Preparing for the Two-Part Knowledge Exam

This online course prepares you to take a two-part knowledge exam by computer to see what you know about traffic signs, motor vehicle laws, and safe driving behaviors. All of the questions are taken from information in the driver’s manual. You must correctly answer all ten traffic sign, signal, and pavement marking questions in Part One of the exam before you can take the second part of the exam. The multiple choice questions in Part Two checks to make certain you understand traffic safety laws. You must answer at least 80 percent of the general traffic safety questions correctly to pass Part Two.

As shocking as this sounds, more than half of the first-time test takers fail the learner’s permit exam. Remember, if you don’t study your chances of passing are not good.

Unfortunately, 50% of the applicants fail the learner’s permit test the first time.  If you fail the exam and you are less than 18 years old, you must wait a full 15 days before you can retake the exam.  If you are age 18 or older, you must pay a $2 fee if you retake the exam within 15 days.

The exam may be taken only once per business day. An audio version of the exam is available as well, and the exam is offered in many different languages including American Sign Language. Therefore, in-person translators, translation software, or apps may not be used for tests in any languages offered by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

If you fail the driver’s license knowledge exam three times, you will not be able to take it a fourth time until you complete and pass the classroom part of driver education at a driver training school approved by DMV or the Department of Education. Customers age 19 and older have the option of completing a course based on the Virginia Driver’s Manual. The completion date for each course must be after the date you failed the knowledge exam the third time. When you successfully complete the course and give DMV your certificate of completion, you can take the knowledge exam again.

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