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Iowa Practice Tests for Your Driver’s License

Studying for your driver’s license or instruction permit just got a lot easier. With 100 practice tests based on the state driver’s manual and real tests from the Department of Transportation, you can pass the knowledge exam on your first try.

Each practice test has 35 random questions from a large bank of verified questions. After each practice question, you get instant feedback with a short explanation if your answer is incorrect. This will help you learn the state rules a lot faster.

Remember, don’t just memorize answers. You need to understand why an answer is correct or not. Check information in the driver’s manual when you aren’t sure about the answers.

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How many questions are on the Iowa DMV test?

Start by getting the latest version of the Iowa Driver’s Manual. When you’ve read it, you should use these practice tests to check your progress and level of readiness.

The passing score in Iowa is 80 percent, which means you should answer at least 28 practice questions correctly. Take enough practice tests to make sure you can get 33 – 35 answers correct. It gives you a good margin when going for the real thing.


Who Must Pass the Iowa Written Knowledge Test?

You must take the MVD knowledge test:

  • If you haven’t had a learner’s permit or full driver’s license before.
  • If you have an out-of-state license that is invalid or expired (over one year).
  • When moving to Iowa and hold an out-of-country license (all tests are usually required).
  • When the state has revoked your license and you apply for a new one.

Remember, when you move to Iowa and wish to drive, you must apply for an Iowa license. If you have an out-of-state license valid for the same driving privilege you are applying for in Iowa, the knowledge and driving tests are usually waived.


You are considered an Iowa resident for the purposes of driver’s licensing and vehicle registration if you have:

  1. Registered to vote in Iowa;
  2. Enrolled your children in public school;
  3. Accepted a permanent job in the state; or
  4. Resided continuously in Iowa for 30 days.

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The Purpose of the Written Test

The official knowledge exam will determine how well you know and understand highway signs and Iowa traffic laws.

Iowa DOT offers computer-based tests for both permits and driver’s licenses. A traditional written test on paper may still be available in some locations.

While the number of questions on Iowa tests may vary, the test for a new learner’s permit has 35 questions. 20 questions address traffic laws and safe driving techniques. Remaining 15 questions are about signs, signals, and markings.

Our practice tests mix all questions. There may be fewer questions on road signs than on the real exam – but all road signs from the driver’s manual are covered in our tests.

Don’t waste time - Pass the Iowa DMV on your first try

Take the Written Knowledge Test at Home

As a result of the pandemic, minors up to 18 years can take the knowledge test for an Iowa learner permit in the comfort of their own home.

This is what you need:

    You need to be at least 14 years old and under 18 years.

    An internet connection and a computer (not a phone or tablet).

    An application submitted by a parent.

A parent must complete and submit the Application to Proctor Knowledge Exam form. The parent must also administer the test and make sure you follow the rules.

Once the application is approved an email will be sent with instructions for taking and administering the test. It takes about 7-14 days before you get the email.

An email will also be sent with the test results and instructions after the test is completed.

The option to take the knowledge test at home is not available if you are 18 years or older.

Knowledge Test at MVD

If you are 18 years or older, you must make an appointment and take the test at a service center. Make an appointment .

Remember that you can do business at any available location, not just the one nearest you.

COVID-19 Alerts

COVID-19 Alerts from Iowa MVD

You can take your knowledge test at home if you are under 18 years. If you are older, you must take the test at a service center.

You must wear a face mask during visits to the service centers. A health screening may also be necessary.

Read more .

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