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2021 Alaska DMV Test & Permit Practice Tests



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#1. If your car starts to skid, you should ease off the gas and:

If you start to skid: ease off the gas pedal, stop braking, and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid.


#2. To avoid getting tired on a long trip, you should try NOT to:

You should not drive late at night when you normally sleep.

There are several things you can do to help from getting tired on a long trip:

  • Try to get a normal night’s sleep before you leave.
  • Do not leave on a trip if you are already tired.
  • Do not take any medicine that can make you drowsy.
  • Eat lightly. Do not eat a large meal before you leave. Some people get sleepy after they eat a big meal.
  • Take breaks. Stop every hour or so when you need to.
  • Plan for plenty of time to complete your trip safely.
  • Try not to Drive late at night when you normally sleep. Your body thinks it is time to go to sleep and will try to do so.

This question asked what you should not do.


#3. True or false? You will have a better chance of survival in a burning car if you are wearing your safety belt.

Your chances of survival in a burning or submerged vehicle are far greater if you are wearing your safety belt because you are most likely to remain conscious and, therefore, more able to escape the vehicle.


#4. A court conviction of reckless driving will result in a mandatory:

Driving privileges must be revoked for the following court convictions:

  1. Driving while under the influence, or refusal to take a chemical test.
  2. Driving while license is cancelled, suspended, or revoked.
  3. Reckless driving.
  4. Failure to stop and render aid at the scene when involved in a personal injury crash.
  5. Perjury (giving untrue information relating to motor vehicles to the department).
  6. Unlawful flight by motor vehicle to avoid arrest.
  7. Felony in connection with a motor vehicle causing injury or death such as Manslaughter, Negligent Homicide, or Assault with a vehicle.

Remember, a license revocation is not the same as license suspension. If your license is revoked, your old one will not be reinstated.


#5. Know signs by their standard colors. Black or white is used for:

Black and white is used for regulatory signs.


#6. Your cell phone rings while you are driving. Which of the following is the best thing to do?

Driving is a skill that requires your full attention. If you need to answer a call, pull over to a safe area first.


#7. What does this arrow sign mark?

The sign means you make sharp turn to right in front of this sign. It is used either as a supplement or alternative to the Chevron signs.


#8. You want to make a right turn at an intersection ahead. The traffic light displays a flashing red arrow. What should you do?

At a flashing red arrow, you must stop behind the crosswalk, stop line, or if none, before entering the intersection. Look in all directions for approaching traffic and pedestrians and proceed only when it is safe to do so.


#9. When entering or crossing a road from a driveway:

When entering from an alley, driveway or private road, you must stop at a sidewalk, or if there is no sidewalk, at a point prior to entering the roadway.


#10. You are driving on a country road at night and a vehicle with high beams comes toward you. What should you do?

Make sure you dim your lights. Do not look directly at oncoming headlights. Instead, look down the right edge of your lane.


#11. When driving past this sign:

The Wrong Way sign is a supplement to the do not enter sign. It is placed along the exit ramp or the one-way roadway farther from the crossroad. It is used to identify a one-way street, expressway ramp or the wrong direction or wrong side of a divided highway. If you pass this sign, you are already driving against traffic. Turn around!


#12. When parking parallel to a curb you must NOT park:

In parallel parking the wheels must be within 12 inches of near curb.


#13. When approaching within 100 feet of any railroad crossing, you must:

Do not pass when approaching within 100 feet of or when traversing an intersection or railroad crossing.


#14. When backing up or reversing your car:

Turn your body and head to the right and look out the rear window. Move the wheel in the direction you want the rear of your vehicle to go.

Back slowly and keep your eyes moving to all sides of your car. Always yield to vehicles or people on the street or sidewalk and be prepared to stop. It is suggested your speed not exceed 5 mph when backing.


#15. When may you drive faster than a maximum speed limit?

It is always unlawful to drive at a speed exceeding a posted speed limit.


#16. You are approaching a stopped emergency vehicle on a multi-lane roadway. The vehicle has its emergency lights activated. What should you do?

You must slow down and vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle, if possible.


#17. At a railroad crossing, trains must be given the right-of-way:

Trains do not and cannot stop at crossings – they must always be given the right-of-way.


#18. What does this sign mean?

Steep downgrade ahead requires trucks to slow and shift to lower gear.


#19. Yellow lines separate traffic:

Yellow lines mark the center of a road used for traffic going in opposite directions.


#20. When keeping a four-second following distance between you and the car ahead, you know that you can always stop within four seconds.

The four-second rule refers to a following distance. It is used to calculate a safe following distance. When towing a trailer or the road surface is wet or slippery, increase the four seconds to six or more.

Remember, a four-second rule does not mean that you are able to stop within four seconds.

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Quick Facts about the Alaska DMV Permit Exam

What You Should Know
  Number of questions on exam: 20
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 16
  Allotted time to complete test: Unlimited
  Wait time before retest: 1 day
  Number of questions on each practice test: 20 (randomized)
  Question pool: 500+

Alaska Permit Practice Tests

Each practice test has 20 random questions based on State of Alaska Driver Manual and real Alaska DMV tests.

After each question, you get instant feedback. If you miss a question, there is also a brief comment to help you study.

The Alaska Driver’s Manual Matters

Before you start practicing, you should get the latest version of the Driver Manual . The manual introduces you to the principles of safe and lawful operation of a motor vehicle. It gives you all the information you need to pass the knowledge test.

After studying the manual, use the practice tests to check your progress and if you are ready for the examination or not.

The passing score in Alaska is 80 percent, which means you must answer at least 16 questions correctly.

On each practice test you should aim higher. Try to reach a perfect score of 100%. This way you will know if you have learned all the contents of the manual or not.

Read more about practicing and acing the real DMV test .

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Who Must Pass Alaska Written Test?

  First-time applicants.

You must pass the written knowledge test if you haven’t been licensed before.

  If your license has expired.

If you let your license in Alaska or any other state expire for more than 1 year, you must take and pass the written exam again.

  If your license has been revoked.

When DMV revokes your license, you can only get the license back by applying for a new license and pass all tests again.

  If you hold a license from another state or country.

Drivers with a valid out-of-country or out-of-state driver’s license may drive in Alaska for 90 days, before they must convert their license to an Alaska license.

Unlike many other states, applicants must pass the written knowledge test before DMV issues an Alaska driver license.

Drivers with a driver’s license from a country other than United States, Canada, or a US Territory must, in addition to the written test, also pass the road skills test.

What is on the Alaska Written Test?

All questions on the Alaska written test is based on information found in the driver’s manual, including traffic laws, safe driving practices, and common highway signs and signals.

There may also be questions about permit restrictions and the dangers of drinking and driving.

What Languages are Available?

DMV only offers the examination in English.

If you need and interpreter or have difficulty reading, you may bring someone who may read the questions to you, but you must independently answer the questions. Contact DMV ahead of your test for guidance.

What if You Fail the Test?

If you fail the knowledge test, you can try again the next day.

Alcohol and Drug Awareness Knowledge Test

If you are 21 years or older, you must also pass an alcohol awareness test. The test is mandatory after your 21st birthday when you want to renew a license or upgrade from a permit to a license.

Exemptions exist for anyone who obtained their Alaska driver license prior to October 21st, 2008 and all applicants 21 and older transferring a license from another state.

COVID-19 Alerts

COVID-19 Information for DMV Customers

Alaska DMV locations are open for application of original driver licenses and permits, including the knowledge testing and road tests. Road tests are by appointment only.

Alaska’s driver license expiration dates are extended until the end of the disaster declaration. Renewals can, however, be made online.

Alaska DMV does not require the use of masks by the public, however health and science experts recommended that you wear a mask in public wherever social distancing is challenging.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, isolate yourself from others and call a provider to get tested. Do not visit a DMV center.


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