Preparing for the Motorcycle License Tests in Washington

by Joshua on October 16, 2013

Operating a motorcycle can be a fun and exciting past-time and can include street bikes for long trips and off road with more rugged vehicles. In many cases, drivers chose to operate a vehicle during the spring and summer months when the roads are clear of snow as an alternative daily vehicle to save on gas. Though operating a motorcycle has its benefits, there are safety downfalls that coincide that motorists need to be aware of. It can be dangerous to operate a two or three-wheeled vehicles and accidents involving them are often more sever.

The Washington DMV has generated an application process that not only takes care of the technicalities such as documentation and proper age requirements, but a series of testing specific to operating a motorcycle. These tests are designed to assure that the motorist is aware of the addition risks and traffic laws regarding motorcycles and that they can safely operate the type of vehicle.

The motorcycle testing process is divided into two categories; the written test and the driving test. Each test must be passed with the designated score in order for the motorists to move on to receiving a motorcycle license. The written test is administered both when the individual is applying for learners permit and an addition time when receiving the actual license, while the road skills test is given once after the written test has been passed.

The Written Test for Motorcyclists

The written test is designed to gauge two categories of operating a motorcycle on roadways and includes knowledge of the traffic laws and an ability to safely operate a two-wheeled vehicle. The traffic laws consist of both general laws that apply to all motorists on Washington roadways and those specific to motorcycles. Though the knowledge test is administered twice during the process, the questions will vary on each test because the written test questions are randomly generated.

The test is multiple-choice and consists of 25 questions and the motorcyclist must complete 21 correct test answers in order to pass. The questions will be a mixture of general rules of the roads, motorcycle specific questions and operational questions. A new driver wishing to operate a motorcycle needs to first obtain the proper learning materials which will include the DMV Motorcycle Handbook and cheat sheets by that are specific to that type of vehicle. All of the information found in both sources will assist the driver in passing the test on the first try.

In addition, practice tests for motorcyclists can be found on this site and samples are located on the DMV website. Questions may look similar to the follow, with a mixture of test question types:

  • Passengers on a motorcycle should do the following:

A) Lean as the driver leans
B) Hold on to the back of the motorcycle seat
C) Never hold onto the driver under any circumstances
D) Sit as far back from the driver on the motorcycle as possible to prevent injury

  • A turn signal should be used to indicate:

A) Lane changes on main roads and highways only
B) Whenever making a right or left turn
C) That an emergency stop is necessary
D) Both C and B
E) None of the above, motorcycles don’t have turn signals

Drivers taking the written test will also find operational questions on the exam that will be addressed again during the driving skills portion of licensing. Such test questions will examine the motorists’ basic abilities when it comes to the physical operation of a motorcycle to assure they can safely drive on roadways. Such questions may include:

  • How much of the stopping power on a motorcycle do the front brakes supply?

A) ¼
B) ½
C) ¾
D) 100% of the stopping power is in the front brakes

  • When a motorcyclist needs to swerve in the event of an emergency, they must:

A) Quickly shift the weight to the direction they intend to swerve
B) Press the motorcycle handle-grip in the direction they intend to swerve
C) Press the motorcycle handle-grip and swerve in the direction
D) Turn the handlebars as quickly as possible

Preparing for the Motorcycle Written Test

In order to assure the driver can correctly answer 21 out of 25 test questions, the driver must study all three aspects found on the written test. This includes operational questions, general traffic laws and motorcycle rules of the road. Obtaining the proper study materials is the first and most important step in preparing for the test but a study plan is essential to passing.

The driver should break down information into the three main categories in order to study properly. Begin by covering each section of material thoroughly. For the general traffic laws, the driver may even obtain a copy of the drivers handbook used for four-wheeled vehicles as a review if they have never been licensed or have not take the test in at least five years.

After each section of the topics has been covered, it is advised that the driver take a practice test before continuing to gauge how much of the specific information has been retained.

Repeat the study steps for each type of question found on the written test and follow up with another practice test.

Once all the areas have been covered in study, the driver should then take another practice test to assure they can meet the requirements for passing. Drivers should restudy materials if they cannot achieve a passing score in practice until they can before attempting the actual written test.

Another option for drivers is further study and practice before the test. This can include reading some informative articles found online that will give the rider a better feel for what to expect at the DMV on the day of testing, what they test itself will be and other additional tips on achieving a passing score.

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