Road Rules DMV Practice Test for Virginia Learner's Permit

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by Joshua on May 25, 2014
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In Virginia, before you can get your driver’s license, you have to get a learners permit. And before you can get a learner’s permit, you have to pass your learner’s permit test . This article will guide you through how and where to take the test, what will be on the test, and also includes some practice questions so you can see if you’re ready.

How and where do I take the learners permit test?

In order to apply for your learners permit in the state of Virginia , and thereby take the road rules test, you must be at least 15 years and 6 months of age. To set up a test, you can either set up an appointment or walk in to one of the 75 DMV service center locations in Virginia —setting an appointment will save you time as the offices can get very crowded. When you go in for your test you should bring in original copies of documents proving your identity and residency. In order to prove your identity, you can bring in, among other things, your birth certificate, US passport, or permanent resident card.
To prove you’re that you are a resident of Virginia, acceptable documents include but are not limitied to: a Virginia tax return, a deed to a home in Virginia, or a Virginia voter registration card. Applicants under the age of 19 can have a parent or guardian sign as proof of residency as long as they bring in proof that they are a resident. Full lists of acceptable forms of identification and proof of residency can be found at Dmv.virginia.gov

What will be on the test?

The knowledge test will consist of two parts. The first part will be pictures of ten road signs. You must correctly identify the entire road signs in order to pass. Once you have passed the road sign portion of the exam, you can move on to the general knowledge exam. It will consist of a series of questions taken from the information in the Virginia driver’s manual (which can be found here ). You must score at least an 80% in order to pass. If you do happen to fail, if you are under 18 you have to wait a full 15 days before you can retake the test. If you are over 18, you can retake the test within 15 days if you pay a 2 dollar fee.
Regardless of how old you are, if you fail the test three times you will have to take the classroom portion of a Virginia approved driver training school and present proof of completion to a DMV customer service center before you will be allowed to retest.

Practice test

Try taking this practice test to see how ready you are for the real thing. This is just a sampling of what will be on the actual test, but it will give you a good idea if you’re ready yet.

1) _________ show parking spaces for persons with disabilities.

a. Red pavement markings
b. Yellow pavement markings
c. White peavement markings
d. Blue pavement markings

2) If an emergency vehicle using a siren and flashing lights approaches you, you must _________ untill the emergency vehicle has passed.

a. stop in your lane of travel
b. safely pull over to the right edge of the road and stop
c. move slowly
d. safely pull over to the left edge of the road and stop

3) Which of the following statements regarding passing a vehicle is NOT correct?

a. You may pass on the right if the vehicle you are passing has signaled and is making a left turn
b. You are allowed to exceed to speed limit as you pass
c. You must complete the pass before you reach the no-passing zone
d. You may not pass on the right if you must drive off the pavement

4) The distance a vehicle travels between the time the driver recognizes a problem and the time he/she applies the brakes is known as :

a. The braking distance
b. The stopping distance
c. The perception time
d. The reaction distance

5) What does a broken white line on the pavement indicate?

a. Lanes of traffic moving in the same direction
b. Lanes of traffix moving in different directions
c. The right edge of the road
d. The left edge of the road

Once you have provided proof of identity and residency, you also have to fill out an application for a Virginia driver’s license. This can either be done before going into the DMV office or at the office. There is also a fee of 3.00 dollars in addition to the yearly cost of a driver’s license. You will also be required to pass a vision test.
Once you have completed all of that, you can finally get to the actual written test which, if passed, will allow you to obtain your Virginia learners permit.

  1. Answer Key

1) d. Blue pavement markings
2) b. Safely pull over to the right edge of the road and stop
3) b. You are allowed to exceed the speed limit as you pass
4) d. The reaction distance
5) a. Lanes of traffic moving in the same direction

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