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#1. What does this sign mean?

Side Road Ahead sign. It tells you that there is an intersection ahead. Watch out for traffic entering from the side road and oncoming traffic turning.

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#2. You may cross a double solid yellow line:

You may cross a solid yellow line for a left turn into an alley, private road or driveway when such movement can be made safely.

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#3. What do these signs mean?

At various locations, such as school zones and construction zones, a reduced speed is required during certain hours or periods of the day when temporary hazards exist. Signs will indicate when the lower speed limit is in effect.

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#4. A sign with this shape means:

This three-sided sign is shaped like a pennant. When used, this sign is placed on the left side of a two-lane road to warn of the beginning of a no passing zone.

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#5. On which side should you pass a vertical panel like this?

The diagonal stripes on the barricade or vertical panel guide the driver towards the direction to where the traffic is to pass. Stripes sloping downward to the left mean the driver should bear to the left.

Drivers are responsible for knowing how to read and react to work zone directional signs.

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#6. In winter, streets and highways are most hazardous:

Streets and highways covered with snow, snowpack or ice are extremely hazardous. They are most hazardous when the snow or ice begins to melt. The slush or wet surface acts as a lubricant and traction is reduced.

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#7. You can park your car:

Parking five inches from a sidewalk is allowed.

It is forbidden to stop or park a vehicle on a crosswalk, bridge, elevated structure, and blocking a driveway.

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#8. When are you allowed to pass a school bus?

You may pass a school bus in motion (red lights and extended stop arm is not used when in motion).

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#9. This sign means:

Divided Highway Begins. The road is dividing into two separate roadways by a median or divider. Each roadway is one-way. Stay to the right.

Note the difference between divided highway ends and divided highway begins.

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#10. You approach an intersection with a stop sign. Where must you first stop?

Stop at a marked stop line or, if none, at the point just before the intersecting street. If there is a crosswalk, you must come to a complete stop before entering the crosswalk.

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#11. You may enter an intersection on yellow light only if:

A steady yellow light means caution, a red light is about to appear. Stop unless you are already within the intersection.

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#12. What does this sign mean?

Lane Use.

Your lane is splitting off into two separate directions. You can turn left or go straight through.

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#13. Always wear shoulder safety belts:

Always wear both shoulder and lap safety belts low and tight. A shoulder belt should never be worn under the arm or across the face or neck.

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#14. With an instruction permit you may drive alone:

Instruction Permit allows limited driving privileges for people learning to drive. If you are driving with an Instruction Permit, you must be accompanied by a person 21 years of age or older, who holds a valid Colorado license, and is riding in the seat beside you.

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#15. When you approach a railroad crossing without warning signals, stop signs or crossing gates:

As you approach any railroad crossing, slow down and look up and down the tracks to make sure that no trains are coming. Even if you have never seen a train at that crossing before, do not assume that none are coming.

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#16. What is the main cause of car skids?

Skids are caused by drivers traveling too fast for conditions. The best way to prevent skids or hydroplaning is to keep your speed down, avoid fast turns and quick stops, and have good tire tread.

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#17. Any time you cannot see beyond 1,000 feet, you must:

Colorado law requires you to drive with your headlights on from sunset to sunrise or when visibility is less than 1,000 feet.

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#18. This eight-sided shape is used for which road signs?

A stop sign has eight sides and is red with white letters. It means you must come to a complete stop. Stop at the marked stop line or, if none, at the point just before the intersecting street. If there is a crosswalk, you must come to a complete stop before entering it. You may proceed only after yielding to all pedestrians and vehicles.

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#19. It is especially important to look for vehicles behind you when you:

You must check traffic behind you. This is the only way to know if someone is following too closely or coming up too quickly, and it will give you time to do something about it. You need to check more often when traffic is heavy. It is very important to look behind you when you change lanes, slow down, back up, exit an intersection or drive down a long or steep hill.

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#20. Before making a left turn, it is important to:

If you are turning left, you should wait at the stop line or crosswalk until there is a gap in traffic large enough to allow you to pull into the intersection and complete your turn.

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#21. If you see a pedestrian with a white cane attempting to cross the street, you should:

When driving, you should yield the right-of-way to pedestrians under all conditions. Pedestrians must be given the right-of-way at all intersections and crosswalks. Drivers must come to a complete stop and let the person pass safely. Be particularly watchful for children, elderly and blind persons.

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#22. If you are 21 years or older, the lower blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level at which you are automatically presumed to be Driving While Ability to drive is Impaired (DWAI) is:

A driver with a BAC between 0.05% and 0.07% is presumed to be Driving While Ability to drive is Impaired (DWAI).

A driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or greater is presumed to be Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

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#23. When approaching animals that are standing near the roadway:

If there are animals near the roadway, slow down and proceed with extreme caution. Wild animals may bolt or change direction at the last minute.

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#24. After passing a large truck, you should:

Look for the entire front of the truck in your rear view mirror before you pull in front, and then maintain speed. Do not slow down.

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#25. When you plan to exit a freeway, you should:

Plan ahead, look for directional signs and guidance signs.

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Facts about Colorado DMV Knowledge Test

What You Should Know
  Number of questions on exam: 25
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 20
  Allotted time to complete test: No limit
  Wait time before retest: 1 day
This Practice Test
  Number of questions on each practice test: 25
  Question pool: 500+
  Each test is random

Practice Tests for Colorado Instruction Permits

All new drivers must get an instruction permit before they are eligible for a Colorado Driver license.

DMV can issue the instruction permit after an applicant passes the vision exam and a written knowledge test.

This practice test prepares you for that knowledge test. It has 25 random questions, just like the real written examination.

Each test is a multiple-choice test and after each question you will get instant feedback. If your answer is incorrect, there will also be a brief explanation to help you look up the corresponding item in the Colorado Driver Handbook.

1   Start by Reading the Colorado Driver Handbook

Colorado Driver Handbook 2020

The latest version of the Colorado Driver Handbook is your best friend when studying for a re-examination or your first instruction permit. Make sure you get a copy from your nearest driver licensing office or download the handbook online .

Answers to exam questions are always taken directly from this booklet.

2   Take Practice Tests to Verify What You Have Learned

After studying the handbook, take many practice tests. They will tell you if you are ready or not for the real knowledge exam.

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Questions are randomly drawn from a larger question bank, which means that no two tests are the same. This set up gives you many chances to practice.

Remember not to use the tests as a replacement for the handbook. You will learn faster if you use both the handbook and the practice tests.

Even if you can miss 5 questions on the real examination and still pass, your best strategy is to aim for a full score when practicing.

Read the question and answer choices all the way through. Don’t jump at the first answer that looks right. Words like “safe”, “slowly”, or “carefully” can easily make you pick the wrong choice.

Some alternatives can also be correct statements by themselves but have nothing to do with what was asked in the question.

Always double check to make sure your answer makes sense.

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3   Give it Time

A common mistake is to start studying for your permit just days before the examination.

Even if some people are good at cramming before a test, your new knowledge is likely to stick. Which can result in more mistakes in traffic.

It is better to start many weeks before the written test and give both the handbook and the practice tests a good deal of time.

Don’t forget Colorado DMV’s purpose with the test! The want to make sure you have studied the handbook and learned the essential driving rules.

How many questions are on the Colorado DMV test

How Many Questions are on the Official Examination?

The official knowledge examination consists of 25 multiple-choice questions.

To pass you must correctly answer at least 20 questions. That is a passing score of 80%.

What is on the Colorado Written Knowledge Test?

The Colorado DMV test questions span from the most common road signs and traffic signals to penalties and license suspensions.

It is impossible to say which exact question a test taker will get since all tests are random. Not two tests are the same.

Some items are, however, always on your test. They include some of the road signs described in the Driver Handbook, effects and dangers of driving impaired, right-of-way rules at intersections, and sharing the road with pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, and trucks.

  Is it the Same Questions on the Practice Test?

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Is the Colorado Written Exam Hard?

The failure rate in Colorado is about 30%, which means that almost 1 of 3 test takers fails the exam.

Taking many practice tests is one way of improving your chances.

Who Must Take the Colorado Written Test?

  New drivers.

You must always pass the written examination when you apply for a permit and haven’t been licensed before. All new drivers must have a permit prior to applying for a driver’s license.

  Drivers with a revoked or cancelled license.

After revocations and cancellations DMV may require a new license, which means you must go through the full application process again .

Traffic tickets that result in a suspension can also require a new test if DMV has doubts about your ability to drive safely.

The letter of revocation or suspension from Colorado DMV will include all your reinstatement requirements.

  Drivers who let their license expire more than one year.

If you let your driver license (or permit) expire for more than one year, you must also apply for a new license and take all tests again.

  Drivers with a license from a foreign country.

Drivers with a driver license from another country must normally pass both the Colorado written knowledge exam and the road test before they can get a Colorado license. Remember, you must always show proof of legal presence and current Colorado residency to be eligible for Colorado license.

Colorado has, however, agreements with Canada, France, Germany, and the Republic of South Korea. If you apply for a Colorado license and have a driver license from any of these countries, the Department will waive the testing requirements.

If you are 16 years of age or older and have a valid license issued by another U.S. state, territory, or possession, the tests are also waived.

What Happens if You Fail the Examination?

Under normal circumstances you can take a new test the next day.

Driversprep, however, recommends you to wait at least a few days. Try to learn from your mistakes on the test. Which areas did you miss? Read up on them in the handbook.

If you misunderstood any of the Colorado rules of the road, discuss the with a teacher, driving instructor, parent, or friend. Talking about your mistakes makes it easier to remember them the next time.

If you think that we missed anything in our practice tests, let us know by using this form: Contact / Or comment below.

What Happens if You Pass the Examination?

If you pass both the vision exam and the knowledge test, DMV will issue a temporary permit.

With the permit you may practice driving. While driving you must always have the permit in your possession. You must also be accompanied by a person who holds a valid state driver’s license, is at least 21 years, and has signed an affidavit of liability.

If you are under 18 years you must hold the instruction permit for at least 12 months and be at least 16 years before obtaining a driver’s license.

You must also submit a driving log showing 50 hours of driving experience (10 of which must have been at night).

If under 16 years and 6 months, you must complete 6 hours of behind the wheel training with an approved driver education instructor or, under some circumstances, 12 additional hours of driving with your supervising driver.

Adults who are 21 years or older are not required to hold an instruction permit for a specified amount of time before applying for a driver’s license.

Summary of Frequently Asked Questions

The official knowledge examination consists of 25 multiple-choice questions. To pass you must correctly answer at least 20 questions. That is a passing score of 80%.

The official knowledge examination consists of 25 multiple-choice questions. To pass you must correctly answer at least 20 questions. That is a passing score of 80%.

Items on your test on your test include some of the road signs described in the Colorado Driver Handbook, effects and dangers of driving impaired, right-of-way rules at intersections, and sharing the road with pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, and trucks.

The failure rate in Colorado is about 30%, which means that almost 1 of 3 test takers fails the exam.

You can apply for an instruction permit when you are at least 15 years old. You must successfully complete 30 hour driver education course and pass the written test before a permit can be issued.

Minors under 18 years must hold an instruction permit for at least 12 months and be at least 16 years before obtaining a driver's license. Adults who are at least 21 years are not required to hold an instruction permit for a specified amount of time.

Colorado DMV offers the written test in English and Spanish only. If you speak any other language you may bring an interpreter.

Appointments

During the pandemic, appointments are required for all written tests.

Road tests are currently not conducted by DMV. Check with an authorized driving school if they will allow you to take the road test.



COVID-19 Alerts

COVID-19 Alerts

Before you visit a branch office for your knowledge test, you must make an appointment .

During your visit you must wear a face mask. You will also be screened with a laser thermometer for fever and must answer a COVID-19 questionnaire.

DMV schedules only customers who are unable to use online services and must visit an office.

These services include applying for your first instruction permit and taking the written knowledge test.

Colorado DMV COVID-19 FAQ here .

Office closures and delays here

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