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#1. Road signs with the horizontal rectangular shape is generally used for:

Horizontal rectangles are generally used for guide signs.

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#2. When two vehicles from different directions arrive at the same time at a four-way stop, which one should be given the right-of-way?

At four-way stops, the first vehicle to stop should move forward first. If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.

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#3. When passing a truck, it is dangerous to:

Do not cut in too quickly after passing a large vehicle.

Pull back when you can see its headlights in your inside rearview mirror. Maintain your speed. Never make sudden stops in front of large vehicles.

This question asked what you should not do.

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#4. If your headlights suddenly go out and you cannot get them working again:

If the highway is lighted, get off the roadway onto the shoulder or other available space, as soon and safely as possible. If the highway is dark, try your parking lights, your direction signals, or your emergency flashers and get off the roadway.

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#5. 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.

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#6. When entering an interstate highway or a limited access highway you should be driving:

As you merge, make sure you are traveling the same speed as other traffic.

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#7. The shape of a No U-turn sign is:

The No U-turn is an example of a square, red, and white regulatory sign. It means that you are not allowed to make a U-turn.

Remember, this is square red and white regulatory sign. It is not circular or round. The circular shape is used exclusively for railroad crossings.

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

Large flashing or sequencing arrow panels may be used in work zones both day and night to guide drivers into certain traffic lanes and to inform them that part of the road or street ahead of them is closed. Be prepared to merge.

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

Headed either uphill or downhill and there is no curb, turn the wheels to the right 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.

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#10. You have given consent to take a test for determining the alcoholic level in your blood:

If you are arrested for DUI, you are subject to the Implied Consent Law. As a driver, you are deemed to have given consent to take the designated breathalyzer for the purpose of determining alcohol content in your body. If you refuse to take the test, your privilege to operate a motor vehicle will be revoked for a period of one year and up to life.

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#11. When a traffic signal is showing a green arrow, you must:

A green arrow may be shown alone or with other indications. Drivers facing the signal may enter the intersection to make the movement shown by the arrow. When the green arrow is shown in a left-turn signal, it usually means that opposing traffic is stopped. This is known as a protected turn.

Remember, the green arrow does not mean that all other traffic is stopped by a red light.

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#12. 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.

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#13. 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.

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#14. What does a sign with eight sides mean?

Stop signs are always octagonal (eight-sided). A stop sign means that you must bring your vehicle to a complete halt.

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#15. What is the minimum revocation period for a driver under 21 convicted the first time under the zero tolerance law with any measurable alcohol in the system?

First offense for anyone under 21 with any measurable alcohol in the system will result in a minimum revocation period of 30 days.

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#16. If you cannot get in the clear on the other side of a railroad crossing, you should:

It is important to note that you should not enter a railroad crossing until the vehicle ahead has moved far enough ahead that you can clear the tracks. Otherwise, you may be trapped on the tracks and hit by another vehicle or by a train.

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#17. If there is a double solid yellow line in the center of a roadway, crossing the solid yellow line is:

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.

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#18. Safer drivers tend to:

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.

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#19. The law requires every driver to properly secure children in child restraint devices up to what age?

The West Virginia child passenger safety law says that all children up to the age of eight must be properly secured in a federally approved child safety seat.

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#20. Low tire pressure typically:

Under-inflated tires are one of the most common causes of blowouts, so be sure to check your tires for air often.

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#21. If you are convicted of speeding in a school zone it will result in the following points on your driving record:

Six points will be assessed if you are convicted of speeding in a school zone.

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#22. To back your vehicle safely:

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. Do not depend on your mirror. Back slowly.

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#23. What does this sign mean?

Cross road. A road crosses the main highway ahead. Watch for other vehicles entering or leaving the highway.

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#24. When should you use your horn?

You should use your horn when it is reasonably necessary to ensure safe operation. Meaning, use your horn if it is necessary to avoid accidents.

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#25. If you are involved in a collision, you must always:

If you are involved in a collision, you must immediately stop your vehicle at or near the crash scene.

Do not move the injured unless absolutely necessary. Do not stand or walk in traffic lanes. You could be struck by another vehicle.

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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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