Texas DMV Written Knowledge Test Practice – Permit Test 2022



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

Pavement changes. The hard-surfaced pavement changes to an earth road or low-type surface. Slow down.


#2. If you are going on a very long trip, it is a good idea to plan a rest stop every:

A condition of drowsiness or unawareness can be brought on by reduced activity and steady sounds of wind, engine, and tire hum. This is known as highway hypnosis. All drivers should be aware of its danger and of the methods for fighting it.

Stop often. Even if you are feeling well you should stop at least every two hours or every 100 miles. Do not drive more than eight hours per day. Keep shifting your eyes. Look at different objects, near and far, left and right. Keep a window open so there is always fresh air in the car to help keep you alert and awake.


#3. A 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.

#4. 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.


#5. You have been taking medicine for a few days. The medicine made you feel drowsy. Today you feel better but still need to take the medicine. You should only drive

Many over-the-counter drugs cause drowsiness in some people which can affect their driving. Read the labels and be careful with antihistamines, other cold preparations, or any medicine that relaxes or promotes sleep. If you have doubts about a drug or drug mix, check with a doctor or pharmacist.


#6. Which light indicates that you must always come to a complete stop at an intersection?

A steady red light means stop. Stop before entering the crosswalk or intersection.

You may turn right unless prohibited by signs or law.

You may also turn left if both streets are one way, unless prohibited by signs or law.

You must yield to all pedestrians and other traffic lawfully using the intersection.


#7. If two vehicles are entering the middle lane on a multi-lane road at the same time, which vehicle should be given the right-of-way?

On a road divided into three or more lanes providing for one-way movement, a vehicle entering a lane of traffic from the right must yield the right-of-way to a vehicle entering the same lane of traffic from the left.


#8. There is a large vehicle ahead. It approaches an intersection and signals right but appears to be turning left. What is the best thing to do?

Stay behind trucks making right turns. Pay attention to turn signals.

Trucks make wide, right turns, and sometimes leave an open space to the right just before the turn. To avoid a crash, do not pass a truck on the right if there is a possibility the truck might make a right turn.


#9. When may you drive slower than a minimum speed limit?

Minimum speed limits are posted on controlled-access highways. You must not drive below that posted minimum limit unless necessary for safe operation.


#10. A white cloth tied to a radio antenna or a door handle indicates:

If your vehicle breaks down on a highway, move your car off the pavement to the side of the road. If you cannot get the car off the pavement, get everyone out of the car and off the road. Portable warning devices should be used to warn oncoming traffic. Tie a white cloth to your radio antenna, door handle, or some other place where it may be easily seen. If you do not have a white cloth, raise your hood.


#11. If you encounter an aggressive driver on the road:

An aggressive driver will intentionally aggravate or attempt to aggravate other drivers and in some cases cause bodily injury, property damage, or death to others. Stay out of the way and concentrate on your driving. Do not confront an aggressive driver or make obscene gestures.


#12. On a road with yellow center lines:

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.


#13. If a driver in front of you holds the left arm horizontally out of open window, he signals.

To signal a left turn, the left arm is extended horizontally out of open window.


#14. When approaching another vehicle from behind at night, at what distance should you dim your headlights?

You must change to low beam when following a vehicle at a distance of 300 feet or less.


#15. On which side should you pass a barricade like this?

The diagonal stripes on the barricade or vertical panel guide the driver towards the direction to where the traffic is to pass. Stripes sloping downward to the left mean the driver should bear to the left.


#16. When following a large truck that blocks your view ahead, you should:

If you are following a truck, stay out of its blind spot at the rear. Avoid following too closely, and position your vehicle so the truck driver can see your vehicle in the truck’s side view mirror. By avoiding the truck driver’s blind spot, you will have a good view of the road ahead, and the truck driver can give you plenty of warning for a stop or a turn.


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

Keep right.

Drive to the right of this sign. This sign is used in advance of islands and medians.


#18. A child must be secured in a safety seat when:

Children who are under 8 years of age and less than four feet and nine inches in height (regardless of age) are required by law to be secured in a safety seat if occupying a seat in a vehicle equipped with a safety belt.

Children who are at least 8 years of age but under 17 years of age or who are under 8 years of age but taller than four feet and nine inches in height must be secured in a safety belt if occupying a seat in a vehicle so equipped.


#19. If you are using a rope to tow another vehicle, what must you attach to the rope?

When one vehicle is towing another, the drawbar, chain, rope, cable, or other connection must not be longer than 15 feet from one vehicle to another. (This limit does not apply to pole trailers.) When a chain, rope, or cable is used as a connection a white flag not less than 12 inches square must be attached to it.


#20. When are you required to stop at a railroad grade crossing?

You must stop at a railroad grade crossing if:

  • A clearly visible railroad signal warns of the approach of a train.
  • A crossing gate is lowered, or a flag person warns of a train.
  • An approaching train within about 1,500 feet of the crossing produces an audible signal and is an immediate hazard.
  • An approaching train is visible and in unsafe proximity to the crossing.

#21. To make a right turn at a corner with a bicycle lane, you should:

One of the most common motorist caused car-bicycle crashes is when a motorist turns right across the path of the bicycle. Remember to slow down and merge with the bicycle traffic for a safe right turn.


#22. What does this sign mean?

This sign warns you of a crosswalk for school children (school crosswalk.)

Signs may be fluorescent yellow-green or standard yellow in color. Signs may also have a separate downward-pointing arrow plaque, which indicates the actual location of the crosswalk.


#23. When you proceed straight ahead on a solid green light, you must:

A steady green light means the driver can proceed on a green light if it is safe to do so. You may drive straight ahead or turn unless prohibited by another sign or signal. Watch for and yield to cars and pedestrians lawfully in the intersection.

Remember, do not enter the intersection if you will block traffic. Green means go, but only if the intersection is clear.


#24. What does this sign mean?

Lane Use.

This sign indicates two lanes of traffic are permitted to turn left. The traffic in the left lane must turn left, traffic in the other lane has a choice.


#25. Parking 21 feet from the nearest rail of a railroad crossing:

You may not park a vehicle, occupied or not, within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing.


#26. It is illegal to pass another vehicle:

DO NOT overtake if there is any doubt, or where you cannot see far enough ahead to be sure it is safe.

Remember, it is illegal to pass on a hill, curve, or any other place where vision is limited.


#27. This sign means:

Road turns right. Road ahead makes a sharp turn in the direction of the arrow (right). Slow down, keep right, and do not pass.


#28. A traffic light shows a red signal, but a law enforcement officer signals you to proceed. What should you do?

Traffic signals help provide for the orderly movement of traffic. Drivers must obey these signals except when a law enforcement officer is directing traffic. You must obey a law enforcement officer at all times even if he/she is telling you to do something which is ordinarily considered against the law.


#29. 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.


#30. The risk of hydroplaning increases:

Hydroplaning occurs when a tire patch loses contact with the road by rising up on top of water. Avoid hydroplaning by slowing down when the road is wet. Also, check the tires. Poor tires are dangerous. The risk of hydroplaning increase with increased speed.

If you lose traction, take your foot off the gas, do not apply the brakes, maintain the direction of the vehicle, and allow the vehicle to slow to a manageable speed.

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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.

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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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  1. This helped very much. Missed only three.

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