How to Prepare for the Written Driver’s Test

By Anonymous (not verified) on Nov 01, 2012 and it has 2 comments and 56818 views

If you want to get your driver’s license, you need to pass both the written portion, as well as the on-road portion. Some states allow each person a limited number of chances to pass the test, so getting the right preparation is important. Although how to prepare for the on-road portion is obvious (get behind the wheel and accumulate experience), how to prepare for the written portion of the driver’s test isn’t as obvious. So, here’s how to prepare for the written driver’s test:

 

Don’t Try to Memorize the Driver’s Handbook

There’s no need too. The handbook is incredibly detailed, and the test isn’t going have questions covering every single road sign and state driving law. The written driving test typically has between 35 and 45 questions, which can’t cover everything. To help, focus on the following topics: road symbols and signs, DUI laws, speed limits, work zones, and the minimum distances for stopping, changing lanes, passing etc. However, do read the handbook cover to cover at least once. The information is important to know, or to be familiar with, as a safe driver.

 

Combine What You Read with Driving Practice

Obviously, you can’t just read the handbook and learn how to drive. You also can’t just get your driving practice without reading at all. You need to do both. Make sure that when you do build your driving experience that you try and apply what you read to what’s going on around you. If you see a school zone sign up ahead, remember what you read about what you’re supposed to do and practice it. Not knowing what do to could hurt you or someone else. Besides, it could show up on both the written and/or the driving portion. Getting one thing wrong could be what makes the difference between passing and failing.  


Eat Well and Get a Good Night’s Sleep

This is good advice to follow before taking any test, but it’s even more important before the written driving portion because you might have to wait awhile before you actually take it. Even if you scheduled to take the test ahead of time, people might show up to take the test at the last minute (don’t be one of those), the DMV could be short staffed, or many others may have scheduled to take their test at the same time. You don’t want to be hungry and/or tired during the test, and that will only be augmented if you have to wait 30 minutes or an hour to do the written portion.  

 

Take a Few Practice Exams

Since you only have a limited number of tries, and you need to get a certain score to pass (which is often above the normal passing score of 75%), it doesn’t hurt to take a few written practice tests before the big day. Doing this will not only give you a good barometer of how much information you know, but you also get to learn how the questions are phrased, how the answers are phrased, and the topics that are typically asked are these tests. It’s better to know before you take the actual test that you are weak in a certain area, or that the test will cover a topic that you haven’t yet studied.

 

By properly preparing for the written driver’s test, it’ll be much easier to take on the big day, and the stress is less likely to get in the way of your performance. Of course, you might be nervous, but if you don’t pass the test, it won’t be because you didn’t take the time to practice.

 



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Graciela barreto says:
Jun 05, 2013

I am so nervous I will be having my written exam in 2 days and I amnot sure if I have studied enough....

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