Oregon DMV Written Test Practice



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#1. If using your high beams at night, you must dim your lights when an oncoming vehicle is:

If using your high beams, you must dim your lights when an oncoming vehicle is within 500 feet.


#2. In which situation are you allowed to pass a school bus?

Remember, under special circumstances, an officer may be directing the flow of traffic. If so, obey the officer’s signals instead of the normal traffic signals or signs.


#3. When you enter a stretch of highway designated as a safety corridor, you should:

Safety corridors are designated stretches of highway with more fatal and serious injury crashes than the statewide average. Turn on your lights for safety. Signs identifying safety corridors may include diamond shaped flags.


#4. You must drive on the right side of the road except when:

Drive on the right side of the road except when:

  • Passing another vehicle going in the same direction as you.
  • Driving to the left of center to pass an obstruction.
  • A road is marked for one-way traffic.
  • A road has three marked lanes and the center lane is a passing lane.
  • Directed by emergency personnel or other persons directing traffic.

When a road has no center line and traffic moves in opposite directions, drivers must give at least half the road to oncoming traffic.


#5. If you crash because you were distracted, tired, or not driving defensively:

If you crash because you were distracted, tired, or not driving defensively, it is a preventable crash, not an accident. A police report does NOT replace your requirement to file a report with DMV.


#6. When you hear a bell and see flashing lights at a railroad crossing, you should:

Stop before railroad tracks when:

  • Flashing red lights are activated.
  • A crossing gate is lowered.
  • A train is clearly visible or is so close to the crossing that it would be hazardous for you to try to cross.
  • A stop sign is posted, even if you do not see a train coming.
  • A flagger signals you to stop.

#7. When approaching a sharp curve, you should:

Slow down before you enter a curve. Use the speed shown below a curve sign as a guide, if posted. Look through the curve to where you want to go and then check the lane position of approaching vehicles. Stay to the right of the center line and in the middle of your lane. Be alert for bicyclists, pedestrians, or slow-moving vehicles hidden around the curve. As you come out of a curve, increase your speed gradually.

Braking or an abrupt change of speed in a turn or curve can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.


#8. What is true about motorcyclists?

A motorcycle or moped is more difficult to see than other vehicles. They can be hidden in a blind spot and easily overlooked. It can also be difficult to judge how far away a motorcycle is or how fast it is going.


#9. What color are traffic signs that guide you to motorist services?

Blue signs tell you about services or facilities along the highway. These signs may indicate gas, food, and lodging are available at the next exit, a rest area is ahead, or a phone is available.

A blue sign also may indicate the road to a hospital. A sign with a wheelchair symbol means a facility or parking area is accessible to a person with a disability.


#10. This yellow sign means:

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.


#11. A flashing red traffic signal at an intersection has the same meaning as:

A flashing red signal is treated the same as a stop sign. Come to a complete stop. Look both ways and to the front, yield to traffic and pedestrians, and proceed when it is safe to do so.


#12. Why should you allow more space in front of your vehicle when following a large truck?

The drivers of large vehicles may not be able to see you when you are directly behind them. These vehicles also block your view of the road ahead.


#13. When you go uphill on a snow or ice-covered road:

When you go uphill on a snow or ice-covered road, apply just enough power to maintain motion without causing the wheels to spin.


#14. 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.


#15. If you see this sign in front of you, it tells you that:

The do not enter sign is a square sign with a white horizontal line inside a red ball. It warns you not to enter a road or freeway.

Remember, the sign is square, it is not circular!


#16. On highways with two or more lanes traveling in the same direction, left lane should be used for:

On roads with several lanes, you should leave the left lane for faster traffic and passing.

If you drive slower than the normal speed of traffic, you must use the right lane or drive as closely as possible to the right curb or edge of the road, unless you are preparing to make a left turn.


#17. Before turning left or right you should signal during the last:

If your vehicle is moving in traffic, use your turn signal at least 100 feet before the turn or lane change. When you are parked at a curb and about to reenter traffic, use a signal long enough to alert traffic that you are moving into the lane.


#18. What marks the left edge of one-way roads?

Yellow markings are used to separate traffic moving in opposite directions. Yellow also mark the left edge of one-way roads and ramps, two-way left turn lanes, and painted medians.


#19. If you are 21 years or older and in a vehicle, where should you keep an opened container of wine?

Under Oregon’s Open Container law, it is illegal to drink alcohol or have an open bottle or other container with alcohol in it while you are in a vehicle on any road. Any open bottles or containers should be in the trunk.


#20. During a traffic stop by a law enforcement officer, you should refrain from:

Limit your movements and those of any passengers

During a stop, turn off the engine, roll down the window, and keep your hands of the steering wheel.


#21. When turning left at an intersection, you should turn:

Turn just before the imaginary center point in the intersection and in front of any vehicle turning left from the opposite direction.


#22. When you park on a hill headed uphill and there is a curb, you should turn your front wheels:

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.

#23. You should enter a roundabout and merge with traffic:

Slow down as you approach the roundabout. Before you enter the roundabout, you must yield to traffic inside as well as exiting the roundabout. Wait for a gap and merge into traffic.


#24. This sign means:

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


#25. Skidding is mainly caused by

Driving too fast for conditions is the main cause of skids.

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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 the time you spend on preparing for the written test 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 the regular use of these 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 DMV written test 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 low.

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 written 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. So, read it!

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.


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




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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