Driving Performance Evaluation Score Sheet is very essential document. As you know, the driving test is a nerve-wracking experience. You may feel like you’re about to throw up, and your hands are sweating so much that the steering wheel feels slippery in your grip. The examiner will be asking you questions while they monitor your speed and following distance from behind the rear mirror – any mistake could mean an automatic fail. All eyes are on you as the car slows down for a traffic light or when you have to make a right turn at a busy intersection, and all it takes is one tiny error for everything to go wrong.

You can avoid this nightmare by practice, practice, practice…

In order to get a Driver License, you have to pass DMV Driving Test which is also known as “Behind The Wheel Driving Test”. Your DMV Driving Test will be based on the Driving Performance Evaluation Score Sheet. There are certain areas in this score sheet that you should never fail. You can see an actual score sheet below.

Driving Performance Evaluation Score Sheet

Driving Performance Evaluation Score Sheet
Driving Performance Evaluation Score Sheet

Driving test has two categories.

  • Pre-Drive Checklist
  • Critical Driving Error

To pass the Driving Test, you must have no more than 3 errors marked for items 9-14 under PRE-DRIVE CHECKLIST and no marks in the CRITICAL DRIVING ERROR section and no more than 15 errors marked for the Scoring Maneuvers.


  1. Driver WindowDriving Performance Evaluation Score Sheet
  2. Windshield
  3. Rear view windows
  4. Turn signals
  5. Brake lights
  6. Tiers
  7. Foot Brake
  8. Horn
  9. Emergency /parking brake
  10. Arm signals
  11. Windshield wipers
  12. Defroster
  13. Emergency Flasher
  14. Headlights
  15. Passenger Door
  16. Glove Box
  17. Seat Belts


Driving Performance Evaluation Score Sheet
  1. Intervention by examiner: This means, in any situation if your examiner feels obliged to take the steering wheel from a potential crash or pushes the break not to hit an object, this means you did a critical driving error and you failed.
  2. Strikes object/curb: If somehow, you hit the curb, another vehicle, pedestrian or any other object, this means you failed.
  3. Disobeys traffic sign or signal: Traffic signs such as “stop sign” are very important. For example, if you didn’t make a full stop at the stop sign and wait at least 2-3 seconds on halt, you fail.
  4. Disobeys safety personnel or safety vehicles
  5. Dangerous maneuver
  6. Speed
  7. Auxiliary equipment use
  8. Lane violation

Driving Performance Evaluation Score Sheet is very critical to pass Behind the Wheel Test. If you fail this test, you have two more rights to get the driving test again. But for a new driving test, you have pay $ 7. If you fail all three driving tests, you have to start over and take the written test once again.