How to Pass the Learner's Permit Test in Maryland

In the state of Maryland, you may apply for a learner's permit if you are at least 15 years and nine months old. To obtain a learner's permit, you are subjected to a series of tests, which include a vision and knowledge exam as well as providing the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration with documentation to prove your identity, legal residence and your social security number. To pass the learner's permit examinations, you must study the driver's manual provided by the state.

Things You'll Need

  • Maryland Driver's Handbook
  • All You Need to Know About Your Driver's License Manual
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      Obtain a copy of the Maryland Driver's Handbook and the All You Need to Know About Your Driver's License manual, which are available in hard copy form at library branches as well as online through the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicle Administration website.

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      Print the handbook if you are obtaining it online, as you will need to be able to highlight certain sections and make notes throughout your studies. Do not worry about printing the second driver's license manual, as questions on the knowledge test mainly come from the Maryland Driver's Handbook. However, make sure you read through the driver's license manual and are familiar with its contents.

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      Study the entire handbook, but pay close attention to sections regarding traffic signs, Maryland traffic laws, physical and mental conditions that may prevent you from operating a motor vehicle, and safe motor vehicle operation. As of 2011, the Maryland Driver's Handbook outlines the aforementioned subject areas as specific knowledge areas that will be tested.

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      Highlight information found within the handbook relating to the five above-mentioned subject areas.

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      Take the Online Tutorial Practice Test offered by the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicle Administration. This practice test consists of 20 multiple choice questions and you have the option of taking a timed or non-timed test. If you choose to take the timed test, you will have 15 minutes to complete the test.

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      Sit down with a friend or family member and have them ask questions directly from the handbook. For example, on page 18 of the Maryland Driver's Handbook your friend may ask, "Under what special conditions must you use hand signals in addition to your turn signals?" The answer is when the sun is shining brightly and vehicles behind you may not be able to see your turn signal. While this is not a written question in the handbook, it is a fact that can be turned into a question for the purpose of more effective study.

Tips & Warnings

  • Create flash cards with questions derived directly from the handbook.
  • Do not solely rely on the practice test to study for the exam, as 51% of first-time test takers fail the knowledge examination at least once.
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