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Michigan Driver’s License & Permit Practice Tests 2021

This Michigan Practice Test
  Number of questions on each practice test: 20
  Question pool: 750+
  This is a randomized practice test.



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#1. What does this sign mean?

Keep Left. This sign directs traffic to the left of a roadway feature or an obstruction.


#2. After a train passes at a railroad crossing with more than one track, you should:

If there is more than one set of tracks, check carefully for other trains that may be coming. Do not cross the tracks until all trains have passed. Check the tracks in both directions for a train. Be sure all tracks are clear before proceeding and never race a train in an attempt to cross ahead of it.


#3. When approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with flashing lights on a road where you cannot move over and change lanes, you should:

When you see a stopped emergency vehicle, slow down and move over a lane if possible. If traffic or other conditions prevent you from changing lanes, you must slow down and proceed with due caution.


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

To park on a hill, turn the tires so that if the unattended vehicle starts to roll, it moves into the curb. Always use the parking brake. You cannot expect the transmission to hold your vehicle on a hill. Headed downhill, turn your front wheels into the curb or toward the side of the road. Set the parking brake.


#5. A flashing yellow arrow means:

A flashing yellow arrow allows you to turn left when oncoming traffic, which has a green light, is clear. Be sure that there is an adequate gap in the oncoming traffic and that there are no pedestrians or bicyclists crossing before making your turn.


#6. You may park in a bicycle lane:

A bicycle lane is a portion of the roadway exclusively for bicyclists. This lane shall not be used by motorists as a driving lane or for parking.


#7. The three- to-four-second rule refers to how you should:

The three-to-four-second rule refers to a following distance.

A three- to-four-second following distance is required. When the rear of the vehicle ahead passes a sign or any other stationary point, calculate the time it takes you to reach the same spot by counting one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three. You are following too closely if you pass the mark before you finish counting for three seconds. When speeds are increased, or during adverse driving conditions, increase your following distance up to six seconds.


#8. Which is true about the right of way at a 4-way stop?

At four-way stops, the first vehicle to stop should move forward first. If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.


#9. When you enter city traffic from a full stop (pulling away from the curb), you should:

Whenever you cross or enter city traffic from a full stop, you will need a large enough gap (from cars approaching in either direction) to get up to the speed of other vehicles.


#10. When your car has an enabled front passenger air bag, a rear-facing infant seat must:

Children younger than age 4 must be positioned in a rear seat if the vehicle is equipped with a rear seat.

If all available rear seats are occupied by children under age 4, then the child may be positioned in the child-restraint system in the front seat. A child in a rear-facing child-restraint system may only be placed in the front seat if the front passenger air bag is deactivated.


#11. What color do flag persons in construction zones wear on vests, shirts, or jackets?

Flag persons (flaggers) in construction zones wear fluorescent orange-red or fluorescent yellow-green vests, shirts or jackets and use stop/slow paddles or red flags to direct traffic through work zones.


#12. When driving on slick roads, you should:

Because you cannot control a vehicle when it is skidding, it is best to avoid skidding in the first place. Skids are caused by a driver traveling too fast for conditions and happen when a driver tries to turn too quickly or stop suddenly on slippery pavement.

Slow down when the road is wet or has snow or ice on it. Don’t turn or stop quickly.


#13. When you see this sign, you are approaching:

Low clearance ahead. This sign informs or warns you that there is a bridge or underpass ahead with a low clearance. Know the height of your vehicle and load.


#14. Road signs with a yellow background indicate:

Yellow is used for general warning and advisory of unexpected roadway conditions.


#15. Which of the following statements is true about making a good left turn?

To make a left turn, drive close to the center divider line or into the left turn lane, not to the right side. Begin signaling well in advance. Look left, then right, then left again, and make the turn when it is safe. Keep your wheels pointed straight ahead until it is safe to start your turn.


#16. You must turn on your headlights:

Headlights must be turned on one half-hour after sunset until one half-hour before sunrise and at other times when visibility is reduced. Use your low beams when it is foggy, raining or snowing during the day.


#17. Before you start the vehicle and drive away, you should:

Before starting the engine, make sure you are seated comfortably in the driver’s seat. Make sure you and all passengers (including children) are properly buckled up. Check mirrors and adjust mirrors. Look for anything in your path.


#18. To avoid striking a deer on the road, you should:

Stay aware, awake, alert, and sober. Watch for deer crossing signs. Slow down if you see one deer. Deer frequently travel in groups. Chances are there are others nearby. Be especially alert for deer at dawn and dusk.


#19. In general, large trucks:

Commercial vehicles take longer to stop. A passenger vehicle traveling at 55 mph can stop in about 130 feet to 140 feet. A commercial vehicle traveling at the same speed takes 400 feet to stop.


#20. Which is true about alcohol?

Each year, thousands of people are killed or permanently disabled because someone drove under the influence of alcohol or other chemical substances.

273,891 motor vehicle crashes were reported in 2012. Deaths numbered 936 and 70,518 people were injured.

Alcohol was involved in 260 fatal crashes.

Of all fatal crashes, 29.9 percent involved at least one drinking operator, bicyclist, or pedestrian.

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Facts about Your Michigan Permit Test

MI SOS Knowledge Test for Learner’s Permit and Driver’s License
  Number of questions on exam: 80 questions
  Passing score: 70 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 56
  Allotted time to complete test: n/a
  Wait time before retest: 1 day (three attempts and new fee is required each time)

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What You Should Know about this Michigan Practice Test

This Michigan permit practice has 20 random questions in each set.

Answers to all questions is found in the MI driver’s handbook “What Every Driver Must Know” published by Michigan Secretary of State (SOS).

When you study for your permit or full (adult) driver’s license, you should start by getting the latest version of the Michigan handbook. You can get it online or a copy at any Secretary of State branch office. Remember to read this manual all the way through.

After building up some basic knowledge from the guide, use the practice tests to check your progress and if you are ready for the real permit exam or not. Remember, focus on understanding questions and answers, not just memorizing them. Practice tests should not be used instead of reading the manual, only as a supplement to it.

After each practice question, you will get instant feedback that tells you if your answer is correct or not. If you make a mistake, there is a short comment explaining the correct answer. It is a good idea to read it and also the corresponding chapter in “What Every Driver Must Know”.

You can take as many sample tests as you need. There is a new set of questions each time.

Practice questions that are the same or similar to the real test , but the tests are not real knowledge exams. They will only help you prepare for the real thing and help you study. You should be aware that is privately owned and not affiliated with Michigan Secretary of State or any other State Entity.

Why is There Only 20 Questions on the Michigan Practice Test?

The real examination (segment 1 test for teenagers) has 80 questions. It is a lengthy test, and it is hard to stay concentrated through 80 questions, especially when you are only practicing.

A shorter practice test helps you stay focused all the way through. It also gives you more time to compare answers with the facts in the manual.

Aim for a full score on each sample test, that way you will know that you can pass the real examination.

Why Should I take Practice Tests?

Why Should I Take the Michigan Practice Tests?

How do practice tests help?

The online practice tests have two purposes.

  • They help you recap important areas of “What Every Driver Must Know”.
  • They help you verify that you have learned important rules and road signs and tell you if you are ready for the real test or not.

Driving is a complex task. You need to be well-prepared every time you get behind the wheel. Knowledge, training, experience, and attitude are all important to be safe on the road.

With knowledge and a good understanding of road rules, safe driving techniques, road signs and traffic signals, you can reduce the risk of getting into accidents.

That is why it is so important to learn the facts in the Michigan manual and verify your knowledge.

You should not only study for the test, but for your future safety on the road.

Is the Michigan Permit Test Hard?

The passing score in Michigan is 70 percent. It is the lowest passing score in United States .

State Passing Score
Michigan 70%
New Mexico 70%
New York 70%
Texas 70%
Massachusetts 72%

With 80 questions, more than any other state, the test also has much room for mistakes and is therefore considered one of the easiest in the country.

Where Can I Take the Test?

If you are under 18 years, you take your knowledge tests as part of you driver education.

All applicants under 18 years must successfully pass the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program which includes two segments of driver education. Each segment has a knowledge test at the end of the course. These tests are known as the Segment 1 and Segment 2 exams.

At the end of the segment 1 class, you must pass a written test with 80 questions about road rules, traffic laws, safe driving, and road signs. You must correctly answer 56 of the 80 questions.

To pass the segment 2 class, you must correctly answer 14 out of 20 questions about the dangers of distracted, impaired, fatigue and emotional driving. There are also questions about general strategies for safety on the road.

If you are 18 years or older, you apply for your temporary instruction permit at a Secretary of State office and take your knowledge test at the office. This test corresponds to the Segment 1 exam. There is no additional test if you are 18 years or older.

Michigan state does currently not allow online testing from home.

Do You Feel that 80 Questions is Overwhelming?

80 questions may sound like an overwhelming test, but you only need 56 correct answers to pass. If you take many practice tests at this website, your chances of passing are particularly good.

When studying 10 hours or more, more than 96% of our users pass the Michigan exam the first time.

We rarely get reports about users who failed the test. If you do, we really would like to know and why you think you failed it.

Read more: Top 5 Mistakes Test Takers Make .

Who must take the Michigan knowledge test?

Who Must Take the Michigan Knowledge Test?

  New first-time applicants

If have never been licensed before, you must always pass all the tests before you can get a Michigan Driver’s License.

If you are under 18 years you must follow the rules in the GDL program, which has two knowledge tests.

If you are 18 years or older, there is just one knowledge test.

  New residents with a permit from another state

If you move to Michigan and have a permit issued by another state, you must show proof that the driver education in the other state meets Michigan’s minimum standards of 30 hours of classroom and six hours of behind-the-wheel training. If not, you must pass Michigan’s state exams.

  New residents with a foreign license

If you move to Michigan from a country other than the United States, Canada, Germany, and the Republic of Korea (South Korea), you must pass the same tests as new drivers.

  Drivers with a license expired more than 4 years

If your Michigan license expired more than four years ago, you must apply for a new license and retake all tests.

  Drivers with revoked license

A driving privilege will remain revoked until you attend a Driver Assessment reexamination. Depending on the reason for your revocation, you may be asked to pass the written, vision, and on-road performance test again.

  Drivers involved in crashes or with a bad driving record

Michigan Department of State can ask for a re-examination if you have:

  • A physical or mental condition that impairs your ability to drive safely.
  • Been involved in three or more negligent crashes resulting in injury or property damage during the last two years.
  • Been involved in a fatal crash.
  • 12 or more points on your driving record within two years.
  • Been convicted of violating the terms, restrictions, or conditions of your driver’s license.

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When is the Michigan Knowledge Test Waived?

If you move to Michigan and have a valid license from another state, District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory, the Secretary of State will usually waive the knowledge test.

Good to Know

The computerized test is available in English.

If you have difficulty speaking or reading English, ask for a list of available foreign language interpreters. Paper versions of the official written test is also available in some other languages. Check with your driver instructor or local State office. Hearing-impaired customers can ask for a sign language interpreter in advance or use their own interpreter.

The permit test is not timed, but you must arrive at least one hour before closing to allow enough time to complete the test. The test usually takes about 25-30 minutes to complete.

Should you fail the test, SOS allows you to take it again the next day but you may choose to wait a bit longer. If you missed 24 questions, you missed many important facts.

You must pay a new fee each time you take the test and you are only allowed three attempts before a longer waiting time kicks in.

Have Your Documents Ready

Document Checklist Michigan

Make sure you have the correct documents before visiting a Secretary of State office. Your application for a permit or driver license will not be accepted if any of the necessary documents are missing.

You need:

  Proof of Social Security Number (1).
  Proof of legal presence (1), if applicable.
  Proof of identity (1).
  Proof of Michigan residency (2 documents).
  A parent or guardian signature/approval if under 18 years.

For minors, residency can be confirmed through documents in the parent’s name if the family relationship can be established by other forms of documented proof.

If you have any questions about what documents you need, visit SOS FAQ or call the Information Center at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).

What to expect from the Segment 1 Driver Education

To start, you must be at least 14 years and 8 months, have approval from a parent or legal guardian, have your application confirmed by SOS.

The classroom phase of the education must include:

  A minimum of 24 hours of instruction.
  A maximum of 2 hours of instruction per day.
  No more than 36 students per class (no exception).
  The state-approved written test for consideration of a certificate of completion.

Home study time is not considered time earned toward the 24-hour classroom requirement.

The driver education provider may have additional classroom requirements such as: attendance, homework, and additional testing requirements.

The driving instruction phase of the education must include:

  A minimum of 6 hours of on-the-road driving instruction.
  No more than 1 hour of driving instruction per day.
  At least 4 hours of observation time in the training vehicle.

In addition, a minimum of 4 hours of classroom instruction must be completed prior to beginning driving instruction and a minimum of 3 hours of driving instruction must be completed before the last classroom session. The remaining driving instruction must be completed no later than 3 weeks after the final classroom instruction.

The maximum number of students in a driver education vehicle is 4. No more than 2 people can occupy the front seat. A student cannot have driving instruction individually unless there is written consent from a parent.

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What to expect from Segment 2 Driver Education

To move on to the segment 2, you must have:

  Held a valid Level 1 license for a minimum of 3 consecutive months.
  Completed a minimum of 30 hours of driving time, of which 2 hours must be at night.

Classroom Requirements during this segment:

  A minimum of 6 hours of instruction.
  No more than 2 hours of instruction per day.
  A maximum of 36 students per class.

Home study time is not considered as time earned toward the 6-hour classroom requirement.

Changes in March, 2021

The graduated driver licensing process will be simplified to reduce customer visits to branch offices.

Student drivers will be issued a photo license hard card for a GDL Level 1 license, instead of a paper license. You don’t need to return to the branch office for your Level 2 or Level 3 licenses.

The full unrestricted license will be mailed to you when you turn 18.

More Help for Your Written Test

 Video: Michigan Road Sign Test

 Video: Michigan Practice Test 1 – 40 Questions


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