Oregon DMV Written Test Practice



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#1. A driver's license is:

Remember, driving is a privilege you earn, not a right. Be careful to drive in a way that allows you to keep that privilege.


#2. What should you do when you see this sign?

Keep right. A traffic island, median or obstruction divides the road ahead.


#3. Parking on the median between separate roads of a divided highway is:

You cannot stop or park your vehicle between separate roads of a divided highway. The rules about parking and stopping apply whether you are in your vehicle or not.


#4. To back your vehicle safely:

To see as much as possible, turn your body and head to the right and look out through the rear window. Do not depend on your mirrors. Mirrors do not give you a full view.


#5. What does this sign mean?

Yield ahead. This sign warns of a yield sign ahead. Slow down and be prepared to yield other traffic.


#6. In cold, wet weather the roadways on bridges and overpasses:

Watch for danger spots ahead. A bridge or shaded area freezes first and may be icy when the rest of the road is free of ice.

Remember, reduce your speed on winter roads. Allow extra space between your car and the car ahead. Do not brake or turn suddenly.


#7. If you see a pedestrian with a white cane attempting to cross the street, you must:

You must give the right of way to a blind or partially blind pedestrian who is carrying a white cane or using a guide dog. Stop if the person is about to cross or is crossing the road. Remain stopped until the person has crossed the entire road, even if you have a green light.


#8. When is it safe to pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk?

Never pass when the vehicle ahead is stopped at a crosswalk to permit a pedestrian to cross.


#9. Drivers can improve gas mileage or save fuel by using which technique?

Drivers can improve gas mileage or save fuel by using these techniques:

  • Drive steadily and avoid exceeding posted speed limits.
  • Avoid rapid starts and sudden stops.
  • Avoid unnecessary idling.
  • Combine errands into a single trip.
  • Properly maintain your vehicle.

#10. You are driving on a highway when a tire blows out on your vehicle. What should you do?

If you have a blowout, grip the steering wheel firmly. Steer straight and slow down gradually. Pull off the road.


#11. When is it wrong to use your horn?

It is important to know how to use your vehicle’s safety equipment. Use your horn to:

  • Warn pedestrians or other drivers of possible trouble
  • Avoid crashes

Do not use your horn:

  • To show anger or complain about other drivers’ mistakes
  • To try to get a slower driver to move faster
  • To try to get other vehicles moving in a traffic jam
  • Around horses or horse-drawn vehicles
  • Around blind pedestrians
  • Around bicyclists, unless there is an immediate danger.

#12. In general, you must drive on the right side of the road. Driving on the left side is allowed:

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.


#13. You approach a railroad crossing with these signs posted. What should you do?

A railroad crossbuck assembly may include a yield sign. Stop if a train is clearly visible or is so close to the crossing that it would be hazardous for you to try to cross. Remember, you must always yield to trains.


#14. All the following practices are dangerous while driving. Which is also against the law?

Drivers 18 years of age or older must use a hands-free accessory to use a cell phone or other communication device.

Drivers under 18 years of age may not talk or text on a cell phone or other communication device while operating a vehicle.


#15. A warning sign with arrows in a circle pattern is placed ahead of:

There is a roundabout intersection ahead.


#16. A posted speed limit like this is:

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.


#17. If a traffic signal appears dark, such as during a power failure, you must be cautious and proceed as though there is:

If a signal appears dark, such as during a power failure, stop as you would if there were stop signs in all directions or the same as a four-way stop intersection. Do not proceed until it is safe.


#18. 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.


#19. When an emergency vehicle using flashing lights approaches you from behind, you must:

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.


#20. When it is safe to do so, a broken yellow center line may be crossed:

A broken yellow line on your side of the lane indicates you are allowed to pass another vehicle on the left side of the roadway. When passing, you may cross this line temporarily only when it is safe to do so.


#21. Which road signs have this shape?

Triangle shape is used for yield signs. This sign means you should reduce speed and yield right of way. If needed, stop the same as you would for a stop sign.

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.


#22. When you see this sign, you should:

Crossroad. A four-way intersection is ahead. Be alert for cross traffic entering the roadway.


#23. When arrested, you may be asked take an alcohol test. If you are under 21 years, you will fail the test:

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). If you are under 21, you will fail the test if you have a blood alcohol content reading of any amount. Oregon has a zero tolerance law.


#24. Sharing a lane with a motorcyclist:

It is against the law to share a lane with a motorcycle or moped. When passing, you must allow them a full lane.


#25. Child passengers must be restrained in approved child safety seats until they are 8 years of age or at least:

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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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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