Why You Need the California Permit Practice Test
Over one-third of young permit test takers in some districts flunked or gave up during their examination in 2016. New and better questions encourage applicants to think through scenarios instead of simply regurgitating facts.
Even if the California DMV wants new drivers to pass the test, officials emphasize that a learner’s permit or driver’s license is a great responsibility. Therefore, any applicant needs to study safe driving techniques and road rules.
No Practice Tests Replace the Driver Handbook
Do you think you can skip the California driver handbook and that it is all common sense?
Then you ignore that the DMV has designed the written test to be an essential incentive for you to learn rules and safe driving. Tests are the DMV’s means of ensuring that you have read the California Handbook and understood everything you need to know to be a safe driver.
DMV takes all questions on the California written test from the information in the handbook. DMV focuses specifically on your understanding of California rules and laws. DMV often designs questions to match the exact phrasing in the driver handbook.
Is it all common sense? Yes, for some. And for others? Well, perhaps not. There can only be common sense with fundamental knowledge. If you don’t understand rules and road signs, questions on the test may not make sense.
Take Many Practice Tests
How many California permit practice tests do you need to take? It is different from person to person.
Try to put your anxiety in the backseat while you study. You should focus on the exam after working through the handbook and the practice tests, not before.
Isn’t your goal to become the best and safest driver you can be?
To achieve this goal, you need to study and learn. It can be tedious and time-consuming, but in the end, you will find it was worth your efforts.
Spend 10 to 20 Minutes with the Handbook Every Day
Read some parts of the handbook every day. Keep your mind on what you are reading. Then, take a practice test. The test will measure your progress. Learn from any mistakes or errors. Go back to the handbook and check the facts.
Repeat this for at least two weeks. You will quickly realize that you have mastered more and more of the content.
Aim for the Perfect Passing Score
The actual California DMV test has a passing score of 80%. It would be best to strive for 100% on each practice test.
Discuss Driving with Family and Friends
Challenge a parent or other adult to take a permit practice test with you. Undoubtedly, even licensed drivers could learn a lot by reading the driver’s handbook and taking a practice test. Many things have changed over the years. Driver experience makes up for some shortcomings in knowledge about rules, but refreshers help make us better drivers. We often learn new things that we didn’t know about.
If you have a parent or adult around, ask how you place your hands on the steering wheel (see the chapter about Steering in the handbook). They will probably tell you they learned something completely different when they studied for their learner’s permit.
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