Oregon DMV Written Test Practice



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#1. What does this sign mean?

Two-Way Traffic sign. The one-way street or roadway with a median or divider in the middle joins a two-way roadway ahead. You will then be facing oncoming traffic. The sign is also used along such a road.


#2. Changing lanes inside a roundabout:

Maintain your lane position until you exit. Avoid lane changes while inside the roundabout, if possible.


#3. What can help to reduce the amount of glare from oncoming vehicles at night?

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


#4. A blue sign with a large 'H' guides you to:

Hospital is a word message sign or an H symbol sign. General service signs like this are accompanied with a directional message if used at intersections.


#5. When a road has no center line and traffic moves in opposite directions, you must:

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


#6. Why should you be prepared to stop if you see a truck with hazardous load at a railroad crossing ahead?

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.


#7. If your vehicle starts to skid or hydroplane, you should:

Skids occur when the tires can no longer grip the road. Driving too fast for conditions causes skids. If your vehicle begins to skid:

  • Stay off the brakes. Until the vehicle slows, your brakes will not be effective.
  • Steer in the direction you want the vehicle to go. As soon as the vehicle begins to straighten out, turn the steering wheel back the other way. If you do not do this, your vehicle may swing around in the other direction and you could start a new skid.
  • Continue to correct your steering, left and right, until the vehicle is again moving down the road under your control.

#8. An orange and red sign attached to the back of a vehicle means:

This symbol is reserved for use on the rear of slow-moving vehicles only. The emblem is a standard type recognized nationwide, containing a reflective, red border and a fluorescent orange-red center. Be prepared to adjust your speed or position when you see this sign.


#9. What does this sign mean?

A five-sided sign marks school zones and warns you about school crossings.

These signs may display horizontal lines indicating the point at which a crosswalk exists.

Two signs may be used together to show the actual location of the crosswalk.


#10. A police officer directing traffic directs you to go through a red light. What should you do?

You must obey all lawful orders and directions of a police officer. You must also obey signal of any school crossing guard, flagman, or flag person.


#11. If you are involved in a traffic accident, you must:

You must remain at the scene of the accident. Provide your name, address, driver license number, license plate number of your vehicle, and your insurance information to the other driver, passengers, or any injured pedestrian involved.


#12. When another driver makes a mistake, you need time to react. How can you give yourself this time?

When a driver makes an unexpected or quick movement, other drivers need time to react.

The only way you can be sure you have enough time to react is by leaving plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicles around you. That space becomes a space cushion. You should try to keep a cushion of space ahead, to each side and behind you.


#13. What is the best advice to a driver who has been drinking alcohol?

Never get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or using other impairing drugs. Leave the driving to someone else.


#14. When is it a good idea to sound your horn?

If an oncoming vehicle is drifting into your lane, pull to the right as far as possible, slow down, and warn the other driver with your horn or lights.


#15. In this illustration:

All vehicles are turning into wrong lane.


#16. When leaving a parked or stopped position:

When leaving a parked or stopped position, check your blind spots and mirrors, and yield to all other traffic.


#17. If a traffic signal light is not working, you should proceed as if the intersection is, in all directions, controlled by:

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. Temperature just above freezing point. You approach a bridge with this road sign. What is the best thing to do?

Slippery when wet. The pavement is unusually slick when wet. Slow down when roads are wet.

This sign is often seen at bridges. A bridge or shaded area freezes first and may be icy when the rest of the road is free of ice. Be aware that the road is likely to be the most slippery when the temperature is near the freezing point rather than below freezing.


#19. When you drive through a construction zone, you should:

Slow down and pay attention when you approach a work zone. Traffic may slow or stop unexpectedly in these areas.


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

You must obey the reduced speed limit of 20 mph any time a yellow light on a school speed sign is flashing, indicating that children are arriving at or leaving school.


#21. Your cell phone rings while you are driving. Which of the following is the best thing to do?

Being alert is an essential part of safe driving. Avoid distractions, such as cell phones. If you must use a cell phone, regardless of age, pull off the road and find a safe place to stop.

If you are under 18 years, it is illegal to talk or text on a cell phone or other communication device while operating a vehicle. Turn it off or put it in the back seat and ignore it.


#22. You can drive off a paved road to pass another vehicle on the right:

When passing another vehicle on a two-lane road, you should pass only to the left of the vehicle. When passing on the right is permitted, there must be sufficient space for you to pass without leaving the paved portion of the road or driving in a bike lane. The shoulder should only be used in an emergency.


#23. Parking your car in front of a driveway is:

You cannot stop or park your vehicle in front of a public or private driveway.


#24. This pavement symbol marks:

A bicycle sharrow, two chevrons painted above a bicycle symbol on the road, indicates the lane is shared. Vehicle or bicycle traffic may be in the lane.

Although you should always keep on the lookout for bicyclists, this serves as an additional warning to watch for bicycles in the lane.


#25. You are in the right-hand lane and want to turn right at an intersection. You see this sign at the corner. What should you do?

No Right Turn. You must not make a right turn at this intersection.

Remember, regulatory signs with a red circle with a red slash over a symbol prohibit certain actions.

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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.


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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