Motorcycle Test


One of the prerequisites for getting your DOL motorcycle endorsement in the state of Washington is to pass the knowledge test. Coming from the Washington State Department of Licensing Motorcycle Operator's Manual, this test consists of 25 questions that will test your knowledge of basic motorcycle skills, operation, and safe techniques that every driver should exhibit. A passing score of 20 (80%) or higher is required. Our practice tests are modeled after the official version and can be taken as many times as necessary. If you fail it's not a big deal - that's why it's a practice! Just go ahead and note the ones you missed and try again. Click the "Start Test" button below to begin.

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If you are going too fast when you downshift, you run the risk of:

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If operating a three-wheeled motorcycle or riding with a sidecar, avoid the far side of the right lane because:

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The best way to learn motorcycle maintenance is to:

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Shifting into a lower gear causes an effect similar to:

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The best way to avoid a crash is to:

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A helmeted rider is how many times more likely to survive a crash than a rider not wearing a helmet?

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A critical head injury is __________ times more likely when a motorcycle rider is not wearing a helmet during a crash.

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If your motorcycle starts and then cuts out shortly after and will not restart, the most likely issue is:

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Cold medicine and other over the counter drugs:

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You will normally find neutral where on a motorcycle?

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If your motorcycle has convex mirrors instead of flat mirrors, practicing with them is helpful because:

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A good way of 'bonding' with your motorcycle is to:

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If braking in a curve:

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How can you encourage cars to avoid trying to share your lane?

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If wet road conditions create a longer stopping distance, you should:

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Expand the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you when:

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Which surface provides the best traction?

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You should maintain a cushion of space around you to:

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Proper motorcycle clothing should:

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When preparing to pass a vehicle on the left, it is important to ride on the left side of your lane because:

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Should you wear a riding jacket if the weather is warm?

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You should check to make sure that your brake light:

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Before going for a ride you should check all of the following except:

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When riding with a passenger, you should inform the passenger to:

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The gear shift lever is located:

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Motorcycle License

How To Get A Washington Motorcycle License

State law in Washington requires all motorcycle drivers to have the proper licensing before they get on the road. These licenses are only given out to those that have proved sufficiently that they are familiar with the rules of the road, taken a motorcycle knowledge test, and passed a skills test. The minimum age to get this type of license is 18 years old, with it being waived to as low as 16 as long as you pass an approved rider’s course and have a parent or guardian sign a consent form. A common driver’s license to operate automobiles will be required on everything that goes with that - this includes vision testing and associated knowledge and skills test. Learning permits are available for those just starting as long as you can pass just the knowledge portion of the test. These permits are valid for 90 days and can be renewed for an additional 90 more by going to the office and paying a renewal fee.For those new to motorcycles and don't feel confident in either the knowledge or skills portion of the exam should go through an approved motorcycle safety course. In these classes, you will learn everything about motorcycles from how they function to how to safely use them. This doesn't just mean book learning but also hands-on operation's test. Once passed a flyer is given which graduates can then take to a DMV location to prove they are capable of driving a motorcycle safely.

If you already have motorcycle certification and have just moved to the state of Washington you might be able to waive testing. Get in contact with the Washington State Department of Licensing for more information.

Motorcycle Test

Washington Motorcycle License Test Tips

In the knowledge portion of the exam, you will test what you know about traffic regulations and motorcycle operation. This can range from basic things like changing lanes, riding posture, and how to properly brake. You should also expect more advanced questions like evasive maneuvers, what to wear, and the effects of different impairments. On this site, you can expect to learn all of these things and more - getting you comfortable to ace that knowledge exam and move on to riding that motorcycle in earnest.

Once the knowledge portion of the licensing is complete and you feel ready, the skills test is next. Applicants for a skills test will be required to bring their motorcycle along with photo identification. A basic vehicle check will be necessary - this includes seeing if the brakes are functional, tires have good tread, no oil leaks, and so forth. Most schools divide the skills up into a series of evaluation that often includes swerving, quick stops, u-turns, cone weaving, and cornering. To schedule a skills test you'll have to get in contact with a certified testing site and pay any associated fees

Additional Information

Information on the Washington State Department of Licensing

The DoL is responsible for testing student drivers and licensing all drivers. To schedule your licensing examination or get more information contact them via:

Website:  https://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/getmoto.html
Phone:  360.902.3900
Email:  motorcycle@dol.wa.gov

To find the office hours and / or location nearest you, please visit:

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