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Three in 4 Fail Written Test for Driver Authorization Card

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Applicants taking the written driver's test. Applicants taking the written driver's test.
The long line extends out of the DMV located on Sahara Avenue. The long line extends out of the DMV located on Sahara Avenue.

LAS VEGAS -- A high percentage of the applicants for the new driver authorization cards are not passing the written test, according to Nevada Department of Motor Vehicle officials.

Most of the applicants are failing the written test. DMV officials say the applicants are not studying the driver's handbook before going to apply for the card.

Sandra Torres, 22, was still studying the handbook as she waited in a long line Monday just to get inside the DMV located at Sahara and Eastern avenues.

"Right now I am highlighting the possible questions," she said.

They are the questions that she got wrong the first time and second time she took the test. She is determined to get it right her third time.

"I have been studying carefully," she said.

Torres is not alone. The DMV reports since it began issuing the driver authorization card last Thursday, 75 percent of the applicants did not pass the multiple choice written exam.

"It's not an easy test, 50 questions and you have to get 80 percent right," DMV spokesman Kevin Malone said.

The questions range from basic driving rules to statistics on fatalities in a particular year on local roadways. Victoria Rualis failed the test when she first took it Saturday. On this day, she passed by two points after studying the handbook.

According to the DMV, the key to passing the written test is studying Nevada Driver's Handbook from front to back. The questions for the written test come directly from the handbook. Officials say the applicants, many of them undocumented immigrants, either didn't know about the handbook or didn't take the time to study it.

"You can't just walk in and take it, it's not an intuitive test, you need the exact facts," Malone said.

Torres hopes the third time is the charm when it comes to passing the test so she can soon legally hit the road.

The free printed version of this driver's handbook only comes in English. The Spanish version is only available online.


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