time is Important

If you think that you are bad at tests, you should know that time is important.

If you start early and spread your study sessions over time, you are in much better shape of passing the exam.

With a study plan that stretches over 2-3 weeks instead of 2-3 days, you more than double your chances of passing. With regular use of practice tests, you improve your chances even more.

Why Practicing Helps

Experts agree that test practice is one of the best ways to prepare for an exam.

We encourage you to think before you answer, rather than just passively clicking on something that seems to be plausible and hope that it is the correct answer. Thinking before answering plays an important part in your learning process.

If you use the practice tests wisely, we are convinced that you will pass.

What You Should Know about this Practice Test

While the real written examination gives you 35 random questions, this practice test is limited to 25 questions.

We have shortened the practice test simply because a shorter test has proven to engage users more.

Questions are random and taken from a large pool of questions, just like the real written test. You can take the test over and over again. Chances that two tests will be exactly the same are extremely slim.

An instant feedback tells you if your answer is correct or not. At the end of the test, you will see your score. But don’t focus too much on your score when you start practicing. Focus more on the questions you miss and try to understand why you got it wrong. Check your manual for more information.

Before you attempt the real exam, we recommend that you have a full score on each practice test.

What You Should Know about the Real Written Test

Answers to all questions on the real Oregon DMV knowledge exam are found in the Oregon Driver’s Manual. You will not pass the driver examination without a solid understanding of the rules and traffic laws described in this manual.

Get your copy from your driving class instructor, a DMV office , or download a copy online

Even if test questions don’t change very often, you should make sure you have the latest version of the manual.

With solid preparations, you will pass the test the first time. If you don’t, you can theoretically take the test again the next day.

Sometimes, you just made some stupid mistakes on the test, and you can probably get it right the next time when you are less nervous about the test. But if you missed more than 8 questions, we recommend that you pace yourself and study some more.

There is a testing fee for each attempt, and you can only fail the test three times before a longer wait time kicks in.

Languages

If you have trouble understanding English, the written DMV test is also available in these languages:

  Arabic
  Chinese
  Japanese
  Korean
  Russian

  Spanish
  Vietnamese

 

If you want use a foreign language translation dictionary or an authorized interpreter, you must contact your local DMV office for further details. You should also contact DMV if you require any other special accommodations. Remember that COVID-19 restrictions may still be in place. Check latest information here: COVID-19



Don’t Try to Cheat on the Oregon DMV Test

Trying to cheat on the test can be tempting, but it is always a bad idea.

If you are caught, you will be restricted from taking the test again.

If you get away with it, you are probably not the good and safe driver you think you are. After all, knowledge matters.

Unless you bring an approved interpreter, you cannot be accompanied by anyone else in the testing area. You cannot bring books, manuals, or any notes, and you cannot use your phone or any other electronic device. Talking to others is also prohibited in the testing area.

If you cheat, the test is stopped, and you must wait 90 days before you can test again.

Who Must take the Written Exam?

The following persons must always pass the knowledge test before they can get their first Instruction Permit or full Driver’s License:

  First-time applicants with no prior license or permit
  Drivers who let their license expire more than 12 months
  Drivers with a foreign license (other than a Canada license)

Knowledge testing when renewing a license is usually not required unless DMV has reasons to question your ability to drive.

If you are under 18 years

The process for getting a license if you are under 18 years includes the three-step program according to the Oregon Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Law.

The three steps are:

  Instruction Permit
  Provisional Driver License
  Unrestricted Class C Driver License

If you are at least 15 years and under 18 years, you must start by getting a provisional instruction permit.

Go online a complete the pre-application and schedule an appointment with DMV.

When you visit DMV, you must show proof of your identity, Oregon address, and legal presence, if applicable. You must also have your parent or legal guardians signature and approval.

The DMV clerk will check your vision and let you take the written knowledge test. After paying the permit fee and having your picture taken, you are set to go.

With the instruction permit you can practice driving together with a supervising driver who sits beside you at all times. The supervising driver must be at least 21 years and have a valid driver license. For your practice to count toward the 50- or 100-hour requirement, a supervising driver must have had their license for at least three years.

When you turn 16 years, you can move on to the next step, the Provisional Driver License, but only if have held your permit for at least six months. You must also have completed 100 hours of supervised driving, or 50 hours if you have taken and passed an approved Driver Ed course.

With the provisional license, you may practice driving on your own, but there are important restrictions placed on your license. During the first six months, you cannot drive alone with a passenger under 20 years who is not a member of your immediate family and you can, in general, not drive between midnight and 5:00 a.m.

After the first six months you can drive with three (3) passengers under 20 years who are not members of your immediate family.

To get your full unrestricted license, you must be at least 17 years and have held a provisional license for 1 year, or turned 18 years.



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If you are 18 years or older

If you are 18 years or older, the GDL laws don’t apply.

You can apply for an instruction permit to enroll in a driving class and practice driving. When you are ready, you can proceed with the road skills test. Often given by your driving school. You don’t have to hold your permit for any specified period.

When converting a foreign license, you don’t need to apply for a permit. After passing your visions screening and knowledge test, you can schedule your road test right away.

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