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3-Wheel (3W) motorcycle testing

You must complete a total of 2 tests to get your 3W endorsement:

  • 1 knowledge test, and
  • 1 riding skills test.

Knowledge test

This test measures your knowledge of:

  • The rules of the road.
  • Safe operation of your 3W motorcycle.

Make sure you study the Motorcycle Operator Manual.

After you pass the test you'll eligible for an instruction permit to practice riding on public highways.

Sample knowledge test questions

1. To legally operate a motorcycle in the State of Washington you must wear the following:

  1. DOT approved helmet
  2. Eye protection
  3. Sturdy footwear
  4. Both A and B

Reference in Motorcycle Operator Manual: 2-2 Create Your Own Safety with Functional Gear

2. When riding in a group, a motorcyclist should:

  1. Try to stay close to the leaders
  2. Keep up with the group
  3. Pick their own speed and path
  4. Speed up to not lose sight of other riders

Reference in Motorcycle Operator Manual: 6-5, 6-6 Peer Pressure-Riding in Groups

3. The best way to stop safely on a motorcycle is to:

  1. Apply the rear brake and gear down
  2. Smoothly apply both brakes
  3. Apply front brake and gear down
  4. Engine brake

Reference in Motorcycle Operator Manual: 3-9 Quick Stops

4. As a rider swerves to avoid a collision, they should also:

  1. Apply brakes
  2. Look in direction you want to go
  3. Accelerate
  4. Look at the object you are avoiding

Reference in Motorcycle Operator Manual: 3-10 Swerves

5. Which of the following are examples of rider impairment?

  1. Fatigue and stress
  2. Roadway and weather conditions
  3. Heavy traffic
  4. Riding fast and weaving

Reference in Motorcycle Operator Manual: 6-1 Types of Impairments

Riding skills test

The riding skills test measures your ability to operate a 3W motorcycle legally and safely.

After you pass both the knowledge and riding skills tests you’re eligible for a 3W motorcycle endorsement to ride on public highways.

How to take the tests

  • Take a 3W motorcycle safety course. Local schools, partnered with DOL, offer the knowledge and riding skills tests as part of a safety course.
  • You may take the knowledge and riding skills tests at any partnered motorcycle training school.

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