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#1. When you park parallel to a curb on a city street, you should:

Check traffic before you open the door. Get out of the vehicle on the curb side if you can. If you must use the street side, check traffic before you get out. Shut the door as soon as you can after getting out. You must not park more than one foot from the curb or edge of the roadway.

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#2. To use a handheld cell phone while driving, you must:

State law prohibits using handheld cell phones or mobile electronic devices also when a vehicle is temporarily stopped because of traffic, road conditions or a traffic control sign or signal.

You may use your cell phone or mobile electronic devices if parked safely on the side or shoulder of a highway.

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#3. If you are being followed closely (tailgated), you should:

Every now and then, you may find yourself being followed closely or tailgated by another driver. If you are being followed too closely and there is a right lane, move over to the right. If there is no right lane, wait until the road ahead is clear, then reduce speed slowly. This will encourage the tailgater to drive around you. Never slow down quickly to discourage a tailgater. It increases your risk of being hit from behind.

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#4. If the pavement is wet as you approach this sign, it is dangerous to:

Slippery when wet.

When pavement is wet, reduce your speed. Do not brake hard or change direction suddenly. Increase the distance between your car and the one ahead.

This question asked what you should not do!

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#5. Which is the background color on a road sign like this?

Yellow is used for general warnings of specific road conditions and dangers ahead.

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#6. 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!

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

Signals are required while stopping, turning, changing lanes, or suddenly slowing down.

Remember, signaling gives other drivers time to react to your moves. You should use your turn signals or hand signal before you change lanes, turn, merge into traffic, or park.

Your brake lights let people know that you are slowing down or stopping. Hand signals can also be used.

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#8. You approach this vehicle from behind. It is keeping an exceptionally low speed. What should you do?

A broken yellow line indicates that passing on the left is permitted when the way ahead is clear. Overtaking and passing should be done with care because of oncoming traffic.

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#9. If you are 21 years or older and refuse to take a test to measure how much alcohol is in your system:

If you refuse to take a test, your operator’s license will be suspended for at least six months or possibly more, depending on the number of prior offenses on your driving record and on your age. These penalties, imposed by the Commissioner under the law known as Administrative Per Se, are in addition to any penalties imposed by the court if, because of your arrest, you are convicted of DUI.

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#10. Which restraint system must be used for a child weighing less than 30 pounds?

State law requires children under 16 to be secured in proper child restraint and safety systems while riding in a vehicle. If under age 2, or less than 30 pounds, regardless of age, rear-facing child restraints must be used. If a child’s age and weight fall in two different categories (for example, a child is less than two years old but weighs more than 30 pounds) the more restrictive requirement (rear-facing car seat in this instance) applies.

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#11. When vehicles arrive at the same time at a four way stop:

At a four-way stop, the driver reaching the intersection first goes first (after coming to a complete stop). If more than one vehicle arrives at the same time, the vehicle on the right goes first.

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#12. You approach this traffic signal. What is true about making a left turn at this intersection?

The green light for the thru and right turn has ended, but the left turn continues to be green. Continue left turning if safe. Straight thru and right-turning traffic should prepare to stop. If unable to stop, proceed with great caution.

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#13. When approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with activated lights on a multi-lane roadway, you must:

When an emergency vehicle is pulled over on any part of a highway or road, you must slow down and move over one lane whenever it is safe to do so. This is required for vehicles with activated flashing lights including ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, tow trucks and road maintenance vehicles.

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

If another driver fails to dim the lights, look toward the right side of the road. This will keep you from being blinded by the other vehicles’ headlights and allow you to see enough of the edge of the road to stay on course.

Do not try to get back at other drivers by keeping your bright lights on. If you do, both of you may be blinded.

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#15. You should never back a vehicle in a travel lane, except:

Never back a vehicle in any travel lane, it is illegal and unsafe to do so, except to parallel park or to perform a three-point or K turn.

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#16. 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.

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#17. You have a green light and there are vehicles blocking your way in the intersection. What should you do?

Even if you have the green light, do not start across the intersection if there are vehicles blocking your way. If you are caught in the intersection when the light changes to red, you will block other traffic. You can get a ticket for blocking an intersection.

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#18. If gates rise at a railroad crossing, but the red light is still flashing, you should:

Remain stopped until the gates are raised, and the lights stop flashing. Never attempt to drive around the lowered gate.

Malfunctioning warning devices should be reported. Look for emergency notification signs or contact local police.

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#19. A learner's permit allows you to drive unsupervised:

The learner’s permit allows you to drive a vehicle only while supervised.

Remember, for the entire time you hold a learner’s permit, you may not have any passengers except for a parent, legal guardian, or qualified instructor.

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#20. The legal drinking age for alcohol is:

The legal drinking age in Connecticut, and all states, is 21.

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#21. What does this sign mean?

Reduced speed ahead. Be prepared to slow down.

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#22. You must turn on your headlights:

The law requires that you use headlights at any time from a half-hour after sunset to a half-hour before sunrise, at any time when you cannot clearly see persons and vehicles 500 feet ahead, and at any time during periods of snow, rain, or fog (when you turn on your wipers). Sec. 14-96a

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#23. Passing another vehicle on the right by driving onto a paved shoulder is:

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.

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#24. When driving on slick roads, you should:

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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#25. The areas around a large truck where other vehicles disappear into blind spots are often called no-zones. These areas include:

Blind spots exist on both sides of the truck, may stretch up to 20 feet in front of the cab and approximately 200 feet behind the truck.

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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.

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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.



Languages

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

 

Master the Test with More Knowledge

 

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

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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.

Connecticut COVID-19 Response – Latest Information

13 Comments

  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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