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If you are eager to get on the road, you should do as much preparing as possible for your Virginia driving test. After all, if you fail, you will have to wait a minimum of 15 days before you are allowed to attempt the test again. Additionally, almost half of new drivers fail their driving test on their first try, and some fail it on the second try.

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Unfortunately, the state DMV study guide is not always enough to pass the exam. Driving tests are automated, and even a 10-question quiz is drawn from a list of hundreds. The Virginia driving manual contains an overwhelming amount of information, and any of it could end up on your practice test. Having that much information to memorize can fee daunting, which is why DMV.com practice driving tests and study guides are available to help you ace your test and get you on the road.

What are the benefits of taking a Virginia DMV practice test?

New drivers are as much as five time more likely to pass their Virginia driver’s license test after studying with the DMV.com permit practice test. This is because the practice test is composed of 50 common DMV test questions drawn straight from the Virginia laws and motorist manual. Not only does it contain valuable information to help new drivers prepare for the exam, practice tests are effective because they help new drivers find the holes in their study habits.

Your high school may offer driving courses or maybe you went to a driving school. However, that does not mean that you shouldn’t take some initiative in your own studying. A class can be very helpful, but it won’t ensure that you remember all the material. Use a drivers ed practice test to check if you have forgotten simple things, such as the standard speed limits on open highways or how to pull over for an emergency vehicle in an intersection.

What is included in DMV.com’s Virginia drivers license practice test?

DMV.com drivers permit practice tests strive to be as helpful as possible by covering all of the topics new drivers need to know for their permit test. Road signs, lane markings, public driving courtesy and Virginia road laws are all included topics.

The full practice written driving test is 50 questions long, but new drivers can split the test into smaller groups for studying. Some questions included in the test are:

  • At what ages is cellphone use illegal in Virginia?
  • All motorists are required to use headlights in what kind of weather?
  • What do orange signs mean?
  • What blood alcohol content is punishable for drivers older than 21 years of age?
  • What blood alcohol content is punishable for drivers 20 years of age or younger?

Did You Know? Less than half of new drivers get a passing score on the DMV written knowledge exam on their first try.

Virginia Drivers License Test Rules and Requirements

The Virginia driving test is a two-part test that quizzes drivers on road signs, traffic safety and driving laws. While both parts of the test are composed of multiple-choice questions, Part One requires a 100 percent score to pass and Part Two only requires an 80 percent. There are 10 questions in Part One and all drivers must answer every question correctly before they are allowed to progress to part Two.

Drivers who do not pass are subject to a wait time before they are allowed to take the test again. Drivers who are 15 to 18 years of age must wait at least 15 days, and drivers older than 18 years of age may either wait 15 days or pay a fee.

Virginia’s drivers test is available at DMV customer service centers and participating high schools. It is offered in the following languages:

  • English
  • American Sign Language.
  • Amharic.
  • Arabic.
  • Chinese/Mandarin.
  • Dari.
  • Farsi.
  • French.
  • German.
  • Haitian Creole.
  • Italian.
  • Japanese.
  • Korean.
  • Kurdish.
  • Mongolian.
  • Nepali.
  • Pashto.
  • Punjabi.
  • Russian.
  • Spanish.
  • Thai.
  • Akan Twi.
  • Turkish.
  • Urdu.
  • Vietnamese.

How to Pass a Driving Test in Virginia

To pass a Virginia learners permit test, new drivers must score nearly 100 percent. No errors are allowed on Part One and only a handful can be made on Part Two. That means new drivers need to study hard in advance of the test or be required to wait half a month before trying again.

To be fully prepared for the driving test questions, new drivers need to know the meaning of road signs, lane markings, hand signals and basic safe driving practices. Some examples of what new drivers will be expected to know includes:

What is included in DMV.com’s Virginia drivers test study guide?

While the DMV.com Virginia learners practice test comes with a helpful answer key, the Virginia permit test study guide provides more in-depth explanations and information. As a plain-language summary of the material in the Virginia drivers manual, the study guide covers all of the necessary information that new drivers need to know to pass their exam.

Traffic laws are different in each state, so the study guide compiles the key information on Virginia driving laws, standard speed limits, road signs, hand signals and the state laws on cellphone use. It also includes information that is standard across the country, such as lane markings, turn signals, traffic lights and how to drive in poor weather.

How to Use DMV.com’s Virginia Drivers Permit Practice Test and Study Guide

DMV permit practice tests are also an excellent method of study because they are a more active and engaged way of understanding information. Practice tests force the test-taker to think in a way that note-taking and memorization do not.

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Education studies have proven that reading and note-taking are not the most effective method of studying, but passive habits are still the go-to methods for most new drivers. Make the most of your Virginia drivers test study guide with active studying habits and engage more fully with the information for a greater chance at retaining it. With a practice test and study guide, try:

  • Using the Virginia learners permit study guide as a driving log. Even if you do not have any driving experience yourself, use your study guide to make note of the things you see when you ride with someone else. Start paying active attention on your route to school, the grocery, a friend’s house, etc. By combining the information in your study guide with real world experience, you connect new information to things you already know.
  • Make your own quizzes. Use the DMV learners permit practice test as your example, and craft some of your own quizzes while studying. Though you will know all the answers and the quiz will not be as effectively as an independent practice test, crafting a quiz forces you to think in a new way.
  • Combine the Virginia motorist manual with the study guide. Overlapping reading material forces you to read the same information in different words, and that makes it seem fresher to your brain. The human brain has a habit of absorbing repetition and reading the same things multiple times, might actually numb your thinking rather than help you remember.

Free DMV Practice Tests in Virginia

Virginia offers a free online practice permit test for state residents. The online drivers manual includes a quiz at the end of every section, and the questions are similar to the ones new drivers could expect to see on the knowledge test. However, new drivers do not get a record of the questions or their answers and cannot keep track of which subjects will require more study. Additionally, the Virginia driver test practice quizzes only show 10 questions at a time that are only based on one section. While the practice questions may be helpful for each individual section, they will not mimic the form of the official exam.

Furthermore, there are additional generic DMV online practice tests available for free. However, new drivers should be careful to only take practice tests specific to their state. While driving is relatively the same across the country, each state has its own specific driving laws. For example, drivers older than 18 years of age may use their cellphone while driving in Texas, but it is illegal to even have a cellphone touching a driver’s body while driving in Georgia.

A practice test that is not specific to your state will not be much help studying and may even contain questions based on other states that will confuse a you.

How to Schedule a Drivers License Test in Virginia

Virginia DMV driving test appointments are only available at customer service centers. You can find the one nearest to you on the DMV website and schedule your knowledge test or you can call the DMV Direct Customer Contact Center to schedule an appointment by phone. Additionally, if you are a driver younger than 18 years of age, a high school near you may also offer knowledge testing.

Driver testing locations for the skills test are stricter and appointments cannot be scheduled online. To schedule your skills test, you must call the DMV Direct Customer Contact Center.

What to Bring to a Driving Test in Virginia

While a Virginia drivers license practice test may help you with your knowledge test, you have to submit an application for a learners permit before you can take any tests. In addition to the completed application form, drivers need documents as proof of their social security number, identity and residence in Virginia.

The Virginia DMV has an interactive web portal to help applicants decided which documents they will need. However, the most commonly used documents are:

  • One Proof of Social Security Number: Social Security Card, W-2 form or a paycheck stub that shows full SSN.
  • Two Proofs of Virginia Residency: Mortgage agreement, monthly mortgage bill, lease agreement, rental insurance, U.S. Postal Service change of address confirmation or a utility bill (cellphone bills not accepted), postmarked mail with the applicant’s name and address, official document from a state or federal government that displays the address or a billing statement displaying name and address from a recognizable business.
  • One Proof of Identity: S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, U.S. Certificate or Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization, Permanent Resident Card, Employment Authorization Document or a foreign passport with a valid U.S. visa.

Virginia DMV Driving Test Fees

Applicants older than 18 years of age must pay a $2 Virginia drivers test fee each time they retake the knowledge exam. However, there is no fee for the initial test and applicants can avoid paying the fee if they wait at least 15 days before they attempt the test again.

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Furthermore, there is a $3 fee for a learner’s permit, plus the fee of $4 per year for the combined drivers license. For example, a combined learner’s permit and drivers license that is valid for four years would cost $19 plus tax.

Last updated on Friday, March 15 2019.

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