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Delaware Permit Test

Delaware Permit Test 2013

If you are applying for a drivers license in Delaware, one of the first steps you have to take is to pass a 2013 Delaware permit test. The permit test in Delaware is very similar to those in other states and it covers the state driving rules and traffic signs. According to statistics, more than a half of those who take the Delaware permit test for the first time fail. If you want to ensure that you pass the Delaware permit test the first time you take it, make sure to start studying for it well in advance, making good use of the variety of free resources that are available, such as a drivers handbook and Delaware practice permit tests.

Delaware Permit Test Questions

The permit test in Delaware has 25 questions and you will need to answer at least 19 of them correctly. This means that the passing score for the test is 76%. The test contains questions on the Delaware driving laws, road signs and safe driving practices. Some of the permit test questions present test-takers with real-life situations, while other require students to correctly identify road signs or pavement markings. All of the permit test questions are based on the materials covered in the Delaware DMV test book, which is available to the public free of any costs. Regardless of this, more than a half of the first time permit applicants fail the test, largely due to the fact that they fail to treat the test seriously and study for it, thinking that general knowledge of driving rules should get them through just fine.

Just to give you an idea of what the real Delaware permit test questions are like, here is a sample question you may try to answer:

“A triangular, fluorescent and reflective orange sign with a red outer rim is a _________ sign.”

A. Yield
B. School Zone
C. Slow moving vehicle
D. No passing

You may find the correct answer to this sample question at the end of the page, however we strongly advise that you look it up in the driver's manual.

If you are able to answer 25 questions like the one above - you should do all right on the real permit test. Please remember that your chances of guessing the right answer are quite slim - one out of four for each question. Preparation is the key, so do the smart thing - grab a book and learn the rules before you go in for the test.

Preparing for The Permit Test

Thankfully, there is no shortage of study materials for those who want to study and you can have your pick out of either free or paid courses. Keeping this in mind, we still advise that you start by reading the official drivers handbook that is provided by the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles. Your permit test will be based on the information contained in this book, so you should make it your primary source of information. Minors should pay attention to the part that outlines the Delaware graduated driver's license as it describes all rules and restrictions specific to this age group.

Once done with the book, you can test yourself with a free Delaware practice permit test. Although almost useless for those who have not studied the rules, practice tests are a great study aid for people who have already read the handbook as they allow you to locate the rules you may have missed or misunderstood. Make sure to use state-specific practice tests, if you choose to take generic practice tests, they will not do you much good as they will not reflect the real Delaware DMV permit test. Keep in mind that we offer a free Delaware practice drivers test and a Delaware DMV sample test, you can take these sample questions as many times as you wish before you go for the real permit test at the DMV.

Finally, we also have drivers education courses. If you are under 18 years of age and would like to get a drivers license, completion of a state-approved Delaware driver education course is mandatory for you. You must complete the course and obtain a Delaware Driver Education Certificate (Blue Certificate) prior to visiting the DMV testing center for your learners permit test, which actually makes a lot of sense because drivers ed courses teach you things that are covered on the drivers permit test. If you are over 18 years of age, taking a drivers education course is not mandatory, but you choose to do so for the reasons outlined above.

Taking the Permit Test

You have to be at least 16 years of age in order to be eligible for a Delaware learners permit, so this is the earliest you can take the permit test. Please remember that if you are under 18 years of age, you must already fulfill some of the graduated license requirements prior to taking the drivers permit test.

When you arrive at one of the DMV testing stations to take your Delaware DMV permit test, please be prepared to do the following:

  • provide proof of authorized presence
  • provide proof of name and birth date
  • provide proof of Delaware residency
  • provide Social Security Number
  • provide a Delaware Driver Education Certificate (if you are under 18 years of age)
  • fill in the application for a drivers license
  • pay the testing fee
  • take a vision test
  • take the permit test

If you are under 18 years of age, you will need to have a “sponsor” to be present during the application. A sponsor can be one of your parents, grandparents, relatives or any other adult if your parents do not currently hold a valid Delaware drivers license. Your sponsor will have to sign your application for a permit and accept partial liability for any damages that arise from your actions behind the wheel.

Permit testing in Delaware is computerized, you will be presented with a series of questions on the computer screen. If you make seven mistakes while answering questions, your test will be stopped no matter at which point of the test you currently are. Although the test is not timed, you should try and finish everything within 20-30 minutes.

Once you successfully pass the driver's permit test, you will be issued with a learners permit. The type of a permit that you receive depends on your age, it can be either a Temporary Instruction Permit or a Level One Learners permit. You will have to observe all permit restrictions that apply to your permit type until you receive a full drivers license.

Answer to The Sample Permit Test Question

The correct answer to the sample question provider earlier in the article is C. “A triangular, fluorescent and reflective orange sign with a red outer rim is a slow moving vehicle sign.”