West Virginia Written Test Practice – Questions & Answers



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#1. Which of the following is true about driving on a wet roadway?

As the speed increases, the tires cannot wipe the road as well and start to ride on a film of water, just like a set of water skis. This is called hydroplaning. When your tires are not touching the road, you can easily lose control and skid. Keep your tires on the road by slowing down when it rains, and by having tires with the right air pressure and good tread.


#2. A pedestrian has entered a crosswalk where there are no signs or signals. Who 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.


#3. A driver's license is:

Having a driver’s license is a privilege you earn. Along with this privilege comes a great responsibility.


#4. A penny test is an easy way of checking:

One easy way to check for tire wear is by using the penny test. Take a penny and hold Abraham Lincoln’s body between your thumb and forefinger, select a point on your tire where the tread appears to be lowest and place Lincoln’s head into one of the grooves. If any part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you are driving with the safe amount of tread. If your tread gets below that, your car’s ability to grip the road in adverse conditions is greatly reduced.


#5. If you are involved in a traffic crash and someone is injured, you must always:

Send for professional aid (ambulance and law enforcement). If you are involved in a crash resulting in injury or death of any person or property damage of $500 or more, you must always notify the nearest law enforcement agency.


#6. When approaching a stopped school bus picking up children and traveling in the opposite direction on a two-lane roadway with a center turning lane, 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.


#7. Proof of insurance is needed:

A certificate of insurance or other proof of insurance must be carried in your vehicle at all times along with a valid vehicle registration card. In the event of a crash, you must present this certificate or other proof to any investigating officer. You must also show the certificate at the time of annual vehicle inspection.


#8. When must you use your headlights?

Turn on your headlights from sunset to sunrise, during fog, smoke, rain, or at any other time when persons and vehicles cannot be seen clearly at a distance of 500 feet.

At night and on overcast or rainy days, you will need all the light possible to see and be seen properly. If you turn on your headlights a little early, you will help other drivers see you.


#9. To back your vehicle safely, you should do all the following except:

You should not depend on your mirrors.

Before backing, check completely around your vehicle. You should look to the front, sides and rear and continue to look to the rear while backing. Back slowly.

This question asked what you should not do.


#10. When parking close to a fire hydrant you must keep what distance?

Parking is not allowed within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.


#11. What do the light gray areas in the picture mark?

Blind spots are areas on both sides of vehicles where you cannot see without turning your head.


#12. You may not pass another vehicle on the left side of the road:

Passing is prohibited in the following places:

  • On a curve or hill or at any place where you cannot see oncoming traffic.
  • Within 100 feet of an intersection.
  • Within 100 feet of a bridge, viaduct, tunnel, or underpass.
  • Within 100 feet of any railroad crossing.
  • When an approaching vehicle is within your passing area.
  • When a sign or highway marking tells you to drive on the right or not to overtake vehicles.
  • When a vehicle in front of you has stopped at an intersection to allow a pedestrian to cross.
  • When the solid yellow line is in your lane.

#13. To avoid glare from high-beam headlights of an approaching car:

Looking directly into oncoming headlights causes momentary blindness. When meeting an oncoming vehicle at night, slow down, keep to the right of your traffic lane, and look well in front of your vehicle at the right edge of the road.


#14. Driving around a lowered gate at a railroad crossing is:

It is illegal to drive through, around or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad crossing while such gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed.


#15. A yield sign in your lane:

Remember, it is your responsibility to slow down and give vehicles crossing your path the right-of-way. If the way is clear, you may move forward slowly without stopping. Yield signs are usually placed where auxiliary roads lead into major roads.


#16. This sign is:

This is a regulatory Speed Limit sign. It shows the minimum speed you are allowed to travel.


#17. When may you drive faster than a maximum speed limit?

West Virginia law prohibits driving at a speed that is greater than reasonable and prudent for existing conditions. This is known as the basic speed law.

Remember, posted speed limits do not tell you at what speed to drive. They only tell you what the maximum legal speed is under ideal conditions. Slow down during traffic, weather, roadway hazards, or other conditions that limit visibility or stopping distance.


#18. All of the following statements are generally true about large trucks, except:

It is not true that they need less room to maneuver.

Large vehicles are more difficult to maneuver, are longer, heavier, and require much more room to turn.

This question asked which statement is wrong.


#19. You may always continue carefully against a yellow light if:

A steady yellow light means caution. The light will soon be red. Stop if you can safely do so.

West Virginia has a restrictive yellow law, you are only allowed to drive through a yellow light if the vehicle clearance is within the intersection. This means you may receive a ticket if you are still within the intersection when the light turns red.


#20. What does this sign mean?

Winding road. There are several curves ahead. Drive slowly and carefully. An advisory speed sign may be attached.


#21. Penalties for driving under the influence of drugs are:

Driving under influence of alcohol, controlled substances or drugs are subject to the same penalties.


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

These lanes are reserved for left turns from either direction and are not to be used as through or passing lanes. You can recognize these lanes by the solid yellow lines nearest the through lanes and broken lines to the left of them.


#23. An adult car passenger must always wear a safety belt:

State law requires all front-seat occupants to be restrained. Occupants younger than 18 must be restrained regardless of seat position.

Even when the law requires only front seat passengers to wear safety belts, it is still a good idea to encourage everyone to buckle up.


#24. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway ends. The road ahead has two-way traffic.


#25. Which road signs have a three-sided pennant shape?

This three-sided sign is shaped like a pennant. The sign indicates the start of a no passing zone.

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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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