The DMV permit test is one of the necessary steps you have to take to become a fully licensed driver. While each state has its own test, there are basic study tips any hopeful driver can use to prepare for the written portion of the permit test. If thoughts of studying bring visions of long hours spent reviewing endless amounts of information, don't worry — these tips will keep help you make the most of your valuable time.
1. Use the Driver's Handbook
Your state's driver's handbook is the biggest resource you can take advantage of. It contains all the information you need to know as a driver to prepare for the permit test. These handbooks should be free and available at your local DMV office or available online to download. Be sure to grab a copy and then go through it thoroughly.
Remember, these handbooks aren't simply there for memorization. Take time to go through each section and make sure you understand what you're reading. This will not only help you for the test, but it'll make you a better driver.
2. Take Practice Exams
You should be able to get your hands on practice exams. When you do, use these to your advantage. Have your friends and family members administer the test. The more practice tests you can take, the more comfortable you will be for the actual exam.
3. Study, Study, Study
It may feel redundant, but studying as much as you can — including memorizing the facts outlined in the handbook — is one of the most effective actions you can take. There are no shortcuts to learning the material. The best way is to study the information in the handbook from cover to cover, and then take as many practice tests as possible. If you're having trouble remembering the information, have your friends or family practice with you and quiz you throughout the process.
4. Block off Time in Your Schedule
One method that may help you with studying is to block off time each day, or every other day, to devote 100% to studying. If you are busy with school, work, and family commitments, then you will have to purposefully plan your study time. If you are unsure if you will stick to your schedule, then ask your family or friends to hold you accountable. If you can find a study buddy who is going through the same process, that's even better.
5. Get Physically Prepared
The night before the test, be sure to get plenty of rest. You should approach your permit test similar to how you prepare for big tests in school. Then in the morning, be sure to eat a healthy breakfast. You may have a case of nerves, so a good, healthy breakfast can help. If there's time, you can go for a walk or jog to clear your mind too.
6. Reach Each Question Thoroughly
While not a study tip per se, when it comes time for the actual test, remember to slow down and carefully read each question. The written test will have words in it that can be easily misread — illegal, legal, crosswalk, sidewalk, left turn, right turn — one misunderstanding, and it can throw off the answer. Take a deep breath, reach each question slowly, and you will recognize the variations.
The best advice for taking the written permit test is to be prepared. These study tips are a few ways you can get ready. At I Drive Safely, there are online and in-person driver's education options for even more preparation.