North Carolina Permit Study Guide

The North Carolina DMV permit test is easy for those who are prepared.  Using this study guide, and taking the permit practice test will help make the process simple.

Many first-time drivers ask for information about the best ways to study for the written portion of the North Carolina driver's permit test. The best way to prepare for this test is to thoroughly read the North Carolina state driver's manual

How the North Carolina Written Permit Test Is Structured

The permit test includes a written test to assess your knowledge of traffic laws and safe driving practices.  There is also a road signs test which covers both regulatory signs and warning signs.  The exact number of questions asked on the test and the questions that you are asked varies from year to year and the area you are located in. In general, there are 20-25 multiple choice questions on the test. Each question typically has four or five answers to choose from. In order to earn a passing score, you must answer 80 percent of the questions correctly. The test is a computer based, multiple choice test, and each question usually has 4 answer choices to choose from.  Many of the questions consist of common-sense knowledge that every driver should know, and other questions are drawn directly from the official North Carolina driver's manual.

Important Sections to Study

You should make note of any factual information contained in the manual that seems important as well as information regarding the meaning of road signs, driving laws and state safety regulations. Some sections of the manual that you should pay special attention to include:

  • Chapter Two – Alcohol and the Law, page 25
  • Chapter Four – Your Driving, page 34
  • Chapter Five – Signals, Signs and Pavement Markings, page 69
  • Chapter Six – Sharing the Road, page 77

Most of the test questions will deal with information found in these chapters, so be sure that you understand them completely.

Resources for Teen Drivers

The first chapter of the North Carolina driver's manual also includes information that will be useful to teenage drivers. Topics such as graduated licenses, permit restrictions and provisional licenses are discussed on pages 11-13. The official North Carolina DMV website http://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/ also contains this information.

When it comes to preparing for the written portion of the North Carolina driver's permit test, there are many resources available to help new drivers. By studying and preparing in advance, any prospective driver can learn the rules of the road well enough to pass the written test.