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#1. A pedestrian has entered a crosswalk and should be given the right-of-way:

You must yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk, or when they are crossing a sidewalk that crosses an alley entrance or driveway. Always yield to pedestrians before making a turn.

Drivers must use extreme care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian, especially in areas where special hazards exist, such as school zones, bus stops, playgrounds, and parks.


#2. You should always wear shoulder safety belts:

The lap belt should be worn so that it fits snugly and comfortably over the lower part of the hips. This will allow for normal bending of the body.


#3. To avoid getting tired on a long trip, you should:

Take regular rest stops, even if you are not tired.

If you are on a long trip, take a 10-minute rest break at least every two hours. This rest break should be spent outside of the vehicle (walk around, get a cup of coffee or a soft drink).

Rolling your window down, turning your radio on, or singing can reduce the monotony of driving.


#4. Unless otherwise posted, what is the maximum speed limit on open county highways?

Designated speed limits, unless they are otherwise posted, or not reasonable, or not prudent for the conditions, are:

  • Interstate, 70 mph.
  • Open county highway, 55 mph.
  • Business or residential areas, 25 mph.
  • School zone (when children are present or when specified), 15 mph.

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

To avoid the possibility of a crash with a vehicle passing you, check your rear-view mirror frequently, know what is going on around you, slow down, and keep as close to the right side of the road as possible, making it easier for the other vehicle to pass.

The law says you must give the right of way and not increase the speed.


#6. To prepare for hazards on the road ahead, you should:

Check traffic and mirrors regularly. As a good driver, you should always be aware of where you are, and pay attention to developing traffic problems. Constantly observing your surroundings, to the front, side, and rear of your vehicle, helps you to see problems that may cause you to change speed or roadway position.


#7. Which is true about alcohol?

Remember, alcohol is a depressant, it reduces alertness and slows your reflexes and reaction time.


#8. Which car or cars are best positioned for a left turn on this one-way street?

Turn from the lane that is closest to the direction you want to go and turn into the lane closest to the one you came from. Compare illustrations in Driver’s Handbook.


#9. Road signs that give directions and information are usually:

Horizontal rectangles are generally used to give directions or information.

When vertical, signs are generally used to give instructions or tell you the law.


#10. What is the most important driving technique when driving on icy or snowy roads?

If there is snow or ice on the road, slow down. Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you. It takes as much as 12 times the normal distance to stop on snow or ice as it takes to stop on dry pavement. When you stop or slow down on ice or packed snow, always apply the brakes gently and smoothly. Start braking early when you come to an intersection or a stop.


#11. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway ahead (divided highway begins).

The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways. Keep to the right.


#12. If your vehicle stalls on a flooded roadway, you should:

Never attempt to drive across a flooded roadway. As little as six inches of water can float some smaller vehicles, while two feet of water will carry most away. If your vehicle stalls in a flooded roadway, leave it immediately and seek higher ground. Remember it is better to be wet than dead.


#13. When you park on a hill headed downhill and there is no curb, you should turn your front wheels:

Headed downhill with no curb, turn the wheels to the right or side of the road, so the car will roll away from the center of the road if the brakes fail.

Remember, when you park on a hill, the general rule is to turn your wheels sharply towards the side of the road or curb. This way, if your vehicle starts to roll downhill, it will roll away from traffic. However, when headed uphill at a curb, you should turn the front wheels in the opposite direction, away from the curb and towards the road. Then, let your vehicle roll backwards until the back of your front wheel touches the curb. The curb will stop your car from rolling into traffic.

Study the diagram provided in your driver’s handbook.


#14. After passing a large truck, you should:

After you pass a truck, maintain your speed. Passing a vehicle and then slowing down is both dangerous and irritating. Never make sudden stops in front of large vehicles.


#15. Two solid yellow lines mean no passing. Do not cross these lines unless:

Two solid yellow lines mean no passing. Crossing these lines is allowed if you need to turn into or out of a private road or driveway.


#16. What does this sign mean?

You made a wrong turn and have entered a lane of oncoming traffic.

The Wrong Way sign is a supplement to the do not enter sign. It is placed along the exit ramp or the one-way roadway farther from the crossroad. If you pass this sign, you are already driving against traffic. Turn around!


#17. When an emergency vehicle with flashing red lights approaches from the other direction, you must:

You must yield to any emergency vehicle (ambulance, fire, or police vehicle) that is sounding a siren and flashing warning lights. Pull over to the right edge of the road, clear of the intersection, and stop until the emergency vehicle has passed. Keep your foot on the brake so the emergency driver knows you are stopped. Watch for other emergency vehicles before proceeding.

Do not block intersections.


#18. What does this sign mean?

Hospital is a word message sign or an H symbol sign. Remember, blue and white signs direct you to services, such as gas, food, motels, and hospitals.


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

Circular green means go. Drivers facing this signal may enter the intersection and go straight through, turn right, or left, unless other traffic control devices (signs or pavement markings) prohibit certain movements. All turns must be made in accordance with accepted right-of-way rules. A driver who is facing a circular green indication and wishes to turn left must yield to oncoming vehicles.

Remember, never block an intersection or crosswalk with your vehicle.


#20. When approaching a stopped school bus which is receiving or discharging students on school property, you must:

On all undivided highways (without a median), traffic in both directions must stop at least 20 feet from a stopped school bus that has its red lights flashing. You must not pass the bus until the lights are turned off or the bus starts moving.

You must also stop for a stopped school bus which is receiving or discharging students on school property or private property.


#21. Defensive driving means that you should:

Defensive driving means being prepared through the practice of good driving habits. Be aware of where you are, and pay attention to developing traffic problems. Safety techniques begin the moment you step into the vehicle.


#22. If the pavement is wet as you approach this sign, it is dangerous to:

Slippery when wet.

This section of highway is more slippery than other roads when wet. Reduce your speed.


#23. Penalties for a first offense of driving under the influence (BAC less than .15) include imprisonment up to:

Penalties for a first conviction include imprisonment not more than six months. With a blood alcohol level of .15 or higher the minimum is two days.


#24. It is a good idea to use your high-beam headlights in the following situations, except:

Remember, you should not use your high-beam headlights in fog.

This question asked when you should not use your high-beam headlights.


#25. How long will points assessed under the state's point system remain on your driving record?

Points remain on your driving record for two years from the conviction date.

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The West Virginia Written Knowledge Test

Key numbers for your official knowledge examination in West Virginia:

Test Questions: 25
Correct answers needed: 19
Passing score: 76%
Time limit: 18 minutes
Earliest retest if you fail: 7 days

West Virginia Written Test Practice - Photo by William Fortunato

Get Ready for the West Virginia DMV Test

This practice test will help you prepare for the West Virginia DMV Test and pass the examination on your first try.

Yes, it is possible to pass the driver’s knowledge examination on your first try despite the estimated 30% first time fail rate.

In short, you will have 18 minutes to complete 25 multiple-choice questions. You must correctly answer 19 questions; a passing score of 76%, which is slightly lower than the average of 80% in other states.

Your route to success has two corner stones, the Licensing handbook and multiple practice tests.

Plan to work on both during a period of at least one week.

1   The Licensing Handbook

Get a copy of the West Virginia Driver’s Licensing Handbook.

The handbook is usually updated once every year, so make sure you have the latest version. Even if rules and questions on the test don’t change very often, you want to be updated on the latest information from West Virginia DMV.

If you are comfortable reading the book on your computer, tablet, or phone, you can download a PDF-version from the DMV website .

The handbook is an easy read, even if you should expect the reading time to be about six hours.

The book doesn’t give you any hints on what questions you should expect on the test. In fact, many details are mentioned just briefly and are easy to miss. That is why you need the practice test.

2   The Practice Test

This West Virginia practice test has 25 random questions drawn from a large pool of exam questions. It will look different each time you start over.

You can take test as often as you need to prepare for the exam.

It will cover all the important items from the licensing handbook.

Instant feedback will tell you if your answer is correct or not. Short explanations will help you understand the correct answers.

It is designed for West Virginia, which means that you study the items that West Virginia DMV may add to your knowledge exam.

Remember that the practice test is intended as a learning tool. You should not use it instead of reading the handbook. You need to work with both.

3   Review Your Wrong Answers

When you miss a question on the practice test, you should pay extra attention to that question.

Ask yourself why you missed it. Lack of knowledge? Was it something you skipped in the handbook? Or did you simply not read the question carefully enough?

You will learn a lot from your mistakes if you focus on why you made them.

Encourage yourself to give it time, think through each question, and work on expanding your knowledge. Try to think beyond the examination.

About the test - Photo by Andrea Piacquadio

What You Should Know about the Exam

You are expected to complete the knowledge exam within 18 minutes.

If you have prepared with our practice test, you will finish the examination in 5-10 minutes. Just be sure to read all questions at least twice. Don’t rush through the test.

If think you have a problem with understanding text by just reading, ask for a test with audio support. The examiner will lend you a headset if you ask for it.

WV DMV does not offer any kind of oral test. Employees of the DMV are not allowed read the questions to you, re-word the information, or provide additional help explaining questions on the test.

If you have trouble understanding English, the West Virginia test is also available in Hindi, Spanish, and Vietnamese. For other languages you are allowed to bring an interpreter.

Sign language interpreters is provided by DMV.

It is a closed book test, so you cannot bring the handbook or any notes when taking the test. No cell phones, PDA, blue-tooth devices, electronic devices, or similar will be permitted.

Is the West Virginia Permit Test Hard?

Even with a low passing score, the failure rate in West Virginia is around 30%. The difficulty level is graded “moderate”.

We believe that one reason is the use of outdated practices where more than one answer can be correct, which is the case when “All of the above” is one of the correct answers.

But the main reason for test takers to fail the exam is lack of preparations.

If you fail the West Virginia knowledge test, you must wait one week before you are allowed to try again. You must also pay the test fee ($7.50) for each attempt.

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

Can I take the West Virginia Permit Test online?

Since 2021, DMV offers the knowledge examination online from your home.

It is not necessary to apply at a DMV office before the online test. Just register online, accept the terms, and pay the testing fee.

After you have passed the test, you visit your nearest DMV office with all your documents, and DMV will issue the permit.

If you are under 18 years, you must have a sponsor who supervises you during the test. The supervising adult must at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license from a U.S. state. The identity of the supervising adult will be validated during the registration process. It will most likely be your parent or guardian, even if that isn’t necessary.

You cannot take the online test on a wireless phone.

Photo Credits

  About the test – photo by Andrea Piacquadio
  Cover photo by William Fortunato.

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