One question frequently asked by Arizona students preparing for the permit test is: what is the best way to study for the road sign portion of the exam? When it comes to road signs and pavement markings, there is great deal of material to commit to memory. To earn a high score on the road sign portion of the MVD written test, you must be able to recognize every common road sign and marking listed on this page. The AZ permit test itself will likely contain less than ten questions dedicated to road signs and markings, however, there is no way to know which of the hundreds of common road signs you will be asked to identify. If you want to walk away from the DMV office with a learner’s permit, you will need to be ready for anything.

We have made studying for the road signs aspect of the DMV permit test as simple as it can be, by listing all the road signs and pavement markings you will need to learn on this road sign home page. All this information has been taken from the 2024 copy of the Arizona driving manual, so we can guarantee it is complete, accurate and up to date. Having a copy of the driver’s manual to hand will be useful, so download your free PDF version from the DMV website or here on For now, let’s take a closer look at the road signs and pavement markings you are going to be working with.

Memorizing road signs will involve learning about road sign categories. While the road signs you see on public roadways may all appear to be very different and unique in their design, they can actually be sorted into one of four categories, based on their color, shape and primary function. If you can accurately identify what type of road sign you are looking at, you are one step closer to understanding its meaning. The four categories of road sign which will be addressed during the AZ MVD written test are: warning signs, regulatory signs, work zone signs and guide signs. As you may have noticed, we have sorted the road signs listed on this page into those four categories.

When you take the DMV written test, it is entirely possible that you will encounter a question on a road sign which you do not immediately recognize, no matter how much you study beforehand. If this happens, do not panic. Instead, look at the color and shape of the road sign to determine which category it belongs to. The “Signs, Signals & Markings” section of our free driver’s education course for Arizona learners will teach you everything you need to know about identifying road signs; we strongly recommend you take the time to read it before sitting the DMV test. Once you know what type of road sign you are looking at, it is relatively easy to work out which of the multiple-choice permit test answers listed below it is correct. For instance, if the sign is a yellow diamond, you immediately know it serves to warn road users about an upcoming hazard.

As you become more confident in your knowledge of individual road signs, road sign categories and pavement markings, you can start using an Arizona practice permit test with road sign questions to test what you have learned. Here on, we offer dedicated road sign DMV practice tests which do not contain any road-rule related questions. Every test we provide is available free of charge and can be retaken as many times it takes for you to receive a satisfactory grade.

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