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    Driver's license renewal - "Knowledge Test"

    Long story short, I neglected to notice that my driver’s license expired this past year. I’m now past the 60-day grace period so I have to take the general “knowledge” written test when I go to renew. Luckily I don’t have to take a drive with a DOT worker.

    My question is: is this something I should study for? I wanted to know if the questions are specific and nit-picking or general knowledge that every good driver should already know.

    I just don’t want to have to take repeated trips to the DOT office and take more time off from work.

    Thanks in advance



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    Re: Driver's license renewal - "Knowledge Test"

    I've never had to retake it, but if it were me I'd skim the book or website or whatever atleast, just so I didn't look like a moron and not pass.



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    Re: Driver's license renewal - "Knowledge Test"

    From the last time I took it, I remember the questions being "common knowledge" but so much so that you doubt yourself on the answers.

    How much distance is considers safe distance between vehicles when in motion. How many feet are you allowed to park away from a stop sign. How long should you have your turn signal on before turning.

    They are all multiple choice, and things you do every day without thinking. I would suggest at least glancing through the book, maybe just take the practice tests.



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    Re: Driver's license renewal - "Knowledge Test"

    That's what I'm afraid of. Have to take a taxi home, or something like that...



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    Re: Driver's license renewal - "Knowledge Test"

    I did have to retake it, and did not get 100%. There are some "technicality" questions that you could trip up on. Now, I got enough right to pass, so no big deal. But, I would make a cursory glance through the website or study materials.



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    Re: Driver's license renewal - "Knowledge Test"

    Hundreds of 14-year-olds pass it daily.



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    Re: Driver's license renewal - "Knowledge Test"

    Quote Originally Posted by Senolcyc View Post
    Hundreds of 14-year-olds pass it daily.
    Without reading any of the information? Good day, sir.



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    Re: Driver's license renewal - "Knowledge Test"

    Not to gripe about it, because it was my fault I didn't renew, but what is the purpose of retesting? Does the state just assume I have not driven in over 60 days and that my skills need honing? Having to drive with a DOT officer after 1 year makes sense, but this seems unnecessary.



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    Re: Driver's license renewal - "Knowledge Test"

    Quote Originally Posted by SalzundPfeffer View Post
    Not to gripe about it, because it was my fault I didn't renew, but what is the purpose of retesting? Does the state just assume I have not driven in over 60 days and that my skills need honing? Having to drive with a DOT officer after 1 year makes sense, but this seems unnecessary.
    I suppose they need to have a cutoff somewhere that makes you retest, better have it too soon than too late since it's not that big of a deal to take a test.



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    Re: Driver's license renewal - "Knowledge Test"

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    Without reading any of the information? Good day, sir.

    Never said he shouldn't "read the information."



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    Re: Driver's license renewal - "Knowledge Test"

    Quote Originally Posted by SalzundPfeffer View Post
    Long story short, I neglected to notice that my driver’s license expired this past year. I’m now past the 60-day grace period so I have to take the general “knowledge” written test when I go to renew. Luckily I don’t have to take a drive with a DOT worker.

    My question is: is this something I should study for? I wanted to know if the questions are specific and nit-picking or general knowledge that every good driver should already know.

    I just don’t want to have to take repeated trips to the DOT office and take more time off from work.

    Thanks in advance
    I did the same thing a few years ago. I was nervous like you, but I didn't study and I got all the answers right. It's pretty easy, you'll do fine.

    EDIT: Just Googled and they have a practice test available: http://www.iowai.org/dmvquiz/index.php



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    Re: Driver's license renewal - "Knowledge Test"

    Quote Originally Posted by Senolcyc View Post
    Never said he shouldn't "read the information."
    What am I, some kind of mind reader?



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    Re: Driver's license renewal - "Knowledge Test"

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUKing View Post
    How much distance is considers safe distance between vehicles when in motion. How many feet are you allowed to park away from a stop sign. How long should you have your turn signal on before turning.
    I hated these on a written test. I cant tell you how many feet it is, i just know all those distances involved by eye.

    My 14y\o sister's taking the test and while grabbing the practice test for her i took it myself. Several trick questions in there that you could answer multiple ways depending.



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    Re: Driver's license renewal - "Knowledge Test"

    I would consider paying an extra fee if they would send me a friendly reminder in the mail. They might be able to reduce the need of test taking materials (computer systems, etc.) It's not like I study my DL expiration date on a daily basis.

    Did this thread cause anyone to pull theirs out and double check?

    Thanks for all the replys, btw.



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    Re: Driver's license renewal - "Knowledge Test"

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    I did the same thing a few years ago. I was nervous like you, but I didn't study and I got all the answers right. It's pretty easy, you'll do fine.

    EDIT: Just Googled and they have a practice test available: Iowa DOT Driver's License Quiz
    Thanks for the link!



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