This is it. You’re learning to drive and you’re on the road to getting your instruction permit or driver license, but one thing you’ve still got left is to ace the written Department of Public Safety knowledge exam. What if you’re so nervous that you completely blank on all the answers when it comes time to take it? Do you get to take it again? Do you have to re-purchase the course? Don’t worry, no matter what kind of driver education you’re taking ( Parent Taught , Instructor Taught , or Adult ) I’m gonna tell you what exactly your next step is if you don’t ace that written exam on the first try (p.s. it’s not as bad as you think).
Retaking the DPS Written Knowledge Exam Rules per Course
Parent Taught Drivers Ed (PTDE)
For PTDE, your DPS learner’s permit knowledge test will be at the end of level 1. Passing this test means you're exempt from having to take the written test when you go to the DPS.
The test contains 30 multiple choice questions.
You need to get a 70% on this exam, so you have to get 21 out of 30 right to receive your DE-964 Learner’s Permit Certificate from Aceable.
If you don’t pass the first time, there is no limit on the amount of times you can take the course assessment. However, you will have to wait 24 hours before you take retake it.
No matter how many times you need to take it, you’ll never have to re-pay
Instructor Taught Drivers Ed (AMI)
In AMI, when you reach the end of level 3, you’ll take the written knowledge assessment. If you pass this, you’re exempt from taking the permit test at the DPS \ *!
The test contains 30 multiple choice questions. - You’ll need to score a 70% or better, meaning you’ll have to get at least 21 correct in order to move on.
You have one hour to complete the test.
If you don’t pass the first time, you have to wait 24 hours before your next attempt
You will never have to re-pay to take the test
\ *Most of the time, with AMI, you will be taking the block method of drivers ed. This means, you will do the written portion at a different time than the behind-the-wheel training portion. If this is the case, you will receive your DE-964 at the very end, when you’ve completed both portions of drivers ed.
Adult Drivers Ed (ADE)
In ADE, the assessment you take at the end of the course (level 8) will act as your DPS written knowledge exam. If you pass this test, you won’t be required to take the test at the DPS. Holla!
For this exam, you need to get 21 out of 30 (70%) multiple choice questions correct in order to receive your Certificate of Completion from Aceable.
If you do not pass the written knowledge assessment, you can re-take the test 24 hours later
There is no limit on the amount of times you can take the assessment
You will not need to pay again, no matter how many times you take the test
Once you’ve passed your DPS written exam in your Aceable driver education course, you’re eligible to go to the Department of Public Safety office and get your learner’s permit. Your next mission is to hone your driving skills so you can pass your road test and vision test. After that, you’ll be a road-ready warrior with a Texas drivers license.