How To Pass A Driver's License Test

Written by J. Hirby and Fact Checked by The Law Dictionary Staff  

Getting a driver's license is a major rite of passage for all Americans. Having a license signals a new era of freedom and independence. However, getting to that point requires preparation.

Know Your State

Each state sets its own laws and requirements for becoming a licensed driver. Visit your state's DMV website to learn more about the licensing process, download a driver's manual and discover the steps required for becoming licensed.

Read the Manual

Your state's driver's manual has all the answers you need for passing the driver's test. Highlights include the rules of the road, sign identification and how to respond to on the road emergencies. Most people who have not been licensed before require several months of study to become familiarized with the information in the manual. Often, studying the manual is done in conjunction with a driver's education course which can be indispensable for the safety and success of young drivers. After a period of study, it's time to try the practice tests at the back of the manual or on the DMV's website. Practice tests are a wonderful way to determine whether or not you're ready for the real thing.

Getting Ready for the Practical Test

Most states require new drivers to pass a practical test during which an official grades the test taker on their driving knowledge and ability. Preparing for this portion of the test takes time and the assistance of a licensed driver. Some states require new drivers to have completed a certain number of practice hours before being permitted to take the test, so it definitely pays to understand your state's requirements. With a licensed driver at your side, you'll spend several hours practicing basic driving maneuvers until you can complete them with skill and ease. Remember that no part of the practical test is considered unimportant by the DMV official. They'll be watching for even the smallest of infractions, so pay attention to all of the basic road rules.

Relax and Stay Focused

With hours of driving and several practice tests behind you, it's finally time to take the driver's license test. Try to get a good night's sleep before the test and don't neglect to eat a nutritious meal so you'll feel energized and at your best. Don't forget to relax, too. You've put in many hours of preparation, and you're ready to ace both the written and practical tests.

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