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Preparing for the Two-Part Knowledge Exam

The two-part knowledge exam is given in English or Spanish on a computer and tests your knowledge of traffic signs, motor vehicle laws and safe driving techniques. Exam questions are taken from information in the Virginia Driver's Manual.

All ten traffic sign questions in Part One must be answered correctly before you can take the 25-question general knowledge exam in Part Two. You must score at least 80% on these questions to pass Part Two.

The exam may be taken only once per business day. If necessary, the two-part knowledge exam may be taken using a translator provided by you. Oral exams are given in all DMV customer service centers.

If you fail the exam:

  • Under age 18, by law you must wait a full 15 days before you can retake the exam. For example, if you fail the test on January 1, the earliest you would be eligible to take the test again is January 17.
  • Age 18 or older, you must pay a $2.00 re-examination fee if you retake the exam within 15 days.
  • Regardless of age, if you fail the two-part knowledge exam three times at a CSC, you must complete the classroom portion of a Virginia approved Driver Training School program and present the Driver Education Certificate at a customer service center with a completion date after the date of the third exam failure to be eligible for re-examination. Re-examination requirements for home-schooled students can be found in Home-Schooled Re-Examination Requirements Information Sheet (HS 4).

It is unlawful to:

  • receive assistance or to assist anyone while taking the knowledge exam;
  • attempt to secure or provide answers to any parts of an exam;
  • have unauthorized possession of an exam or exam answers; or,
  • use a cell phone while taking the exam.

To prepare for the knowledge exam, familiarize yourself with all information in the Virginia Driver's Manual and try our sample knowledge exam online.

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