The passing score for the DMV permit test is 80 percent, which is 40 correct answers out 50. Some states, such as California, require students to get at least 38 correct answers.
The written permit test is a multiple choice exam that applicants can complete on a computer or at a nearby DMV office. The difficulty of the test questions vary, and the DMV allows applicants to get a certain number wrong. Those who fail have to wait for a particular period before retaking. Applicants pay a certain amount to take the test and also retaking the exam comes with a fee.