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#1. 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.


#2. When making a right turn, you should do the following except:

Do not swing wide.

Enter the right lane well in advance of the turn. Signal at least 100 feet before making the turn. Yield to pedestrians. Make a tight turn into the right lane of the cross street.

This question asked what you should NOT do


#3. In which situation are you allowed to pass a school bus?

Remember, under special circumstances, an officer may be directing the flow of traffic. If so, obey the officer’s signals instead of the normal traffic signals or signs.


#4. When are you allowed to drive faster than a maximum speed limit?

The General Speed Law is that you must not drive at a speed greater than is reasonable.

Remember, you must drive at a safe, appropriate speed depending on the area in which you are driving, the road and traffic conditions, light, and weather conditions.

  • You must not drive faster than the posted maximum limit.
  • You must not drive slower than the posted minimum limit.
  • While driving within the posted speed limit, you must not drive so slowly that you hold back other traffic.

#5. You should check your rearview mirrors:

Take in the whole scene. Keep your eyes moving. Look to the sides and behind. Watch for things about to happen. Check your rear-view mirrors often. Always know the position of other vehicles near you.


#6. When your tires lose all contact with the pavement and the vehicle hydroplanes:

When tires lose all contact with the pavement, you cannot brake, accelerate, or turn – you have no control over your vehicle.


#7. Which of the following vehicles must always stop before crossing railroad tracks?

Watch for vehicles that must stop at railroad crossings. Drivers of vehicles carrying passengers for hire, school buses or trucks, or any vehicle carrying explosives or flammable liquids must stop at railroad crossings. Do not pass them unless it is legal to do so and there are no unsafe conditions. You should have a clear view of the tracks.

Remember, if you are following this type of vehicle you should slow down and be prepared to stop.


#8. If you are involved in a traffic crash and someone is injured, it is generally wrong to:

If you are not trained in first aid, remember that there are only a few things that you can do:

  • Summon help.
  • Try to help the injured where they lie in order of their needs. Keep them warm.
  • To stop bleeding, place a clean cloth over the wound.
  • If a person has stopped breathing, give first aid if you know how.
  • Do not move the injured person unless there is immediate life-threatening danger. Movement could cause more injury.
  • Ask a walking injured person to sit or lie down on his back. If the person is bleeding from the lower part of the face or jaw, turn him on his side. Do not give fluids.
  • You should not try to take an injured person to the hospital yourself unless there is no way to get help. With serious injuries, improper movement may be harmful.

#9. When stopped by a police vehicle:

If an officer signals for you to stop, remain calm and pull over safely. Be prepared to produce your driver’s license, vehicle registration certificate, and proof of insurance. Remain in the vehicle unless the officer tells you otherwise. Keep your hands visible.

Remember, to limit the movements of the driver and passengers while stopping your vehicle. Obtain your driver license and vehicle registration only when requested. If you believe the reason for the stop is vague or unclear, you can ask the officer for details. Do not argue with the officer at the scene. Traffic violations and traffic crimes charged against you are decided in court. Treat the officer the way you would like to be treated.


#10. What does this sign mean?

Road curves.

Road ahead makes a gradual curve in the direction of the arrow. Slow down, keep right, and do not pass.

Note the difference between Curve and Sharp Turn signs.


#11. What is true about Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)?

If you have an anti-lock braking system (ABS), brakes must be pressed hard and firm. When the brakes are pressed hard the ABS pumps the brakes up to 30 times per second. This system helps you maintain control and stop the car in a straight line rather than spinning out of control.

Remember, ABS does not stop the car faster. It enables you to stop it where you want to.


#12. A pedestrian has entered a crosswalk and should be given the right-of-way:

You must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians legally crossing the roadway on which you are driving (in crosswalks, marked or unmarked).


#13. Smoking one marijuana cigarette:

Whereas the effects of a single drink will diminish over an hour, it takes five to six hours for the effects of smoking one marijuana cigarette to wear off, making the combination of marijuana and alcohol especially dangerous. It can affect your eyesight, and with some users, marijuana interferes with the ability to judge time, speed, and distance. It can make the simplest task seem hopelessly confusing.

Research has shown that even typical social doses of marijuana can affect concentration, judgment, and sensory and perceptual skills needed for careful driving.


#14. Flashing your headlights at a wild animal on the road:

Deer tend to fixate on headlights so flashing them may cause the animal to freeze. If you have time, reduce your speed, tap your brakes, and sound your horn. Do not swerve to avoid the animal.


#15. 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. Defensive drivers keep their eyes moving and look well down the road, not just at the road in front of your vehicle.


#16. To make sure you are not driving in a truck's blind spot, you should:

Look for the truck driver’s reflection in the side mirror.

Generally speaking, if you cannot see the truck driver in the truck’s mirror, the truck driver cannot see you.


#17. What does a sign with eight sides mean?

Stop signs are always octagonal (eight-sided). A stop sign means that you must bring your vehicle to a complete halt.


#18. A traffic light is showing a red arrow. What does it mean?

A red arrow means you must stop, and you may not go in the direction of the arrow until the green arrow or light returns on the signal. Louisiana does not allow turning against the red arrow.


#19. On a road with yellow center lines:

Yellow lines separate traffic moving in opposite directions.


#20. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway ahead (divided highway begins).

The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways. Keep to the right.


#21. What should you check before you start driving?

Before you start your engine, always remember adjust your seat cushions and mirrors. Verify that all occupants are wearing seat belts. Eliminate distractions prior to driving.


#22. Passing another vehicle on the right by driving off the roadway onto the shoulder is:

You may never pass to the right of another vehicle by driving off the roadway onto the shoulder of the road.


#23. Which of the following would be indicated by a diamond shaped road sign?

Four-sided diamond-shaped signs warn you of existing or possible hazards on roadways or adjacent areas.


#24. What does this sign mean?

This is a regulatory No Bicyclists sign. It means that no bicyclists are allowed on the road.

Remember, if a sign has a red circle with a red line through it, it always indicates do not. The picture inside the circle shows what is not allowed. The sign may be shown with or without words.


#25. You are driving on a country road at night and a vehicle with high beams comes toward you. What should you do?

Remember to use lower beam when approaching other cars so you do not blind the other driver. If a stubborn driver refuses to dim the lights, look to the right edge of the road as a guide and slow down.

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Facts about Louisiana OMV Knowledge Examination

LA Knowledge Test for Permit and Driver’s License
  Number of questions on exam: 40 questions
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 32
  Allotted time to complete test: No limit
  Wait time before retest: None (but no more than 2 tests the same day)

Permit Practice Tests for Louisiana

Each permit practice test at has 25 random questions to help you study for your Temporary Instructional Permit or Adult Louisiana Driver’s License.

All questions and answers are based on the information in the Louisiana Class D & E Driver’s Guide and exam questions.

After each question on the practice test you will get instant feedback. It tells you if your answer is correct or not.

Should you miss a question, there is also a short comment explaining the correct answer. Use the information to look up more facts in the Driver’s Guide. Working with both these practice tests and the Louisiana Driver’s Guide will help you learn faster.

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The Real Written Knowledge Test for Your Permit

The written knowledge test in Louisiana has 40 questions. You must reach a score of at least 80% to pass. This means you can only miss 8 out of the 40 questions.

The test has many questions about common road signs and the meaning of traffic light signals.

In addition to knowing the meaning of some road signs, you must also be able to identify signs by their shape and color .

There are also questions about your responsibility as a driver, including knowledge of Louisiana vehicle laws, safe driving practices, and impaired driving.

All new drivers, regardless of age, must complete a driver education or pre-licensing course before Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) issues a permit or adult driver’s license.

These courses are offered by driver education providers who are licensed by the LA Department of Public Safety and some secondary schools. You complete the knowledge test as part of these courses.

Wait time before a re-test is at the discretion of the examiner.

Drivers with an out of country license must also show proof of a driver education training. Drivers with a valid license from Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and Taiwan are exempt from the driver education training requirement, knowledge and road skills tests but are required to pass the vision test.

How to Study for Your Permit or License

If you haven’t done so already, get a copy of the Driver’s Guide online , your third-party education provider, or from your nearest Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) .

OMV recommends that you read through the Driver’s Guide at least three times. They also tell you to focus on memorizing numeric information in the guide like lengths, distances, measurements, etc.

Check your knowledge of some important numbers here

Even if we acknowledge that numbers can be hard to remember, we still think that your main priority should be to focus on true understanding of traffic signs and signals, pavement markings, right-of-way rules, and safe driving practices. Such knowledge will help more on the knowledge test and on the road when you finally get your Temporary Permit and Driver’s License.

After all, learning the rules of the road is all about your safety once you hit the highway.

Read more about our study tips: Ace the DMV Test .

When you are comfortable with your understanding of Louisiana rules of the road, you will also find that most numbers make more sense and, hopefully, are easy to remember.

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Who Must Take the Louisiana Knowledge Test?

  All first-time applicants.

Anyone who hasn’t been licensed before must pass the Louisiana knowledge test to get a Learner’s Permit.

  Holders of a Louisiana license that has been expired more than 12 months.

If you hold a driver’s license from Louisiana or another state and let it expire more than 12 months, you must start over and take all tests again.

If your license has been expired for 12 months or less, you don’t have to take the test.

  Holders of a foreign license.

If you have an out-of-country license you must successfully pass a driver education course, the knowledge exam, and the behind-the-wheel test, before you can get a Louisiana license.

Applicants with a driver’s license from Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and Taiwan are exempt from the knowledge exam and road skills test.

  Drivers who have had their license revoked.

A revocation of your license means your license is cancelled and there is no automatic reinstatement procedure. You must submit to an investigation before you can apply for a new license.

If You Have an Out-of-state License

Applicants with an out-of-state license don’t have to take the knowledge or skills test, unless they let their license expire for more than 12 months. They must, however, pass a new vision test and have your photo taken.

Before You Can Take the Test

To apply for a Louisiana permit, you must:

  • Show proof of residency
  • Have proof of legal presence in United States, if applicable
  • Meet minimum physical and mental requirements
  • Provide current proof of school enrollment if you are a minor
  • Have completed a driver education training course
  • Pass a vision and knowledge test

Anyone applying for their first driver’s license must complete a driver education training course. This applies to both teenagers and adults.

Since 2018, OMV will issue a Temporary Instructional Permit (TIP) after your license application is registered.

You must present this temporary permit to an enrolled driver education provider before they will give a knowledge test, let you drive during a driving skills instruction, or take an on-road driving skills test. Always keep this TIP in your possession when driving.

If you are at least 15 years old and less than 17 years, you must complete 30 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction.

If you are 17 years or older and haven’t entered the graduated licensing program, you must complete a 38-hour education course or a 6-hour pre-licensing course and an 8-hour behind-the-wheel course.

What is the Graduated Licensing Program?

The Louisiana Graduated Driver Licensing Program (GDL) has three steps:

1   The Learner’s Permit

After completion of the driver education course and after you have passed pass a vision and knowledge test, OMV will convert your TIP to a Learner’s Permit.

The Learner’s Permit allows you to practice driving with a licensed parent, guardian, or adult at least 21 years. You may also drive with a licensed sibling who is at least 18 years.

During this step you must practice driving for a minimum of 50 hours, with at least 15 hours at night.

If you are at least 15 years and under 16 years, you must hold your permit for a minimum of 180 days AND until you are 16 years.

If you are at least 16 years and under 17 years, you must hold your permit for a minimum of 180 days AND until you are 17 years.

When you are 17 years, you may apply for either a learner’s permit or full license.

2   The Intermediate License

An intermediate license is the next step in Louisiana’s GDL program. With the intermediate driver’s license you can drive unsupervised under certain restrictions.

To get an intermediate license, you must present a verified log showing at least 50 hours of driving practice with a licensed adult driver. You must also pass a road skills test, also known as a behind-the-wheel test.

The license comes with a night curfew and a passenger restriction.

  No driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

You may only drive at night if accompanied by a licensed adult at least 21 years or a sibling at least 18 years.

  No more than one passenger under 21 years between 6:00 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Between 6:00 p.m. and 5 a.m. you cannot transport more than one passenger who is under 21 years and not a member of your immediate family.

  All passengers must wear a seat belt.

  No handheld cellphone while driving.

The restriction doesn’t apply to any calls made to report an emergency or criminal activity.

3   The Full License

If you have entered the GDL program (step 1 and 2), you must hold your intermediate license until you turn 17.

At age 17, you are eligible for a full unrestricted license.

If you are 17 years and haven’t completed the GDL program you may apply for a full license or a learner’s permit after completing the full driver’s education course OR a pre-licensing course.

Where do I take the Test?

The knowledge and skills tests are normally administered by the driver education provider. Only teenagers that get their driver education course from a secondary school that does not provide the knowledge or skills test may request OMV to provide the testing.


Can I Take the Test in Another Language?

Unlike many other states, Louisiana does not offer the knowledge test in any other language besides English. You may, however, have an interpreter to translate for you during the examination process.

You may request an oral test, but make sure you check with your education provider or your OMV service office.

What Happens if I Fail the Louisiana Test?

If you fail the test, you can take the test again the same day. You may, however, be placed back in rotation to await your turn at a service office or third-party provider. You can only re-test once per day.

Any attempt to cheat on the test will result in a discontinued and failed test. After cheating, you must wait a minimum of 30 days before you can try again.

COVID-19 Alerts

Louisiana has not offered any automatic license extensions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are no official mask mandates when visiting an office.

Masks or face coverings should, however, be worn in indoor public spaces and anytime in public when you are near others who are not in your immediate household. Wearing a mask is about protecting others. It is being kind and courteous.

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