Virginia Permit Study Guide

Taking the DMV permit test in Virginia can be made easy.  Using this study guide, and taking the permit practice test will help you ace the test.

Those that are planning to get their Virginia driver's license will have to prepare themselves. Far too often, people assume that they are knowledgeable enough to pass the test without studying. Instead, they should take the time to study the Virginia Driver’s Manual. A hard copy of the Manual is also available at the DMV's offices, as well as the local public library.  An audio version of the Manual available here

The Written Test

To obtain a Virginia driver's permit, applicants must pass a two part written test. The first part of the exam will consist of ten traffic sign question. Each question will have a picture of a traffic sign that must be identified. It is a multiple choice test and has four answer choices. All ten questions must be answered correctly to pass. The second part of the test is a 25 question general knowledge exam. This test is also multiple choice, and each question has four answers to choose from. Exam questions will cover laws, regulations and safety. To pass this part of the exam, 80 percent of the questions must be answered correctly.

What to Study

It is important to study the entire Virginia Driver's Manual, but there are certain sections that a person will want to pay extra attention to. For example, Section 2 of the manual is about all of the signs and signals that a motorist will encounter on the road. Remember that all 10 road sign questions must be answered correctly, so applicants may want to spend extra time studying this section.

With part two of the test mainly concentrating on driving laws and situations that a motorist may find themselves in, Section 3,-Safe Driving may be the most heavily tested part of the manual. Section three is overall the most important section to study. It covers safe driving topics such as speed limits, yielding, stopping, turning, blind spots, pedestrians and a number of other topics that will be on the written test. Sharing the road is very important and can be found on pages 19 and 20.

There may be a few questions from Section 4 concerning seat belts, airbags and child safety seats. You can also probably count on there being several questions from Section 5 on the penalties of breaking the law, especially concerning the legal definition of driving while intoxicated.  Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is very serious, and the negative consequences of doing so can be found on pages 29 and 30.

Permit test takers should also understand the restrictions on teen licenses, including limits on time of day and number of passengers permitted to be carried.

Finally, you should use the sample questions at the end of the Manual to familiarize yourself with the type of questions and structure of the test.  Or take the Virginia permit practice test to help you prepare for the permit exam.