Washington Written Test Practice – Licensing Answers 2021



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#1. You can park your car:

You may park in a space reserved for the disabled if you are properly using a disability license plate or placard. Never park on a crosswalk, on a bridge or in front of a private driveway.


#2. What is the best thing to do if you start to feel tired while driving?

Never drive if you are sleepy. It is better to stop and take a nap than to take a chance thinking you can stay awake. If possible, switch driving tasks with another driver so you can sleep while they drive.


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

This sign warns of conditions that can cause you to lose control of your car. Bridges and highway overpasses freeze before the rest of the road and can be very slippery. This is because the ground does not insulate them. In wet or cold weather, drive slowly. High speeds increase the possibility of a skid. If you turn or stop suddenly, you also increase the possibility of a skid.


#4. Which road signs have an eight-sided shape?

An eight-sided sign that is red with white letters means stop.


#5. The two signs in combination tells you:

Pedestrian Crossing. A second sign with an arrow shows the actual location of the crosswalk.


#6. The four-second rule refers to how you should:

Under normal conditions, a three- to four-second following distance is required. When speeds are increased, or during adverse driving conditions, increase your following distance up to six seconds or more if necessary. Remember, using a four-second following distance does not mean that you are able to stop within four seconds.

Maintaining a following time of four seconds or more improves your line of sight, allows more time to avoid hazards or risks, and gives an idea of path of travel problems that may arise from other vehicles, weather conditions, or unforeseen emergencies or situations.


#7. If you are a resident and buy a vehicle in another state, you must register your vehicle:

If you are a resident here and purchase a vehicle in another state with the intention of driving it on a Washington roadway, you must register your vehicle immediately.


#8. Which light indicates that you may make a protected turn (oncoming traffic is stopped by a red light)?

A green arrow means you can safely turn in the direction of the arrow. There should be no oncoming or crossing traffic while the arrow is green. This is known as a protected turn. You must yield to vehicles already in the intersection and stop for pedestrians if they are in, or within, one lane of your half of the roadway.


#9. You are traveling at 30 mph on dry pavement. You have good tires and brakes. What is your approximate stopping distance?

At 30 mph, it can take about 200 feet to react and stop. That is almost half a city block in length. Remember, if you cannot see 200 feet ahead, you may not be driving safely at 30 mph.


#10. If your car breaks down, you should:

If you are having vehicle trouble and have to stop:

  • Get your vehicle off the road and away from traffic, if at all possible.
  • Turn on your emergency flashers to show you are having trouble. At night, leave your headlights on.
  • Try to stop where other drivers have a clear view of your vehicle if you cannot get your vehicle off the roadway. (Do not stop just over a hill or just around a curve.)
  • Try to warn other road users that your vehicle is there. Place emergency flares 200 to 300 feet behind the vehicle. This allows other drivers to change lanes if necessary.
  • If you do not have emergency flares or other warning devices, stand by the side of the road where you are safe from traffic and wave traffic around your vehicle.
  • Never stand in the roadway.
  • Lift the hood or tie a white cloth to the antenna, side mirror, or door handle to signal an emergency.

Remember, all too often collisions occur because a driver did not see a stalled vehicle until it was too late to stop.


#11. When entering or crossing a street from an alley:

Drivers entering a road from a driveway, alley, parking lot, or roadside must yield to vehicles already on the main road.


#12. A shared center lane for turning can be used:

Two-way left turn lanes are shared center lanes marked on each side by a solid yellow and dashed yellow lines. They are reserved for vehicles making left turns in either direction from or into the roadway (or U turns when they are permitted). These lanes cannot be used for passing and cannot be used for travel further than 300 feet.


#13. At night, your high-beam headlights will normally let you see about:

It is harder to see at night. You must be closer to an object to see it at night than during the day. You must be able to stop within the distance you can see ahead with your headlights. Your headlights will let you see about 400 feet ahead. You should drive at a speed that allows you to stop within this distance or about 50 mph.


#14. If there are two railroad tracks next to each other:

After a train passes, watch out for a second train. Do not start up until you’re sure no train is approaching on another track. Crossings with more than one train track will often post a sign that shows the number of tracks. These signs warn you that there is more than one track and there may be more than one train crossing. Not all crossings with more than one train track will have these signs so it is important to check for more than one track before crossing.


#15. If you are 21 years or older and being arrested with a BAC of .08 or more, it will result in an administrative license suspension for:

Some penalties for drinking and driving come just from being arrested. If it is your first arrest within seven years and the breath or blood test result shows a BAC of .08 or more (.02 if you are under age 21), your license will be suspended for 90 days. You may be able to get a restricted license. You will only be allowed to operate vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device.

Before the penalties go into effect, you may request a hearing.


#16. The risk of hydroplaning and skidding increase:

When it is raining or the road is wet, most tires have good traction up to about 35 mph. As you go faster, your tires will start to ride up on the water, like water skis. This is called hydroplaning.


#17. You can drink alcohol while driving:

It is a traffic infraction for a driver or passenger in a motor vehicle on a public highway, street, or road, to drink an alcoholic beverage, or to possess an alcoholic beverage with the intent of drinking it. The open container law covers the passenger area of any motor vehicle, including unlocked glove compartments and any other areas of the vehicle that are readily accessible to the driver or passengers while in their seats.


#18. Bicyclists:

All bicyclists have the same rights, duties, and responsibilities of a motor vehicle driver.


#19. The road sign means:

This sign is a supplement to the Do Not Enter sign. It tells you that you have already entered a one-way road and are driving in the wrong direction.


#20. Do not pass another vehicle:

It is dangerous to pass where a vehicle is likely to enter or cross the road. Such places include intersections, railroad crossings, and shopping center entrances. While you are passing, your view of people, vehicles, or trains can be blocked by the vehicle you are passing.

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The Washington State Permit Test

Key numbers for your official Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) knowledge examination:

Test Questions: 40
Correct answers needed: 32
Passing score: 80%
Time limit:
Earliest retest if you fail: Same day (driving schools)

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Washington State Written Test

The written knowledge test in Washington is a multiple-choice test with 40 questions, and you must correctly answer 32 of them to pass the test.

It covers road signs, signals, traffic laws, and safe-driving practices described in the Washington Driver Guide.

You should expect the test to take 15-20 minutes but there is no time limit other than the office closing time. Take enough time to carefully read all questions and answers.

Where Can I Take the Test?

If you are under 18 years, you must enroll in and complete a driver training course to be eligible for a license. Approved driver training schools are authorized to offer the knowledge test at their locations.

You also have the option to take the test at DOL service center, if you are 18 years or older or not enrolled in a driver education class. You must pre-apply (online or at a service center) before you can take a test at the DOL.

Washington DOL does not offer the knowledge test online.

Can I Take the Test in Another Language?

The computerized test is available in a few additional languages, besides English:

Available Languages


Is the Written Test in Washington Hard?

The written knowledge test in Washington is known to be difficult. Almost one out of two test takers fail the exam.

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Will Practice Tests Help Me Pass the Exam?

All research and every survey confirm that practice tests help.

To get the most out them, you should, however, use them wisely. A common mistake is to rely solely on practice tests and try to memorize questions and correct answers.

To pass the examination you must also study the Driver Guide. Everything you must learn for the test is described in this guide. You will get a hard copy as part of your driver education class. Otherwise, you can get a copy from any DOL center or download a PDF-version online .

But the rules and best practices in this guide are not only good for your exam, but they will also help you become a better driver. Don’t forget that learning to drive and understanding the rules of the road will help to make traffic and Washington highways safer.

The practice tests work best in combination with the Driver Guide. During each study session you should try to use both.

How Many Times Can I Take the Practice Test?

This practice test pulls random questions from a large database. It makes every set of questions and answers unique.

You can take the practice test as often as you like until you feel comfortable with all facts and ready to take the real examination.

There is no limit and no costs involved.

Why are there Less Questions on the Practice Test?

We have cut the practice tests in half. Each practice test has 20 questions instead of 40.

But don’t worry, all important facts from the driver guide are covered in these questions. By taking a handful of shorter tests, you will still be able to check your readiness for the real exam.

What Happens if I Fail the Test?

If you take your test through an approved school, you can usually take the test a second time the same day. For a third attempt there is a waiting time and a new fee.

When you take your test at a DOL service center, examiners have full discretion in deciding on a waiting time.

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FAQ – Learner’s Permit & Driver License

At what age can I apply for a learner’s permit?

With a WDL number, you can enroll in a driver education course if you are at least 15 years.

To get your first instruction permit, you must be at least 15½ years.

What is a WDL number?

All Washington permits, ID cards, and driver licenses have a number that starts with “WDL”. Each number is unique.

You must have a WDL number if you start a driver training course or make an appointment to visit a DOL service office. If you have an ID card, you already have the WDL number, otherwise DOL will assign one to you when you apply for a permit or license (you can do this online).

What is a driver training program?

A driver training program is a course of instruction in traffic safety education approved and licensed by Washington Department of Licensing.

The driver training program must include all of the following:

  • A total of 30 hours of classroom instruction, with a maximum of 2 hours per day.
  • A minimum of 6 hours of practice driving, with a maximum of 1 hour per day.
  • A minimum of 1 hour of behind-the-wheel observation.

Online traffic safety education classes are not approved courses in Washington State.

Who must complete a driver training program?

All drivers under 18 years must complete a driver training program to earn a driver license.

A teen can enroll in driver training when they are 15 years old.

The driver training course is not required if you are 18 years or older.

Which Documents do I need to apply for a WA license or learner’s permit?

As a first-time applicant you must provide proof of:

  • Identity and date of birth
  • Citizenship or legal presence

You must also provide your Social Security number if you have one.

If you are under 18 years, you must also have a parent sign the parental authorization form or an affidavit form.

For a list of acceptable documents, visit dol.wa.gov .

What are the restrictions on Washington instruction permit?

You must always be accompanied by a licensed driver in the front passenger seat. The supervising driver must have at least 5 years of driving experience.

You cannot use a cell phone while driving unless it is used to call 911.

All passengers must wear seat belts, regardless of seating position or age.

Under no circumstances can you drive on your own when you hold a learner’s permit.

How long must I hold a Washington instruction permit?

You must hold the instruction permit for at least six months before you can apply for a driver’s license.

How many hours of driving practice is necessary to get a license?

To earn your Washington driver license, you must complete at least 40 hours of daylight and 10 hours of night driving (a total of 50 hours).

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3 months ago

Question #20 – The question that is asked and the answer that is expected don’t match.