So you got all excited about taking your permit test, and then when the big day arrived you panicked a bit. You didn’t study quite as much as you should have, or the answers simply weren’t coming into your head and you ended up failing! Don’t panic, it’s not the end of the world. You can retake your test and still obtain your permit, you’ll just have to go through a simple retake process.
The very first thing that you should do after failing the permit test is to sit down and review all the material. Make sure that to take your time on the materials that you don’t know well. This will ensure that you have better results on the test the next time that you go through it.
Consider a Practice Test
There are a number of practice tests available online, many of which feature questions drawn from actual permit tests. Consider taking one (or multiple) practice tests and use them to help determine what you know and what you don’t, helping you to succeed on your next attempt. Passing a future attempt is important as there is usually a limit to the number of retakes that available.
Expect a Waiting Period
In most states, a waiting period is required prior to a retake. For example, in California, you have to sit through a 7-day waiting period before you are allowed to take another shot at the exam. Just look at the time as an opportunity to study a bit more and to get more comfortable with the material. If you spend that time studying diligently, the test should be easier to pass the next time that you take it. As an additional consideration, be advised that you can also expect to pay a fee to retake the permit test.
Retake the Test
Once you pay the fee, you can sit down and retake the test. Concentrate and take your time relying on your improved knowledge to help you through the test. As long as you prepared well, you shouldn’t have to worry about failing or doing poorly on the test at all.
If you fail the permit test on your second time around, redouble your efforts on tips and tricks listed above. Don’t rush to your retake or you could end up failing it again. This could delay getting your permit even further as many states limit the number of retakes within a specific time period. If you take the test too many times without studying for it, you could use up all your chances and then have to sit through a waiting period up to a year in length.