How to Prepare for the Driving Theory Test


Although you may feel the written test is the easy part in the process to obtain your driver's license, many people fail the test on their first attempt. Preparing for and passing the driving theory test is necessary before taking your actual driving test. States require a passing score in the written examination to make sure drivers know the traffic laws, road signs, proper driving procedures and other driving rules. So prepare well for your upcoming driving theory test.

Things You'll Need

  • State's DMV driver's manual
  • Visit your local department of motor vehicles (DMV) and pick up a driver's manual. Also, you may visit your state's DMV website to download an online driver's manual to your computer, if available.

  • Review and study the driving laws, traffic signs, speed limits, parking and passing rules contained in your driver's manual. Schedule time, preferably twice a day, to study and memorize this information. Ask your parents or someone with many years of driving experience about information you do not understand from your manual.

  • Take the review questions or quizzes provided at the end of each chapter or at the end of your manual, if available. These exercises will tell you how well you have memorized some of the important information.

  • Visit your state's DMV website online and do the practice tests for the written exam. Because this section of the website contains some of the real questions you will find in the actual driving theory test, it will help you become familiar with the test format and assess your real knowledge at this point of your preparation.

  • Review the information from the questions you got wrong in your quizzes and online practice tests. Take as many practice tests as necessary until you get a high score in your quizzes and practice tests. Review the information in the manual regularly up until the day you take your actual test.

  • Make an appointment with your local DMV office for the written test.

  • Take the test and carefully read each question to make sure you understand it. Most likely, you will be given a multiple choice or matching test. If you do not remember the answer to a question, eliminate the options you are sure are incorrect and pick the most logical choice from the remaining options.

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