Texas DMV Written Knowledge Test Practice – Permit Test 2021

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#1. You see this sign on a vehicle ahead. What does it mean?

Farm tractors and machinery, road construction machinery, animal-drawn vehicles and certain other motor vehicles assigned to travel at 25 mph or less must display the slow-moving vehicle emblem.

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#2. To see other vehicles in your blind spot, you must check:

Check your blind spots by glancing over your shoulder in the direction you want to move.

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#3. When two vehicles from different directions arrive at the same time at a four-way stop, which one must yield?

The driver on the left must yield right of way to the driver on the right.

Remember, you should yield the right-of-way to the driver who is at or arrives before you at the intersection. If both of you arrive at the intersection at the same time, you must yield to the driver on your right.

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#4. When are you allowed to pass a school bus that has stopped with its red lights flashing?

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.

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#5. Parking outside of a business or residential district: If you cannot park off the road, you must make sure your vehicle can be seen for at least:

If you cannot park off the road, be sure your vehicle can be seen for at least 200 feet from each direction.

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#6. Taking a cold shower after drinking alcohol:

Taking cold showers, drinking black coffee, or exercising will not sober you up. Only time, body weight, number of drinks, and how much has been eaten, can affect how long it takes to sober up. Remember, it takes about one hour for the body to get rid of each drink consumed.

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

Keep to the right of a yellow center line. You may cross a broken line when passing another vehicle or when the right half of the road is closed. Do not cross the line if it is not safe.

A solid yellow line on your side of the road marks a no-passing zone.

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#8. When you see this sign:

Added lane sign. Two roadways come together, but you are not required to merge. An additional lane begins. Watch for traffic in the new lane.

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#9. Your following distance behind a motorcyclist should be:

Allow plenty of space when following a motorcycle. Motorcyclists may suddenly change speed or adjust their position within a lane in a reaction to the weather or road and traffic conditions such as potholes, gravel, railroad crossings, and wet or slippery surfaces which impair the motorcyclists’ braking and handling abilities. The slightest contact can mean a spill or injury for the rider.

Allow more following distance, at least four to six seconds, when following a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.

In dry conditions motorcycles can stop more quickly than a car.

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#10. Which road signs have a green background?

Green is used for movements permitted and direction guidance.

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#11. When a traffic signal is showing a steady red light:

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.

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#12. When should you use your high-beam headlights?

Use high beams on open roads, which are not lighted by streetlights.

When driving through fog or mist, heavy rain, or snow, turn on you low beam headlights. Avoid putting your headlights on high beam because the light will be reflected back into your eyes. You must also use low beams when approaching another vehicle from behind.

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#13. When a vehicle crash is not investigated by the police a crash report must be filed with the Texas Department of Transportation, if the crash results in:

If you are involved in a crash and it is not investigated by a law enforcement officer and the crash resulted in injury, death, or damage to property of $1,000 or more, you must make a written report of the crash and file it with the Texas Department of Transportation no later than the 10th day after the date of the crash.

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#14. When you stop at a railroad crossing, you must keep the following minimum distance to the nearest rail:

You must stop between 15 feet and 50 feet from the nearest rail.

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#15. Looking near and far, left and right while driving:

Keep shifting your eyes while driving. Look at different objects, near and far, left and right. This keeps you alert and awake.

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#16. You approach this road sign. What should you do?

This sign tells you to stay in the right-hand lane if you are driving slower than other vehicles on the road.

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#17. Why should you avoid sitting in a parked car with the heater running and windows closed?

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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#18. When you approach this sign, and the yellow light is not flashing:

The sign will have yellow lights flashing when the freeway ramp ahead is metered. The ramp meter (red or green) directs motorists when to enter the freeway. If the sign’s yellow light is not flashing, you can merge into traffic without stopping or slowing down.

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#19. When entering a freeway or controlled-access highway, you should always:

You must yield the right-of-way to vehicles already on the highway.

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#20. If you are required to pay a conviction-based surcharge, you must pay the surcharge every year for a period of:

Drivers who receive a conviction for certain offenses below will pay an annual surcharge for a period of three years from the date of conviction.

A surcharge is in addition to other types of fees and does not replace a suspension, revocation, disqualification, or cancellation action resulting from the same conviction.

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#21. If you run off the pavement, you should:

If you run off the pavement:

  • Do not hit the brakes suddenly and hard.
  • Grip the steering wheel tightly.
  • Take your foot off of the gas pedal.
  • Use your brakes carefully.
  • Do not swing back onto the pavement. Wait until your speed is reduced.
  • Check the traffic behind you, then carefully drive back onto the pavement.
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#22. You intend to turn right at the next intersection. Just before turning 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. Look behind and check for bicyclists before turning.

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#23. When a large vehicle is signaling for a right turn ahead, you can expect the driver to:

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.

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#24. When being passed by another vehicle, you must:

When you are passed:

  • Do not increase your speed.
  • Keep in your lane.
  • When being passed on the left and the lanes are not marked, move as far to the right as you safely can.
  • Make it as safe and easy as you can for the other driver to pass you.
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#25. What does this sign mean?

No turns from this lane. You must go straight through.

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#26. How is your field of vision affected by increased 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.

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#27. You are driving in the right-hand lane and approach this sign. What should you do?

Reduction of lanes.

This sign gives advance notice of a reduction in the number of lanes of pavement ahead.

Right lane ends and traffic in this lane must merge left. Drivers in the left lane should allow others to merge smoothly.

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#28. What does this sign mean?

T Intersection ahead. The road you are traveling does not continue. Slow down and prepare to stop before turning. You must turn either left or right at the T-intersection ahead.

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#29. Drivers must obey traffic control signals, except when:

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 when they are directing traffic even if he/she is telling you to do something which is ordinarily considered against the law.

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#30. What does a flashing yellow light above this school sign mean?

You may not drive faster than 20 mph. The speed shown is in effect when the yellow light is flashing. Be extremely careful for school children.

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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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