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  Questions per test:15
  Question pool:500+
  Type of test:Random multiple-choice



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#1. A truck's blind spots:

No-zones are danger areas around trucks and buses where crashes are more likely to occur.

When driving near a large vehicle, be aware of the driver’s blind spots on the right, left, front and behind. Avoid following too closely and position your vehicle so the truck driver can see you in his side mirrors. Study the illustrations in the driver’s manual.


#2. Using Lincoln's head on a penny is an easy way of checking what?

Check tire tread with a penny. Stick the penny into the tread, head first. If the tread does not come at least to Lincoln’s head (2/32 inch), the tire is illegal and unsafe, and you need to replace it.


#3. The amount of alcohol in the blood is generally referred to as:

The amount of alcohol in the blood is referred to as BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration).


#4. If you encounter an aggressive driver, you can make the situation worse if you:

If an aggressive driver tries to pick a fight, do not make eye contact.

To prevent the occurrence of road rage, drive safely and be courteous to other motorists. Do not engage in aggressive driving habits. If you should become involved in a road-rage incident, do not retaliate or engage in an argument with the enraged driver. You will only worsen the problem.


#5. When you park on a hill headed downhill and there is a curb, you should turn your front wheels:

When parking on a hill you must make sure your car does not roll into traffic if the brakes do not hold. Headed downhill, turn your front wheels into the curb or toward the side of the road. Set the parking brake.

Remember, when you park on a hill, the general rule is to turn your wheels sharply towards the side of the road or curb. This way, if your vehicle starts to roll downhill, it will roll away from traffic. However, when headed uphill at a curb, you should turn the front wheels in the opposite direction, away from the curb and towards the road. Then, let your vehicle roll backwards until the back of your front wheel touches the curb. The curb will stop your car from rolling into traffic.

Study the diagram provided in your driver’s handbook.


#6. Breaking into the line of a funeral procession is:

A funeral procession has the right-of-way at an intersection and may pass through the intersection if the procession is led by an escort vehicle displaying flashing yellow, red, or blue lights. You must not drive your vehicle between the vehicles of a funeral procession except when authorized to do so by a police or safety officer.


#7. Rear-end collisions are usually caused by:

Rear-end crashes are more common than any other kind. Many drivers follow too closely, and when the vehicle ahead stops, they cannot react in time.


#8. Which car or cars are best positioned for a right turn on this one-way street?

If you are turning right, turn from the lane nearest the curb. Turn into the lane nearest to you. If you need to change to another lane, do so only after you have finished your turn and when the traffic is clear.


#9. If your car starts to skid sideways due to wet or icy conditions, it is generally wrong to:

You should not brake hard.

This may lock your wheels and make the skid worse. Pump the brakes gently if you are about to hit something.

This question asked what you should not do.


#10. You have stopped your car. Before opening your door, you should always:

Be aware of other traffic when exiting your vehicle. When opening your car door, check behind for cyclists and other vehicles.


#11. A driver's license is:

Having a driver’s license is a privilege you earn. Along with this privilege comes a great responsibility.


#12. When an emergency vehicle with flashing red lights approaches from the other direction, you must:

State law requires drivers to yield the right-of-way to any vehicle displaying a flashing red or blue light or sounding a siren. When you become aware of the approach of a vehicle displaying a flashing red or blue light, or when you hear a siren, you must immediately drive to the right side of the road or to the curb, clear of any intersection, and stop. You must remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed, unless you are directed by a police officer or a firefighter to move.

Remember, do not block intersections.


#13. If a school bus with flashing red lights has stopped on the other side of a four-lane roadway with a median separation, you should:

Where there are school buses, there are usually children. Children are likely to do something unexpected, so be prepared. When you come to a school or church bus that is stopped on any roadway to load or unload passengers, you must stop. By law you must remain stopped until all people are clear of the roadway and the bus is in motion.

A stop is not required when approaching a stopped bus from the opposite direction upon a highway of four or more lanes.


#14. When you plan to exit a limited access highway, you should:

When exiting, maintain your speed as long as you are on the main road. Do not slow down until you move into the deceleration lane or ramp. Check the posted safe speed for the ramp.


#15. At night, you should drive with your headlights on high beam:

Use your high beams whenever there are no oncoming vehicles, except when fog or other inclement weather would make low beams more appropriate. Properly adjusted high beams let you see twice as far as low beams. It is very important to use them on unfamiliar roads, in construction areas, or where there may be people along the side of the road.

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The Official Kentucky Written Knowledge Test
  Questions on real exam:10 + 30
  Passing score:80 percent
  Correct answers to pass:8 + 24
  Allotted time to complete test:
  Wait time before retest:1 day

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How Many Questions are on the KY Written Knowledge Exam?

The written knowledge test in Kentucky is a multiple-choice test with 40 questions.

On the first part, the test has 30 questions about traffic signals, Kentucky vehicle laws, and common safe-driving practices.

The second part asks about the highway signs described in the Kentucky Driver Manual. You will be asked to identify 10 road signs based on their color, shape, symbols, or word messages.

You take both tests on a computer.

What is the Passing Score on the Kentucky Written Test?

The passing score on the Kentucky knowledge test is 80%.

You must correctly answer 24 of the 30 multiple-choice questions. On the road signs test, you must correctly identify 8 of the 10 signs.

To pass the test, you must correctly answer at least 32 questions in total.

Is There a Time Limit on the Kentucky Permit Test?

There is no time limit on test. You should allow yourself enough time to read all questions very carefully before you answer. Expect the test to take 15-20 minutes. It will take even less if you are well prepared.

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Where Can I Take the Test?

You must take the test at the Department of Kentucky State Police in the county where you live.

To take the test in another county, you need a written permission by the Transportation Cabinet and the State Police in that county must agree to arrange the test.

Can I Take the Kentucky Permit Test Online?

Kentucky State Police does not offer the permit test online.

What Kind of Questions are on the Test in Kentucky?

The Kentucky written knowledge test has questions about driving rules, regulations, procedures, and safe driving practices. Answers to all questions are found in the Kentucky Driver Manual.

An additional test has questions about highway signs and their meaning, including how colors and shapes are used to convey basic messages (like warning, regulations, guidance, and directions).

How Should I Study for the Test?

You should start by studying the Kentucky Driver Manual. Contact the Circuit Court Clerk’s office in your county of residence or download the latest version online .

When you’ve studied the manual, use these practice tests to check your progress and if you are ready for the real knowledge test or not.

What is this Practice Test?

This practice test focuses on the knowledge part. You can practice the road signs here: Kentucky Road Sign Recognition Test .

Each test has 15 random questions each (half of the real exam). Test questions are based on the information in the Driver Manual and real exam questions.

After each question, you will get instant feedback. If miss a question, there is also a brief comment to help you learn faster. Use this information to look up more information in your manual.

You can see your score at the end of each test.

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How Can the Practice Tests Help Me?

Practice tests are a proven way of increasing your chances to pass the permit test the first time. You will familiarize yourself with the kind questions the Department of Kentucky State Police will ask. By taking several tests, your score will also get better and better, which will boost your confidence and make you less nervous.

It is always a good idea to aim a little higher than 80% on this practice test.

Remember that the test is random, which means you will get a new set of questions each time you take it.

Learn more about how you can ace the exam .

How Many Practice Tests Should I Take?

Keep practicing until you feel comfortable with all answers and are able to reach a full score on each test.

Don’t rely on memorizing questions and answers. You never know which questions you will get on the real exam since each test is random. Questions and answers can also be worded slightly different, which can trip you on the real exam unless you truly understand the rules.

Who Must Take the Kentucky Written Knowledge Test?

  All first-time applicants.

All first-time applicants must pass the Kentucky knowledge test, road test, and a vision exam.

  Holders of an expired, suspended, or revoked Kentucky license.

You must pass all tests, including the written knowledge test, if you let your Kentucky driver’s license expire for more than one year or if the state has revoked or suspended your license for more than one year.

  Holders of a foreign license.

Non-citizens who hold a foreign license may normally drive in Kentucky up to one year after the become residents.

Note that your home country must be part of the Foreign License Reciprocity. If not, you must apply for a Kentucky license within 30 days.

If you are a permanent resident with a valid license from a foreign reciprocity country, you must take the written test and the vision exam. Otherwise, you must pass all testing.

What if I Hold a License from Another State?

If you have a valid out-of-state license, the written test and road test are normally waived. Should you let your out-of-state license expire only one day, you must pass the written and vision tests.

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What Happens if I Fail the Test?

If you fail any part of the written permit test, you can usually take it again the next day, if your county office is open for testing that day.

You can, however, not attempt the written test more than six times in a row.

If you fail the written test six times, you must wait six months before you can try again.


The official test is available in the following languages:


If you have trouble reading, you can ask for an oral test in English.

At What Age Can I Get a Learner’s Permit?

Permit16 years180 days

In Kentucky, you must be at least 16 years to apply for a learner’s permit.

You must hold the permit for a period of at least 180 days before you can apply for a license.

What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Permit?

To apply for your first learner’s permit you must provide proof of your identity and date of birth. You must also have your social security card with your social security number, if you have one.

If you are under 18 years, you also need a school attendance form, and a parent or guardian must accompany you and sign the application form.

Must I Take a Driver Education Course?

If you are under 18 years, you must complete a driver education program before moving to the full, unrestricted licensing phase.

Currently (spring 2021), the Kentucky Division of Driver Licensing has halted all in-person state traffic school and graduated license courses. You may continue to complete the programs via online learning or instructor-led virtual learning. DDL has migrated all classes from in-person instruction to instructor-led virtual learning.

When Can I Get an Intermediate Driver License?

You must be at least 16½ years and have had a learner’s permit for at least 180 days.

During the permit phase you must have completed at least 60 hours of practice driving, of which at least 10 hours must be at night.

You must submit a driving log that is signed by both you and a parent/guardian.


  1. Why is it s hard for me to get my license back, Joseph Lott.
    Please help me ! I’m in Kentucky, I just don’t know what to do!

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