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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 a sign with eight sides mean?

Octagon (Stop): This eight-sided shape always means stop. You must come to a complete stop at the sign, stop line, pedestrian crosswalk, or curb. Wait for any vehicle or pedestrian to clear the way.

The color and shape of a traffic sign communicates important information about the sign’s message. In poor visibility conditions, such as heavy fog, you may be able to make out only the shape of a sign. As you approach a sign and while still distant, you may see the color long before you can read the message or see the symbol, giving you some advance information.


#2. You must never park within how many feet of a marked crosswalk?

Never park within 20 feet of a marked crosswalk or 15 feet of an intersection if there is no crosswalk.


#3. When you hear a ringing bell and see flashing lights at a railroad crossing, you should:

You must stop when the bells are ringing, the lights are flashing, or the gate is down or in motion. Once a train has passed, do not proceed until the gates are raised, signals stop flashing, bells stop ringing and you are sure that all tracks are clear.


#4. Following a commercial vehicle too closely:

Following a commercial vehicle too closely greatly increases the chances of a rear-end collision. When your passenger vehicle is right behind a commercial vehicle, the driver cannot see it and it severely limits what you can see on the road ahead.


#5. A flashing yellow light means:

A flashing yellow light means proceed carefully through the intersection. Scan across traffic in both directions.

You do not need to stop for a flashing yellow light, but you should slow down and be especially alert before entering the intersection.


#6. If you are being followed closely or tailgated, it can be dangerous to:

If other drivers tailgate you, pull over and let them pass. It is better to have these unsafe drivers in front where you can see them rather than having them driving on your rear bumper.


#7. What is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that seat belts save more than 13,000 lives each year and that buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.


#8. In general, in which drink will you find the most alcohol?

There is more alcohol in 4 oz. of whiskey (it is more than a standard serving). Remember, the effects of alcohol are the same whether you drink beer, wine, or whiskey. A 12-ounce can of beer, 5-ounce glass of wine and a 1.5-ounce shot of whiskey all contain the same amount of alcohol. Drink a standard serving of any of these and the effects will be the same to your body.


#9. If there is an oncoming vehicle in your lane, you can make a dangerous situation worse if you:

Look for an escape route on the right edge of the road. Try not to go to the left since the other driver may see you and return to his or her proper lane.


#10. What is true about signaling before making a sudden stop?

Remember, signaling is a legal requirement and a courtesy. You must signal when you plan to turn left, right, slow down, or stop. Communicate to other drivers by giving the required signal, either using your left hand and arm, or your vehicle’s turn signal and brake light.


#11. This sign means:

Stop sign ahead. When you come to this sign, slow down to be ready to stop at the stop sign.


#12. 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.


#13. Yellow or amber flashing lights near the top of a school bus mean:

Flashing yellow lights are a warning signal. It means that the bus is about to stop. You should slow down and be prepared to stop.


#14. In this picture, car A may pass the vehicle ahead:

A single broken yellow line usually marks the center line of a two-way roadway where a vehicle may pass if it is safe.


#15. On a sharp curve, you should use your brakes to slow your vehicle:

If a speed limit is not posted before a curve, you must judge how sharp the curve is and change your speed. Slow down before you enter the curve. Braking and turning at the same time may cause your car to skid.


#16. Which is one factor that greatly affects your stopping distance?

Your stopping distance will depend upon many factors. Always consider weather, road conditions, and time of day. If the road is slick, the stopping distance required is greatly increased. Worn or bald tires increase your stopping distance. Vehicle weight, speed and condition of brakes are other important factors.

Posted speed limit, however, is not a factor in determining the distance that it takes to stop your vehicle. Only your actual speed is.


#17. You should always make sure you and all passengers are buckled up or using child restraints:

Before starting the engine, make sure you and all passengers (including children) are properly buckled up.


#18. Where are traffic crashes between passenger vehicles and mopeds most likely to occur?

Intersections are one of the most common locations for crashes between vehicles and motorcyclists, moped riders, or bicyclists.


#19. What should you do at the first sign of rain or snow?

When it begins to rain, the roads are most slippery during the first half-hour. This is because oil dropped from passing vehicles has not been washed away. Be especially cautious at intersections where oil deposits may be heavier. Slow down and allow at least twice the normal following distance. Using cruise control when roads are slippery from rain is not recommended.


#20. This sign shows:

Exit and entrance signs at freeway ramps display the maximum recommended safe speed to drive while on the ramp under ideal weather conditions. The advisory speed sign is not a regulatory speed limit.

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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 .

StatePassing Score
New Mexico70%
New York70%

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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