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#1. Which entry lane should you choose for a left turn in a roundabout with multiple lanes?

Any lane

A. Any lane

The right lane

B. The right lane

The left lane

C. The left lane

Choose the left lane and exit in the left lane.

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#2. A traffic signal with a steady yellow arrow means:

The protected turning period ends

A. The protected turning period ends

Slow down and proceed with caution

B. Slow down and proceed with caution

A protected turning period begins

C. A protected turning period begins

A yellow arrow means the protected turning time period is ending. Be prepared to obey the next signal, which could be the green or red light or the red arrow.

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#3. If stopping behind a vehicle, you should:

Leave enough space to see their rear wheels

A. Leave enough space to see their rear wheels

Move up close

B. Move up close

Turn on the parking lights

C. Turn on the parking lights

If stopping behind a vehicle, leave enough space to see their rear wheels.

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#4. What should you do if you must drive through a flooded road?

Drive at high speed to get through quickly

A. Drive at high speed to get through quickly

Turn on headlights to determine the water dept

B. Turn on headlights to determine the water dept

Test your brakes after exiting the water

C. Test your brakes after exiting the water

After driving through a flooded road, it’s crucial to test your brakes to ensure they work correctly.

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#5. In a center left turn lane, you may drive:

To prepare for a right turn

A. To prepare for a right turn

To pass slow-moving vehicles

B. To pass slow-moving vehicles

Up to 200 feet

C. Up to 200 feet

Use the center left turn lane to prepare for and make a left turn or U-turn. It is not a regular traffic lane or passing lane. You may only drive for 200 feet in the center left turn lane.

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#6. What should you do if you are in the carpool lane during a law enforcement stop?

Stop in the carpool lane

A. Stop in the carpool lane

Continue driving until the carpool lane ends

B. Continue driving until the carpool lane ends

Move completely onto the right shoulder

C. Move completely onto the right shoulder

Move completely onto the right shoulder, even if in the carpool/HOV lane.

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#7. What color are highway construction and maintenance signs?

Green

A. Green

Red

B. Red

Orange

C. Orange

Highway construction and maintenance signs are orange

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#8. When should you use the right lane on a highway?

To prepare for a left turn

A. To prepare for a left turn

To pass other vehicles

B. To pass other vehicles

To enter or exit traffic

C. To enter or exit traffic

The right lane is typically used to enter or exit traffic.

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#9. If you cannot see more than 100 feet in front of your vehicle in heavy rain, you should:

Turn on your high-beam headlights

A. Turn on your high-beam headlights

Not drive faster than 30 mph

B. Not drive faster than 30 mph

Turn on cruise control

C. Turn on cruise control

If you cannot see farther than 100 feet, driving faster than 30 mph is unsafe.

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#10. From a lane with this sign, you can:

Make a U-turn or go straight

A. Make a U-turn or go straight

Turn right

B. Turn right

Turn left or make a U-turn

C. Turn left or make a U-turn

Combined U-Turn and Left Turn Sign. You must turn left or make a U-turn from this lane.

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#11. When can you legally leave a child unattended in a vehicle?

When they are 7 years

A. When they are 7 years

When they are 15 years

B. When they are 15 years

When they are 12 years

C. When they are 12 years

It is illegal to leave a child who is six years old or younger unattended in a vehicle.

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#12. What should you do if the crossing gates are down but you don't see a train?

Go around the lowered gates

A. Go around the lowered gates

Call the railroad emergency toll-free number or 911

B. Call the railroad emergency toll-free number or 911

Wait 10 minutes before you cross the tracks

C. Wait 10 minutes before you cross the tracks

If the gates are down and you do not see a train approaching, call the posted railroad emergency toll-free number or 911.

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#13. What is the speed limit for vehicles towing trailers on most California highways?

55 mph

A. 55 mph

65 mph

B. 65 mph

45 mph

C. 45 mph

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit for vehicles towing trailers on most California highways is 55 mph.

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#14. When can a person ride in the back of a pickup or other truck?

When it is a public holiday

A. When it is a public holiday

When secure seats and seat belts are available

B. When secure seats and seat belts are available

When the speed limit is 25 mph or less

C. When the speed limit is 25 mph or less

You must only allow a person to ride in the back of a pickup or other truck if the vehicle has secure seats and seat (safety) belts.

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#15. Why is maintaining a safe following distance important?

It prevents other drivers from passing you

A. It prevents other drivers from passing you

It allows for quicker stops

B. It allows for quicker stops

It provides time to react to mistakes by other drivers

C. It provides time to react to mistakes by other drivers

Following other vehicles at a safe distance gives you enough time to react if another driver makes a mistake.

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#16. You can drive in a bicycle lane:

Under no circumstances

A. Under no circumstances

An time it is not occupied

B. An time it is not occupied

No more than 200 feet before a turn

C. No more than 200 feet before a turn

Enter a bike lane no more than 200 feet before starting a turn. Merge safely behind a bicyclist when preparing to make a turn.

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#17. What is true about signaling at freeway speeds?

Signal at least five seconds before you change lanes

A. Signal at least five seconds before you change lanes

Start signaling when you move into another lane

B. Start signaling when you move into another lane

Signal at least ten seconds before you change lanes

C. Signal at least ten seconds before you change lanes

Always signal at least five seconds before you change lanes on a freeway.

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#18. To avoid glare from the high-beam headlights of an approaching car:

Look to the right-hand edge of your lane

A. Look to the right-hand edge of your lane

Focus on the center line on the road

B. Focus on the center line on the road

Adjust your side mirrors

C. Adjust your side mirrors

If another vehicle’s lights are too bright:

  • Do not look directly into the oncoming headlights.
  • Look toward the right edge of your lane.
  • Watch the oncoming vehicle out of the corner of your eye.
  • Do not react to the other driver by keeping your high-beam headlights on. This only makes it harder for both of you to see.

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#19. How many standard drinks does it take for the average person to become legally intoxicated?

At least four or five drinks

A. At least four or five drinks

About three drinks

B. About three drinks

Only one drink

C. Only one drink

Refer to the table in the Driver Handbook. Most people are legally intoxicated after three drinks. But remember that even one drink can affect your ability to drive safely.

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#20. Signals and directions from a flag person in a construction zone:

Must only be obeyed within city limits

A. Must only be obeyed within city limits

Can safely be ignored

B. Can safely be ignored

Must always be obeyed

C. Must always be obeyed

Obey special signs or instructions from workers such as flaggers.

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#21. Which way should you steer if you start to skid while driving?

In any direction

A. In any direction

In the direction of the skid

B. In the direction of the skid

In the opposite direction of the skid

C. In the opposite direction of the skid

If you start to skid, follow these steps:

  • Slowly remove your foot from the accelerator.
  • Do not use the brakes.
  • Turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid.
  • Try to get a wheel on dry pavement.

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#22. What does a curb painted green mean?

Park for a limited time

A. Park for a limited time

Bus stop

B. Bus stop

No parking at any time

C. No parking at any time

  • A curb painted white means: Stop only long enough to pick up or drop off passengers.
  • A curb painted green means: Park for a limited time. The time limit may be posted on signs or painted on the curb.
  • A curb painted yellow means: Load and unload passengers and freight. Do not stop longer than the time posted. If you drive a noncommercial vehicle, you are usually required to stay with your vehicle.
  • A red curb means No stopping, standing, or parking.
  • A curb painted blue means: Parking for a disabled person or someone driving a disabled person with a special placard or special license plate.

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#23. How should you drive when approaching a sharp curve?

Slow down after entering the curve

A. Slow down after entering the curve

Slow down after exiting the curve

B. Slow down after exiting the curve

Slow down before the curve

C. Slow down before the curve

Slow down as you approach intersections and curves. For sharp curves, slow down as you approach and move through.

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#24. Cutting into the open space directly in front of a large truck:

Gives you a better view of the road

A. Gives you a better view of the road

Removes the truck driver's safety cushion

B. Removes the truck driver's safety cushion

Helps traffic flow smoothly

C. Helps traffic flow smoothly

When driving near large vehicles and trucks, do not change lanes directly in front of them to reach an exit or turn.

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#25. Dizziness, nausea, and headache when driving short distances are likely signs of:

Poor side vision

A. Poor side vision

Carbon monoxide poisoning

B. Carbon monoxide poisoning

Impaired hearing

C. Impaired hearing

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

  • Tiredness
  • Yawning
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Ringing in the ears

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California DMV MVProctor Online Test – Quick Facts

What You Should Know
Number of questions on exam:40 – Original test
25 – Renewal test
Correct answers to pass:32 – Original test
20 – Renewal test
Retest:New link with test results
2 attempts only

The new CA MVProctor test is a fully online, remotely proctored exam that replaces the written test you traditionally took in person at the DMV office.

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Can I Take the DMV MVProctor Online Test?

Applying for your first noncommercial CA DL
No a CA license or ID You qualify for online testing
Existing CA license or ID You must test at a DMV office
Renewing your noncommercial CA DL
No additions You qualify for online testing
Adding MC license You must test at a DMV office
Renewing your CA motorcycle license
No additions You qualify for online testing
Adding noncommercial CA DL You must test at a DMV office
70 or older You must test at a DMV office

You must start the application process by completing the online driver’s license application at CA DMV’s website.

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The Practice Tests

The best way to study for your permit or full driver’s license test is to use both the Driver Handbook and these permit practice and driver’s license test.

Ensure you have the latest version of the handbook and read it. Pay special attention to rules and laws that are specific for California .

Use the practice tests to verify what you have learned and whether you are ready. Take enough sample tests at Driver’s Prep to ensure you can reach the perfect score of 100%. This way, we can guarantee you will pass the official exam.

Each practice test at driversprep.com has 25 random questions based on the handbook and authentic questions from California DMV (dmv.ca.gov ). You will get instant feedback and a brief explanation if you miss a question.

Remember, the online MVProctor Test has 40 questions for new applicants (25 questions if you renew an existing license).

Who Must Take the California Written Knowledge Test

You must always take a knowledge, vision, and road test when applying for an original California driver’s license or upgrading to a different class of driver’s license.

DMV will usually waive the knowledge and road tests if you have a driver’s license from another state.

After a revocation, you must apply for a new license and re-take all necessary tests, including the knowledge test.

Holders of a driver’s license from a country other than Canada must also take all tests. California does not waive the knowledge test if you move to California from another country.

Computerized Tests with Touch Screens

Previously, you got the DMV knowledge test on paper.

Today, you generally have two options. You can take the test at DMV on a computer with a touch screen. Instead of marking the correct answer with an “X” on paper, you tap the correct answer on a screen. If you qualify, you can also take the MVProctor test from your home computer. Your computer or laptop must be internet-ready and have a webcam. You cannot use a tablet or mobile device.

The computer version of the DMV test has randomized questions, just like our practice tests, meaning no two tests are identical.

The MVProctor tests are available in 35 languages, among others:

  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Chinese
  • English
  • Farsi
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese

Online computer tests speed up the exam process, but misreading and making a hasty decision is easy. So, take your time and read everything carefully.

Read more about studying for your exam: How to Ace the DMV test.

Some Questions are Always on the Test

Study the table in the section about Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limits. There is always a question about this table on your test!

The table below shows BAC estimates based on gender, body weight, and how many drinks a person consumes. Remember, even one drink can impair your driving skills. Two drinks can make you legally intoxicated.

There will also be at least one question about the rights of pedestrians.
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Do Not Cheat!

The use of any testing aids is strictly prohibited. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, the use of cell phones, cheat sheets, and the California Driver Handbook.

You will fail your exam if you use any aid during the written test (online or at a DMV office). The DMV may also act against your driving privilege or the driving privilege of anyone else who assists you in the examination process.

Make an Appointment?

When you are ready for your test, make an appointment online at www.dmv.ca.gov or call during regular business hours.

To make sure you have all the necessary documents for your permit application, you should follow the REAL-ID checklist online at dmv.ca.gov

You should have the following documents:

ONE identity document that shows full name and date of birth

You will typically bring the original or a certified copy of your U.S. birth certificate, a valid and unexpired U.S. passport or passport card, or your unexpired permanent resident card.

ONE original document that shows your name and Social Security Number

It is best to bring your social security card, but DMV also accepts a W-2 form or a pay stub with the whole SSN.

TWO Proofs of California Residency

You must provide two documents showing your first and last name and mailing address. Accepted verifications include rental agreements or mortgage bills, bank or credit card statements, tax returns, employment, or insurance documents.

A child may use a residency document in their parents’ name by presenting a tracing document (such as a birth certificate) showing the relationship.

Can I Take on Online Test from Home?

Yes. In 2022, CA DMV introduced an online driver’s license testing option, the MVProctor Test. You can take a remote exam or, in some cases, the eLearning course.

CA DMV offers the interactive eLearning course for Californians renewing their license. It is currently available only in English and is an option for those who prefer an alternative learning method.

Please note that this e-learning course is only available for Californians renewing their license.

After the California DMV Knowledge Test

If you pass the written knowledge test, California DMV issues a provisional permit (learner’s permit).

Once you have your permit, you may practice driving supervised by a parent, spouse, legal guardian, or certified driving instructor. You may also practice driving with any licensed California driver who is 25 years or older.

To learn more about California’s graduated driver’s license process, read this article: What is California Graduated Driver’s License ?

California Old DMV Knowledge Test

Number of questions on exam:46 – if under 18 years
36 – if 18 years and older
25 – renewal test
Correct answers to pass:36 – if under 18 years
30 – if 18 years and older
21 – renewal test
Passing score:83 percent
Allotted time to complete test:No limit
Wait time before retest:7 days – if under 18 years
One day – if 18 years and older

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Concepts Related to California DMV Practice Test

This article contains information related to various concepts tested in the California DMV Practice Test. Here's a breakdown of the concepts covered in the article and their corresponding explanations:

  1. Roundabout Entry Lane Selection: When approaching a roundabout with multiple lanes, the correct entry lane for a left turn is the left lane. This allows the driver to exit in the left lane [[1]].

  2. Traffic Signal with a Steady Yellow Arrow: A steady yellow arrow at a traffic signal indicates that the protected turning period is ending. Drivers should slow down and proceed with caution, being prepared to obey the next signal, which could be the green or red light or the red arrow [[2]].

  3. Stopping Behind a Vehicle: When stopping behind a vehicle, it's important to leave enough space to see their rear wheels [[3]].

  4. Driving Through a Flooded Road: After driving through a flooded road, it's crucial to test your brakes to ensure they work correctly [[4]].

  5. Center Left Turn Lane Usage: The center left turn lane is used to prepare for and make a left turn or U-turn, and drivers may only drive for up to 200 feet in this lane [[5]].

  6. Carpool Lane Law Enforcement Stop: If stopped by law enforcement while in the carpool lane, drivers should move completely onto the right shoulder, even if in the carpool/HOV lane [[6]].

  7. Highway Construction and Maintenance Signs: These signs are typically orange in color [[7]].

  8. Right Lane Usage on a Highway: The right lane is typically used to enter or exit traffic [[8]].

  9. Driving in Heavy Rain: If visibility is limited to less than 100 feet in heavy rain, driving faster than 30 mph is unsafe [[9]].

  10. Lane with Combined U-Turn and Left Turn Sign: This lane allows drivers to turn left or make a U-turn [[10]].

  11. Leaving a Child Unattended in a Vehicle: It is illegal to leave a child who is six years old or younger unattended in a vehicle [[11]].

  12. Crossing Gates at Railroad Tracks: If the crossing gates are down and no train is visible, drivers should call the railroad emergency toll-free number or 911 [[12]].

  13. Speed Limit for Vehicles Towing Trailers: Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit for vehicles towing trailers on most California highways is 55 mph [[13]].

  14. Riding in the Back of a Pickup or Truck: It is only permissible if the vehicle has secure seats and seat belts [[14]].

  15. Importance of Maintaining a Safe Following Distance: Maintaining a safe following distance provides time to react to mistakes by other drivers [[15]].

  16. Driving in a Bicycle Lane: Drivers should enter a bike lane no more than 200 feet before starting a turn and merge safely behind a bicyclist [[16]].

  17. Signaling at Freeway Speeds: Drivers should always signal at least five seconds before changing lanes on a freeway [[17]].

  18. Avoiding Glare from High-Beam Headlights: To avoid glare from high-beam headlights of an approaching car, drivers should look to the right-hand edge of their lane [[18]].

  19. Legally Intoxicated Limit: Most people are legally intoxicated after three drinks, and even one drink can affect driving ability [[19]].

  20. Signals and Directions from a Flag Person in a Construction Zone: Special signs or instructions from workers such as flaggers must be obeyed [[20]].

  21. Steering During a Skid: If a skid occurs while driving, drivers should turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid [[21]].

  22. Meaning of a Curb Painted Green: A curb painted green means parking for a limited time [[22]].

  23. Driving Approaching a Sharp Curve: Drivers should slow down before the curve and maintain a safe speed while moving through it [[23]].

  24. Cutting into the Open Space in Front of a Large Truck: Doing so removes the truck driver's safety cushion and should be avoided [[24]].

  25. Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, and headache when driving short distances are likely signs of carbon monoxide poisoning [[25]].

These concepts cover a wide range of driving-related topics and regulations, providing valuable information for individuals preparing for the California DMV Practice Test.

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