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#1. You are driving on a highway when a tire blows out on your vehicle. What should you do?

Hold the steering wheel tightly and keep the vehicle going straight. Slow down gradually. Take your foot off the gas pedal and use the brakes lightly. Move slowly and safely off the road. Do not stop on the road if possible.


#2. The shape of a Do Not Enter sign is:

A square sign with a white horizontal line inside a red ball means you cannot enter. You will see this sign at roadway openings that you should not enter, such as exit ramps where you would be going in the wrong direction, crossovers on divided roadways, and at numerous locations on one-way streets.

Remember, the sign is square, it is not circular!


#3. To better prepare for the constant decisions necessary for safe, defensive driving, you must:

To be a good driver, you must know what is happening around your vehicle. You must look ahead, to the sides, and behind the vehicle. Scanning helps you to see problems ahead, vehicles and people that may be in the road by the time you reach them, signs warning of problems ahead, and signs giving you directions.

Remember, take in the whole scene. If you only look at the middle of the road, you will miss what is happening on the side of the road and behind you.


#4. 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.


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

Destination and distance signs are always green. These guide signs direct you to bike routes, parking areas, and specific exits. They also include mileposts. Green information signs include items such as state lines, city limits and other boundaries.


#6. Which of the following must you obey over the other two?

You must obey signals given by a law enforcement officer, even if the officer’s signals contradict the traffic signal. In work areas, a person with a sign or a flag may control traffic. You must obey these persons. In connection with fires and accidents, you must also obey instructions from firefighters. Near schools, obey signals from any crossing guards.


#7. After passing another vehicle and before returning to the proper lane, it is a good rule to:

Before you return to the driving lane, be sure to leave enough room between yourself and the vehicle you have passed. When you can see both headlights of the vehicle you have just passed in your rear-view mirror, it is safe to return to the driving lane. Do not count on having enough time to pass several cars at once. Also, do not count on other drivers making room for you or maintaining their speed.


#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. When you approach a work zone, you should:

You need to pay extra attention when driving through a roadway work area.

Slow down and watch for flag persons, workers, and equipment ahead. There may be narrow lanes, fewer lanes, or construction vehicles entering the roadway. Stay in the middle of your lane.

You may see portable or permanent message boards. They may provide information about traffic, road, or other hazardous conditions. Always obey any directions posted on these message boards.


#10. A yield sign in your lane:

It means you must slow down to a speed reasonable for the conditions and yield the right-of-way. Stop if necessary.


#11. This sign tells you:

Reduction in Lanes. This sign is used on multi-lane highways to warn you of a reduction in the number of traffic lanes in the direction you are traveling. Be prepared to change lanes or to allow other vehicles to merge into your lane.


#12. A broken yellow center line:

Broken yellow lines mean that you may cross the line to pass when there is no oncoming traffic and safe to do so.


#13. When entering or crossing a street from an alley:

If entering a road from a driveway, alley or building you must stop at the sidewalk and yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian. When entering the roadway you must yield the right-of-way to all vehicles on the main road.


#14. When parking close to a pedestrian crossing at an intersection, you must keep this distance:

Do not park within 25 feet of a pedestrian safety zone.


#15. If an aggressive driver follows you on the road:

If an aggressive driver pursues you, do not stop or go home. Instead, drive to a police station, convenience store, or other public and well-lit location where you can get help.


#16. When you approach a horse and a horse rider on a public highway, you must

When you approach a horse on a public highway, you must drive at a reasonable speed, and at a reasonable distance away from the horse. It is illegal to sound your horn or cause loud or unusual noises when approaching or passing a horse.


#17. You may always continue carefully against a yellow light if:

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.


#18. A penny test is an easy way of checking:

Once every month, or before you embark upon a long road trip, check your tires for wear and damage problems. One easy way to check for wear is by using the penny test. Select a point on your tire where the tread appears to be lowest and place Lincoln’s head into one of the grooves. If any part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you are driving with the safe amount of tread. If your tread gets below that, your car’s ability to grip the road in adverse conditions is greatly reduced.


#19. What is true about signaling before suddenly reducing speed?

Remember, the law requires that you give an appropriate signal before stopping or suddenly decrease your speed. You can signal with your hand and arm or with your vehicle’s brake lights.


#20. Connecticut Implied Consent Law means that you:

Driving is a privilege, and under Connecticut’s Implied Consent Law any person who operates a motor vehicle is presumed to have given his or her consent to a test to determine blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

If you are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, you will be asked to submit to a blood, breath, or urine test, which shows your blood alcohol content (BAC). If you refuse to take a test, your 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, as a result of your arrest, you are convicted of DUI.


#21. The posted speed limit on a road is 55 mph. When there is packed snow on this road:

When the road is slippery, the tires do not grip as well as on a dry road. On a wet road you should reduce your speed about 10 mph. On packed snow you should cut your speed in half. On ice, you must slow to a crawl. It is extremely dangerous to drive on ice.


#22. Penalties, like license suspensions, that are imposed by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles are known as:

Some penalties are imposed by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. Under the law they are known as Administrative Per Se. They are always in addition to any penalties imposed by a court.


#23. You should expect to be in a large truck's blind spot if you:

The easiest way to avoid lingering in the No Zone is to look for the truck driver’s reflection in the side mirror. If you cannot see the driver’s face in his side view mirror, then he cannot see you.


#24. The most effective means of reducing serious injuries in a traffic crash is:

The most effective safety restraints are lap/shoulder belt and air bag. If your vehicle has a two-part seat belt system, be sure to wear both the lap belt and the shoulder belt. Wearing either part alone greatly reduces your protection.


#25. When may you legally drive around a lowered gate at a railroad crossing?

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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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.

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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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