Texas DMV Written Knowledge Test Practice – Permit Test 2021

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#1. Passing another vehicle by driving on the left side of the road is not allowed:

Never drive on the left side of the road when:

  • Pavement markings prohibit driving on the left (no passing zone).
  • There are two or more traffic lanes in each direction.
  • Within 100 feet of or crossing an intersection or railroad crossing.
  • On a hill, curve, or any other place where vision is limited.
  • Within 100 feet of a bridge, viaduct, or tunnel.
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#2. At a railroad crossing, trains must be given the right-of-way:

Remember, trains do not and cannot stop at crossings. Trains always have the right-of-way.

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#3. You should always be especially alert for motorcycles because:

The profile of a motorcycle is much smaller than the profile of a car, making an approaching motorcyclist harder to see. Also, many drivers tend to look for other cars not for motorcyclists.

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#4. During an enforcement stop by a police officer, you should:

If you are stopped by law enforcement it is suggested you:

  • Move the vehicle safely to the right of the road as soon as possible and stop.
  • Place the vehicle in a parking position, set the emergency brake, turn the engine off, and activate the hazard warning lights.
  • Remain in the car, lower the driver’s window, and wait for the law enforcement officer to give instructions.
  • Keep your hands in clear view.
  • Follow the instructions of the law enforcement officer.
  • Require passengers to remain in the car unless other instructions are given by the law enforcement officer.
  • Give the appropriate signals and safely return to the proper lane of traffic when released by the law enforcement officer.
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#5. What happens when you accumulate a total of 6 points or more on you driving record?

A surcharge will be assessed when the driver accumulates a total of 6 points or more on their record. The driver is required to pay a $100 surcharge for the first six points and $25 for each additional point. The driver record will be reviewed annually and if it continues to reflect 6 or more points, the surcharge will be assessed.

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#6. Yellow lines on the road separate:

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.

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#7. Unless otherwise posted, what is the speed limit on country roads adjacent to a public beach?

Speed limit on country roads adjacent to a public beach (if declared by the commissioners court of the county) is 15 mph.
Note that cities and counties have the authority to change speed limits.

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#8. You approach an intersection. Where should you stop if there is a stop sign, but no stop line or crosswalk?

When required to stop because of a sign or signal, you must stop at the stop line.

If there is no stop line, stop before entering a crosswalk. If there is no stop line or crosswalk, stop before entering the intersection.

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#9. What should you do when you meet a truck coming from the opposite direction?

When you meet a truck coming from the opposite direction, keep as far to the side as possible to avoid a sideswipe crash and to reduce the wind turbulence between the two vehicles. Remember, turbulence pushes vehicles apart. It does not pull them together.

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#10. Increasing your vehicle's speed:

It is important to remember that increasing speed decreases your field of vision and puts you at greater risk of being involved in a crash. By slowing down, you will increase your field of vision.

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#11. In which situation is it advisable not to use your horn?

Remember, you may use your horn when it is reasonably necessary to ensure safe operation. Avoid honking your horn around bicyclists. Bicyclists can usually hear an approaching vehicle and loud noises can startle bicyclists, causing a crash.

This question asked when you should NOT use your horn.

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#12. What does a traffic signal showing a steady yellow light mean?

A steady yellow traffic light means caution. The yellow light warns drivers to use caution and to alert them a red light is coming up. You must stop before entering the nearest crosswalk at the intersection if you can do so safely. If a stop cannot be made safely, then you may proceed cautiously through the intersection before the light changes to red.

Remember, it is a common mistake to think that you do not need to stop (if you can do so safely)!

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

Expect two curves and cross traffic ahead.

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#14. This white sign means you must not pass other vehicles:

Do not pass. This sign marks the beginning of a no passing zone.

Passing signs tell you where it is safe to pass another vehicle and where you cannot. Passing areas are based on how far you can see ahead. Where it is permitted to pass, you may do so only if it is safe.

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#15. This sign means:

Merging Traffic sign. You are approaching a point where other traffic lanes come together with the one you are in. Watch for traffic from that direction.

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#16. Lane-hopping or weaving in and out of traffic:

Remember, lane-hopping is dangerous, annoys other drivers, and increases the risk of collision.

Stay in the middle of your lane. Do not weave in and out of traffic. Maintain a constant speed. Keep pace with the traffic. Do not unnecessarily speed up and slow down.

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#17. What does a flashing yellow traffic signal mean?

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

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#18. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway ahead (divided highway begins).

You are approaching a section of highway where the opposing flows of traffic are separated by a median island.

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#19. If you have a tire blowout while driving, it can be dangerous to:

If you have a flat tire or a blowout, do not slam on the brakes. Take your foot off the gas and gently apply the brakes. Steer straight ahead to a stop or until your vehicle is under complete control. Move slowly and safely off the road. Do not stop on the road if at all possible.

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#20. Food in the stomach causes alcohol:

The alcohol tolerance may vary by individual. Food in your stomach, medications, health, and psychological condition are also influential factors which affect the rate of alcohol absorption.

All the alcohol consumed eventually gets into the blood whether you have eaten or not. Food in the stomach causes alcohol to be absorbed more slowly, slowing down the rate and the amount of intoxication.

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#21. Who must yield when several vehicles approach an uncontrolled T-intersection?

When approaching an intersection of a through street from a street that ends at the intersection (T-intersection), you must stop and then yield the right-of-way to the vehicles on the through street.

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#22. When is it necessary to turn on your headlights?

You must use your headlights beginning 30 minutes after sunset and ending 30 minutes before sunrise, or anytime when individuals or vehicles cannot be seen clearly for at least 1,000 feet. A good advice is to turn on your headlights when you turn on your windshield wipers.

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#23. A leaky exhaust system should be repaired because it:

Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning. Cars produce carbon monoxide which is deadly gas. Make sure you are getting plenty of fresh air. Remember, the gas has no smell, taste, or color.

Do not:

  • Leave the motor running in a garage.
  • Leave vents open when following closely behind another car.
  • Leave the motor running and the windows closed while the car is parked.
  • Drive with a defective muffler or exhaust system.
  • Use the heater or air conditioner in a parked car with the windows closed.
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#24. You may never park, stop, or allow a vehicle to stand idling:

Do not park, stop, or allow a vehicle to stand idling within an intersection.

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#25. To avoid crashes, the defensive driver should:

A defensive driver should:

  • Stay alert and keep eyes moving to keep track of what is happening at all times.
  • Look for trouble spots developing all around.
  • Have a plan of action.
  • Know the law requires drivers to protect each other from their own mistakes.
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#26. This sign added to a stop sign means:

4-way or all-way signs are added to a stop sign advising that all approaching traffic to this intersection must stop.

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#27. Which lane should your vehicle be in after turning right into a two-lane, one-way street?

Signal for a lane change well ahead of the turning point. When it is safe, move your vehicle to the far-right lane. Keep as close as possible to the right edge of the road. Do not swing wide.

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#28. The speed shown on this sign is in effect:

The speed shown is in effect when the yellow light is flashing. Be extremely careful for school children.

You may not exceed the school zone speed limit when flashing.

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#29. A school bus in your lane is stopped with red lights flashing. You should:

If you approach a school bus from either direction and the bus is displaying alternately flashing red lights, you must stop. Do not pass the school bus until the school bus has resumed motion, you are signaled by the driver to proceed, or the red lights are no longer flashing.

It is not necessary to stop when passing a school bus on a different road or when on a controlled-access highway where the bus is stopped in a loading zone and pedestrians are not permitted to cross.

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#30. When brakes fail and you cannot get them to work, you should:

When brakes fail, do not panic. Remember your parking brake and shift to a lower gear. Apply your parking brake cautiously so you do not lock the brakes and throw your car into a skid.

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The Texas DMV Written Knowledge Test

Key numbers for the official learner’s permit and driver license written test in Texas:

Test Questions: 30
Correct answers needed: 21
Passing score: 70%
Time limit: No
Earliest retest if you fail: Next day

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About This Written Test Practice

This written test practice id designed exclusively to help you pass the Texas knowledge examination for a learner’s permit or full driver’s license.

It is a random practice test with 30 question from a large pool of test questions and answers. You can take the test several times and expect a different test each time.

After each question you will get instant feedback that tells you if your answer is correct or not. There are also brief explanations to help you understand the correct answer. At the end of the test you will see your score.

The real Texas permit test has a passing score of 70% (21 correct answers). On the practice test, you should try to reach a score of 100% on a handful of tests. It gives you a good margin on the real examination.

The test is completely free, and no registration is necessary.




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The Real TX DPS Examination

If you are enrolled in an authorized driver education course, you can generally take the written test as part of your education.

You can also visit a DMV Driver Licensing office and take the test.

Texas DMV does not offer online testing from your home. So, this practice test is not an official test that entitles you to a learner’s permit or Texas driver license. As you probably already understand, Licenseroute.com is not affiliated with Texas DPS.

When you take the test, you will get 30 random test questions. To pass, you must answer at least 21 questions correctly.

You can skip questions that you aren’t sure about (no more than 9). If you don’t reach 21 correct answers on the remaining questions, the skipped ones will return at the end, but if you reach the passing score of 70%, you will never see the skipped questions again. The test ends after 21 correct answers.

Should you miss the target of 70% and fail the exam, you can take it again the next day. You can make three attempts within a 90-day window. If you fail a 4th time or exceed the 90-day limit, you must submit a new application and pay the fee again.

Texas written tests are only available in English and Spanish. If you speak Spanish, you must understand enough English to recognize the meaning of some of the road signs.

Interpreters are allowed, but not paid for by Texas DMV.

You cannot bring books, manuals, papers, or electronic devices to the testing area.



Must I Take a Driver Education Course to Get a Driver License in Texas?

Yes, all first-time applicants under 25 years must complete a driver education course before Texas DMV issues a permit or driver’s license.

You have these options:

  Enroll in a driver education school
  Enroll in a parent taught driver education course with an approved parent taught course provider
  Complete driver education at a public school, education service center, college, or university

The classroom phase of any driver education course must consist of at least 32 hours (which much stretch over at least 16 days). The course must also contain at least 7 hours of behind-the-wheel driving and 7 hours of in-car observation.

Before DMV issues your initial learner license, you must complete the first six hours of the driver education classroom instruction (concurrent method) or all 32 hours (block method).

Make sure you have your certificate of completion (DE-964) before applying for your learner license.




Is the Texas License Test Hard?

Texas DMV does not share failure rates on the written knowledge test. Estimates suggest that only one out of four (25%) first-time test takers fail the Texas written examination, which makes the exam one of the easiest to pass.

Easy - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

Our surveys also show that very few of our users fail the test. But if you DO fail, don’t give up. With just some more practice and help from a driving instructor, parent, or friend, you can nail it. Just avoid some of the worst study tactics !

Even if the Texas Driver Handbook is a tedious read, you should consider it your best friend. Everything you need to learn is found in this handbook.


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