E is for Exam

BD84340F-0169-4D82-878A-BF77A77EEB1DToday I am going to take an exam. A written exam. A written exam to renew my driver’s license, which is about to expire. The last time I had to take a written driver’s test was when I first moved to California a decade ago.

Not everyone whose California driver’s license expires is required to take a written exam each time they need to renew their licenses. But for those of us who have reached a certain age, we not only must submit to an eye test, but we must also pass a written exam. I guess the Department of Motor Vehicles wants to make sure these old eyes can still see and this old brain can still think.

Last week, in preparation for the exam, I downloaded the latest edition of the driver’s handbook and read it. Then I found a website that offers practice California driver’s tests. Unfortunately, my first attempt didn’t go well.

By the end of the day yesterday, however, I had completed about a dozen practice tests available from two different websites and was finally able, on my last two attempts, to score 100 percent (see practice test score below).

100 percentSo now I’ll have to see what happens when the pressure is on once I get to the DMV to take the actual written exam. I’m feeling pretty confident right now about the driver’s license test.

Wouldn’t it be a kick in the ass, though, if I pass the written exam only to fail the eye test?

I hope to see you tomorrow for my letter F post.

15 thoughts on “E is for Exam

  1. Karyn April 5, 2018 / 6:48 am

    First: Good Luck.
    Second: that is so stupid! You know who should be re-taking written exams? Young drivers.
    If people of a certain age should be required to re-take any exam, it should be the driving one. I know, I know…but I’m getting up there too and I can still be objective about driving reflexes and not being able to turn your head to see (or see over the dash) or see signs. I’m just sayin’ 😉

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  2. Suze April 5, 2018 / 7:02 am

    dumb, dumb, dumb! Older drivers are far less likely to cause or be in accidents, break the speed limits, refuse to pull over for emergency vehicles. Just another fine example of someone had too much time on their hands! good luck hun….

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    • Fandango April 5, 2018 / 10:33 am

      Probably until death or every five years for the rest of my life, whichever comes first.

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  3. Antoinette Truglio Martin April 5, 2018 / 5:56 pm

    HA! Have you seen the Frankie and Grace episode where Frankie (Lily Thomlin) finally passes the written exam by being high.

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    • Fandango April 5, 2018 / 9:46 pm

      And yes, I saw that episode (my wife and I binge watch the show every season). But knowing how my mind functions when I’m high, I would either overthink every question or continuously second guess my answers and would probably go over the allocated time limit for the test.


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