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California residents who drive on public roads and highways must have a California driver license. When you apply for a California license, you must present acceptable document(s) establishing your identity, residency, birthdate, and provide your social security number, if eligible. Examinations include a vision test, a knowledge test, and a driving test, if required. The CA DMV written test covers information found in the California DMV Driver Handbook, including road rules, safe driving practices, and signs questions. The DMV knowledge test consists of 36 questions and you need 30 correct answers to pass (83%). Practice with this sample test to get ready for the official CA driver's license test.
1. You may legally block an intersection:
During rush hour traffic.
When you entered the intersection on the green light.
Under no circumstances.
2. If it starts to rain on a hot day, the road is most slippery:
for the first few minutes.
after it has stopped raining.
after it has been raining for a few hours.
3. The only effective method to reduce your BAC is:
not to drink over a period of time.
eating before or while you drink.
drinking coffee.
4. You are entering a roundabout with multiple lanes, and you need to turn left at the intersection. You must:
choose either lane, and exit in the lane you entered.
choose the left-hand lane and exit.
choose the right-hand lane and exit in the left-hand lane.
5. Bicyclists:
have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle and motorcycle drivers.
are entitled to share the road with motor vehicles.
All of the above.
6. It is illegal to park your vehicle:
In a bicycle lane.
Within three feet of a private driveway.
In an unmarked crosswalk
7. You want to turn left at an upcoming corner. Give the right-of-way to:
pedestrians on the sidewalk waiting for a “walk” signal.
oncoming vehicles also turning left.
all approaching vehicles.
8. Which of these is a safe driving practice?
Checking your rearview mirrors frequently.
Using the high-beam lights in the fog.
Staring at the road ahead of your vehicle.
9. To avoid tailgating, drivers should:
look into their rear view mirror.
use the “three-second rule”.
leave at least 5 feet between their vehicle and the vehicle ahead.
10. If another vehicle passes you on the left, you must:
decrease your speed slightly and keep to the right.
increase your speed slightly and keep to the right.
decrease your speed, then pull over to the right and stop.
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CA Permit Test Facts

Number of questions: 36
Correct answers to pass: 30
Passing score: 83%
Number of questions: 36
Correct answers to pass: 30
Passing score: 83%
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