Studying for the DMV written test

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  1. LoganT macrumors 68020

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    So I'm wondering how I should study for the DMV written test? Should I read the State Driver's manual over and over again (that would take quite some time), should I read it only once. Anything else besides taking a class?
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    just look over the book.

    i mean serioulsy everybody drives. the test is not hard lol
     
  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Just keep reading the manual.

    Are you in California? The DMV has posted samples of their written driving tests here.
    ...Or you could check to see if your state has done the same.
     
  4. kymac macrumors 6502a

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    all i did was skim the table of contents :cool: . but we're required to take drivers ed here and that covered all the necessary info.
     
  5. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020

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    In New Jersey the test doesn't have anything to do with actual driving. At least 25% of the questions were purely alcohol-related (how much wine = this much beer, what are the blood-alcohol content limits, etc). Honestly, don't sweat it. It's really just common sense. Don't overthink it, there are plenty of terrible drivers on the road so it won't be hard ;)
     
  6. iDAG macrumors 65816

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    I just read the book once. Most of it is just what does this sign mean or what is the punishment for breaking this law.
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    who has right of way at 4 way stop? how you suppose to get on interstate? fairly common sense stuff
     
  8. mgguy macrumors 6502

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    Are you getting your license for the first time or renewing? Either way, if you are in California you should read the driver handbook very closely. There are 10 versions of the test, with 36 questions (you can miss 6) for originals and 18 (you can miss 3) for renewals. Applicants under age 18 take a 46-item test with slightly different questions than for adults. Each test has different questions and the order of questions and answer choices are periodically randomized so using a crib sheet or memorizing the sequence of correct answers (a, b, or c) from old tests your friends have given you won't be of much help. Over 25% of applicants fail the first try so the test isn't that difficult (or that easy). Common sense alone won't allow you to pass. Just study the handbook and you should do fine.
     
  9. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Yeah, here in Ontario the test was fairly easy but there were still a few questions that tripped me up. Some of them are common sense ("when the traffic light is red, what do you do?") but others do require you to memorize a few numbers (how far away must you park from a fire hydrant? I guessed 6 meters, the correct answer was 3 meters.)

    Some of the questions were actually so easy that I stared at the page for a few moments, wondering if they actually did mean it to be that simple, or was there perhaps a trick, another interpretation, that I must have missed.
     
  10. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Different people react to the written test differently. Some find it incredibly easy without studying, while other's struggle through the test after days of studying.

    If I remember correctly, I read through the book once or twice, and passed the test with 100% (ok, yes, one question was marked incorrect, but my answer was the most accurate, and I have the handbook to prove it). Keep in mind, I took the test a year after I took driver's ed. in High School.

    On the other hand, I know people who flunked the test numerous times after days of studying, and they had just gotten out of drivers ed.
     
  11. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    Its so easy.

    My test was 16 questions.

    Just remember quarter, dime, and penny for parking (ct rules).
    25ft away from a stop sign/intersection
    10ft away from a fire hydrant
    less than 1ft away from the curb

    Other than that its basically all common sense

    You'll do fine. Read the book anyways
     
  12. Hummer macrumors 65816

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    I didn't touch the book. I did do driver's ed though, but that was after my written test.

    My written test was awfully slow. There were questions like "What should you do at a stop sign?" and "What is the safest speed to drive at? Below, Above, or at the speed limit?"

    The road test was even easier. It was literally three minutes of driving and consisted of one parallel park and a broken U-Turn.
     
  13. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    See, this is the sort of question that I actually stumble over. I know the answer they want is "at the speed limit" but in the real world, the safest speed to drive at is the speed matching what everyone else is driving at, and it's OK if that speed is slightly below or above the speed limit. :)
     
  14. maceleven macrumors 6502

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    i have seven copies of actual test

    i can sell you them;) my aim name is antoinenoch
     
  15. Airforce macrumors 6502a

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    You're suppose to study for that test?


    Well **** :p
     
  16. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Just know your basic facts and the test is easy. But remember that they use different questions every time.
     
  17. LumbermanSVO macrumors 65816

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    And just because everyone else drives like morons doesn't mean you need to!

    When I took my CDL written I asked to do it on paper instead of the computers, just to screw with them :) They had never had anyone take the paper test since they got the computers. They had also upgraded to the ScanTron answer sheet for the written, but they had no answer key yet. My test sheets are now the answer keys at that location :D

    For the actual driving part of the CDL test you have to do a 100+ point pre-trip inspection. If you miss more than one item you fail the test :eek:
     
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