Texas License to Carry Test Preparation

If you're planning on carrying a handgun in Texas, you'll need to pass the Texas License to Carry (LTC) test. The test is designed to ensure that individuals who carry handguns are knowledgeable about gun laws and can use firearms safely. In this article, we'll provide you with tips and strategies for effective test preparation so that you can pass the Texas LTC test with confidence.

Understanding the Structure and Content of the Test

Before you start preparing for the Texas LTC test, it's important to understand the structure and content of the test. The test is divided into two parts: a written test and a shooting proficiency test.

Written Test

The written test consists of 25 multiple-choice questions and is timed for one hour. You must score at least 70% (18 out of 25 questions) to pass. The test covers the following topics:

  • Texas gun laws
  • Non-violent dispute resolution
  • Safe handling and storage of firearms
  • Techniques for avoiding criminal attacks and controlling a violent encounter

If you want to feel extra-prepared, you can try out our free LTC Practice Test.

Shooting Proficiency Test

The shooting proficiency test requires you to demonstrate your ability to safely handle and shoot a handgun. You'll need to shoot a total of 50 rounds at a target from different distances. You must score at least 70% (175 out of 250 possible points) to pass.

Tips and Strategies for Effective Test Preparation

Now that you understand the structure and content of the Texas LTC test, let's look at some tips and strategies for effective test preparation.

1. Start Early

It's important to start your test preparation early. Don't wait until the last minute to start studying. Give yourself enough time to thoroughly review the material and practice shooting.

2. Use a Study Guide

Use a study guide to help you prepare for the written test. A study guide will provide you with the information you need to know and help you focus your study efforts. Texas DPS publishes a study guide you can download for free at:


You might consider that a bit too much, so Carry Texas has an alternative study guide here:

LTC Written Test Study Guide

3. Take Practice Tests

Take practice tests to help you prepare for the written test. Practice tests will help you get used to the format of the test and identify areas where you need to focus your study efforts.  The Carry Texas LTC Practice Test is a great place to start.

4. Practice Shooting

Practice shooting regularly to prepare for the shooting proficiency test. Make sure you're comfortable handling and shooting a handgun before you take the test.

5. Take a Course

Consider taking a course to help you prepare for the Texas LTC test. A course will provide you with expert instruction and guidance to help you pass the test.

6. Know the Laws

Make sure you're familiar with Texas gun laws. The written test will cover this material, and you'll need to know it to pass.

7. Stay Calm

Stay calm during the test. Don't rush through the questions or the shooting proficiency test. Take your time and focus on what you need to do.

8. Be Prepared

Make sure you're fully prepared on test day. Bring everything you need, including your handgun, ammunition, eye and ear protection, and your LTC application.

9. Get Plenty of Rest

Get plenty of rest before the test. You want to be well-rested and alert on test day.

10. Stay Confident

Stay confident during the test. Believe in yourself and your abilities. You've prepared for this moment, and you can pass the Texas LTC test.


Preparing for the Texas License to Carry test requires time and effort, but with the right tips and strategies, you can pass the test with confidence. Remember to start early, use a study guide, take practice tests, practice shooting, take a course, know the laws, stay calm, be prepared, get plenty of rest, and stay confident. By following these tips and strategies, you'll be well-prepared to pass the Texas LTC test and obtain your license to carry a handgun in Texas.

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