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Old 04-12-2021, 02:35 PM   #1
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Hi Newbies - Want your Feedback on DMV Written TEST

Hey guys,

Since this is the Newbies section, I thought I'd ask what kind of prep work you did for the DMV Written Test? Any pointers you'd like to share...

Thanks!
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Old 04-13-2021, 05:36 AM   #2
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Not a newbie by any means, but...

I've found reading the state handbook right before taking the test is the best way to be able to correctly answer the DMV questions. When I took the motorcycle written test the first time as a teenager I had no preparation whatsoever and just used common sense to pass the test. But that was back when they didn't have so many trick questions. When I had to take the written test for Idaho I read the manual about an hour before the test to make sure I knew the answers to some of the more subtle questions.

I'm curious if there are any other things to do to prepare.
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Old 04-13-2021, 06:07 AM   #3
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Yea, mind, I haven't taken in, since the neolithic, I think.

But study the book for a couple of days, read it right before you go.

The "tricky" ones are those that ask actual numbers, like "how many feet for this", silly trivia like that.

But most of it is straight forward.
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Old 04-13-2021, 07:43 AM   #4
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Think of it as a trivia test vs. a "how to ride a motorcycle well" test.

Meaning, study all the numbers for everything listed. And learn the DMV Q/A and regurgitate even if it is kind of wrong.

Like they have something like jamming on the brakes can cause a skid ... well, if you have ABS (like most new bikes) that really isn't true ... but since they use the word "jamming" you can assume that's a bad thing ... so you gotta go with this being a bad thing and answer appropriately.

So, I'd say someone could have lots of street moto experience, be a good and safe rider, walk into DMV and fail the test. And someone that has never even sat on a motorcycle could read the booklet and take online practice tests, and get a perfect score on the written test.
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Old 04-13-2021, 08:28 AM   #5
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Some of the questions in the DMV test have no basis on reality. If you answer in a logical, correct way, you'll get it wrong. Read the book. Give them the answers they want.

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Old 04-13-2021, 08:34 AM   #6
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Don't forget that the DMV has actually posted practice tests online. You can take these over and over again to 'learn' the answers and then you'll do just fine on the actual test. If you run a search on M1 practice tests, there are TONS of options out there.

Test 1

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Old 04-13-2021, 09:40 AM   #7
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I don't know if you have to take the regular test and the motorcycle test, of just the motorcycle test.

If you have to do both, obviously, you need to read the regular guide as well.

Funny anecdote when I took mine.

I got my M1 before my "car" license. I did took the written, did the riding test (which seemed to consist of riding around the block and if I survived, I guess I passed).

When I got back, the lady said something to the effect. "Ok, now you just need your driving test and you're good to go."

I politely told her to F off and give me my M1 license. I didn't own a car. It was 3 more years before I got my regular drivers license.

When I test drove my pickup truck, technically I was illegal, I didn't have my car license then -- just my M1. The car salesmen didn't really pay much attention to that when he photocopied my license.
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Old 04-13-2021, 03:24 PM   #8
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I personally did the MSF 2 or 3 day course and when successfully completed I just went down to the DMV and was issued the M class without further testing.
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Old 04-13-2021, 03:40 PM   #9
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Advice above is good.

Know that DMV is infamous for posing questions about what they think is a good idea, but is not necessarily law. Since the objective is to pass the test, don't get distracted by those questions- as usual, the most conservative answer choice is usually right. G/L.
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Old 04-13-2021, 04:23 PM   #10
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I personally did the MSF 2 or 3 day course and when successfully completed I just went down to the DMV and was issued the M class without further testing.
The MSF class allows you to skip the practical portion of the test. You still have to pass the written.
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Old 04-15-2021, 07:58 AM   #11
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The MSF class allows you to skip the practical portion of the test. You still have to pass the written.
I think you're right actually. My mistake OP, it was years ago when I did this and I have for brains
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Old 04-22-2021, 01:10 AM   #12
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Passed the freaking Written Test and got the Permit. Missed a few silly questions, worded wrong, but passed it anyway.

Now the silly Lollipop test... Hating that...
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Old 05-04-2021, 10:23 PM   #13
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Yeah the book is backwards sometimes but that is the key to passing. The practical was a lot harder imo.
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Old 05-06-2021, 09:33 PM   #14
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The MSF class allows you to skip the practical portion of the test. You still have to pass the written.
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