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Safe riding requires knowledge and skill. To earn your motorcycle license in District of Columbia, you must pass both a knowledge test and an on-cycle skill test. The knowledge test includes questions on driving laws, rules of the road and safe riding practices, as well as information specific to two-wheeled vehicles. Knowledge test questions are based on information and ideas from the District of Columbia Motorcycle Operator Manual. The test consists of 25 questions, and a passing score consists of at least 20 correct answers (80%).
1. You should operate the engine cut-off switch and pull in the clutch when:
a tire goes flat.
you start to lose control in a curve.
the throttle is stuck and you cannot free it.
the motorcycle starts to wobble.
2. When parked next to a curb, your motorcycle should be positioned:
parallel to the curb.
at an angle with the front wheel touching the curb.
at an angle with the rear wheel touching the curb.
None of the other answers is correct.
3. By "choosing the best lane position" you:
are not in a blind spot.
avoid road hazards.
maximize the space cushion around you.
All of the above.
4. The best lane position for a motorcycle:
is in the right part of the lane, next to the curb.
is in the left part of the lane, next to the center line.
is the one in which you are most likely to be seen.
is the center lane position.
5. You should adjust your side mirrors:
at a designated service center.
before starting your motorcycle.
while riding your motorcycle.
before mounting your motorcycle.
6. Motorcycle riders can improve their riding strategy by using the "SIPDE" process. SIPDE stands for:
See, Identify, Predict, Decide, Examine
Scan, Identify, Proceed, Direct, Execute
Scan, Identify, Predict, Decide, Execute
See, Identify, Process, Detect, Execute
7. You should make a special point of using your mirror(s):
before you slow down.
when you are stopped at an intersection.
before you change lanes.
All the other answers are correct.
8. When passing a truck, it is important to:
always sound your horn when riding alongside the vehicle.
flash your headlight.
All the other answers are correct.
avoid slowing down suddenly when you merge back in front of the vehicle.
9. Eye protection:
is only needed when riding in bad weather.
is only needed if your motorcycle is not equipped with a windshield.
should give a clear view to either side.
None of the other answers is correct.
10. When scanning road conditions, you should be looking for:
traffic conditions.
road hazards.
escape routes.
All of the above.
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DC DMV Motorcycle Test

Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:20
Passing score:80%
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