It is usually a lot less stressful than the practical test. But it can still cause anxiety for those who do not have a great deal of driving experience or knowledge about road laws. The following suggestions are intended to offer some practical advice for student drivers as they prepare for their written test.
I cannot emphasis the importance of study enough. A learner driver cannot expect to successfully get through their written test with no practical knowledge of road laws, signs and so forth. They must read through their driver’s handbook at least once. It is a good idea to take notes of statistics and other information. For example, there is almost always a question about drinking and driving. The handbook will list statistics related to drinking and driving and the penalties imposed by the police for drivers caught driving under the influence of alcohol. Some sample tests can be found online and can make studying easier than just reading from a book. A revision method that one of my school teachers taught me was to start with a blank sheet of paper and write down as many facts and figures as I could remember from memory, without any prompts. It is surprising how much information you can recall just from this one simple exercise. You can then check it for accuracy against the driver’s handbook.
Learner drivers who have the support of their family and friends usually do well in their written test. Family and friends can help by asking the student driver questions and testing their knowledge. They can also pose a common driving scenario and ask them how they would proceed. Another way that family and friends can help is to take the student driver out onto the road and point out road signs. They can then test their knowledge by asking them to identify what the signs mean. This is a good memory aid for some, as many people are more visual and can remember concepts more easily if they see pictures that relate to the subject.
It is important for the student to get plenty of rest the night before the written test. Staying up late and cramming at the last minute is not a good idea. It will only create unnecessary stress and anxiety, rather than be of any real help. A student who has had a good night’s rest will also be more alert and will stand a better chance of answering the questions correctly. The DMV is not looking for a 100% test score from students. Usually, they will allow students to get a few answers wrong, but not many, so do not plan on passing the test that way!
Read through each question and every possible answer carefully. The examiners are not trying to trick students into answering incorrectly. Sometimes, there may seem to be more than one possible answer. If you cannot decide which one it is, leave it blank and then return to it later on. Make sure than you complete each answer to the best of your ability. Even if you are not sure of an answer, you stand a better chance of success if you have made a fair guess than if you had left the answer blank.
Usually, students will find out their results soon after the test has been completed. Examiners will mark the test paper and hand it back to you with your percentage on it. Hopefully, if you have followed the above suggestions, you will walk away with a smile on your face. They will also mention any areas where you showed some weakness and encourage you to study those particular areas. This is worth doing, even if you have passed the written test, as you will need to know current road laws when you start driving. If you have not passed the written test, there is no need to become too downhearted about it. Pick yourself back up and learn from your mistakes. Can you identify what it was that kept you from passing? Do you need to study road signs more thoroughly? How about speed limits? Failing a written test can actually give you the leg up that you need for the next time you walk into the DMV. You will have the added advantage of knowing the procedure you will be going through. You should also be better prepared for your second test.