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Free California DMV Practice Test (CA)

  • Perfect for learner’s permit, driver’s license, and Senior Refresher Test
  • Based on official California 2024 Driver's manual
  • Updated for July 2024

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To pass the DMV written test in order to get your instruction permit, you need to achieve an 83% passing score by answering 38 questions correctly out of the 46 questions on the test if you are under 18. If you are over 18, the official test -- just like this DMV practice test -- will only have 36 questions, but you must answer the same percentage of questions correctly. Questions will be multiple-choice with three possible answers and presented on a touchscreen computer at an automated DMV Touchscreen Terminal (TST) for fast and efficient scoring. If you’re between 15 ½ and 17 ½, you’ll also need to provide proof that you’re enrolled in a driver’s education class. If you’re over 17 ½, you are not required to take a driving course. Your instruction permit will be $39, and testing is not allowed to start after 4:30 to give you ample time to take your exam before the DMV closes.

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15 ½ y/o

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List of questions (classic view)

  1. When you see an emergency vehicle with its lights flashing on the wrong side of the road, giving instructions through the loudspeaker, you should
  2. What does this road sign indicate?
  3. What is the correct hand signal for indicating a right turn?
  4. A _________ indicates the outer edge of a roadway, and it may be crossed only by traffic moving to or from the shoulder.
  5. Vehicles approaching a roundabout must
  6. When turning right into a two-way street, start in the right-hand lane and enter into
  7. Which of the following right-of-way rules is FALSE?
  8. The primary traveling aids for a blind person include
  9. On a two-way roadway with a center lane, drivers from either direction can _________ from the center lane.
  10. The octagonal shape in the figure is
  11. You are driving slowly on a two-lane road. If there are at least ____ vehicles behind you that are unable to pass you, you must pull over and allow them to pass.
  12. Flag persons are often located on highways and in work zones
  13. What does this flashing arrow panel mean?
  14. With any turning vehicle, the rear wheels follow a _________ than the front wheels.
  15. Car drivers should NEVER
  16. This hand signal indicates that
  17. This sign warns that
  18. If you see two solid yellow lines on a roadway, it means that
  19. On two-lane highways, you are allowed to pass
  20. If a pedestrian is in a marked or unmarked crosswalk, you must
  21. An __________ is the connection of a freeway to a road or another freeway by a series of ramps.
  22. When waiting to make a left turn at an intersection,
  23. If you are parallel parked on the right-hand side of the street, you should _________ before pulling out into traffic.
  24. A triangular orange sign on the rear of a vehicle indicates that
  25. At an intersection, a steady yellow arrow signal pointing left indicates to the driver that
  26. If temperatures are near freezing, which freezes first?
  27. Which of the following statements about the right-of-way is FALSE?
  28. Flashing yellow lights on a school bus require other drivers to
  29. When approaching an intersection to make a right turn, you must stay _________ and make the turn close to the right curb.
  30. While driving, when you see a triangular road sign, you must
  31. You may pass a stopped light-rail vehicle on the left side
  32. Which of the following are used as left-edge lines on divided highways?
  33. If a driver extends his or her left arm out horizontally, it indicates that the driver is going to
  34. On two-lane roads where traffic moves in opposite directions, you may pass on the left only when
  35. Do not use your horn
  36. On one-way roads, yellow lines are used as
  37. If you approach an intersection with a steady yellow light, you must
  38. _________ occurs on wet roads when your front tires start to ride on water instead of on the road.
  39. Which of the following statements about passing a vehicle is FALSE?
  40. You may not cross a double solid yellow line on your left to