Tips on passing the DMV written test

Become familiar with the DMV Driver Handbook.  Take the practice tests in the back of the book and on  As with most tests, read the entire question and each answer.  Go with your first guess and try not to over-analyze the question.  Most DMV’s written tests are administered via computer-test.  Other testing methods may be available, i.e. “paper” test, audio test or person-to-person test.   Take a “Driver’s Ed” class or “Written Test Preparation Course” to better prepare yourself for the test.

Are you prepared to pass the DMV written test?

  1. As you pass a railroad crossing with no gates or controls and you cannot see for 400 feet in either direction, your speedometer should not be above:
    1. 15 MPH
    2. 25 MPH
    3. 30 MPH
  2. When the traffic signal lights are not functioning (blackout) what should you do?
    1. Decrease your speed and scan the intersection before proceeding
    2. Yield to the driver on your right
    3. Make a complete stop before crossing the intersection

Answers: 1.A 2.C

Tips on passing the DMV road test

You will be asked do “say and do the 3 arm signals.”  Next, you will be required to identify the equipment of the vehicle, i.e. hazard lights, defrost, horn, etc.  Lastly, you will complete a 10-15 minute drive.  The test includes basic city driving, unprotected left turns, double lane changes, parking, reverse, etc.  Take a DMV review lesson a few days before your test. Become familiar with the DMV test route.