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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 Driver Handbook, including road rules, safe driving practices, and signs questions. The DMV knowledge test consists of 36 questions and you'll need 30 correct answers to pass (83%). Practice with this sample test to get ready for the official CA DMV practice permit test.
1. When looking ahead of your vehicle while driving, you should:
scan your surroundings.
look only at the vehicles ahead of you.
look straight ahead at all time.
2. When parking uphill on a two-way street with no curb, your front wheels should be:
turned to the left (toward the street).
parallel with the pavement.
turned to the right (away from the street).
3. This sign warns drivers that:
winding road sign
there is a winding road ahead.
there is a double curve ahead.
they must turn either to the right or left.
4. On rainy, snowy or foggy days, you should turn on your windshield wipers and:
pump your brakes when driving on wet pavement.
come to a complete stop.
use your headlights so other drivers can see you.
5. When a school bus flashes yellow lights:
you must follow the directions of the school crossing guard.
you must stop immediately.
the bus is preparing to stop to let children off the bus.
6. Before you change lanes, you should:
glance over your shoulder into the lane you want to enter.
always turn your head and look over your right shoulder.
look into your outside mirror only.
7. This sign warns of a ________ ahead.
hill sign
soft shoulder
no passing zone
8. If you want to reduce the risk of skidding on slippery surfaces, it is advisable to:
Drive close to the vehicle ahead being ready for a sudden stop.
shift to a lower gear after starting down a steep hill.
slow down before entering curves and intersections.
9. You must use your seat belt:
unless you are riding in a vehicle built before 1978.
and failure to do so will result in a traffic ticket.
unless you are riding in a limousine.
10. This red and white sign means you should:
yield sign
stop and check traffic both ways before proceeding.
keep a steady speed and check traffic both ways.
give the right-of-way to traffic on the road you wish to enter or cross.
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CA DMV Written Test Facts

Number of questions: 36
Correct answers to pass:30
Passing score:83%
Minimum age to apply: 15 ½
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