Before you can get your driver’s permit, you have to prove to the state that you have the knowledge it takes to be behind the wheel. This means you will have to pass a written driver’s examination at your local Department of Public Safety office. Before you take your test though, you will want to prepare for it by studying the rules of the road. In the past, you would have to go to the DPS, pick up a manual, and then take your test. Today, there are a number of ways to get ready for the test, many of which you can do online or even through your phone or tablet. Then, once you’ve studied and practiced, you will be able to take your test confidently. Let’s look at some of the ways you can get the information you need.
The driver’s manual
You will still want to read the Alabama driver’s manual. It covers the state’s road signs, safe driving, and traffic and parking laws. You are able to access the manual online in PDF form. You can read it on your computer or your tablet. You could even download it and add it to a Kindle or other reading device that accepts PDF files if you would like. This way, you can have easy access to it whenever you need.
The online driver’s manual from the state does not have practice tests in it, but you should never go into the exam having only read through the book. You need to have some practice exams under your belt, as it will increase your confidence when it comes to taking the actual test. There are a number of places online where you can take practice exams to see how you will do on the actual test. DMV Written Test offers questions about safe driving, road signs, and traffic laws in Alabama. All of the questions on the test are taken from information from the Alabama driver’s test manual. This test has 40 questions, just like the real test, and you need to answer 32 of them correctly to pass. It’s a free test, and it provides you with the correct answers when you get one wrong, making it easier to increase your knowledge each time you take the test.
Get an app
You may also want to try an app that can help to prepare you for your Alabama driver’s test. NICUSA offers the AL Driver Test app, which will provide you with all of the information you need to take and pass your test. The application has practice tests that you can take, which will give you a good idea of how you will score on the actual test. The questions they use on the practice test, including the pictures of the road signs, are the same ones that the state uses on the actual test. As you go through the practice exams, you will learn the correct answers, which will make taking and passing your written test much easier. You can use the app on your phone or your tablet.
A final tip
Take your time when you read and answer the questions on the test. They aren’t trying to trick you, and the correct answer is usually obvious as long as you take the time to think about it. The test questions will be the same as in the handbook. Good luck on your test!
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Prepare for the Alabama Driver’s Written Test and was authored by Valerie Johnston.