Thursday, July 15, 2004

60% of Mississippi Drivers Flunk Exam

ASSOCIATED PRESS - Nearly 60 percent of people applying for regular Mississippi drivers licenses have failed the general knowledge test since the state switched to a computerized testing system in December. Only 20 percent failed before, said Rene Morris, state administrator of the Automated Drivers License Testing System. The passing rate for commercial license applicants declined slightly, from 60 percent to 54 percent. All commercial license tests are now given through computers...

The touch-screen technology eliminates cheating because the questions on the Mississippi driver-license general knowledge test are randomly chosen from a database of more than 600 questions. This process prevents any two applicants from receiving the same test. "They don't have cheat sheets anymore," Morris said. "Most people had a copy of every test we handed out or had it memorized."

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