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#1. This sign tells you:

Advisory speed around curve. Advisory speed signs or plaques indicate the fastest recommended speed in ideal weather conditions.

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#2. When are you allowed to cross a double yellow line?

Motorists can cross a center line when passing a bicyclist if the oncoming lane is clear and they won’t interfere with any other traffic.

(42-4-1005. Limitations on overtaking on the left.)

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#3. 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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#4. If there is an oncoming vehicle approaching head-on in your lane, you should:

In most cases, you can turn the vehicle quicker than you can stop it. It is generally better to run off the road than to crash head-on into another vehicle. Never pull into the opposing lane, because the oncoming driver may pull back sharply into that lane.

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#5. If your vehicle has conventional brakes and not antilock brakes (ABS), you can cause the vehicle to skid if you:

If you do not have ABS and must stop quickly, you can cause the vehicle to skid if you brake too hard.

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#6. Driving around a lowered gate at a railroad crossing is:

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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#7. What color are traffic signs that guide you to motorist services?

Service signs have blue backgrounds and provide directions to service facilities such as telephones, gas, food, motels, hospitals, and rest areas.

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#8. It is illegal to park a vehicle if a stop sign is within:

There are several locations where it is forbidden to stop or park a vehicle. Among these are:

  • On a crosswalk, sidewalk, bridge, elevated structure, railroad tracks or any controlled access highway
  • Within 30 feet of a traffic signal, stop sign, railroad crossing or within 15 feet of a fire hydrant
  • Within an intersection, tunnel, runaway truck ramp, on/off ramp or blocking a driveway
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#9. On highways with several lanes traveling in the same direction, the right lane should be used for:

Traffic moving at less than the normal speed should always use the right lane. If there are two or more lanes of traffic moving in the same direction, the far-left lane should be used as a passing lane. If speed limit is 65 mph or more, the left lane may only be used for passing.

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#10. How do the following compare in the amount of alcohol they contain: 12 oz. of beer, 1.5 oz. of 72 proof liquor, 5 oz. of wine?

It is important to remember that it does not make any difference whether you drink beer, wine or liquor. Standard servings of each have the same amount of alcohol. A standard drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 72-proof distilled spirits, all of which contain the same amount of alcohol.

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#11. When changing lanes, it is important to:

Look over your shoulder to check your blind spot, which is the area slightly to the rear and side of your vehicle that you cannot see in your mirrors.

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#12. When approaching an animal standing near the roadside, you should:

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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#13. When approaching a stopped school bus with flashing red lights traveling on your side of an undivided highway with four or more lanes, 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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#14. When a traffic officer is directing you to drive against a red light, you should:

Traffic controls include traffic signals, traffic signs, and pavement markings. Traffic control also can be provided by law enforcement, highway personnel, or school crossing guards. You must obey directions from these persons.

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#15. The driver ahead signals:

Left turn – left arm extended horizontally out of open window.

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#16. When the driver is less than 18 years of age, passengers in a car must always wear seat belts:

The safety belt law requires that a fastened safety belt must be worn by the driver and every front seat passenger. Children between the ages of 8 and 16 must wear safety belts no matter where they sit.

When the driver is under the age of 18, back seat passengers must also wear a safety belts.

Even when the law requires only front seat passengers to wear safety belts, it is still a good idea to encourage everyone to buckle up.

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#17. When you proceed on a solid green light, you must:

A green light means Go.

You may proceed straight through or turn right or left unless a sign prohibits such turns. However, you must yield to any vehicle or pedestrian within the intersection or adjacent crosswalk.

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#18. A yield sign in your lane:

Three-sided red yield signs indicate you must slow or stop to yield to all pedestrians and any vehicle with right of way.

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#19. 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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#20. What does this sign mean?

No Left Turn.

You must not make a left turn at this intersection.

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#21. You should use your high-beam headlights:

Use your high beam lights when driving in rural areas and on open highways away from urban and metropolitan areas.

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#22. To avoid glare from high-beam headlights of an approaching car:

Never look directly into an approaching car’s headlights. As the car comes near, watch the right edge of your lane, noting the position of the oncoming car out of the corner of your eye.

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#23. When are you most at risk of drowsy driving?

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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#24. When two vehicles from different directions arrive at the same time at a four-way stop, which one must yield?

When more than one vehicle reaches the intersection at the same time the vehicle on the left must yield the right-of-way and allow the vehicle on the right to go first.

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#25. If you hold a valid driver's license from another state and become a resident in Colorado, you must get a Colorado driver's license:

Any person who owns or operates a business in Colorado or who has resided within the state continuously for 90 days or who has obtained gainful employment within this state, whichever shall occur first, is considered a Colorado resident and must obtain a Colorado driver’s license.

For special exemptions, please see driver’s handbook.

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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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