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Tips for Teens: Preparing to Take the Driver's Permit Test

By: Nadia Ibanez June 4, 2012

It’s finally time to take that next step forward and start planning to take the written test to get a driver’s permit. Consider it a rite of passage as you grow beyond catching a ride to getting behind the wheel.

What Is a Driver's Permit?

A driver’s permit, also known as a learner’s permit, is a type of restricted license for someone who is just learning how to drive and is preparing to obtain a provisional or full driver’s license. Usually this person is a teen driver, but adults may also receive this permit if they have never driven in the states.

Tips On Getting Ready for Your Learner's Permit Test

Preparing for the written permit test does require an adequate amount of studying. Driving on major roadways is a lot of responsibility; you must consider the safety of yourself and others. Studying for the driver’s permit test is vital and you shouldn't take it lightly.

Here are a few ways on how to best prepare for the permit test:

  • One of the most effective ways to prepare for the driver’s permit test is to take practice permit tests online or on paper. You can find these tests at your local vehicle registration branch or for free online. Thoroughly read your driver’s handbook and even attend a driver’s education class to learn the ins and outs about your state’s traffic laws and road signs. It doesn’t hurt to take multiple tests to prepare for the actual test and set a timer to see how your test-taking skills match up with the time allotted.
  • If you are more of a visual learner, check out the studying guides on YouTube. There are several videos online that offer a sort of tutorial on frequent driving scenarios that you’ll get tested on, ranging from traffic signs, parallel parking, bikers, and right of ways.
  • Study groups are also helpful when it comes to prepping for a permit test. Since many of your friends are in the same boat as you, studying with peers will help you with deciphering common sense questions and other obscure driving rules. A driver’s ed teacher will also be a great resource to you and your group and will be able to explain the test, what to expect, and what you should know.

Additional Testing Pointers

Generally, before a person can get a driver’s license, he must have his permit for a certain amount of time and drive a specific amount of hours with an experienced driver. Some states require driver's education and behind-the-wheel training before the applicant can take a road test.

Permit application forms and other paperwork vary from state-to-state so make sure to do your research before you head to your local vehicle registration office. For more on your state's specific requirements, check out our online driver's license checklist.

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