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#1. When parking close to a fire hydrant you must keep what distance?

Never park within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.


#2. 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.


#3. If you turn the steering wheel with just the palm of one hand:

Keep your hands on the wheel. Do not turn the wheel with just the palm of one hand, because you could lose control. When you complete a sharp turn, straighten out the steering wheel by hand. Letting it slip through your fingers could be dangerous.


#4. Which vehicle must yield at an intersection where there are no signs or signals?

At an intersection where there is no stop sign, yield sign or oncoming traffic signal, drivers must yield to vehicles coming from the right.


#5. Anyone age 24 or younger who commits two or more moving violations:

Anyone age 24 or younger who commits two or more moving violations or suspension violations must complete the DMV-certified operator retraining program.


#6. You must always stop at a railroad crossing when:

Never start to cross if there is not room for your vehicle on the far side and if you will have to stop on the tracks. Always wait until there is room for your vehicle on the far side.


#7. During the first six months, newly licensed 16- and 17-year-old drivers can drive with:

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.


#8. What kind of sign is this?

Regulatory Speed Limit sign. This indicates the maximum speed in miles per hour. It begins where this sign is posted and ends where a different speed sign is posted.


#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 you see this sign, you should:

Yield ahead. This sign warns of a yield sign ahead. Slow down and be prepared to yield other traffic.


#11. What is true about motorcycles?

Motorcycles are small and, therefore, more difficult to see. The smaller profile can make it more difficult to judge the speed and distance as they approach. Before turning left, be alert for motorcycles by looking carefully to the front and sides of your vehicle. Their size also allows them to duck easily into your blind spot. Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots by turning your head and looking before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.


#12. If you have been drinking alcohol, what will help you to sober up?

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.


#13. After stopping at a traffic signal with a solid red light, you may:

Red traffic lights mean stop. You must wait until the traffic light turns green and there is no crossing traffic before you may move ahead. If you are turning right on red, you may turn after coming to a full stop and checking to make sure that there is no oncoming traffic and no sign prohibiting the turn on a red light. Watch out for pedestrians crossing in front of your vehicle.

In Connecticut, all left turns against a red light are not permitted.


#14. 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.


#15. What is true about giving your horn a sharp blast?

If there is danger, do not be afraid to sound a sharp blast on your horn. Do this:

  • When a child or older person is about to walk, run, or ride into the street.
  • When another vehicle is in danger of hitting you.
  • When you have lost control of your vehicle and are moving toward someone.

#16. If your car gets hit from the side and you are not wearing a seat belt, your body will move in what direction?

When a vehicle is struck from the side, it will move sideways. Everything in the vehicle that is not fastened down, including the passengers, will slide toward the point of crash, not away from it.


#17. 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 for 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 towards you and a median or other physical barrier separates the roadway. After the red lights have stopped flashing, watch for children along the side of the road and do not proceed until they have completely left the roadway and it is safe to proceed.


#18. If your car starts to skid, you should do the following, except:

You should not brake hard.

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 question asked what you should not do.


#19. You may change lane and pass when the line dividing two lanes is:

Dashed white lines are between lanes of traffic moving in the same direction that indicate you may cross to change lanes if it is safe to do so.


#20. The road is wet when you approach this sign. Which of the following is most likely to cause a problem?

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. These actions are needed on all wet roads and especially on roads where this sign is posted.


#21. 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.


#22. What does this sign mean?

Divided Highway Ends. The divided highway on which you are traveling ends ahead. You will then be on an undivided roadway with two-way traffic. Keep to the right.

If you got this wrong, look at the divider or median on the sign. If it is located at the bottom, it means that you are leaving a divided highway. When the divider is located at the top of the sign, it means that you are approaching a divided highway.


#23. When it is raining or the road is wet, most tires have good traction up to about:

When it is raining or the road is wet, most tires have good traction up to about 35 mph. As you go faster, however, your tires will start to ride upon the water like water skis. This is called hydroplaning.


#24. You should avoid passing another vehicle on the left side of the road:

Whenever signs or road markings permit you to pass, you will always have to judge whether you have enough room to pass safely. You must be able to see at least one-third of a mile (about 10 seconds) ahead.

Any time your view is blocked by a curve or a hill, you should assume that there is an oncoming vehicle just out of sight. Therefore, you should treat a curve or a hill as you do an oncoming vehicle. This means you should not start to pass if you are within one-third of a mile of a hill or curve.


#25. What is NOT true about making a safe right-hand turn at an intersection?

You should not insist on the right-of-way.

Get as close as is practical to the right curb or edge of the road without interfering with pedestrians or bicyclists. Turn on your right turn signal at least 100 feet before the turn. Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists.

This question asked what you should not do.

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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


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


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.

Connecticut COVID-19 Response – Latest Information


  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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