Facts about the Illinois Permit Knowledge Test
|What You Should Know|
|Number of questions on exam:||Traffic signs: 15
Traffic laws and safe driving: 20
|Passing score:||80 percent|
|Correct answers to pass:||28|
|Allotted time to complete test:||No limit|
|Wait time before retest:||1 day|
|This Practice Test||Number of questions on each practice test:||Traffic rules: 20|
|Each test is random|
#1. When should you NOT pass another vehicle?
Do not pass when approaching or at an intersection. Remember, it is illegal to pass within 100 feet of an intersection.
#2. You must have the following brake system in proper working order:
Your vehicle must have two brake systems and brakes on all wheels. The foot brake must be strong enough to stop a vehicle traveling at a speed of 20 mph in 30 feet. The emergency or parking brake must be strong enough to stop the vehicle in 55 feet at the same speed.
#3. A railroad crossbuck sign is considered:
A railroad crossbuck sign is considered a yield sign and a driver must yield the right of way to any oncoming trains and railroad equipment.
#4. When are you allowed to pass a stopped school bus on your side of the roadway?
You must always stop if you are traveling in the same direction as the school bus. A stop signal arm will be extended after the school bus has come to a complete stop. You must then also come to a complete stop. You must remain stopped until the stop signal arm is no longer extended and the flashing lights are turned off or the driver signals you to pass.
Remember, you must obey a uniformed adult school crossing guard who is directing traffic or performing official duties.
#5. Which of the following is true about driving on a wet roadway?
The faster you drive on a wet roadway, the less effective your tires become at wiping the water from the road.
#6. A traffic signal with a yellow arrow means:
The constantly lit yellow arrow means the green arrow is ending or that the light is about to turn red.
#7. If driving during foggy weather, a driver should turn on the vehicle's high-beam headlights to increase the field of vision.
Turn on your low beam lights when you encounter fog, dust, heavy rain or snow. Do not use your high beam because the light will be reflected into your eyes.
#8. When driving at night, which of the following is a requirement?
At night, never drive at a speed at which you cannot stop within the distance you can see on the road ahead.
#9. If you are convicted of causing personal injury or death as a result of a DUI, your driving privilege will be:
Offenses for which your driver’s license may be revoked include aggravated DUI.
#10. When making a left turn you should always:
- Give a left turn signal from the proper turning lane.
- Obey traffic signs and signals.
- Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, emergency vehicles and other vehicles in the intersection.
- Check all approaching traffic.
- Point the wheels straight ahead until you actually start to turn.
- Complete the turn into the lane closest to you going in your intended direction.
#11. As a driver, you should expect to see motorcycles in traffic:
A driver should expect to see motorcycles in traffic at any time, not just in the spring and summer.
#12. When following motorcycles on streets with streetcar or railroad tracks, you should:
A driver should allow a greater following distance when behind a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver in an emergency. Motorcycles react differently to traffic, weather and road conditions than cars. Riders may respond in ways a vehicle driver does not expect. Wet or icy roads impair a motorcyclist’s ability to brake and maneuver. Wind gusts, both natural and those created by large passing vehicles, can move a motorcycle across an entire lane if the rider is not prepared. Potholes or railroad tracks often require motorcyclists to change positions within their lane. Gravel roads decrease traction and may cause a rider to slow down or brake where a car would not.
#13. Parking a vehicle, whether occupied or not, is prohibited within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing.
Parking a vehicle, whether occupied or not, is prohibited within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing.
#14. What should you do when a law enforcement officer is directing traffic?
It is important to obey the orders of a police officer, firefighter, highway authority official or uniformed adult school crossing guard who is directing traffic or performing his or her official duties .
Also, obey special signs or instructions from workers (flaggers) in work zones.
#15. The areas around a large truck where other vehicles disappear into blind spots are often called no-zones. These areas include:
Truck drivers have large blind spots around the front, back and sides of the truck. When following a large vehicle, stay out of its blind spots. Position your vehicle so the driver can see it in the side mirrors.
#16. Which pavement marking separates lanes with traffic going in the same direction?
White lines are used as right edge lines on roadways and to delineate the separation of traffic flow in the same direction
#17. You are moving out of an alley in an urban area. If the roadway is clear of traffic and no stop sign is posted, you may proceed without stopping.
In urban areas, drivers must come to a complete stop when moving out of an alley, building, private road or driveway and before entering the sidewalk area. If there is no sidewalk, stop at a point nearest the street or roadway where there is a view of approaching traffic. After stopping, yield the right of way to pedestrians and all vehicles.
#18. True or false? It is permissible for anyone to wear a headset covering both ears while driving.
Illinois law states that you may not wear a headset while driving. Headsets are defined as any device, other than a hearing aid, that allows the wearer to hear or receive electronic communications. The use of a single-sided headset or earpiece with a wireless/cellphone device is permitted while driving. Hands-free devices or Bluetooth technology is allowed for persons age 19 and older.
#19. If you are 21 years or older and driving a car, you must keep an opened container of wine:
It is illegal to have alcohol in the passenger area of a vehicle if the container has been opened.
#20. Unless otherwise posted, what is the legal speed limit in a city?
Legal speed limit in a city and town area is 30 mph.
About this Illinois Practice Test
This practice test is a learning tool. Each test has 20 questions about Illinois safety rules and traffic laws. All answers are found in the Illinois handbook “Rules of the Road”. Many questions are from the official written examination.
After each practice question, the test will show you if your answer is correct or not. If you miss a question, there is also a brief explanation.
Read the feedback and focus on why you missed the question. Did you misunderstand or did you not know the answer? Always compare the answer with the information in the handbook; this way you will learn faster.
The Illinois knowledge examination consists of two parts. This is the second part.
The first part of the test addresses common road signs. A random practice tests with all signs is found here: Illinois Road Signs Recognition Test – 15 Questions
Study for the Knowledge Examination
Before you start, you should have:
- The latest version of Rules of the Road. Get it from a licensing office or online .
- The Parent-Teen Guide if you are applying for a permit.
- A parent or other licensed driver to discuss rules and safe driving with.
If you follow these steps, you will learn more efficiently. Read more about the best way to study here: Best Way to Study .
When you have a good understanding of the contents in Rules of the Road, take several sample tests to check how much you have learned. The test score also tells you if you are ready for the real examination or not.
The official passing score in Illinois is 80 percent, but you should aim higher on a practice test. Try not to miss more than one or two questions on each sample test. Go back to the study guide for each question you miss. Compare answers with the information in the booklet.
Who Must Take the Illinois Written Test?
All new drivers.
All new drivers applying for an original Illinois Driver’s License or Instruction Permit must pass the written knowledge exam.
Drivers with a license from a foreign country.
If you move to Illinois and have an out-of-country driver’s license, you must pass the vision exam, the written knowledge exam, and usually also the road skills test.
Drivers with an out-of-state license.
Unlike the rules in many other states, you must also take the knowledge test if you have a valid license from another state. The road skills test is, however, waived in most cases.
When you renew your license and have traffic convictions on your record. .
Drivers must also take a written exam every eight year, unless they have a clean driving record with no traffic convictions.
If you have a traffic crash or other moving violation on your driving record, the Secretary of State can also ask you take the written exam again.
When you let your Illinois license expire more than 1 year.
Should you let your Illinois driver license expire more than a year, you must take all tests again. This also applies if your license has been revoked by the state.
What You Should Know about Illinois Written Test
During the written test, you will be asked to identify traffic signs by shape, color, or symbol, identify signals and pavement markings, and answer questions about traffic laws and safety rules. Questions are drawn from all parts of the handbook.
You are not allowed to use any books, papers, cell phones, or other wireless devices during the test.
Any applicant observed in a situation that could be considered suspicious during the test will be warned. If you are found cheating, you will fail that portion of the exam. You must also wait 30 days before you can take on the test again.
Taking the exam for another person is a criminal offense may result in a fine and minimum seven days in jail.
What Happens if I Fail the Test?
Should you fail the test, you can normally take it again the next day.
If you had more than 8 errors, chances are that you will miss the passing score again. Give it a few more days and study both the “Rules of the Road” and the practice tests.
The more you study, the more likely you are to pass.
You have tree attempts to pass the knowledge test, counting from the day you applied for the permit and paid the application fee.
What Happens after I Passed the Test?
After passing the vision test and knowledge test as a new applicant, the examiner issues a temporary instruction permit.
For teenagers this is the first step in the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program.
The purpose of the GDL Program is to let drivers between 15 – 20 years to pass three progressive stages toward full-driving privileges.
Teen drivers must earn the right to move from one phase to the next, based on experience and their driving behavior.
Phase I: Instruction Permit Phase – Restrictions
With an instruction permit you may start driving together with a parent or any adult who is 21 years or older, holds a valid driver’s license, and has at least one year of driving experience.
The permit is valid for two years if you are under 18 years (one year if you are 18 years or older).
The instruction permit comes with the following restrictions:
General night curfew.
A permit holder cannot drive Sunday-Thursday between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., and Friday-Saturday between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. (local ordinances may set different curfews).
Number of passengers is limited.
The number of passengers in the vehicle is limited to one in the front seat and the number of safety belts in the back seat.
No wireless/cellphone use while driving.
Permit holders under 19 years cannot use any wireless/cellphone use while driving, including hands-free devices.
Exemption exists to contact a law enforcement agency, health care provider or emergency services agency in the case of an emergency.
Phase I: Instruction Permit Phase – Before You Can Move On
Before you can move on to phase II, you must:
Hold your permit for a minimum of nine months.
Before you can move on to the next step you must hold the instruction permit for at least nine months.
Practice driving a minimum of 50 hours, including 10 hours at night.
During the permit phase you must practice driving with a supervising driver for at least 50 hours, of which 10 hours must be at night.
The 50 hours are in addition to any time spent behind-the-wheel with a driving instructor.
It is a good idea to keep a log of your driving practice, even if you don’t have to show this log when applying for your provisional license. A parent or legal guardian must, however, certify that you have completed a minimum of 50 hours of practice driving.
Not have any driving infractions, underage alcohol convictions or court supervisions during the previous nine-month permit phase.
To obtain court supervision for a traffic violation, a driver must appear in court with a parent/legal guardian and must attend traffic safety school. Limit one court supervision for serious driving offenses.
If you are convicted of a moving violation, there is an additional nine-month waiting period before you can apply for a driver’s license.
If you are caught driving without a permit you must wait until you are at least 18 years before you can apply for a license.
A violation of the night curfew may result in a permit suspension.
Phase II: Initial Licensing Phase (Provisional License) 16 – 17 years
To be eligible for phase II in the GDL program, a driver under 18 years must have completed a state-approved driver education course. Applicants between 18 and 20 years may instead complete a six-hour Adult Driver Education course.
A parent or legal guardian must certify that you have completed a minimum of 50 hours of practice driving, including 10 hours at night.
You must have held your permit for at least nine months.
Phase II: Initial Licensing Phase – Restrictions
With a provisional license you may drive without a supervising driver, but the license still has some restrictions.
No driving at night.
You cannot drive Sunday-Thursday between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., and Friday-Saturday between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Exemptions in the law allow you to drive to and from employment or school-sanctioned activities during curfew hours. You may also drive if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
No more than one passenger under 20 years for the first 12 months.
For the first 12 months or until you turn 18, whichever occurs first, the number of passengers is limited to one person under 20 years. A sibling, stepsibling, child, or stepchild of the driver is not counted towards this limit.
After 12 months or when you turn 18, the number of passengers is limited to one in the front seat and the number of safety belts in the back seat.
No use of cellphones.
All cellphone/wireless use while driving, including a hands-free device, is prohibited if you are under 19 years and not in an emergency.
Phase II: Initial Licensing Phase – Sanctions
If you are guilty of a moving violation within the first year of licensing, the passenger limitation is extended six months.
Two moving violation convictions within a 24-month period will result in a minimum one-month license suspension.
If the Secretary of State suspends your license, you may be retested and must pay a $70 reinstatement fee.
If you violate the nighttime driving restriction, your driving privileges may also be suspended.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Illinois written knowledge test for an instruction permit has 35 questions. 15 question address common road signs and the remaining 20 questions deal with safety rules and common traffic laws.
The failure rate on the Illinois written test is less than 10 %. The first part with traffic sign identification (15 questions) is considered very easy and the second part about road rules is graded easy.
You must be at least 15 years old to apply for a learner's permit or instruction permit in Illinois.