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. Always turn your front wheels toward the curb when you are parked on a grade and facing:
Headed downhill, turn your front wheels into the curb or toward the side of the road. Set the parking brake.
#2. When approaching another vehicle from behind at night, at what distance should you dim your headlights?
Bright lights must be dimmed 500 feet before meeting an oncoming vehicle or 300 feet before passing a vehicle.
#3. When driving on wet winter roads, you should:
Reduce your speed. Allow extra space between your car and the car ahead. Do not brake or turn suddenly. Use a low gear when going down steep hills. Be careful on bridges and overpasses. These areas freeze first and dry out last.
#4. Pavement marking with a double solid white line means:
Solid double white lines separate lanes of traffic moving in the same direction. Crossing a double solid white line is prohibited
#5. You have a handheld cell phone. What should you do if you want to use it when you are on the road?
Driving is a skill that requires your full attention. Minimize distractions. Focus on safe driving practices. If your cell phone rings, do not answer it. Let the call go to voicemail, if you have this feature. If you must answer or make a call, pull safely off the road and stop. Do not use your cell phone during hazardous conditions or engage in distracting conversations.
The only time Illinois drivers can use a handheld cellphone is:
- To report an emergency situation.
- While parked on the shoulder of a roadway.
- While stopped due to normal traffic being obstructed and the vehicle is in neutral or park.
#6. On which side should you pass a barricade with this panel?
The diagonal stripes on the barricade or vertical panel guide the driver towards the direction to which the traffic is to pass. Stripes sloping downward to the right mean the driver should bear to the right. Stripes sloping downward to the left mean bear to the left.
#7. A large truck is turning right onto a street with two lanes in each direction. The truck:
Generally speaking, the bigger trucks are the more room they need to maneuver. The truck might need to swing wide to complete the right turn
#8. If a red light fails to turn green after 120 seconds, a motorcyclist may proceed through an intersection after yielding the right of way to oncoming traffic.
If a red light fails to turn green after 120 seconds, a motorcyclist may proceed through an intersection after yielding the right of way to oncoming traffic.
#9. When approaching a through street from a street that ends at the intersection (T-intersection) and that is not controlled otherwise, you only need to yield to traffic coming from the right.
Slow down and stop. Yield to all vehicles on the through street.
#10. There is a railroad crossing ahead. Passing another vehicle on the left side of a two-way road is prohibited if you are within:
You may not cross the left side of the road within 100 feet of crossing any intersection or railroad grade crossing.
#11. When moving a vehicle from the right-hand lane to the left-hand lane, drivers should give the left-turn signal:
When moving a vehicle from the right-hand lane to the left-hand lane, drivers should check for traffic behind the vehicle and to the left by turning their head and visually assessing the area. If the area is clear, the driver should give the left-turn signal and carefully move into the left lane.
#12. If an advisory speed sign isn't posted before a curve:
If a speed limit is not posted before a curve, you must judge how sharp the curve is and change your speed. Slow down before you enter the curve. Braking and turning at the same time may cause your car to skid.
#13. When stopped by a law enforcement officer, you should do all the following except:
Activate the vehicle’s hazard lights or emergency flashers. Roll down your window. Never exit the vehicle or have other parties exit the vehicle unless instructed by the officer.
#14. A zero-tolerance violation is:
Under Illinois’ Zero Tolerance Law, a driver under age 21 caught with any trace of alcohol in his/her system will lose his/her driving privileges.
#15. You can make a right turn against a red signal light after stopping and yielding:
A driver may make a right turn at a red light unless there is a sign prohibiting it. The driver must come to a complete stop and yield the right of way to oncoming traffic and pedestrians before turning.
#16. Before turning left or right in residential areas you must at least signal during the last:
In a business or residential area you must give a continuous turn signal for at least 100 feet before turning. In other areas the signal must be given at least 200 feet before turning.
#17. You must have the following brake system in proper working order:
Vehicles 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. The emergency brake also must be able to hold the vehicle on a grade or hill. Motor-driven cycles need only one brake.
#18. When you see a truck with an oversized load ahead of you, you should:
Allow extra space when following large vehicles that block your view ahead. The extra space allows you to see around the vehicle and allows the other driver to see you.
#19. When you are taking drugs that may cause drowsiness or dizziness, you should:
In addition to alcohol and marijuana, many prescription and nonprescription drugs impair safe driving.
It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle on Illinois highways with any trace of a controlled drug, substance or intoxicating compounds in your blood.
These drugs include but are not limited to: antihistamines, cold remedies, pain relievers, mood-changing drugs, hashish, LSD, heroin, cocaine, morphine, amphetamines (pep pills) and methamphetamine.
#20. Always stop before you cross railroad tracks if:
Never stop on the railroad tracks. Remember that a train cannot stop quickly or swerve out of the way. If you are on the tracks, you risk injury or death.
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:
<ul><li>The latest version of Rules of the Road. Get it from a licensing office or <a href="http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/motorist/rorts.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">online <i class="fa fa-external-link" aria-hidden="true"></i></a>. </li><li>The <a href="https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a217.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Parent-Teen Guide <i class="fa fa-file-pdf-o" aria-hidden="true"></i></a> if you are applying for a permit. </li><li>A parent or other licensed driver to discuss rules and safe driving with. </li></ul>
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.