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#1. Signaling when suddenly slowing down or stopping is:

Signaling when suddenly slowing down or stopping is required by law.

No driver of a motor vehicle or moped shall stop or suddenly decrease speed substantially without displaying a stop signal (7-4-28).


#2. 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.


#3. Unbalanced wheels and low tire pressure will:

Unbalanced wheels and low tire pressure increase tire wear, reduce fuel economy, and make the vehicle harder to steer and stop.


#4. It is especially important to check behind you before 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.


#5. Food in the stomach causes alcohol:

All the alcohol consumed eventually gets into the blood whether you have eaten or not. Food can slow down the absorption of alcohol. Drinking on a full stomach prevents large amounts of alcohol from going to your brain immediately.


#6. What does this sign mean?

Merging Traffic or Merge sign. Vehicles merge onto the roadway on which you are traveling. Be prepared to allow vehicles to enter traffic near you.


#7. Driving off the roadway to pass another vehicle on the right is:

Never drive on the shoulder of the road. Passing on the shoulder could be seen by a law enforcement officer as aggressive if the officer believes the action is willful and places others in danger.


#8. 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.


#9. What does this sign mean?

Divided Highway Ends. The divided road ends ahead. Two-way traffic will no longer be divided by a center island. You will be on an undivided roadway with two-way traffic. Keep to the right.

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


#10. On a road with lanes separated by yellow lines:

Yellow lines separate traffic moving in opposite directions.


#11. What does this sign mean?

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


#12. When a traffic signal is showing a steady green arrow, you:

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.


#13. What does this sign mean?

One way signs: Travel only in the direction indicated by the arrow.


#14. 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.


#15. Which car or cars are driving in the truck's blind spots?

The yellow (A) car and the red (B) car. It is important to remember that there are several no-zones (blind spots) in which a truck driver cannot see other vehicles. These areas include both sides, rear, and front of the truck.


#16. During bad weather, such as rain, fog, ice, high winds, and dust, you should:

Weather conditions can significantly affect how your vehicle drives. During bad weather, such as rain, fog, ice, high winds and dust, slow your speed and drive at a speed that is safe for conditions.


#17. When driving at night in rural areas, you should:

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


#18. 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.


#19. When a pedestrian is crossing at an intersection with no marked crosswalk, you must:

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.


#20. When approaching a stopped school bus with flashing red lights traveling in the opposite direction on an undivided roadway, 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.


#21. Even if you do not see a train coming 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.


#22. If you are in a roundabout when an emergency vehicle with flashing lights approaches from behind, you should:

If you are within an intersection, including a roundabout, drive through the intersection before you pull over.

Remember, you must stop clear of any intersection, and remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed.


#23. You should be especially alert for deer on the road:

About 90 percent of deer-vehicle crashes occur between dusk and dawn, at all times of the year. Big game animals can appear in metropolitan areas as well as mountainous regions.


#24. The best way to drive through a sharp curve is:

Always slow down before reaching the curve, and accelerate only after passing the middle of the curve. If you go too fast, the tires will not be able to grip the road, and the vehicle will skid. Braking in a curve can also cause the vehicle to skid.


#25. Brown road signs are used for:

Signs with brown backgrounds indicate recreational, historic or cultural areas.

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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.


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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