A written permit exam is not something that you should be afraid of, or be nervous about. It's pretty much like any other test, and if you are someone who has good study habits, you will have no trouble passing it. But, this test does have some distinctive features that can't be found on tests you have to take at school, so the way you have to prepare for it is a bit different, too.
The study material for the written permit exam is pretty extensive, albeit not too hard to comprehend, and it takes a lot of time to learn it. There are various ways to prepare for the written test, and it's up to you to choose the methods and the learning techniques that you think will help you the most, but there are a couple of things that should be taken into consideration by everyone who wants to pass the exam.
Read The Driver's Handbook
The DMV driver's handbook is used by most people when preparing for a permit exam. The state's DMV issues a driver handbook which is intended to help you pass the exam. A driver handbook contains all the information that you have to know in order to pass the exam. It includes information related to traffic laws, regulations, road signs, fees, safe driving practices, and basic vehicle control skills. Furthermore, it provides you with tips on how to react in case of emergency, how to deal with aggressive drivers and avoid road rage, and how to deal with traffic congestion. Since the questions on the permit exam are based on the material provided in the handbook, you will have a pretty good chance of passing the test if you read it carefully.
Take Online Practice Tests
If you want to find out what taking a written permit exam feels like, you should take an online practice test. That way, you can see what types of questions you are going to have to answer on the actual DMV exam. A typical practice test consists of about 50 state-specific, multiple-choice questions that test your knowledge of traffic laws, road signs, regulations, procedures, and so on. However, it doesn't mean that you don't have to read the driver's handbook if you take practice tests. Practice tests should be used to see whether you've learned the material provided in the driver's handbook and make sure that you are truly prepared for the DMV exam.
Attend a Driver's Ed Course
In some states, taking a driver's ed course is mandatory, but even if it's not the case in your state, you can get a good use out of it. During the course, you'll get the information you need to pass the DMV exam directly from someone who is an expert in the field of driver's education. You can get the information from the driver's handbook, as well, but this way, the information is provided to you in a more interactive way, which can be more effective.
Use The Active Recall Technique
This is a learning method that is recommended by many psychologists as one of the most efficient ways to prepare for an exam. It's a technique that helps you learn the material by recalling the information you've been provided with in the driver's handbook, by drawing a diagram, answering questions out loud, or creating a chart. This way you remember the information longer than with the passive learning method, which only includes reading or listening to a lecture.
Ask An Experienced Driver For Tips
If you are still having trouble understanding some regulations, road signs or some other area that you are going to be tested on, you can ask a friend or relative who is an experienced driver and can explain you in a few simple words what a certain sign means, and help you understand road rules better.
Jordan Perch is an automotive fanatic and “green cars” specialist. He is an author of many how-to articles related to safe driving, green technologies, auto insurance and he's currently blogging for DMV.com.