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Saturday, March 21, 2009

How to pass California DMV written test

I just had my DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) written test.
Here are some tips to pass it easily:
1. First make sure you have all the requirements for the DMV test.
2. Make an appointment via DMV website, this will save about 30 minutes waiting time in the office (the appointment is usually scheduled for 2 weeks later), but if you are in a rush, you can go directly to the DMV office. NOTE: if you are eligible for a SSN (Social Security Number) you must have it before you apply to the DMV test, otherwise they will not let you have the test unless you come back with SSN.
3. Read California Driver Handbook (a night before the test should be sufficient), this is very important, also check these sample tests here, here and here, many questions may appear in your exam "as is".
4. I recommend to watch these videos (this is the channel) on youtube, they explain a lot of things visually which makes it easier to understand.
5. When you're ready, got to closest DMV office, pay the fee (it's 27 dollars) you will have a vision exam (bring your glasses) and your fingerprint and picture will be taken. After that you get to the test, it's composed of 36 questions you're allowed to have 6 mistakes (if you're applying to new driver license), if you read the handbook this should be very easy (I passed it in 5 minutes with 100% grade)
6. When you pass the test, you will have a temporary license until your "behind the wheel" test, go ahead and make an appointment for the practical "behind the wheel" test, this can be done by phone call, online, or in the DMV office right after you finish the written exam. It's usualy scheduled for 3 weeks later.

Tips for the driving test (behind the wheel):
- Memorize hand signals.
- You should know the car you're driving, hand breaks, emergency lights..


Anonymous said...

thanks a lot. I was looking for exactly this information about Calif permit test .

Hala said...

Thanks a lot!

I failed this test 3 times & i was kinda devastated !

I have a question, can we drive alone with the paper that proves we passed the written test?

Ali Ayoub said...

Hi Hala,
A parent, guardian, spouse or adult 25 years of age or older, who has a valid California driver license, must be with you when you drive. He or she must sit in a position close enough to take control of the vehicle, if necessary. It is illegal for you to drive alone at any time.

Good luck in your next test.. I am sure you can do it.


Anonymous said...


I called the California DMV office to ask if they have any Arabic version of the Driver Handbook but unfortunately they don't even though their website shows Arabic as one of the option to take the test. Do you know where I can get a Handbook and some sample test questions in Arabic?


Sagal Mursal Olaad said...

Can someone email me the test I keep falling iam very frustrated thanks for your helps I really appreciated thanks everyone whoever wants to help me

Sagal Mursal Olaad said...

I really appreciated thanks. ca dmv written test .

Remy German said...

Thanks you so much.The tips,you have been given is excellent.Students can also visit California Driving Test link for more info