How to Study the Signs for a Driving Test

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Most states require individuals to pass tests in order to earn a driver's license. For both new drivers and new state residents, those tests generally include written components. The written tests are meant to test the applicant's understanding of driving laws in the particular state in which the test is being administered. In addition, applicants are often asked to identify and briefly describe the meaning of traffic signs. As long as you spend some time preparing for the traffic sign test, you will likely have no difficulty passing it.

1 Go

Go to the nearest driver's license examination office. State that you would like to apply for a new driver's license in that state and would like to obtain some study materials prior to taking any written tests. Most driver's license examination offices provide study booklets that will help prepare you for the test. The booklet should include every possible sign that might appear on the traffic sign test. If the office does not have a booklet available for your use, ask if there is a website that has study materials on it.

2 Start studying about one

Start studying about one week before you take the test. Set aside 30 to 45 minutes a day to study the signs.

3 Review the signs in your study materials

Review the signs in your study materials. Look at each sign for several minutes without trying to memorize it. Pick out a feature of each sign that will help you remember it. Do not choose words on the sign as a way to remember it; those words will likely not appear on your test. For example, the way to remember a stop sign is that it is a red octagon with a white border and not that it says "Stop."

4 Cover the words on each sign

Cover the words on each sign so that you are not able to see them. See if you can identify each sign without looking at the words or symbols on it. If you are able to recognize a sign instantly, move on to the next sign. Do not take the test until you can instantly identify every sign without needing to review the wording on the sign or any description provided by the study materials.

Irene Finley began writing professionally in 2009, specializing in law, history, travel and cooking. She is a licensed attorney and holds a Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School.