Can you pass the written driver's test?

Can you pass the written driver's test?

There are 31 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 20, 2009, titled Can you pass the written driver's test?. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

If you're wondering about the skill of that driver in your rear-view mirror, the one seems to be riding your bumper, you may be right.

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Ace

New Lenox, IL

#1 May 20, 2009
Um, actually the last time I took the Illinois drivers license test, I aced it. The clerk looked surprise that some one actually got every question correct. Most of them are really a no brainer. You can eliminate one or two right off and then it's just a matter of which one sounds better than the other.
Rhonda

Niles, IL

#2 May 20, 2009
The last time I renewed my license I took the written test and passed but I did get a few wrong. I asked the woman (she looked like she stepped out of The Far Side comic strip) who was handing out the tests if I could see which ones I got wrong and she said "No." Does this seem odd to anyone else? Wouldn't it be a good thing to review what you got wrong so you get it right in the future?
Huh

Oconto, WI

#3 May 20, 2009
How can Wisconsin drivers score so high? I drive in Wisconsin almost every day – I live in Milwaukee. I see left turns without signals, lane changing without signaling and driving in unmarked lanes (not quite on street parking nor is it a shoulder). When I go to the store I need to be careful of the people that pull through parking stalls and then drive the wrong way. And don’t get me started on the people that think that they need to drive in the far left lane because they have over an hour of driving to do. BTW, in Wisconsin, Illinois drivers are referred to as FIDS (fu..ing Illinois Drivers). Remember this next time you drive north into the land of milk and cheese..
Anne

Chicago, IL

#4 May 20, 2009
"Can you pass the written driver's test?"

As long as they are still printing them in English I can.
wow

United States

#5 May 20, 2009
I believe this. IL drivers suck. They follow WAY too close, speed around you to try and merge again, and swap lanes like it's a bumper car track.
Mike

Schaumburg, IL

#6 May 20, 2009
If George Ryan were still Governor, Everyone should Pass.
wilting

United States

#7 May 20, 2009
I got 95%. Missed the diamond shaped sign question as I answered too quickly. Oh well!
Illinoisian

Springfield, IL

#8 May 20, 2009
I also got a 95%. The poll results must not be using the brightest people.
Bob in Chicago

Alsip, IL

#9 May 20, 2009
Was the test given to illegal aliens or just citizens and legal immigrants?

Waas the option to talk the test in english offered?
Bob in Chicago

Alsip, IL

#10 May 20, 2009
so mad that I kouldn't spel in englsh
Amused

Naperville, IL

#11 May 20, 2009
wilting wrote:
I got 95%. Missed the diamond shaped sign question as I answered too quickly. Oh well!
Funny, I did the exact same thing. The test is hilarious ... a no-brainer. What is surprising is how low the scores are. I haven't taken the test since I was 16. I am 56.
Jim

Chicago, IL

#12 May 20, 2009
This proves that the stereotype about women drivers is true.
Will

Tinley Park, IL

#13 May 20, 2009
I got a 95%! Not bad!
Tired of Politics

La Grange, IL

#14 May 20, 2009
Huh wrote:
How can Wisconsin drivers score so high? I drive in Wisconsin almost every day – I live in Milwaukee. I see left turns without signals, lane changing without signaling and driving in unmarked lanes (not quite on street parking nor is it a shoulder). When I go to the store I need to be careful of the people that pull through parking stalls and then drive the wrong way. And don’t get me started on the people that think that they need to drive in the far left lane because they have over an hour of driving to do. BTW, in Wisconsin, Illinois drivers are referred to as FIDS (fu..ing Illinois Drivers). Remember this next time you drive north into the land of milk and cheese..
People in Wisconsin don't consider Milwaukee part of Wisconsin. It is more like Chicago North.
Cheep Fly

Elk Grove Village, IL

#15 May 20, 2009
When I took my test when I was 16. I got every question right. When my husband took his CDL test he got every question right he studied the book everyday for a week. The examiner told him he had all of the answers and made him take the test again. He told him I better know the rules of the road and showed him his CTA employee ID card. This person he told me could not even read or write and was just mad that he read the book and is a great driver.
The SHWAMY

Minneapolis, MN

#16 May 20, 2009
Huh wrote:
How can Wisconsin drivers score so high?…
In Wisconsin the test is much easier than in most other states. There are questions like "are you a packer-backer", "what's your favorite kind of cheese", "is Brett Favre the greatest living American", and "Do you enjoy Miller beer" that if you answer any of them correctly you get an automatic pass!

Since: Jul 08

New York, NY

#17 May 20, 2009
I took the Illinois test last week to renew my license. I didn't study and got a 100%. Yea me!!!!!
Liar

Buffalo Grove, IL

#18 May 20, 2009
Anne wrote:
"Can you pass the written driver's test?"
As long as they are still printing them in English I can.
Quit stroking your ego. Something tells me that you far overassess your capabilities.

Get off the phone.
What

Buffalo Grove, IL

#19 May 20, 2009
Bob in Chicago wrote:
Was the test given to illegal aliens or just citizens and legal immigrants?
Waas the option to talk the test in english offered?
Learn the friggin language, idiot.

"Waas the option to talk the test in english offered?"

WHAT? First of all, I don't know of any English word, "waas." Secondly, when writing the English language, the word "English" is considered a proper noun; thus, it is capitalized. And what the heck is "talk the test"? That is not American vernacular by any means.

I'd think that if the test is in English, properly structured and using the appropriate words and phrases, you might have quite a bit of trouble with that. Lucky for you, I don't think it's an essay test.
Kris

Potomac, MD

#20 May 20, 2009
what is it with Illinois highway drivers that get in the fast lane and don't move out of the way of faster traffic, It's like they think they are intitled to the fast lane.

After coming from the carolinas and florida, it was a shock to see the drivers here who seem totally oblvious to thier own surroundings, and how stubborn or just plain stupid people drive here.

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