12Jul 2015

Virginia has implemented a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program in an effort to minimize the number of accidents caused by teen drivers. The GDL program is aimed at enabling teen drivers and first time driver’s license applicants become safe and more responsible drivers. Obtaining a learner’s permit is the first milestone in the GDL program; however, you will have to take and pass a knowledge test before being issued with your learner’s permit.

The Virginia DMV knowledge test has two sections:  section one mainly covers road signs and contains 10 questions, you must correctly answer all the questions before you move to the second section of the test. Section two covers Virginia driving and safetylaws, and you must have a pass score of at least 80% to pass the second section.

To help you prepare for your written test, the Virginia DMV recommends that you read through the Virginia DMV Driver’s Handbook. The handbook contains all the information that will be set in the exam and it is a good way to prepare. Furthermore you can also opt to take online practice tests which are basically a series of questions that are similar to what you expect in the actual test. The practice test gives you a feel of how the questions are set and how you are supposed to answer them.  You will have to retake the test if you fail on your first attempt. The retesting rules vary depending on age: You can retake the test after 15 business days if you are below 18 years. If you are more than 18 years old you permitted to take one test in every 24 hours, however, you will be charged $2 if you retest within 15 days.You will be required to complete a classroom-based Driver’s Ed course if you fail the test more than 3 times.

When you are ready to take the test, visit your local Virginia DMV office. You should consider going during low-traffic times which include before lunch hour, during the middle of the week or during the middle of the months.