How to Pass the New York Driving Test (Easily) 2022 (2023)

I've been driving for over 16 years and when it came time to take another driving test I was (to be safe) scared. I've outlined all the steps needed to pass the test and what to look for at each site. With this you are sure to pass!

I did my test andI went through the whole process to get permission from my students, but remember that I'm not really a professional driver or instructor, nor affiliated with the courses I mention below. Everyone's experience may be a little different!

It is also important to note that even if you have a valid foreign driver's licensecan't just keep going, after becoming a resident of the state in which you live. Confused?I wrote all about it here, don't worry.

Things you need before the driving test

Well, first you have to take the complete New York Written Test. I wrote this whole processhere with some tips and tricks to pass the writing test on the tee!

Second, you needAttend 5 hours of driver training, and yes, that's not 5 hours of fun. You need this certificate in addition to your learning permit in order to take the driving test.

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Once you hold down those two things, you can move on to the next step!

planning before the exam

Most importantly, I would recommend taking the planning phase of acquiring your license a little seriously.

In short, the test isn't difficult, but it's also relatively easy to fail if you don't give it the attention it deserves. Driving is both a privilege and a dangerous one. So make sure you have time to improve your skills before taking the test.

If possible, try to record some driving times so that you become comfortable driving on the right side of the road, understand what the signs look like, how the traffic flows and you feel comfortable and familiar. Many people rent cars or buy a ZipCar to do this. Just make sure that you drive legally with your new learner driver's license and preferably with an approved driver in the cover all your bases.

I would also recommend you to take a class before the exam. Well, before you say, "But I've been driving for years, why would I take a course?" I want you to know that I thought the same thing. Here's my answer: When I took the course, I didn't learn to drive, I learned how to pass the test. They are two very different things.

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Driving experience generally makes you a better driver, but in this scenario you're being tested against a specific checklist, and many of the checklist items relate not to how "good" you are as a driver, but to how openly you care (read more ). this below).

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Foreign drivers who have been driving in other countries for many years can rest assured that they are ready to pass the New York road test. However, when applying for a license, they find that they have to go through the entire process, which can be frustrating. Trust us, going through the process isn't a bad thing. Drivers accumulate bad habits over the years and may not realize that they can fail the test with maneuvers they see fit. Don't risk failing the traffic exam and taking it more than once. We offer packages for foreign drivers. By combining your experience and our knowledge, we help you pass the exam on the first try.

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What you should consider during the test

Here is my top list of things to remember for passing the exam that I had somewhat forgotten in my years as a driver. Of course, some of them may seem obvious, but you should really make an effort to remember them all.

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First here is what you will be tested and then I will describe below!

You can lose up to 29 points, with 30 points failing the test.

Broken down, you can see exactly how many points you can lose per violation.

  1. Leaving the curb– This happens at least twice (once when starting and once when exiting after parallel parking):
    1. Disregard - 10 points– Do not get off in front of the traffic!
    2. Signal failure - 5 points– If possible, leave the display on for a few seconds to ensure the instructor sees it
    3. Only uses the mirror/does not check the blind spot - 5 points– Make a great effort to look over your shoulder and make it very obvious that you are looking. This also applies to the entire test, just keep looking around and make it clear that you are checking everything.
  2. curves and intersections- There will be many of them
    1. Poor judgment when approaching or at intersections? - 10 points each
      1. speed- Drive slowly when turning
      2. Turn- Make sure you turn in your lane
      3. stop– Stop well behind the line at an intersection
      4. watch– Watch out for pedestrians, do not pick up in traffic
      5. Signal– Use this indicator!
    2. Not stopping near the middle of the intersection when waiting to turn left - 10 points– When turning left, you need to roll in the middle of the intersection, don't stop and wait for the entrance! Also, don't roll into oncoming traffic before you're free to, and aim for the center, don't overdo it!
    3. Wide turn - short right turn - 5 points– Refers to making a right turn when you want to make sure you are turning in the next possible lane and not crossing the lines on the next lane. This applies regardless of whether the next lane has oncoming traffic or traffic in the same direction, you must stay in the oncoming lane. If there is an obstacle (e.g. a truck in the way), you must turn into the next lane, indicate the lane change (observe all lane change rules) and then change lanes around the obstacle. You can't just swing away like you probably would with experience.
    4. Make a big turn - short left - 5 points– The same, but when turning into a one-way street with possibly several lanes, do not skid!
    5. Traffic inattention - 10 points each– These too seem obvious, but can happen quickly if you don't openly show how observant you are.
      1. signals– Do not ignore these signs
      2. signals– traffic lights, other cars, attention!
      3. lane markings– Don’t walk down the street, be careful where you stop at traffic lights and know when you can and can’t change lanes (solid vs. dashed line)
  3. Parking, backwards and back– That's what moves a lot of people
    1. Signal failure - 5 points- Just make sure you do this on time and let it count to at least 3 before starting anything else
    2. Doesn't observe/care properly - 10 points– At the start of the process, make sure you have your head turned and are looking backwards before stepping back. If there is traffic or people, don't go!
    3. Can't park properly – 15 points– Jeez, that's big, I suppose that means you really can't do it.
      For those who are a little afraid of the reverse parallel, here's my big tip for passing the parallel parking exam:
      1. Pull your car over to the one parked in front of your lot and line up the front mirrors about two feet apart.
      2. Spin the wheel 2 full revolutions to the right, then roll back. You want to put your car at a 45 degree angle to your shoulder and you'll know you've made it because you can see in the right side mirror that the door handle is against the curb. (and my professor explained that you will see a slice of street pizza - that makes more sense once you see it).
      3. When you hit 45, stop.
      4. Now turn the wheel back to the straight position (2 left). Now you want to roll back enough for the front of your car to pass the rear of the car next to you. This is really the only part that requires some instinct from you, but it's not too far off. So stop it
      5. Now turn the wheel one turn to the left and roll backwards, this will slowly align your car with the curb. If you think you're right, stop.
      6. Turn the wheel straight again (one to the right) and then roll forward a little.
      7. you have to be perfect
    4. No 3-point round possible - 15 points- Another big one. The three-point spin should be really easy, but a few things to keep in mind: Don't do a U-turn even if you can, that fails with the three-point spin. Before you retire, be sure to look over your shoulder and check. And take each step slowly and carefully.
    5. Too much parking/far from the curb - 5 points - Okay here is the most important tip to pass this test and I will repeat it below, parking too far is much better than hitting the curb. Hitting the curb is an instant failure. Even slowly and even just looking slightly while getting the perfect beautiful nearby park. Do not do it. Sacrifice those 5 points and park away from the curb. you will pass
    6. Excessive maneuvers around - 5 points each -
      1. 3-point tack – This basically just means your 3-point tack has become a 4-point tack
      2. Parking - So you had to readjust something after reversing the parallelism? No great sacrifice if you have to do this! Just don't hit the curb!
  4. drive in traffic– This is the biggest part of the test!
    1. Not holding right - 10 points– In the USA, people drive on the right, so don’t turn in the left lane. You need to be sure of this even on laneless streets, and on a one-way street you should try to aim toward the center and maybe SLIGHTLY right, but not quite.
    2. Wrong track - 10 points– Get back on the right track!
    3. Follows very closely - 10 points– The tip here: make sure that you can always see the wheels of the vehicle in front, even when stationary. Never get any closer than that, and realistically give yourself plenty of room to test, it's only a 10 minute drive than Nanna.
    4. Excessive speed for conditions - 15 points each- My driving instructor told me to stay at around 20-25 mph throughout the exam. You shouldn't be asked to go anywhere faster than that, and you want to be well under the speed limit, not exactly.
      1. Traffic- Too much traffic? Slower.
      2. Tempo- Long time? Slower.
      3. Estrada– Does the road have potholes? Slower.
    5. Very slow/obstructing traffic flow – 15 points– As above, this is not about safe driving just below the speed limit, but about 5 km/h in traffic. Don't worry too much about this one.
    6. Gives no right of way for every -15 points
      1. pedestrian- Don't hit pedestrians, that should be a piece of cake. You ALWAYS have the right of way. So if they do date, even if the rules say they shouldn't, give them plenty of space and time.
      2. Miscellaneous– At a 4-way stop, you must start in the order you arrived and, if two arrive at the same time, dodge to the right. If you drive straight ahead, you usually have priority over turning cars. If you are in a sign of giving in, give in. If you're at a stop sign and the other lanes don't have stop signs, give in.
    7. Poor judgment in traffic - 10 points– It's just a matter of making sure you look around and are aware of how traffic is behaving. If you drive safely, that's fine.
    8. When changing lanes, fail at -10 points each time
      1. Looks- Head. Around. Turn.
      2. Signal- Do this first and do this at least a few times before doing anything else.
      3. Watch after- Don't swerve into other cars and you should be fine!
    9. Failure to anticipate actions of -10 points each- Looks like you'll have to embrace your inner Yoda for this one!
      1. pedestrian- Honestly, if you see pedestrians, just give them plenty of space and plenty of time to fully avoid you.
      2. Others– People are crazy, assume they will do something crazy, let them do it and leave a lot of space.
    10. Unable to anticipate potential hazards - 10 points- Again, this sounds a bit Jedi, but basically if you're looking ahead, feel free to talk to the person who's testing you. Don't ask for help, just explain what you're doing! for example. "I can see there's a truck ahead of me, so I'll slow down and avoid it if it's safe." During the test, you won't do much on your own discretion as you'll be told, "Turn left, turn right, straight ahead, park here", so there's no harm in explaining why you're breaking this!
  5. vehicle control
    1. Repeat stop - 10 points– If you've stopped your automatic car, maybe you shouldn't drive.
    2. Poor engine control/acceleration - 10 points– The advantage of using a company like DriveRite (above) is that you can try their cars in the field before testing. This means you can feel the pedals and the car's response. I think you would have to keep moving to lose those points, so don't worry.
    3. Poor steering control - 15 points each
      1. Turn- Make precise turns and use your hands to rotate.
      2. go straight- Drive. In a straight line. For 10 and 2, keep both hands on the wheel at all times. It's easy to forget when you've been driving for a while!
      3. maneuver- Make them clear again, defined and without wobbly parts.
    4. Delayed Braking/Hard Braking - 10 points– Brake as slowly and evenly as possible. When approaching an intersection, slow down and brake slowly, do not give your instructor an opportunity to use the brakes as this will fail immediately.
    5. Poor use of gears - 10 points- If you fail automatically, well I don't know what you do.
    6. Poor clutch control - 5 points- Stop grabbing the clutch again, it's a car
    7. Poor response to emergencies - 10 points- You'll have to be really unlucky to get this one, but make sure to look out for emergency vehicles and stop safely if you can dodge it. Don't block them or you will fail immediately.

The first thing to think about when taking your NY driving test (especially if you are an experienced driver)

You will fail the test immediately if you hit the curb while parallel parking backwards.

Don't hit the curb.


Lose 5 or 10 points by moving much farther from the curb.

This will (easily) pass the test, and while it feels weird being 2ft from the curb, you'll be glad you don't have to take the test again.


How to pass my driving test 2022? ›

Our top driving test tips
  1. Anticipate and plan well ahead.
  2. Avoid the common driving test mistakes.
  3. Answer the show me question carefully.
  4. Don't worry if you make a mistake.
  5. Don't panic if you take the wrong turn.
  6. Ask your examiner to repeat the instruction.
  7. Use the MSM routine.
  8. Drive Defensively.
Jul 26, 2022

How can I pass my driving test as fast as possible? ›

How to pass your driving test first time
  1. Practice driving a lot - then practice some more. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. ...
  2. Know what to expect in your driving test. ...
  3. Learn from other people's mistakes. ...
  4. Visit the driving test centre before your test. ...
  5. Prepare to the hilt. ...
  6. Breathe through your nerves.

What are instant fails on driving test NY? ›

Other factors that may disqualify you include poor clutch control, excessive acceleration, stalling the car engine, excessive steering, getting too close to a parked car, using the footbrake harshly, failure to complete within two car lengths, finishing too far away from the left-hand curb and more.

Is the NY road test hard? ›

Road tests in New York are quite challenging and require a lot of practice and the right documents. First, you must pass the DMV learner permit written test, then complete a 5-hour pre-licensing course before being tested on the road.

What day is best for driving test? ›

The best day is one that's convenient for you – when you're not too busy and can concentrate on the task in hand. It's possible to arrange your driving test for the weekend instead of a weekday, if that's better for you. Perhaps you work full-time or you're at college or university during the week.

What time is the best driving test? ›

By comparing this to the average passes of each area, they concluded that the best time to take a practical test is in the evening—namely between 7 and 9pm.

How do I prepare for my driving test in one day? ›

Most driving instructors will recommend that you have a lesson just before your test. This usually lasts an hour and is a chance to warm up. Shake off your pre-test nerves and make mistakes so you don't repeat them during the test. It's a good idea to turn up about 15 minutes before the test is due to begin.

What is the lowest passing score for drivers test? ›

To pass the DMV written test in order to get your instruction permit, you need to achieve an 83% passing score by answering 38 questions correctly out of the 46 questions on the test if you are under 18.

How quick can a driving test be? ›

You can expect to be at the test centre for about one hour. Aim to arrive at least 10 minutes early, as you'll have a bit of paperwork to do before the test starts. The actual test takes around 50 minutes, and is broken down into five parts.

What is the easiest road test site in NY? ›

That out of the way, the following are the locations to consider if you are looking for the easiest road test sites in NY:
  1. Riverhead, Long Island. ...
  2. Kissena Park, Queens. ...
  3. Seaview, Brooklyn. ...
  4. Wantagh, NY.
Nov 21, 2020

How to pass NY road test? ›

Things to remember during the test
  1. Speed – Keep it slow when you turn.
  2. Turning – Make sure to turn in your lane.
  3. Stopping – Stop well behind the line when you get to an intersection.
  4. Observing – Check for pedestrians, don't take off if there's any traffic.
  5. Signal – Use that indicator!
Dec 2, 2020

What are the 3 hand signals? ›

Hand Signals
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals. ...
  • Signal right turns by extending your right arm OR upturning your left arm.
  • Signal left turns by extending your left arm straight out to the left.
  • Signal stopping or slowing by extending your left arm straight down with your palm facing rearward.

What is the hardest part of the road test? ›

Turning right at a priority / give way intersection (62% of professional instructor respondents) Merging (38%)
In fact, two of the top three most difficult tasks to master involved parking:
  • Parallel parking (72% of drivers)
  • Driving near pedestrians, cyclists and/or motorcyclists (42%)
  • Reverse parking (41%)

What percent of people pass NYS road test? ›

According to the Daily News, a measly 46 percent of the city's 181,196 test-takers are granted licenses, thanks to increasingly lean driver's ed programs and general ill-preparedness on the part of drivers.

How many people pass driving test first time? ›

The average pass rate for a practical driving test in Great Britain is 51.6%.

What time are you most likely to pass your driving test? ›

The best time of day to take your test

Around two thirds (65%) of those taking evening tests pass. The worst time slot is between 11am and 1pm with a pass rate of 48%, while the early morning slot of 7am to 9am – when you would assume people would be at their most alert – returns a 50% pass rate.

What are the 7 hand signals for driving? ›

7 Signals Every Driver Should Know
  • THE APOLOGY SIGNAL. Cut someone off or pull out in front of a car at the last minute? ...
Dec 3, 2014

What should I do the night before my driving test? ›

5 Things You Must Do the Night Before Your Driving Test
  • Confirm the Details. There's a result worse than a fail – and that's no result. ...
  • Prepare Your Documents. You'll typically need three things: ...
  • Revise. ...
  • Get Plenty of Sleep. ...
  • Consult Your People.
Dec 31, 2022

How should I dress for my driving test? ›

There's no official dress code for your driving test, but, as you'll know from your driving lessons, being comfortable is really important when you're sitting in the car for extended periods of time - and you'll be in the car for your test for around 40 minutes.

Are driving tests 30 minutes? ›

You'll have a maximum of 50 minutes to complete the questions, but if you're done sooner that's fine too. Afterwards, you're allowed a 3 minute break, and then you'll move onto the hazard perception part of the test.

What are the 5 parts of a driving test? ›

The driving test itself is split into five simple sections:
  • An eyesight test.
  • The 'show me, tell me' questions.
  • General driving ability.
  • A reversing manoeuvre.
  • Independent driving.

What are fails in a driving test? ›

The most common driving test fails
  • Observation at junctions.
  • Use of mirrors when changing direction.
  • Lack of control when steering.
  • Turning right at a junction.
  • Moving off unsafely.
  • Incorrect response to traffic lights.
  • Lack of control when moving off.
  • Incorrect positioning during normal driving.
Apr 11, 2022

What is a good driving score? ›

What's a good score? Scores of 50 or higher can be considered good scores and may qualify you for auto insurance discounts.

Are driving tests hard? ›

A driving license test isn't the hardest thing in the world, and it isn't rocket science either. Here are some easy tips to ensure that you don't end up messing up your driver's license test.

What is the average driving test pass? ›

The average learner needs 20 hours of practice to pass the driving test, in addition to 45 hours of driving lessons. This is only an average though and shouldn't be something you feel you have to compare yourself to.

What do driving examiners look for? ›

The examiner will be looking for evidence of good driving habits, including good observations, control of the vehicle, following the road and traffic signs, appropriate positioning on the road, appropriate speed, independent driving, and effective use of signals.

What are the 4 maneuvers in driving test? ›

You may be a confident driver preparing to take your test, however, even some of the best drivers struggle with the basic driving manoeuvres, including bay parking, reverse bay parking, parallel parking and an emergency stop.

Do driving test examiners know if you've failed before? ›

No. The examiner knows nothing about you except for your DVLA number and your name, the only thing he or she cares about or wants to know is how well you drive. There may be a general conversation about if you've done it before or not but that will have no bearing on the test itself.

What makes you fail a road test in NYS? ›

Fails to maintain proper speed, impeding flow of traffic. This includes wipers, defrosters, lights, windows. Fails to observe traffic, use mirrors, or check blind spots while performing maneuvers.

How many mistakes can you make on a driving test in New York? ›

As you can see, the score sheet has 31 possible mistakes that people can make during a driving test and the points they accumulate per mistake. For every mistake, you may accumulate 5, 10, or 15 points. If you accumulate over 30 points, that's a fail. However, if you get 30 points or less, that's a pass.

How many road tests can you fail NY? ›

If You Fail

You can schedule another road test, but you must pay additional fees if you failed your first two road tests. You will need to wait at least one day to take the test again. 1.

How do I pass my road test first time in New York? ›

What to know the day of your New York road test
  1. Steer and accelerate smoothly and moderately whether your driving straight ahead, backing up or turning. ...
  2. Don't drive too slow. ...
  3. Brake smoothly. ...
  4. Turn into the same lane. ...
  5. Always look in the direction you're driving. ...
  6. Stop correctly at stop signs.
Jun 10, 2020

How many mistakes can I make on a driving test? ›

You probably feel apprehensive, and a bit nervous, which could cause you to make silly mistakes, resulting in driving faults. What matters is how serious the fault is and how many mistakes you make on a driving test. You are allowed up to 15 minor faults on a driving test, if you get 16, that's, unfortunately, a fail.

How long is a road test in NY? ›

After you get your driving permit in New York, you can schedule a road test for your driver's license. While the road test can be intimidating, it's only about 15 minutes long and it will be easier if you take time to practice.

Do you signal when doing a 3 point turn? ›

While looking over your shoulder, back it up to the opposite side of the road, stopping just before the curb. Don't forget to use your right and left turn signals while completing your turn.

How do you signal a right turn? ›

Right Turn Hand Signal: How Do I Perform It? Before making a right turn or changing lanes from left to right, rest your left arm on the window sill and point your hand up with your palm facing forward. Try to make your arm easily visible to other drivers while being in a safe and comfortable driving position.

Which state has easiest driving test? ›

South Dakota has the easiest driving test of any state, followed by Ohio and New York, the study found. A look at the states with the hardest and easiest driving tests to pass. Maryland was No.

Who has failed the driving test the most? ›

Indeed, Cha Sa-soon, age 69, estimated that it cost her well over $10,000 to finally pass the South Korea drivers' test. Of course, she took it 960 times before finally passing in 2010 and now holds the world's record for most failed attempts.

What are automatic fails? ›

Violation of traffic laws can automatically fail you. These violations include speeding, failure to obey a traffic sign, making an illegal turn, failing to give space for an emergency vehicle, running a red light, etc. If you drive safely and stay focused, you'll surely pass.

Which state has the hardest road test? ›

Washington State is considered the hardest DMV to get a license. See if you can pass it. Created by Martin Kaff(User Generated Content*) A recent study of driving tests in all 50 states found that Washington State has the hardest DMV test in the nation, with Massachusetts and Maryland coming in second and third.

Do a lot of people pass driving test first time? ›

Most candidates that take their practical driving test for the first time often assume that they will fail. Statistics do however show that there's a good chance of passing. Most people fail on their first attempt either due to excessive nerves or that they simply have not had enough driving tuition.

Do most people pass second time? ›

If you fail your first test, it's really easy to let it knock your confidence going forward. But you should remember, you're not alone in this. In fact, 47.6% of learner drivers pass on their second attempt, so you've got nothing to worry about.

How long is a 2022 driving test? ›

The actual test takes around 50 minutes, and is broken down into five parts. Eyesight check: Your examiner will ask you to read a vehicle registration plate from about 20 metres away. If you can't read it, you'll fail automatically. So if you need glasses, make sure you bring them.

How to pass drivers test nj? ›

On the Day of the New Jersey Road Test
  1. Starting your vehicle properly.
  2. Using correct posture and wearing your seat belt correctly.
  3. Yielding right-of-way in the correct circumstances.
  4. Using your car horn.
  5. Turning your vehicle around.
  6. Making turns correctly.
  7. Making smooth stops.
  8. Stopping completely at the correct times.
Jan 6, 2022

How to pass Florida driving test 2022? ›

The Class E Knowledge Exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions about Florida traffic laws, safe driving practices and identifying traffic controls. To pass, a customer must answer 40 out of 50 questions correctly, or score 80 percent.

What is the 2 second rule in driving? ›

To use the rule, drivers should allow the vehicle in front to pass a fixed object such as a lamp post or road sign then count to two seconds. If they reach two seconds before reaching the reference marker they need to drop back. The picture below shows how intimidating it can be when someone is driving too close.

How do I pass my road test in NY? ›

Things to remember during the test
  1. Speed – Keep it slow when you turn.
  2. Turning – Make sure to turn in your lane.
  3. Stopping – Stop well behind the line when you get to an intersection.
  4. Observing – Check for pedestrians, don't take off if there's any traffic.
  5. Signal – Use that indicator!
Dec 2, 2020

What do I need to know for my driving test? ›

Everything you need to know to pass your driving test
  • Cockpit drill.
  • Vehicle safety checks.
  • Car controls and instruments.
  • Moving off and stopping.
  • Safe road positioning.
  • Use of car mirrors.
  • Signalling.
  • Anticipation and planning.
Jan 14, 2016

How much is a driving test? ›

Book a driving test

The cost of a driving test is €85.


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