The Washington state DOL permit test contains a mixture of questions on rules of the road and road signs. When you are ready to start preparing for the road signs aspect of the exam, we recommend using the information and resources on this page to guide your work. Every road sign and pavement marking you may be expected to recognise during the DMV written test is listed below, to make sure you have a place to access this material, without constantly having to flick through the WA state driver’s manual. There is no way to know just how many road sign and pavement marking questions will feature on the Washington State permit test, so you will need to study everything thoroughly. Are you ready to get started?

Studying road signs for the permit test can feel like a huge undertaking, as there are so many different signs and markings which could come up. Fortunately, you do not need to memorize every road sign and marking individually to ensure yourself a pass on the exam. Of course, you should spend some time memorizing the most common road signs, like “DO NOT ENTER”, “ONE WAY”, “YIELD” and some of the more frequently occurring warning signs. With regard to the less common signs and markings, you should focus on learning to figure them out based on their shape and color, and the symbol or lettering they contain. To help you with this prior to the DMV written test, we have sorted every road sign into one of four main categories based on their function. These are warning signs, regulatory signs, guide signs and work zone signs.

As you can see, all the road signs within a given category share similarities in shape and color. Use this information to ascertain which category a road sign falls into, should you encounter any which you do not immediately recognize during the WA state DMV permit test. This should be information enough to help you decide on the correct meaning of the road sign, from the list of possible answers you are presented with. Every question on the permit test will be multiple-choice, so the correct answer will be included somewhere beneath the question. Road signs and pavement markings can be tricky and there are always exceptions to the color and shape rules. To make sure you do not get caught out during the DMV learners permit test, it would be wise to spend some time working through the “Signs, Signals & Markings” section of our free WA driver’s education course. The course also includes a module on rules of the road, which will help you get up-to-speed with other essential topics prior to the assessment.

You could dedicate weeks to memorizing road signs and still fail this portion of the permit test, if you do not take the time to apply what you have learned to some realistic DMV test questions, like those which will appear on the exam. As you may have noticed, there are not many road sign-related sample questions in the Washington State driving manual. When you are ready to practice answering road sign questions, come back to to try out our dedicated road signs DOL practice tests. They make the perfect revision tools for any student wishing to focus on their road sign knowledge, as they do not contain any questions relating to rules of the road or alcohol awareness. Just like our driver’s ed course and the DMV handbook, our DMV permit practice tests contain the information you will need for the 2024 WA state permit test.

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