Texas DPS Written Test

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, first time drivers between the ages of 14 and 17 must complete an approved Texas drivers education course before receiving a drivers license. Teens have three options to complete this process: driver education at a public school, traditional driving school, or the Texas parent taught drivers ed course provided by Virtual Drive of Texas.

If you are between the ages of 18 and 24 and have not an approved driver education course as a teen, you must complete a six hour adult drivers ed course to receive a license.

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Taking the DPS Written Exam for Learners Permit

Students in either the parent taught or adult drivers ed course must complete the first six hours of online training before applying for a Texas learners permit. For adults, the course consists of six hours, so the student would simply take the DPS test in the online course.

The first six hours of both courses cover everything found in the Texas drivers handbook. This includes rules of the road, driving situations and road signs. With our online drivers ed courses, there is no need to study the handbook, as our course has the same material in digital format that you can review as needed.

In our adult and parent taught course, the DPS written test is taken in the course, so there is no additional trips to your local DPS office. Once you complete and pass the written test, there is an option in the course to print your driver education certificate, which will be needed when you apply for your Texas learners permit. Present the certificate to your local DPS office along with identification documents and apply for your Texas learners permit.

Taking the DPS Written Test for Drivers License

The DPS written test is the same whether you are applying for a Texas learners permit or a drivers license. Adults who complete the Texas Adult drivers ed course have the option of applying for a learners permit, so that may legally practice driving with a licensed adult in the passenger seat, until they are ready to take the DPS road test.

DPS Written Test for New to State Drivers

If you have recently move to Texas, or are planning to move here soon, the Texas DPS may require you to take the DPS written test before issuing a new Texas drivers license. We recommend downloading the Texas Drivers Handbook (DL-7) and familiarizing yourself as a refresher.

Many of our customers are from out of state and prefer to go ahead and enroll in our adult course because the training is more than simply reading a book. It’s engaging and there are practice tests to gauge who well you are retaining the knowledge. The biggest benefit is, the final test in our Adult course *is* the DPS written test. Would you rather drive across town, wait an hour or two in a noisy building until your number is called, or, take the DPS test online, in the comfort of your home or office, when you have control over the serenity needed to effectively pass the course? Alternatively, if you do plan to take the written test at your local DPS office, our Texas drivers license practice tests will get you prepared to ace the test.

DPS Written Test for Expired Drivers License

If you do it once, you will never do it again. Let your Texas drivers license expire. If your license expires before you renew it, the DPS office will require you to take DPS written exam before re-issuing your drivers license. There’s no way of getting around it. Drivers license expires, you will have to take the written test again. Age doesn’t matter. 24, 39, 57, 63. If the license expires, the DPS exam shall transpire.

How Many Questions are on the Texas DPS Written Exam?

This test is comprised of 40 multiple-choice questions on road signs and driving rules, based on the Texas driver’s manual. You might want to keep that handy for reference as you’re taking the practice test. In order to pass this practice test, you’ll need to answer 32 or more questions correctly.

The Texas DPS written test is composed of 40 multiple choice questions that cover rules of the road and traffic signs, all of which are derived solely from Texas drivers handbook. If you know the handbook, you will do fine. Of the 40 questions, the student must accurately answer at least 32 correctly, in order to pass the test.

How Difficult is the Texas DPS Written Exam?

The difficulty of the DPS written exam is relative to the amount of time and effort you put forth in studying. If you are taking our adult course or the Texas parent taught drivers ed course, the difficult is substantially reduced. For those using the handbook and traditional study, just go over the material as much as you can before you are called into the testing room. You will not be allowed to take the handbook into the testing area.

Here’s the bottom line: The DPS office is not trying to trick you, or throw in trick questions so you will get a lower score. So set that possibility aside. It’s a 40 question, multiple choice test. There is one correct answer. It’s a common sense answer. The other answer options may seem so out of place in the question, that it’s simple to focus on the right answer, or, eliminate the ones you know are not correct and work from there. Think about the scenario the question asks, put yourself mentally in that scene, then review the options to determine what you would do. Be calm, take your time and think!

Taking the Texas DPS Written Test Online

The most convenient option of taking the Texas DPS written test, is to do so online. Virtual Drive offers an approved six hour course that includes the Texas DPS written test online, as the final test. The six hours of training includes everything you will need to know, to pass the written exam. Once you complete the six hours of training, you can begin the DPS written test in the course with three attempts to pass.

After passing the DPS written exam online, simply print your ADE-1317 certificate, take it to your DPS office as proof that you have completed an approved driver education course and taken the DPS test online. You will not have to take the written exam at the DPS office.