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Kentucky Written Permit Test Practice – Knowledge Test Questions

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



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#1. If your vehicle breaks down on a highway:

If your car is blocking the flow of traffic, you must move it. Turn on your emergency flashers. Park your vehicle on the shoulder, as far to the right as possible. Avoid standing behind the car or between two cars


#2. 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.


#3. If you have been drinking alcohol, what will help you to sober up?

There is no way to sober up quickly. Things like coffee, fresh air, exercise, or cold showers will not help. Sleep will not help either, except to pass the time.

Time is the only thing that will sober you up.

This is a very common question on DMV tests.


#4. You should pass other vehicles on the left because:

In general, you should pass on the left. Passing on the right can be dangerous since other drivers do not expect it. Vehicles on the right side are also more difficult to see.


#5. You are driving on a road with few streetlights on a clear night. If you cannot see well with your low-beam headlights, which of these actions would help?

Use high beams in open country or on dark city streets, as long as it is not illegal. Do not blind other drivers with your high beam headlights. Dim your lights when necessary.


#6. Low tire pressure typically:

Check tire pressure regularly. Under-inflated tires increase gas consumption and can make your vehicle more difficult to handle. Also, under-inflated tires will wear faster and are more prone to blowout.


#7. To back a vehicle up safely, you should:

Follow these steps to back a vehicle up safely:

  • Check behind your vehicle before you get in. Children or small objects are difficult to see from the driver’s seat.
  • When backing straight to the rear or to the right, look over your right shoulder directly through the rear window.
  • When backing to your left, look over your left shoulder. Do not depend on your mirrors.
  • Back slowly. Your vehicle is more difficult to control when you are backing.
  • Continue looking back until you come to a complete stop.
  • Whenever possible, avoid backing into traffic. If possible, use a person outside the car to help you back up.

#8. When are you required to stop at a railroad crossing?

At crossings marked with automatic flasher units or automatic crossing gates, drivers must stop if the lights are flashing or the gates are lowered, and remain stopped until the lights stop flashing and the gates are raised.

At crossings, which have the standard octagonal red and white stop sign, drivers must stop and proceed only when they determine no train is approaching.

Remember, you must also stop if an approaching train is clearly visible and close, or directed to do so by a flagger.


#9. When you see a truck preparing for a right turn ahead, you should:

Truck and bus drivers sometimes need to swing wide to the left in order to safely negotiate a right turn. They cannot see cars, motorcycles, or bicycles directly behind or beside them. Cutting in between the commercial vehicle and the curb or shoulder to the right increases the possibility of a crash. It is best to wait until the truck or bus has completed the maneuver before proceeding.


#10. When you accidently run off the pavement, you can lose control of the vehicle if you:

  • Take your foot off the gas pedal and reduce speed.
  • Hold the wheel firmly and steer in a straight line.
  • Brake lightly.
  • Wait until the road is clear.
  • Turn back on the pavement at slow speed (no more than 5 mph).

Remember, do not try to swing back onto the pavement right away. Do not over-correct steering. Over-correcting might throw your vehicle off balance.


#11. A pedestrian has entered a crosswalk where there are no signs or signals. Who has the right-of-way?

By law, you must yield when pedestrians are in a crosswalk or at an intersection and there is no traffic light. You must also yield when turning a corner and pedestrians are crossing with the light.

Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.


#12. When sharing the road with a motorcyclist it is illegal and extremely hazardous to:

Motorcycles have as much right to the road as other vehicles and need as much space. When you pass a motorcycle, give it an entire lane. Do not try to pass in the same lane.


#13. When you park on a hill headed uphill and there is no curb, you should turn your front wheels:

Headed either uphill or downhill and there is no curb, turn the wheels to the right so the car will roll away from the center of the road if the brakes fail.

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.


#14. Leaving a sleeping baby inside a car is:

Do not leave children unattended or unsupervised in a motor vehicle.

Each year children are injured or tragically die as a result of being left unattended in a vehicle. Kentucky Law states it is illegal to leave a child under the age of eight (8) years in a motor vehicle under circumstances which manifest an extreme indifference to human life, and which create a grave risk of death to the child, thereby causing the death.


#15. How many points will be added to your driver's record if you are convicted of reckless driving?

Reckless driving will result in four points.

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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?

License Age Period
Permit 16 years 180 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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