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#1. This is an example of:

Traffic signal ahead is an example of a warning sign.


#2. On cold, wet days, which of the following is most likely to hide spots of ice?

Overpasses and other types of bridges can have icy spots. The pavement on bridges can be icy even when other part of the road is not. This is because bridges do not have earth underneath them to help insulate them against the cold and thus can be colder and icier than other roadways.


#3. Which is the best advice to a driver that has been drinking alcohol?

There are ways of dealing with social drinking situations. Arrange to go with two or more persons and agree which one of you will not drink alcohol. You can rotate among the group to be a designated driver. You can also use public transportation or a cab, if available.


#4. What is the first thing you should do when your car starts to skid?

Ease off the gas and slow down gradually. Stay off the brakes. Until the vehicle slows, your brakes will not be effective. Using them could cause you to skid more.

Turn the steering wheel in the direction you want the vehicle to go. This means, if rear of vehicle is skidding to the left you want to steer to the left to bring the front of the vehicle back in line.

As soon as the vehicle begins to straighten out, turn the steering wheel back the other way. Continue to correct your steering, left and right, until the vehicle is again moving down the road under your control.


#5. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway begins ahead. The highway ahead is split into two separate roadways by a median or divider and each roadway is one-way. Keep right.


#6. An approved rear-facing child restraint system is required for children:

Children less than one year of age or weighing less than 20 pounds are required to use a rear-facing child restraint system.


#7. 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. Turn around!


#8. A combination of these two signs tells you:

Pedestrian crossing. A separate downward-pointing arrow plaque indicates the actual location of the crosswalk.


#9. Which background color is used for motorist service signs?

Blue is used for motorist services guidance. These signs show the locations of various services, such as rest areas, gas stations, campgrounds, or hospitals.


#10. When stopped by a law enforcement officer at night:

If at night, turn on the vehicle’s interior light after stopping and before the officer approaches. Stay in your vehicle and keep your hands on the steering wheel. Obtain your driver license and registration only when requested.


#11. Emotions affect your driving. If you are excited or angry, it is a good idea to:

If you are angry or excited, give yourself time to cool off. If necessary, take a short walk or nap, but stay off the road until you have calmed down.

Emotions can have a great effect on your driving safely. They can interfere with your ability to think, can create mental distractions, increase risk taking, create a lack of attention, and can interrupt the ability to process information. You may not be able to drive well if you are overly worried, excited, afraid, angry, or depressed.


#12. Drivers entering a roundabout:

Entering traffic must yield the right-of-way to circulating traffic. Each road approaching the roundabout is marked with a yield sign and may also have yield line markings on the pavement.


#13. If you are involved in a collision, you must always:

If you are involved in an accident, you must stop.

Remember, if any person is injured or killed, the police must be notified. It is a crime for you to leave a crash site in which your vehicle was involved if there is an injury or death before police have talked to you and gotten all the information they need about the crash.

Do not move the injured unless they are in a burning vehicle or in other immediate danger of being hit by another vehicle. Moving a person can make injuries worse.


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

Solid yellow lines indicate zones where passing is not allowed. Solid double yellow lines are used where there are four or more lanes with traffic moving in opposite directions. Two solid lines mark the center of the roadway. Solid yellow lines may be crossed to make a left turn to or from an alley, private road, driveway, or street.


#15. 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.


#16. What does this sign mean?

This sign warns that there is a flag person ahead. Always follow their directions. Flaggers normally wear orange or yellow vests, yellow-green shirts, or jackets. They use stop/slow paddles and red flags to direct traffic through the work zone and to let workers or construction vehicles cross the road.


#17. After a newly licensed 16- and 17-year-old driver held a license for 6 months, the following passengers can be in the car, except:

During the first six months the newly licensed driver may not have any passengers in the vehicle except for a supervising driver and parents or legal guardian. During the second six months (months seven through twelve) the only additional passengers allowed in the vehicle are members of the driver’s immediate family.


#18. At a traffic light with a flashing yellow signal, you:

A flashing round yellow signal means slow down and proceed with caution.


#19. Worn or bald tires will:

Worn or bald tires can increase your stopping distance and make turning more difficult when the road is wet. Worn tires also increase the effect of hydroplaning and increase the chance of having a flat tire.


#20. It is particularly important to look for vehicles behind you when you:

It is particularly important to check behind you before you:

  • Change lanes.
  • Slow down.
  • Back up.
  • Drive down a long or steep hill.

Vehicles often build up speed going down a steep grade. Check your mirrors and be alert for large trucks and buses that may be going too fast.


#21. A blue and white sign at a railroad crossing indicates:

A blue colored Emergency Notification System sign can be found at highway-rail grade crossings. They provide the public with a 24/7/365 telephone number to call to report problems or emergencies at these railroad locations.


#22. Trucks and buses have:

Trucks, tractor-trailers, buses, and RVs have big No-zones on both sides, which are dangerous because these vehicles must make wide turns. These No-zones or blind spots are much larger than your car’s blind spots. If you cannot see the driver’s face in his side view mirror, then he cannot see you.

Blind spots may also stretch up to 20 feet in front of the cab and approximately 200 feet behind the truck.


#23. You can drive off the road to pass another vehicle:

Never pass on the shoulder, whether it is paved or not. Other drivers will never expect you to be there and may pull off the road without looking.


#24. What is true about the use of your turn signals?

You should use your turn signals or hand signal before you change lanes, turn, merge into traffic, or park.


#25. When is it wrong to use your horn?

There are several other occasions when you should not use your horn. They include:

  • Encouraging someone to drive faster or get out of the way
  • Apprising other drivers of an error
  • Greeting a friend
  • Around blind pedestrians or horses

This question asked when you should NOT use your horn.

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Quick Facts about the Connecticut DMV Permit Exam

What You Should Know
  Number of questions on exam: 25
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 20
  Allotted time to complete test: Unlimited
  Wait time before retest: At least 7 days (new fee is required)


This Practice Test
  Number of questions on each practice test: 25
  Question pool: 1,000+
  Each test is random

Connecticut License & Permit Practice Tests

Each of these practice test at Driver’s Prep has 25 random questions based on the Connecticut Driver’s Manual and real DMV tests. After each question, you’ll see the correct answer. If your answer is wrong, you’ll also see an explanation based on the information in the manual.

Before you start practicing, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the content of the Driver’s Manual. Make sure you get the latest version from the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) . Read the manual at least once.

Connecticut Drivers Manual

The passing score on the knowledge test in Connecticut is 80 percent. This means you must answer at least 20 questions correctly to pass the exam.

It’s a good idea to aim higher on the practice tests. We recommend that you keep practicing until you can reach a score of 100 percent on each test. You should also make sure you understand questions and the correct answers, don’t just memorize them.


Who Must Take the Connecticut Knowledge Test?

In general, you need to take the written DMV test:

 » When you are a first time Connecticut applicant:
 …and have never been licensed.

 » When you have been licensed in this or another state:
 …but your driver’s license has expired for more than two years.

 » When you are 16 or 17 years old with a valid license from another state:
 …DMV waives the written knowledge test, but you must complete the 8-hour Safe Driving Practices class and the 2-hour parent/legal guardian training.

 » When you are a new U.S. resident with an out-of-country license:
 …and wish to convert to a Connecticut driver’s license. The test is normally waived if you have a valid license from Canada, Germany, or France.

 » When you are a foreign traveler on a visitor’s visa and with an out-of-country license:
 …and have stayed in this state for one year. The test is normally waived if you have a valid license from Canada, Germany, or France.

Connecticut knowledge test - Driver's Prep

What is on the Connecticut Written Test?

The written test measures your knowledge of common road signs, traffic signals, Connecticut driving laws, and safe driving techniques.

Connecticut has specific laws, such as speeding, driving too fast for conditions, reckless driving, driving under the influence, and others that aim to protect all people on the road whether vehicle drivers, passengers, or pedestrians. Many questions on the permit test address these laws. Make sure you know and fully understand them.

Remember, all questions are based on the information in Connecticut Driver’s Manual. You must read the manual to be able to pass the test. Don’t rely solely on practice tests. The practice tests should be used as a supplement to the manual, not instead of it.

Read more: Risky study tactics .

Other things you should know about the Connecticut test

Other Things You Should Know about the Test

Knowledge tests are offered on an appointment basis only. We recommend that you schedule your knowledge test online .

Double check that you have all necessary documents. Log at least 5 practice tests with a 100% score before you attempt the real exam.

If you fail, you will be required to reschedule online and must repay the exam fee. You can make your new appointment immediately but must wait at least 7 days before you can take the test again.

After you successfully pass the knowledge test, you will be able to schedule an appointment for the road test, but you must always hold your permit for a specified period. The time you must hold the learner’s permit depends on your age.


Knowledge tests for a learner’s permit are given in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Cambodian, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somalian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.

Please note that not all DMV offices offer testing in all languages. Only English and Spanish are offered at all locations.

You should also know that DMV requires two intervals of knowledge testing. One prior to issuing a learner’s permit and one prior to issuing the driver license. On the first, you can expect questions about permit restrictions.

Read more: About the Test

Understand Connecticut Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Law

All teenagers under 18 years must follow a step-by-step program to get their first Connecticut Driver License.

The steps include:

    Your first Connecticut learner’s permit
    A restricted license for all 16- and 17-year old drivers
    An unrestricted Connecticut driver’s license

The purpose of the Connecticut GDL program is to let young drivers gain driving experience in a safe environment before being eligible for full driving privileges.

The Connecticut Learner’s Permit

All new drivers must start with a Connecticut learner’s permit. To get the permit all applicants must pass a vision test and the 25-question knowledge exam.

The learner’s permit allows you to practice driving together with a supervising driver. The supervising driver must be a licensed driving instructor, licensed parent, or another licensed driver who is at least 20 years old and has had license for 4 years and no license suspension in last 4 years.

When you practice driving you must always carry the permit with you.

You must not have any other passengers than a supervising driver. This restriction does, however, not apply when you are supervised by licensed driver instructor from a commercial driving school or driver education program. Parents or legal guardians can also accompany any instructor.

You must hold your permit at least 120 days, if enrolled in a driving school, or 180 days, if home taught. If you are 18 years or older, you must hold the permit for at least 90 days prior to taking a road test.

During the permit phase you must complete a classroom instruction course, including a 2-hour course for a parent/legal guardian, and 40 hours of on-the-road training.

Acceptable Driver Education Courses and Driving Practice

Commercial Driving School
30 hours classroom training, which includes the Safe Driving Practices course and 2 hours of parent training
40 hours practice driving*
High School (Secondary) Driver Education
30 hours classroom training, which includes the Safe Driving Practices course and 2 hours of parent training
40 hours practice driving*
Home Training
22 hours classroom type training, and an 8-hour Safe Driving Practices course at commercial/secondary school which includes 2 hours parent/legal guardian training
40 hours practice driving*

* 40 hour practice driving (behind-the-wheel) may be given by any combination of commercial/secondary/parent instruction.

Read more about Driver Training Requirements


Parent and teenager

Driving Restrictions for All 16- and 17-Year-Olds

    No driving from 11 pm to 5am, unless for school, job, religious, or medical necessity, or Safe Ride Program.

    No cell phone use, no hands-free cell phone use, no texting, no mobile electronic device use allowed.

    No passengers in the first six months of licensure, exceptions are the same as for the learner’s permit period (see above).

    No passengers in the second six months of licensure, except for members of driver’s immediate family.

    All passengers must wear seat belts regardless of age and seating position, or be in an appropriate child passenger restraint (car seat).

COVID-19 Alerts

COVID-19 Alerts from Connecticut DMV

If your driver license, permit, or ID-card expired, or is about to expire, during that pandemic, deadlines for renewal have been extended .

    IDs with expiration date between March 1 and December 31 are extended 1 year after the expiration date printed on the credential.
    IDs with expiration date between January 1 and March 31, 2021, are extended to December 31, 2021.

For new residents, the deadline for obtaining a Connecticut license is extended by 180 days.

All in-person services require an appointment. Anyone entering any DMV location will be required to have proof of their appointment, must wear a facial covering, and successfully complete a health screening. Connecticut COVID-19 Response – Latest Guidance


  1. Alair Aparecida Pinto Gonçalves January 21, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    moro no Brasil mas tenho documento Americano preciso do livro para estudar para tirar carteira no estado CT

  2. Hi can i get the Arabic book for practice my permit test pls

  3. Hi ,how can i get a arabic hand book test.thanks

    • DMV gives you the knowledge test in Arabic when you ask for it. Call ahead and make sure your office has it (they usually do).

      Driver’s Prep don’t have any practice tests in Arabic.

  4. Hi, sorry how I can get a Russian hand book test?

  5. Hi , sorry how can I get a Italian hand book test ?

  6. Eu não encontro um teste em português do Brasi

  7. Hi , Is there have a specific time on permit test ?
    How long the maximum time on permit test .?

    • No, it is not timed in Connecticut. So, don’t rush through the test. Read everything carefully. You will typically finish within 20 minutes or less.

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