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Frequently Asked Questions - Preparing For Your PA Permit Test

Don't cram the night before your exam. Instead, you should review the notes and information you have already studied. If you've done a thorough job studying, the night before should be a quiet review session. It's also a good idea to take a few practice questions on our website. Get a good night's rest as well.
Approximately, 43% of people fail their exam on the first try. However, if you prepare thoroughly and study consistently, you will be giving yourself the best chance of passing your permit test on your first try.
When you are ready to take your PA Permit Test, you should gather the necessary documents first. This means you should have a medical professional complete your DL-180 and if you are under 18, your parents will have to complete form DL-180 TD and sign it. You should be able to provide proof of your identity, using acceptable documents that are listed on the opposite side of Form DL-180. If you are 18 or older you will need to provide two documents proving your residency in PA. Also, you should bring your Social Security Card and an application fee of $34.50.
There are 18 questions on the PA Permit Test.
You need to answer 15 out of the 18 questions correctly in order to pass.
The PA Permit Test is computerized. You will know immediately after you finish the exam if you have passed.
When you are ready to take your PA Permit Test, you will need to visit your local PA DOT office. You can find available locations near you by visiting this website: www.dmv.state.pa.us.
We recommend you read the entire manual at least once. Reading the entire manual gives you the best chance of passing your PA Permit Test.
Reading the PA Driver's Manual gives you the best chance of passing successfully the PA Permit Test. You should read the entire manual, focusing particularly on the main topics from each section i.e. safe driving rules, signals, traffic signs, speed laws and more.
If you are 16, you will need to complete a driver's education course before you receive your permit. Applicants 17 years old or older do not need to attend or complete a Driver's Education course.
Your local DOT office has copies of your PA Driver's Manual. You can also download a copy by visiting this website: www.dmv.state.pa.us.