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#1. Which is true about large trucks?

Remember, the bigger the truck (or bus):

  • The bigger the blind spots.
  • The more room they need to maneuver.
  • The longer it takes them to stop.
  • The longer it takes them to accelerate.
  • The longer it takes to pass them.
  • The more likely you are going to be the loser in a collision.
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#2. A full, sealed, and unopened container of wine:

It is unlawful for someone to drink from or possess an open alcohol beverage container while in the passenger area of a motor vehicle that is on a public road.

If you are under 21 years of age, you may not possess an alcoholic beverage. Any person under the age of 21 who buys or possesses liquor (including beer) is subject to mandatory revocation of their driving privilege even if driving is not a factor.

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#3. This sign shows:

Off Ramp Advisory Speed sign. Advisory speed signs or plaques indicate the fastest recommended speed in ideal weather conditions.

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#4. This sign marks which lanes?

White diamonds indicate traffic flow lanes designed to accommodate special vehicles or carpools, also known as high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.

Buses and vehicles carrying multiple riders, as identified by posted regulatory signs (in this case 2), may use this lane. Signs will also indicate hours that HOV lanes are in operation.

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#5. What does this sign mean?

School crossing. Slow down and watch for children crossing.

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#6. When it is safe to do so, a broken yellow center line may be crossed:

Broken yellow lines mean that you may cross the line to pass when there is no oncoming traffic and safe to do so.

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#7. Children must ride rear facing until they reach both:

Children less than one year of age, and less than 20 pounds, must be fastened in a rear-facing child restraint system in a rear seat of the vehicle. Never place an infant in a rear-facing child safety seat in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger side air bag.

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#8. When approaching within 100 feet of a tunnel where your view is blocked, you must:

Do not pass within 100 feet of any bridge, viaduct, or tunnel when view is obstructed.

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#9. This flagger signal means:

To stop traffic, the flagger extends a red flag into the line of traffic, with the flag hanging down. The free arm is held with the palm above shoulder level and facing the viewer.

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

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#10. When may you legally drive around a lowered gate at a railroad crossing?

Obey all warning devices, lights, gates and signs. Gates are used with flashing light signals at certain crossings. Never cross until the gates are raised and the lights have stopped flashing. It is dangerous and against the law.

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#11. To avoid getting tired on a long trip, you should:

When you are tired, you cannot drive as safely as when you are rested. Your reactions and decision making skills are greatly reduced. Break long driving periods into two hour segments.

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#12. To be eligible for a driver's license a minor must have 50 hours of driving experience, and at least 10 hours must be:

Colorado law requires a minor to hold an instruction permit for at least 12 months and submit a log of their driving experience at the time they apply for their license. They must show 50 hours of driving experience, 10 of which must have been at night.

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#13. What does this sign mean?

A sign with a wheelchair symbol means a facility or parking area is accessible to a person with a disability.

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#14. 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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#15. When approaching a stopped school bus with flashing red lights traveling on your side of a divided highway, you must:

You must stop your vehicle at least 20 feet before reaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing whether it is on your side of the road, the opposite side of the road, or at an intersection you are approaching.

You are not required to stop if the bus is traveling toward you on a roadway that is separated by a median or other physical barrier.

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#16. When turning in the direction of a green arrow, you must:

A lighted green arrow, by itself or along with a red, green or yellow light means you may make the turn indicated by the arrow. It is known as a protected turn. If the green arrow goes off, but the circular green is on, you may still turn after yielding to through vehicles, unless prohibited by a sign or red arrow.

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#17. You approach an intersection. Where should you stop if there is a stop sign, but no stop line or crosswalk?

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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#18. What do the red areas (3) in the picture mark?

Blind spots are areas around your vehicle that you cannot see in your rear view or side view mirrors.

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#19. If you have a tire blowout while driving, it is generally wrong to:

Remember, do not overreact. Do not steer sharply off the road.

Hold the steering wheel tightly and keep the vehicle going straight. Slow down gradually. Take your foot off the gas pedal and use the brakes lightly. Then, move slowly and safely off the road. Do not stop on the road if at all possible.

This question asked what is generally wrong.

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#20. The law in this state says

The law states who must yield the right-of-way. It does not give anyone the right-of-way.

Right-of-way is something to be given, not taken.

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#21. When you park on a hill headed downhill and there is a curb, you should turn your front wheels:

Headed downhill, turn your front wheels into the curb or toward the side of the road. Set the parking brake.

Remember, when you park on a hill, the general rule is to turn your wheels sharply towards the side of the road or curb. This way, if your vehicle starts to roll downhill, it will roll away from traffic. However, when headed uphill at a curb, you should turn the front wheels in the opposite direction, away from the curb and towards the road. Then, let your vehicle roll backwards until the back of your front wheel touches the curb. The curb will stop your car from rolling into traffic.

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#22. Road signs with yellow background indicate:

General warning signs are yellow or fluorescent green with black symbols and most are diamond shaped. They may warn you to slow down or be prepared to stop, or may warn you of upcoming intersections, curves, slippery surfaces, merging traffic, etc.

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#23. If you are involved in a traffic crash and someone is injured, it is generally wrong to:

Never move the injured unless the injured person’s life is endangered. Moving a person can make injuries worse.

This question asked what you should not do.

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#24. When is it important to turn on your headlights?

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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#25. Compared to daytime, what is true about excessive speed at night?

Excessive speed is more dangerous at night because of limited visibility. Remember, drive more slowly at night because you cannot see as far ahead and you will have less time to stop for a hazard. Always make sure you can stop within the distance lighted by your headlights.

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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.

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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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