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#1. Road marking with a white diamond means:

On various roadways, one or more lanes may be reserved for special vehicles. Reserved lanes are marked by signs stating that the lane is reserved for special use and often have a white diamond posted at the side of the road or painted on the road surface. The following apply:

  • Transit or bus means the lane is for bus use only.
  • Bicycle means the lane is reserved for bicycles.
  • HOV stands for High Occupancy Vehicles and indicates lanes reserved for vehicles with more than one person in them.
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#2. When driving with a learner's permit, you must be supervised by a licensed driving instructor or a person who:

A person who is providing instruction must be at least 20 years old and held a driver’s license for four or more consecutive years.

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#3. The alcohol concentration in your blood will be reduced only by:

There is no way to sober up quickly. Coffee, fresh air, exercise, vitamins, sleep, or cold showers will not help. Time is the only thing that will sober you up.

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#4. An Administrative Per Se Suspension is:

Penalties imposed by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles are known as Administrative Per Se. They are in addition to any criminal penalties imposed by the court.

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#5. When a vehicle comes toward you at night, at what distance should you dim your headlights?

When your vehicle’s high beam headlights are on, you must dim or lower the beam when an oncoming vehicle is within 500 feet, which is about one block.

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#6. When you cross traffic:

When you cross traffic, you need a large enough opening to get all the way across the road.

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#7. When entering an expressway or a high-speed roadway, you should be driving:

When you enter traffic, try to enter at the same speed that traffic is moving. High-speed roadways generally have ramps to give you time to build up your speed. Use the ramp to reach the speed of other vehicles before you pull onto the road. Do not exceed the speed limit!

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#8. What does this sign mean?

T Intersection Ahead. The road you are traveling does not continue. You must turn either right or left.

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#9. When you see this sign, how many curves should you expect close ahead?

Reverse curves. This sign tells you there is a gradual curve to left, and then right.

This sign is used where there are two changes in roadway alignment in opposite directions that are separated by a tangent distance of less than 600 feet.

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#10. When backing up or reversing your car:

Turn around and look over your right shoulder so that you can look directly through the rear window. Do not depend on your rearview or side mirrors, as you cannot see directly behind your vehicle with these.

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#11. Children must be secured in a rear-facing infant car seat if they are:

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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#12. Why is it important not to drive with a defective exhaust system?

Gases from a leaky exhaust can cause death inside a vehicle in a short time.

Some exhaust leaks are easily heard, but many are not. Therefore it is important to have the exhaust system checked periodically.

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#13. When you approach a roundabout:

Roundabouts or rotaries are intersections that are controlled by a circular island in the center. Remember, you must always yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

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#14. You must never park within how many feet of a fire hydrant?

Never park within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.

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#15. What does this sign mean?

Keep Left. This sign tells you where to drive when you approach traffic islands, medians, or other obstructions in the middle of the roadway. You must drive to the side indicated by the arrow.

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#16. 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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#17. When a traffic signal is showing a steady yellow light:

A steady yellow traffic light means caution, the traffic light is about to change to red. You must stop if it is safe to do so. If you are in the intersection when the yellow light comes on, continue through the intersection.

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#18. What is the main cause of car skids?

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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#19. When are you allowed to drive faster than a maximum speed limit?

You must comply with speed limits. They are based on the design of the road and the types of vehicles that use them. They consider things you cannot see, such as side roads and driveways where people may pull out suddenly and the amount of traffic on that road.

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#20. Driving within the range of your headlights means:

A basic rule for safe night driving is to never outrun or overdrive your headlights! You must be able to stop within the distance you can see with your headlights. Your headlights will let you see about 400 feet ahead. You should drive at a speed that allows you to stop within this distance, or about 50 mph.

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#21. When following motorcycles on streets with streetcar or railroad tracks, you should:

You need more space in front of your vehicle when following motorcycles. If the motorcycle should fall, you need extra distance to avoid the rider. The chances of a fall are greatest on wet or icy roads, gravel roads, or metal surfaces such as bridges, gratings, or streetcar or railroad tracks.

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#22. Which background color is used for signs that give general warning of specific road conditions?

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

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#23. When you hear an emergency vehicle approaching from any direction on an undivided highway, you must:

When you see or hear an emergency vehicle approaching from any direction you must pull over to the right edge of the road, or as near to the right as possible, and stop your vehicle. You must remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed, unless otherwise directed by a state or local police officer or a firefighter.

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#24. You are following a school bus and there is a railroad crossing ahead. You must slow down and be prepared to stop because the bus:

Some vehicles, such as transit buses, school buses, and vehicles carrying hazardous materials, must stop at all railroad crossings. If you are following this type of vehicle, be prepared to stop.

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#25. You want to turn left in front of an oncoming motorcyclist who signals a right turn. You should:

Do not assume a motorcycle is turning when you see its turn signal flashing. Motorcycle turn signals may not self-cancel and the motorcyclist may have forgotten to turn them off. Do not pull out in front of a motorcycle until you see that it is beginning to turn.

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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.

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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 from Connecticut DMV

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

    IDs with expiration date between March 1 and December 31, 2020, are extended 1 year after the expiration date printed on the credential.
    Items 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

15 Comments

  1. Alair Aparecida Pinto Gonçalves January 21, 2020

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

  2. Sanaa mrabet October 31, 2018

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

  3. Sanaa mrabet October 31, 2018

    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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