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About the Illinois Practice Tests
The practice tests are a learning tool. Each test has 35 questions. All questions and answers are found in the Illinois handbook “Rules of the Road”. Many questions are from official written tests.
After each question, you will see the correct answer. If you miss a question, there is also a brief explanation. Use the feedback to learn quicker and compare with the information in the handbook.
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.
This will make your learning more efficient.
When you have a good understanding of the contents in Rules of the Road, take several sample tests to check how much you remember. The test score will also tell you if you are ready or not.
The official passing score in Illinois is 80 percent, but you should aim higher when you practice. 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 applying for an original Illinois Driver’s License or Instruction Permit must pass a written knowledge exam.
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, Secretary of State can ask you take the written exam again.
If you have an out-of-state or out-of-country driver’s license, you must pass the vision exam, the written knowledge exam and in some cases also the road test.
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.
You can find all answers in the Illinois Driver Handbook: “Rules of the Road”.
You are not allowed to use any books, paper, 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.
How Many Questions are on the Illinois Written Test?
The Illinois written knowledge test has 35 questions. 15 questions address traffic signs and the remaining 20 will either be multiple-choice or true-false questions about rules and safe driving. You can miss no more than 7 questions.
Each practice test at Driver’s Prep has 35 questions, but the number of questions about traffic signs varies (there can be more than 15 questions – or less.)
100 Sample Test
When you start practicing, you will see links to more tests, like Permit Test No. 2, Permit Test No. 3, etc.