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  Number of questions on each practice test: 25
  Question pool: 500+
  This practice test is NOT timed



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#1. In which direction should you steer if your car starts to skid?

In the event that your vehicle does begin to skid, it is important to know what to do in order to regain control of your vehicle as quickly as possible.

  • Release the accelerator or brake pedal, whichever is being applied, to regain vehicle balance
  • Do NOT slam on your brakes!
  • Look where you want the vehicle to go
  • Steer in the direction of the skid – which is the same as the direction you want the vehicle to go (down the road)

#2. If you cannot get in the clear on the other side of a railroad crossing, you should:

Never start to cross the tracks unless you can clear the tracks completely. Make sure there is room for your vehicle on the other side of the tracks before proceeding.


#3. What do the light gray areas in the picture mark?

Blind spots are the areas you cannot see through your mirrors. You must turn your head and look to the side and over your shoulder to check your blind spots.


#4. A traffic light with a green arrow indicates that:

Proceed with caution in the direction the arrow points. There should be no on-coming or crossing traffic while the arrow is green. This is known as a protected turn. You must yield to all pedestrians and vehicles already in the intersection.

Remember, it does not mean that all other traffic is stopped by a red light.


#5. When stopping on a slippery surface such as snow or ice, you should:

No precaution makes it safe for you to drive on ice or snow-covered roadways at normal speeds. Slow down and increase your following distance. Start braking early and avoid slamming on the brakes. Avoid sharp steering or changing speed quickly. Do not use cruise control.


#6. What is a basic speed rule?

Speed limits are posted for ideal conditions.

Drivers must recognize and adjust their speed to adverse conditions. Maryland Vehicle Law requires that motorists drive at a reasonable and prudent speed and with a regard for existing and potential hazards. This is known as the basic speed rule.


#7. Which of the following are greatly affected by alcohol?

An individual’s vision, ability to perform simple motor functions and reaction time may be affected with just one drink and can increase the risk of a collision.

Any amount of alcohol can affect one’s judgment and physical coordination and can lead to criminal charges.


#8. If you become tired or sleepy while driving, it is best to:

It is important to be aware of the signs of drowsy driving and to take the necessary action to ensure that you do not put yourself and others in a situation that could result in a crash. If you become tired or sleepy while driving, it is best to rest, or change drivers. Being tired dulls your mind and slows down your reactions, making driving hazardous.


#9. What does this sign mean?

Winding road. There are several curves ahead. Drive slowly and carefully.


#10. During an enforcement stop by a police officer, you should:

If you are stopped by a police officer:

  • Signal your intentions of moving over.
  • Pull off to the side of the roadway as far away from traffic as possible.
  • Turn on your flashers.
  • Turn off your engine and radio, and roll down your window so you can communicate with the officer.
  • Stay in your vehicle and keep your seatbelt fastened.
  • Keep your hands in plain view, preferably on the steering wheel.
  • Do not make any movement that will make the officer think you are hiding or reaching for something.
  • If the officer issues you a citation, do not argue with the officer about the citation.

#11. When you approach a highway work zone, you should:

If you see orange signs when driving, stay alert and be prepared for unexpected driving conditions ahead. Work zone conditions change constantly, you must be ready to react. Watch your speed. Drive courteously. Do not tailgate and do not change lanes unnecessarily.


#12. If you cannot see a truck driver's face in the driver's side-view mirror:

Trucks and buses have blind spots on both sides. If you cannot see the driver’s face in the side-view mirror, he or she cannot see you. If the truck changes lanes, you could be in trouble.


#13. When is it safe to pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk?

A driver may not pass any vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk.


#14. Bicyclists must:

Bicyclists must ride on the right side, with traffic.


#15. Fluorescent pink road signs show:

Fluorescent pink is used for emergency traffic incidents.


#16. Yellow lines on a pavement separate traffic:

Yellow markings are used to separate traffic moving in opposite directions. Yellow also mark the left edge of one-way roads and ramps, two-way left turn lanes, and painted medians.


#17. This road sign means:

Two-way left turn only. Share the center lane for left turns from both directions. The lane cannot be used for passing, overtaking, or through travel. It is likely that you will be sharing the lane with left-turning vehicles coming from the opposite direction.


#18. What does this sign mean?

Yield ahead. This sign warns of a yield sign ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop at yield sign or adjust speed to traffic.


#19. When an emergency vehicle using flashing lights approaches you from behind, you must:

Immediately after you see or hear an emergency vehicle approaching that is using its signals, you must move as close as possible to the edge of the roadway, clear of any intersection, and remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed.


#20. When driving on a clear night with a steady stream of oncoming traffic, you should use:

Use low beams when operating your vehicle in normal driving situations, such as driving at night on a highway or roadway with streetlights. Remember, you must always use low beams when you are within 500 feet of oncoming vehicles.


#21. About one-half of all motorcycle crashes involve another motor vehicle. Most of these crashes are caused by:

Drivers are at fault in just over half of car crashes with motorcycles. In crashes, a motorcyclist is six times more likely to be hurt than a car driver.


#22. 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.


#23. If an intersection is blocked and you cannot drive through the intersection without having to stop in the intersection:

Look across the intersection before you start to move to make sure the path is clear all the way through, and that you will not block the intersection if you have to stop.


#24. When you approach a roundabout, you should:

As you approach a roundabout:

  • reduce your speed
  • keep to the right of the island
  • watch for and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk
  • cautiously approach the yield line and wait for an acceptable gap in traffic. Be cautious of vehicles exiting the roundabout. If there is no traffic, you do not need to wait to enter the roundabout.
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    #25. A car passenger two years of age must:

    All children under age eight must ride in an appropriate child safety seat unless the child is four feet and nine inches or taller.

    The restraint must be used in accordance with the child safety seat and vehicle manufacturers’ instructions. Child safety seats include car seats, booster seats or other federally approved child safety devices.

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    Facts about Your Maryland MVA Knowledge Examination

    Maryland MVA Knowledge Test for Learner’s Permit and Driver’s License
      Number of questions on exam: 25
      Passing score: 88 percent
      Correct answers to pass: 22
      Allotted time to complete test: 20 minutes
      Wait time before retest: 1 day (1st failure)
    7 days (after 2 or more failures)

    Free Permit Practice Tests for a Maryland Driver’s License

    Each permit practice test has 25 questions based on the Driver’s Manual and real MVA tests.

    After answering a question, you will get instant feedback and a brief explanation if your answer is wrong.

    Whenever you miss a question on the practice test, make a note of it and look up the information in the driver’s manual. Make sure you fully understand the correct answer and why you got it wrong.

    MVA Driver Manual

    Test Preparations Step by Step

    1   Get the Driver’s Manual.

    When you prepare for your first learner’s permit or full driver’s license, always start by reading the driver’s manual. You can get a copy from your local MVA office or download it online.

    Don’t get a copy from a friend or parent. Always make sure you have the latest version. Rules and information in the manual change over time.

    2   Take the practice tests.

    After reading the manual ,you should have a good understanding of Maryland’s rules of the road, common road signs and signals, and how alcohol and drugs affect your driving.

    Use the practice tests to verify your knowledge and if you are ready for the real exam or not. Don’t attempt the real test too soon. It is a good idea to get all questions right when you use the practice tests. If you do, you are more likely to pass the real exam.

    Read more about risky study tactics .

    3   Interact with others.

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    Discussing road rules and safe driving with a parent, teacher, driving instructor, or a friend also helps you prepare. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.


    Who Must Take the Maryland Knowledge Test?

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     All first-time applicants

    All new drivers applying for their first Maryland learner’s permit or driver’s license must take and pass the written knowledge exam.

     A driver who had their license revoked

    A license means that MVA takes away your driving privilege and it is not automatically reinstated. A revocation means that there is a minimum waiting period before you can re-apply for a license. To get a new license you must pass all tests.

     A driver who let their license expire

    When you wish to renew your driver license, you must take the written test if your license is expired for more than one year. If your license expired less than a year ago, new tests are not required.

     Applicants with an out-of-country license

    Drivers with an out-of-country license must, in general, pass all examinations, including the knowledge test.

    There are exceptions for drivers with a driver’s license from France, Republic of Korea, Germany, Taiwan (Republic of China), and Japan.

    The license should be valid, but MVA accepts if a license from France or Japan has been expired for less than one year .

    All drivers must, however, pass the vision test.

    The Maryland Knowledge Test is Waived

    If you hold a driver’s license from another state, Territories of the United States, or Canada, the knowledge test and the practical driving test are normally waived.

    What You Need to Know about the Knowledge Testing

    The Maryland knowledge test for a noncommercial Class C driver license has 25 questions. You need to correctly answer 22 questions. That is a passing score of 88%, which is higher than in other states . Make sure you prepare well.

    The Maryland MVA test is timed. You have 20 minutes to complete the knowledge test. It may not seem much, but 20 minutes is usually more than enough. You still have time to read questions and answer choices all the way through.

    Don’t be lured into answering questions too quickly. Remember to read everything carefully before you pick your answer.

    Knowledge tests are administered on a computer and are available in English and the following languages:



    You can use foreign language interpreters for other languages but MVA does not pay the interpreter fee.

    If you are uncomfortable with computers, you may be offered a test on paper. Make sure you ask for it in advance.

    If you need an oral test, you must always make an appointment and let MVA know your special needs.

    Don’t try to cheat on the test. All electronic devices must be turned off and put away during the test. This includes cell phones, tablets, and MP3 players. Don’t bring papers, notes, or books into the testing area.

    Should you fail the test the first time, you can take it again the next business day if the branch office has a test appointment available.

    If you fail the test a second time, you must wait a minimum of seven days, before you can retake it.

    What is the Maryland Graduated Driver Licensing System?

    The Maryland Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system is a three-step program to let new drivers gradually gain experience while limiting risks that can contribute to crashes. In this program, a teen driver progress through three levels of licensing:

        Step one: the learner’s permit
        Step two: the provisional license
        Step three: the full, unrestricted driver’s license

    MVA often refers to this program as the Rookie Driver Program.

    Step One: The Learner’s Permit

    Supervised driving

    The purpose of the learner’s permit is to allow new drivers practice driving under supervision of a licensed driver and gradually develop driving skills and gain experience.

    In Maryland, all new drivers must start with a learner’s permit before they can get a provisional license. The period they must hold the permit varies by age, from 45 days (25 years and older) to 9 months (under 18 years).


      Minimum age 15 years and 9 months.

    MVA cannot issue a learner’s permit before you turn 15 years and 9 months.

      School Attendance Certificate if under 16 years.

    If you are under 16 years, you must provide a completed Learner’s Permit School Attendance Certification form (DL-300 ).

      Parental approval if under 18 years.

    If you are under 18 years, a parent or legal guardian must co-sign your application.

      Pass vision screening and knowledge test.

    Before MVA issues the learner’s permit, you must pass a vision screening and the written knowledge test.

    Restrictions on the learner’s permit:

      Supervised driving only.

    A learner’s permit does not allow you to drive alone.

    Whenever you practice driving, you must drive under supervision of an experienced, licensed driver who is 21 years or older and has held a driver’s license for at least three years.

    The supervising driver must sit beside you in the front seat. No one else can sit in the front seat.

    There are no other passenger restrictions and no night curfew.

      No use of cell phones.

    Learner’s permit holders under 18 years cannot use a cell phone or any other Bluetooth/hands-free devices while operating a motor vehicle, except to make an emergency 911 call.

      Permit is valid for 2 years.

    Learner’s permits are valid for 2 years from the date they are issued. You must always have the permit in your possession when you drive.

    Step Two: The Provisional License

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    You are now ready to drive on your own, without a supervising driver.


      Minimum age 16 years and 6 months

    A minor under 19 years must generally hold the learner’s permit for at least 9 months and, consequently, be at least 16 years and 6 months before MVA issues a provisional license.

      Had a permit for a violation-free minimum period

    For a minor, the normal holding period is 9 months. If you are 18 years old with a High School Diploma or its equivalent, you need to hold the permit for only three (3) months.

    A three-month holding period also applies if you are between 19 and 24 years old.

    If you are 25 years or older, the holding period is 45 days.

    If you have been convicted of, or granted probation before judgement for, a moving violation, the holding period is always 9 months.

      Completed at least 60 hours of driving experience.

    When you got your learner’s permit, you also got a practice skills log. Your supervising driver (parent, guardian, or mentor) must complete the practice skills log and the certification page must be provided when you apply for the provisional license. The log must show at least 60 hours of driving practice, of which 10 must be at night. If you are 25 years or older, the log must show 14 hours of practice with experienced driver, of which 3 hours must be at night.

      Completed driver education course.

    You must also have completed a driver education course including 30 hours of in-class and six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. You can enroll in this course already at age 15.

    Out-of-state education certificates are not typically accepted by the MVA. Exception exist for Delaware driver education courses.

      Pass the driving skills (road) test.

    All requirements mentioned above must be fulfilled before you can take the road test.

    Restrictions on the Maryland provisional license:

    If you are under 18 years, the MD provisional license carries four restrictions .

      1. Night curfew between midnight and 5 a.m.

    If you hold a provisional license and are under 18 years, you cannot drive between midnight and 5 a.m., unless you are:

        accompanied and supervised by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old,
        driving to or from work, or driving in the course an employment,
        driving to or from a school class or official school activity,
        driving to or from an organized volunteer program, or
        driving to or from an opportunity to participate in an athletic event or related training session.

    The curfew restriction is lifted when you turn 18.

      2. Passenger restrictions

    You are not allowed to have passengers under 18 years during the first 5 months (151 days) of the provisional period. This restriction does not apply if passengers are immediate family members or relatives living at the same address, or if you are accompanied by a qualified supervising driver.

    The passenger restriction is lifted after 151 days or when you turn 18.

      3. Seat belt requirement

    Driver and all passengers must be properly restrained by a seat belt or in a child safety seat. This restriction applies to all license holders in Maryland, regardless of age.

      4. Wireless Device Restriction

    All provisional license holders under 18 years are prohibited from using a wireless communication device, except to make an emergency 911 call .

    The restriction includes both handheld and hands-free devices.

    If you are 18 years or older, you are prohibited from using hand-held cell phones, including texting, while driving. Although hands-free devices are permitted, you should use your cell phone only in emergencies.

    Step Three: The Full Driver’s License

    Maryland driver license


      Minimum age 18 years.

    MVA cannot convert the provisional license to a full driver’s license until you are 18 years.

      Held the Provisional License for at least 18 months.

      No moving violations during the previous 18 months.

    You must not have any moving violation convictions or have been granted probation before judgment for any moving violations within the previous 18 months.

    If you are 18 years and meet all requirements:

    Once you are at least 18 years and meet the other requirements, MVA automatically converts the provisional license to a full driver’s license.

    You don’t have to get a new license, instead you will get an attachment card showing the new status. When your provisional license expires and you apply for a renewal, you will automatically get a full license and the attachment card is no longer needed.

    Prepare by Watching the Video

    Video Cover: Maryland MVA Exam Questions & Answers

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    COVID-19 Alerts

    COVID-19 Alerts

    You will be asked health screening questions and have a temporal scan of body temperature before entering the office. You must also wear a face covering while in the branch office.

    Transactions that will be available for scheduling include:

        learner’s permits,
        commercial driving tests,
        non-commercial driving tests,
        renewing driver’s license and identification cards and
        vehicle services.

    Make an appointment .

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