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West Virginia Permit Test

West Virginia Permit Test 2013

Taking a permit test is the first step towards achieving a drivers license. The 2013 West Virginia permit test is based on the information provided in the drivers handbook and covers the state driving rules, traffic signs and safe driving practices. Permit testing is conducted by the DMV and you may take the test at any regional office during the regular business hours. You should know that more than a half of all first time applicants fail the West Virginia permit test the first time they take it. If you want to see whether you are ready to take the real test, you may try a free 2013 West Virginia permit practice test.

Permit Test Questions

The learners permit test has 25 multiple choice questions and you need to answer at least 19 of them correctly. This means that the passing score for the West Virginia permit test is 76 percent a bit lower than in most other states. The permit test questions cover such topics as the state driving rules, road signs and safe driving practices and are based on the information provided in the official DMV drivers handbook. It is amazing that even though the information that needs to be studied for the test is freely available, more than a half of all first time applicants fail the exam. This happens mostly because people don't really prepare for the exam and underestimate the level of knowledge that is expected of them. When people go in for their first permit test, they expect questions like “do you have to stop for a red light” and “do you have to stop for a stop sign if you are in the rush”. Today, Internet adds its own portion of confusion, when people go onto a driving forum and see someone post a message “the test is easy, didn't study and passed”, it usually leads them astray. Fortunately, the Department of Motor Vehicles makes an effort to filter those West Virginia drivers license applicants who don't know the driving rules during this step and this is why the permit test questions will require you to have in-depth knowledge of traffic regulations.

Just so you can get a better understanding of what you will be facing on the real West Virginia permit test, here is a sample practice question you can try to answer.

“You must dim your headlights within ___ feet of the vehicle in front of you.”

a) 100
b) 200
c) 300
d) 400
e) 500

You may find the correct answer to this question at the end of the page.

Keep in mind that the DMV permit test will have 25 questions like the one above and guessing usually doesn't do the trick, as proved by the numbers of those who failed the exam. If you want to pass the knowledge exam the first time you take it, there is only way to do it and that is invest time into studying.

Preparing for Drivers Permit Test

Fortunately, there is no shortage of study materials when it comes to preparing for the learners permit test and you can usually find an option that suits both your preferred method of study and your budget. In fact, you don't have to spend a penny on studying for the test, there are plenty of free sources of information.

We advise that you always start with the official drivers handbook. The book can be download from the DMV website or picked up at one of the DMV offices. There is no charge for the drivers license manual, it is absolutely free and it contains the answers to all permit test questions. In theory, the book is sufficient for passing the test, but you may wish to supplement it with additional study materials. If you are under 18 years of age, pay special attention to the section on West Virginia graduated drivers licensing, as it covers additional requirements you have to meet before you can be issued with a license.

Drivers education classes is another great way to get prepared for the drivers permit test, especially for those over-achievers out there. Taking a state-certified West Virginia drivers ed course has a number of additional advantages, apart from preparing the applicant for the permit test. Drivers license applicants under the age of 18 must complete at least 30 hours of supervised driving or a state-approved drivers education course before taking a road test, so completing the class now, you will kill two birds with one stone. Drivers over the age of 18 may wish to participate in the class for the sake of receiving a car insurance discount that may be granted to any drivers ed graduate. Finally, completion of a drivers education program should make you a better and safer driver and that is the first thing you should worry about.

Once done with the drivers handbook or a drivers education class, you should try taking a free West Virginia permit practice test. Although almost useless when used as the only study resource, practice tests do a great job of helping you identify the driving rules you may have missed or misunderstood. You should also check out the WV DMV practice test and the WV driving permit practice test, these exams are absolutely free and you can take sample questions as many times as you wish.

Taking the Permit Test

You have to be at least 15 years of age in order to be eligible for a West Virginia drivers permit. Once of the legal age, you can visit a local DMV office and submit your application. Most of the DMV offices operate Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., but you are advised to call the office you plan to visit to check their schedule. No appointment for the West Virginia DMV permit test is necessary and you can take the permit test any time during the regular business hours.

When you arrive at the DMV testing location, please be prepared to do the following:

  • provide proof of ID
  • provide proof of birth date
  • provide your Social Security Card
  • complete an application for a drivers license
  • provide a school driver eligibility certificate (if under 18 years of age)
  • pay the fee for a learners permit
  • take a vision exam
  • take the permit test

If you are under 18 years of age, you must have a parent or legal guardian grant consent to you getting a drivers license. A parent will need to co-sign your application for a drivers license.

Drivers permit testing in West Virginia is computerized. Once you are through with the paperwork, you are directed to a testing computer. Permit test questions will be presented on the screen. Please remember that the test is timed and if you still have unanswered questions when the timer runs out, these questions are marked as incorrect. So if you see that you don't have enough time, just try to guess the answers to the questions you haven't answered, at least you'll get one or two of them correctly.

When you pass the DMV permit test, you are granted with a learners permit. Please note that there are two types of permits available in West Virginia - an instruction permit (level 1 license) that is issued to drivers under the age of 18 under the graduated license program and a learners permit that is issued to drivers at least 18 years of age. Each one of these permits has its own permit restrictions that must be observed until you get a drivers license.

The correct answer to the sample permit question is B - 200 feet.