Better Drivers Driver Ed. Course - Unit 1.
Unit 1 Ė Passing the Written and Driving Test
Some Main Points:
Keep on reading the essay or go straight to the practice questions.
Introduction.The Government of Guam requires that you pass a written test and a driving test to get your license. The written test is supposed to test your understanding of rules of the road, traffic laws, and safety procedures. Many of our students report that the test actually does a better job of testing your ability to decipher convoluted and grammatically incorrect sentences and sentence fragments. The reason the test seems to be strangely worded is because the test is based on the book. Specific phrases from the book will be encountered on the test. It is a lot less confusing if you are familiar with those phrases and the context of the passages. I suggest reading the Survey of the Handbook. The link is on the left side of the screen.
The written test is 40 questions, all multiple choice, and the passing score is 80%, or minus 8. If you get 9 wrong, you fail the test and have to wait 30 days before you try again.
The questions are all based on the Driverís Handbook .
Letís assume youíre attempting to earn a first time operatorís license, so I donít have to stop to explain all the different requirements for different licenses and individual situations.
The driving test is supposed to test your ability to drive safely and correctly. When you pass the driving test and get your license, it just means the government trusts you to drive unsupervised. In other words, you do not need someone to grab the steering wheel or yell at you to stop at the stop sign. You are not expected to be a professional driver, but if someone must come to your aid, you are not ready to drive unsupervised.
The idea of the first time license is to get you behind the wheel so you can get your first five years of driving experience. After five years, you have become about average in terms of driving experience. Nothing replaces driving to get driving experience , so you must get out there and drive. But for five years, you are a beginner, so drive carefully and correctly. Thatís why the examiner will be testing your ability to drive carefully and correctly, and will not be testing your ability to drive spectacularly!
Assignment: Read Steps to Obtaining a License. Itís a good idea to print it and put it on the fridge. You will need to know what the steps are and what documents you need each step of the way. This will save you from the frustration of wasting trips to DMV. If you do things out of order, you will be rejected and that is not fun. It also wastes gas and time.
Assignment: Read the Driverís Handbook. You might as well read the whole thing now; you will need to read it sometime, and it is better to be familiar with the contents of the book, so that when you need to find something, you know approximately where to look for it.
You will be responsible for reading the book because the test is based on the book.
Assignment: Read the article on the Public Page called How to Pass the Written Test. It has advice on strategy for multiple-choice tests.
More info about the written test: There is not just one test. There are several versions of it. The reason itís like that is so that you canít cheat. If you choose to copy answers from your neighbor, you will get it wrong, becuase he has different questions than you. Also, the test changes. They retire old questions and add new ones. I donít know exactly what is on the test, and what I do know about the questions on the test are what students tell me they had on their test. I donít get to look at the test, and itís been many years since I took the test.
So you need to be responsible for passing the test. Read the book.
Some of the facts on the written test could be considered trivia. I mean, if you are 36 years old, you probably donít care what is the minimum age to get a permit. But if the question is on the test, you wish you knew the answer. So be sure you donít skip over information just because you think it is irrelevant. OK?
If you have specific questions and you cannot find the answer, just email the instructor. email@example.com
Letís do a couple of questions. You can write your answers on a scrap of paper and then compare your answers with the correct answers.
1.When do you need to renew your auto registration?
Answers to the first four questions:
1. - C - This is on page 33 of the Handbook. You need to register your vehicle each year. You will get a sticker that has the month and year of your renewal. If the sticker says Jan 09, then you have to register your vehicle and get a new sticker before Feb, 2009.
HINT: To save time, you should go in the middle of the month. The line-up is a lot shorter than at the end of the month. This can save you HOURS of your time.
To register your vehicle, first get the vehicle inspected. Then be sure you have your insurance up to date. Then take your inspection paper, proof of insurance and old registration to DMV. They will give you the new registration and a sticker.
2. - C - You must be 15 years and 6 months old to get a permit. This allows you to drive for six months before you apply for the actual driverís license at age 16. Remember you have to have the permit for six months.
During the six months, you have to learn how to drive and you are required to complete 50 hours of supervised driving with your designated driver. The designated driver is a parent or legal guardian if you are a minor, a licensed driver over 21 if you are an adult.
The fifty hours must include at least 10 hours of night driving (after 7PM).
You also have to have driving lessons. You are supposed to have 8 hours of driving lessons. If you know how to drive, we can discuss an equivalency course, like GED.
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Remember the examiner is looking for a. Safety and b. Correct Driving. This means obeying traffic laws and following correct procedures. Lazy, sloppy, careless driving is the opposite of correct driving. So pay attention to details and do not rely on other drivers for your safety.
Letís do a few more.
5. To take the driving test at DMV, you must:
10. The written test is held at:
Answers to the last 6 questions:
To take the driving test at DMV, you must:
Pretty easy. If you read "Strategy for Multiple Choice", you should recognize a correct "all of the above" answer.
#6 - D - Again, it's all of the above. You may not think "be physically fit" is a good answer, but remember, if two are obviously correct, then the third must be correct also. In this case, physically fit just means be in reasonable physical condition.
Let's look at some of the incorrect answers.
You do not park a car in neutral. It will roll. (b) You must leave your car unattended if you want to go somewhere! (c)
(d) is not incorrect; you should turn off the A/C and put windows up. But the focus is safety. This answer is not the best answer.
Each time you park the car, you should:
#9. - D - All of the above. You cannot be late for the driving test. Make sure you are 5 minutes early. Because of the danger, the examiner will not take you driving on the highway if it is raining. Remember, you may be confident in your ability to drive, but to the examiner, you are an unlicensed driver.
C. is the big one. It is a real problem because so many people show up for the driving test appointment and they do not have all their paperwork in order. Read the DMV appointment paper when they give it to you. Spend some time making sure you have it all together before the test. Call the driving school if you are not sure. You can also refer to the STEPS .
The driving test will be rescheduled if
Answer is A. This is not something you need to know for the test. Most of these questions are made up by me. Just for practice and information. Some people might choose E, but that is no longer true as you don't even need to take a written test anymore if you have a license from another state. You can just trade it in for a Guam license.
Now you are familiar with the process for getting a Guam driver's license and you have an idea about what to do to pass the tests.
You will not have to deal with the driving test for a few months, so later on in the course we will be sure to give you a thorough preparation for actually taking the driving test. It is one of the last parts of the course.
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