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What's the best way to study for a driver's license test?

Asked by jordym84 (4732 points ) June 20th, 2013

I want to get my license by year’s end (ideally within the next three months). I have a printed copy of my state’s driving manual and I’ve been reading it on and off for the past month or two. I’m an avid reader but the material is so dry that I’m having trouble getting through the manual. I fully understand that this is a necessary process and I’m normally pretty good at keeping myself motivated, but this is proving to be a challenge.

How can I make this process more interesting? What other learning tools, besides the manual, are there for first-time drivers?

Bonus question: What are the key points that I need to focus on in order to ace the written test?

Any other advice you’d like to share?

Thank you! :)

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14 Answers

Tropical_Willie's avatar

The caution and alert signs are required in my state, for renewal of license. Know the shapes and colors too.

jaytkay's avatar

Read the book, front to back, again and again.

Not the best book, but you’re a self-described reader, so no problem!

Think of all the morons you know who drive. They passed.

You will ACE that test!

YARNLADY's avatar

There are usually sample tests online.

WestRiverrat's avatar

There are many online practice tests for driving. Take one or more of them, if your state offers one, concentrate on that practice test.

cheebdragon's avatar

I downloaded a practice test app on my iphone while waiting in line at the DMV.

Crumpet's avatar

I’m studying for the same thing also.
I downloaded a free app that gives you practice questions like the ones that would appear on your test.
It’s for a UK theory test, but I’m certain there will be apps available for other countries too.
Good luck!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Learn the sign shapes, that was important on the test, and then relax and stay observant. And remember to turn left on a one way street from the left lane. They like to throw that one in.

BonusQuestion's avatar

Install Drivers Ed app on your smartphone (assuming you have one!) and practice.

Only138's avatar

Steal someone’s car in the middle of the night and take it for a joy ride. Wear gloves though. LOL. Practice makes perfect.

Buttonstc's avatar

In addition to the written part, there’s also the actual driving one. I’d be more worried about that if I were you.

In most states if someone fails the written they can retake the test in a day or two. If you flunk the actual driving part, that usually has a longer wait to schedule the retest (unless you’re in an extremely rural low population area.

Just do a couple of read throughs of the manual a day or two before you’re taking it. You’ll be surprised at how much you’ll retain.

But for the more important driving part just PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE.

cheebdragon's avatar

The written part is easy, it’s the actual driving test part that you should be more concerned about.

NostalgicChills's avatar

Take the sample tests online! They helped me SO much.
But really, the best kind of practice is to get on the road and drive.

RandomGirl's avatar

Are you studying for the written test, or the road test? Because the written test is no biggie. Take the practice tests and ace it. If it’s the road test, the only thing you can do is get out and practice. One piece of advice from a recently licensed driver: When you’re practicing on the road, don’t beat yourself up and dwell on mistakes for miles down the road. If you’re replaying a mistake in your head and thinking about how bad the mistake was, you’ll miss a bunch of stuff in the present. Take mistakes as they come, learn from them, and move on. Like life.

jordym84's avatar

Thanks guys!! Some great advice on here!

I’m more concerned about the written part because of the dry nature of the material. Somehow, I just can’t seem to make it past the first few pages of the manual…

In terms of the road test, I know I’ll just have to practice, practice, practice…and practice some more. Surprisingly, I’m not too worried about that part of it.

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