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Safe riding requires knowledge and skill. To earn your California motorcycle license, you will be required to pass the driver knowledge test, motorcycle knowledge test, knowledge test(s) for any other license class(es) requested, and pass a motorcycle skills test or obtain a Certificate of Completion of Motorcycle Training. Knowledge test questions are based on information in the California Motorcycle Handbook and the California Driver Handbook. The DMV knowledge test consists of 30 questions and you'll need 24 correct answers to pass (80%).
1. For precision steering, your hands should be positioned:
even with or below your elbows.
above your elbows.
so you can keep your arms straight.
2. If your motorcycle was built before 1978:
you can only ride during the day.
you must get a special motorcycle license.
keep the headlight on at all times.
3. To decrease your chances of being involved in a collision:
All of the other answers are correct.
search your path.
identify and separate hazards.
4. __________ provides the best eye and face protection:
A windshield
Certified sunglasses
A face shield
5. You have a better chance of avoiding serious injury if you wear:
face or eye protection.
an approved helmet.
All of the above.
6. Motorcycles are harder to see than cars because:
They have a smaller profile
Motorcyclists wear helmets.
They are much faster.
7. When parking at the roadside, park:
with your rear wheel touching the curb.
parallel to the curb.
on the curb.
8. When riding a motorcycle, keep your feet:
firmly on the footrests.
on the ground.
so that they skim along the surface of the roadside.
9. The best way to stop is to:
apply the rear brake quickly.
operate the engine cut-off switch.
apply both brakes firmly.
10. In slow tight turns, you should:
lean in the direction of the turn.
lean left.
keep your body straight.
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CA Motorcycle Permit Test

Number of questions: 30
Correct answers to pass:24
Passing score:80%
Minimum age to apply: 15 ½
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