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



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#1. When making a left turn on a two-way street with multiple lanes, you should complete the turn in:

Finish your turn in the proper lane. When turning into another street, 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. Avoid a wide swing during your turn. Some intersections are marked to permit turns from more than one lane, and you may make your turns as indicated by signs or pavement markings.


#2. If you are stopped behind a truck on an uphill grade, how should you position your car?

When stopped behind a truck on an upgrade, stay to the left of your lane where the driver can see you. Allow extra space between you and the truck in case the truck drifts backwards slightly.


#3. The most effective means of reducing serious injuries in a traffic crash is:

The most effective safety restraints are lap/shoulder belt and air bag.

Most vehicles are equipped with one or more air bags to supplement the safety belts. Airbags reduce the likelihood that the occupant’s head or torso will strike some portion of the vehicle’s interior.


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

Headed uphill, turn your front wheels away from the curb (toward the travel lane) and let your vehicle roll back a few inches. The curb will stop the car from rolling anywhere.

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.

Study the diagram provided in your driver’s handbook.


#5. If you are in a roundabout when an emergency vehicle with flashing lights approaches from behind, you should:

If you are within an intersection, including a roundabout, clear it before you pull over.

Remember, you must not block any intersection when you stop for an emergency vehicle.


#6. If you approach an intersection with a stop sign but no stop line or crosswalk, you should:

Stop at the pedestrian crossing area or stop line if there is one. Otherwise stop before moving into the intersection. When visibility is obstructed, a second stop may be necessary before entering the intersection.


#7. When you approach a railroad crossing without warning signals, stop signs or crossing gates:

The crossbuck sign at the crossing means the driver must yield to oncoming trains. Look both ways as you approach a railroad crossing.

It is your responsibility to determine if it is safe to cross the tracks.


#8. Unmarked crosswalks are crosswalks not marked by painted lines. They exist:

An unmarked crosswalk is the portion of the roadway at an intersection that would connect opposite sides of the street. Keep in mind that most intersections contain legal crosswalks, marked or unmarked


#9. When a vehicle comes toward you at night, at what distance must you dim your lights?

Dimming headlights when meeting or following other vehicles is required by law, as well as being a sensible driving practice.

Use your high beams only when there are no oncoming vehicles.

Remember, when approaching an oncoming vehicle at night, you must use the low beam the last 500 feet before meeting and passing.


#10. You have given consent to take a test for determining the alcoholic level in your blood:

You will be asked to take a blood test, a urine test, or a breath test if an officer thinks that you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs while driving. By law, if you drive in Kentucky, you have agreed by signing your driver license to take these tests if asked.


#11. Which of the following is a common mistake while driving?

In order to avoid last-second moves, a driver needs to look far enough ahead to see things early. One of the most common mistakes drivers make is looking directly in front of the vehicle instead of far enough ahead. Good drivers focus their eyes at least 10 to 15 seconds ahead.


#12. To convert a permit to an intermediate driver's license when you are under 18 years, you must:

After holding the permit for 180 days you may apply for an Intermediate License and take the driving skills test.


#13. A solid green signal light means:

A green light means go – if safe.

If the way is clear, after yielding the right-of-way to other vehicles and pedestrians lawfully within the intersection, you may go straight or turn left or right, unless such turns are prohibited. Left turns on green must yield to through traffic coming from the opposite direction.


#14. Why should you pass other vehicles on the left?

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.


#15. If you have a tire blowout while driving, you should:

  • Grip the steering wheel.
  • Concentrate on steering.
  • Slow down gradually.
  • Do not slam on brakes.
  • Brake softly when the car is under control.
  • Pull completely off the pavement.

Remember, keep your car in the same lane by steering straight until the car is under control.

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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. Joseph Lott July 19, 2021

    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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