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Frequently Asked Questions - Taking Your WI Written Test

There are a few reasons test takers fail their WI Written Test. A test taker who failed may not have studied thoroughly or he or she may have been nervous, anxious and/or distracted on the day of the test. If you fail your WI Written Test, you will not receive your WI Learner's Permit, and you will need to retake the exam. You are able to do so as early as the next business day. You will have five opportunities to take the WI Written Test within a year before you will need the DMV's approval to be able to take the written test again. Do not rush retaking the exam. Take your time. Read the entire WI Driver's Manual again and answer test questions on our website [link] so that the next time you take the WI Written Test you have the best chance of passing.
If you pass your WI Written Test, you will receive your WI Learner's Permit. If you are under 18, you will need to maintain your permit for 6 months. During this time, you should keep a good driving record, attend and complete a state-approved Driver's Education course and complete 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training, at minimum. If you are older than 18, you need only maintain your WI Learner's Permit for a week before you can take the WI Road Test.
No. You are not allowed to use your WI Driver's Manual or any other study materials while you take your WI Written Test.
No. You do not have to take or pass a drug test to be able to apply or receive an WI Driver's License.
A WI Permit cost $35.
If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you to your WI Written Test.
To give yourself the best chance of passing your WI Written Test you should study all chapters and sections of the WI Driver's Manual. The exam will test your knowledge of speed limits, pavement markings, traffic signs, defensive driving, parking situations, intersections and many more basic rules of the road.
The WI Written Test consists of 50 questions. You will need to answer 40 of those 50 questions correctly in order to pass.
In WI, the minimum age requirement to begin the licensing process is 15 1/2 years old.
On the day you take your WI Permit Test, you will need to bring proof of your identity, your U.S. citizenship, your residency in Wisconsin and your insurance. If you are under 18, you will also need to provide proof of your enrollment and attendance in a Driver's Education course.