|This Minnesota DVS Sample Test||Number of questions on each practice test:||20|
|Random practice questions in each set.|
#1. You have a green light and there are vehicles blocking your way in the intersection. What should you do?
Even if you have the green light, do not start across the intersection if there are vehicles blocking your way. If you are caught in the intersection when the light changes to red, you will block other traffic.
Remember, a driver shall not enter an intersection controlled by a traffic-control signal until the driver is able to move the vehicle immediately, continuously, and completely through the intersection without impeding or blocking the movement of cross traffic.
#2. If you turn on high-beam headlights when driving in thick fog:
Use the low beams in fog, or when it is snowing or raining. Light from high beams will reflect back, causing glare and making it more difficult to see ahead.
#3. On a road with lanes separated by white lines:
White lines separate lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction.
#4. A class D driver's license for anyone older than 21 years is generally valid for:
A driver’s license issued by the state of Minnesota expires on your birthday and must be renewed every four years after you reach 21 years of age.
#5. The driver ahead signals:
Left turn – left arm extended horizontally out of open window.
#6. Brown road signs are used for:
Brown and white signs point out scenic areas and parks.
#7. You must always stop before a railroad crossing if:
It is safe to cross when traffic ahead has moved, and you can proceed without stopping within 10 feet past the rails. When there is heavy traffic on both sides of a crossing, wait behind the tracks until you are sure you can make it to the other side without stopping on the tracks. Never start to cross if there is not enough room for your vehicle on the far side!
#8. Which behavior is often associated with aggressive driving?
Aggressive driving usually involves driving faster than surrounding vehicles, which leads to behaviors such as:
- Following too closely.
- Changing lanes frequently and abruptly.
- Forget signaling.
- Passing other vehicles on the shoulder.
- Glaring at or threatening other motorists.
#9. Which must you obey over the other two?
Law enforcement officers and other individuals direct traffic on some occasions. When an officer is present, obey any hand signals you are given rather than traffic signals, signs, or pavement markings. Traffic control can be provided by law enforcement, highway personnel or school crossing guards.
You must always stop for adult crossing guards who display a stop sign or flag.
#10. This sign (a steady yellow X) means:
Lane-use control signals are special signals posted by the side of the road or overhead. They indicate whether you should or should not drive in a specific lane. A green arrow means you can use the lane. A red X means you cannot.
A flashing yellow X means the lane is only for turning. A steady yellow X means that the use of the lane is changing, and you should move out of it when it is safe to do so.
#11. Which is true about the right of way at a 4-way stop?
When two vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, and all-way stop signs or flashing red traffic lights control the intersection, the driver on the left must yield right of way to the driver on the right.
#12. When making a long trip, you should:
You should not leave on a trip if you are already tired.
#13. You approach this sign. What should you expect ahead?
A four-way intersection is ahead. Prepare to yield.
#14. If there is an oncoming vehicle approaching head-on in your lane, your escape path from a collision is:
Do not use the left lane to avoid the vehicle. The driver may return to the correct lane and will then be in your path. If the vehicle continues toward you, it is better to steer off the road to the right
#15. Why should you clean your headlights?
Clean your headlights as often as you clean your windshield. Dirty head-lights can reduce light output by as much as 75 percent.
#16. Wearing earplugs in both ears to listen to a radio while driving:
Minnesota law prohibits drivers from wearing headphones or earphones that are used in both ears simultaneously to listen to a radio or other sound-producing device.
#17. The wrong way sign means:
Wrong Way. You have entered a lane of oncoming traffic. You are traveling in the wrong direction. Turn around! The sign is a supplement to the Do Not Enter sign. It is placed along the exit ramp or the one-way roadway farther from the crossroad.
#18. You may continue carefully against a yellow light if:
A steady yellow light means Caution. The signal is about to turn red.
Do not enter the intersection if you can stop safely before doing so.
If you cannot stop safely, proceed through the intersection with caution.
#19. On highways with several lanes traveling in the same direction, the right lane should be used for:
If you are driving at a slower speed than other traffic, stay in the lane nearest to the right side of the road.
#20. What is the best advice to a driver who has been drinking alcohol?
Social drinking frequently leads to impaired driving. If you are going to drink, do not drive. If you are going to drive, do not drink.
Some alternatives to driving impaired are:
- Designate a driver.
- Call a taxi.
- Call a friend.
- Stay overnight at a friend’s house.
Remember, drinking coffee, exercising, taking cold showers, and similar do not increase the rate of oxidation. Only time can sober a person who has been drinking.
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Facts about Your Minnesota Knowledge Test
|MN Knowledge Test for Learner’s 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:||30 minutes|
|Wait time before retest:||1 day|
Minnesota (MN) Practice Tests
Have you learned everything you need to know for your Minnesota knowledge test? This is your chance to check up on your knowledge.
This permit practice tests has 20 random questions based on the handbook and real MN DMV tests. When you start over, a new set of questions will be created.
After each question, you get instant feedback. Should you miss a question, there is a brief explanation. Your final score will tell you if you are ready for the real thing or not.
Start studying by getting the latest version of the Minnesota Driver’s Manual . After reading the manual, you should use these practice tests to verify what you have learned. The more tests you take, the easier it is to pass the real examination.
The passing score in Minnesota is 80 percent and the real knowledge test has 40 questions, which means you must correctly answer at least 32. But you probably want a score of at least 92-96 percent while taking a practice test.
This practice test is limited to 20 questions, which is easier to handle when you prepare for your exam. It gives you better opportunities to look up answers in the driver’s manual. The real test usually has 4 answer options. Sometimes not all choices are plausible, which is why this practice test never has more than three choices.
Remember, true understanding and true learning is your key to success. Try to avoid some of the most common risky study tactics .
Who Must Pass the Minnesota Written Test?
If you never had a license before.
If you’ve never had a driver’s license in any state or country, you must pass a knowledge test and a vision test and apply for an instruction permit.
If you let your license expire.
If you have a Minnesota driver’s license and let it expire, you must take the knowledge test again. Should you let your license expire for more than one year you must pass both the knowledge test and the road test again.
If your license has been revoked.
Michigan also requires you to retake the written knowledge test after the state revoked your driver’s license. A revocation means that your privilege is withdrawn, and you must apply for a new license.
If you move to Minnesota from another state.
You must also take the Minnesota knowledge test and pass the vision test when moving to Minnesota from another state, U.S. territories, or Canada.
Unlike many other states, the written test is not waived in Minnesota, even if you hold a license from another state. If your out-of-state license has expired more than one year, you must also take the road test.
If you move to Minnesota from another country.
When you move to Minnesota from a country other than Canada, you must pass all tests, including the knowledge test and the skills test.
What Kind Questions are on the Minnesota Knowledge Test?
The official test from Minnesota Department of Public Safety has multiple choice and true or false questions that check your knowledge and understanding of Minnesota traffic laws and road signs.
The test will always have questions about these subjects (§171.13):
- Minnesota traffic laws
- The effects of alcohol and drugs on a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely and legally
- The legal penalties and financial consequences resulting from violations of laws prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Railroad grade crossing safety
- Slow-moving vehicle safety
- Laws relating to pupil transportation safety, including the significance of school bus lights, signals, stop arm, and passing a school bus
- Traffic laws related to bicycles
- The circumstances and dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning
Is the Minnesota Knowledge Test Hard?
The failure rate on the Minnesota Knowledge Test is between 40 and 50%, which means that the test must be considered hard.
It is important to prepare well and focus on the subjects mentioned above, including the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Class D Knowledge Test Online
The test is offered at Minnesota DVS exam stations but also online from your home or through third-party testing sites.
As of October 8, 2020, you can go online at drive.mn.gov and request a Class D Knowledge Test.
The online test is online available in English and Spanish.
For the online test at home, you need a proctor. A proctor is a person who monitors students during a test or exam. A proctor must be 21 or older and hold a valid Minnesota driver’s license.
After your request is approved, you will have 48 hours from the time you register to take the online knowledge test.
Other things you should know about the online test at home:
- You have 30 minutes from the time you sign into the site to complete the test.
- If another browser window is opened, the test will be suspended. If it occurs twice, test is failed.
- No study materials or cell phone use is allowed during the test.
- Audio is not available.
- If you fail the online knowledge test twice, you must take the knowledge test at a DVS exam station or an approved third-party tester.
- If you fail the test three times, any new attempts must be completed at a DVS exam station, and there is a $10 fee per test attempt.
Class D Knowledge Test at DVS exam stations
If you want to take the test at a DPS-DVS exam station, you must schedule the test in advance. Exam stations do not accept walk-ins for class D knowledge tests.
DVS offers tests on a computer. Paper tests are only available on a case-by-case basis if an individual with special needs makes the request.
Come prepared with a Minnesota driver’s license or ID card. If you don’t have one you must bring one primary document that shows your full name and birth date, like a passport or an original or certified birth certificate, and one secondary document with your full name. See full list .
You can take test in English, American Sign Language, or in one of the following foreign languages:
If you wish, you can use audio assistance to hear all questions (this is not available for the online test at home). Ask for headphones which allow you to hear the questions as you read them.
You must understand that the Minnesota knowledge exam is not an open book test. While testing you cannot talk, and you cannot use any of the following items:
- Cell phone (must be turned off)
- Driver’s Manual
- Electronic dictionaries
What Happens if I Fail the Test?
If you fail the test, you must wait until the next day before taking a new test. You can only take one knowledge test per day at DVS.
If you fail two consecutive knowledge tests, you will be charged an additional fee of $10 to take a third test and any subsequent test.
If you fail the online test at home, you must take a third test at a DVS exam station or an approved third-party tester. After three failures you can only retest at a DVS location.
Minnesota Graduated Driver’s Licensing System
Minnesota has a Graduated Driver’s Licensing (GDL) system for new drivers under 21 years. It is designed to step by step ease inexperienced drivers into the driving environment.
The first phase of the GDL system is to obtain an instruction permit. With a permit, a young driver may practice driving under supervision of a licensed driver who is 21 years or older.
After passing a road skills test, the young driver may procced with the second phase of the GDL system and apply for a provisional license.
The full and unrestricted driver’s license is the third phase of the GDL system. Read More .
Phase One: Requirements for Minnesota Instruction Permit
You must be at least 15 years old.
If between 15 and 18 years, you must have completed a classroom instruction course and be enrolled in behind-the-wheel instruction course.
You must pass the vision screening and the Class D knowledge test
If under 18 years, a parent or legal guardian’s signature and certification are required on application.
Restrictions on a Minnesota Instruction Permit
Supervised driving only.
An Instruction Permit does not allow you to drive alone. You can only drive while supervised by a certified driving instructor, parent or guardian or other licensed driver who is 21 years or older. The supervising driver must sit beside you in the front seat.
Everyone must be buckled up.
Driver and all passengers must wear a properly fastened seat belt or use a properly fastened child restraint system.
No cell phones.
A holder of an instruction permit may not use or talk on a cell phone while driving. This includes hands-free cell phone devices.
There are no passenger restrictions or night curfew when you hold an Instruction Permit and drive under supervision of a qualified licensed driver.
Phase Two: Requirements for Minnesota Provisional License
You must be at least 16 years old.
If under 18 years, you must have completed the classroom and behind-the-wheel phases of driver education.
You must have held an instruction permit for six months with no convictions.
No convictions include both moving or alcohol/controlled-substance violations.
You must present a supervised driving log .
You must have driven under the supervision of a licensed driver at least 21 years of age, for not less than 50 hours, of which at least 15 hours were at night.
If a parent/guardian completes the parent class, the log must show at least 40 hours, 15 of which were at night.
If under 18 years, a parent/guardian must approve the application.
You must pass a skills (road) test.
Restrictions on a Minnesota Provisional License
A provisional driver’s license allows you to drive without a supervising driver, but some other restrictions still apply.
Driver and all passengers must use seat belts.
Driver and all passengers must wear a properly fastened seat belt or use a properly fastened child restraint system.
No cell phones.
No driving at night.
During the first six months of you cannot drive from midnight until 5 a.m. unless you are driving between your home and work, between your home and a school event for which the school does not provide transportation, or for employment purposes. You may also drive at night if you are accompanied by a licensed driver at least 25 years of age.
Limited number of passengers.
During the first six months, you can drive with only one passenger under 20 years, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or if passengers are immediate family.
During the second six months, you can drive with no more than three passengers under 20 years, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or if passengers are immediate family.
When you hold a Minnesota Provisional License you may not use or talk on a cell phone while driving. There is no exception for hands-free cell phone devices.
Phase Three: Full License
If you are at least 18 years old or have held a Minnesota Provisional License for at least 12 consecutive months, you may be eligible for a full driver’s license.
You cannot have any convictions for alcohol/controlled substance violations or crash-related moving violations and no more than one conviction for a moving violation that is not crash-related.
If you are under 18 years, your application must be approved and the person who approves must certify that you have driven under the supervision of a licensed driver for no fewer than ten hours on the provisional license.
Before DVS issues a full driver’s license, you must pass the road test.
The Vanessa's Law in Michigan affects teen drivers under 21 years who commit an alcohol/controlled substance or crash-related offense.
These offenses include, but are not limited to, DWI, Implied Consent, Open Bottle, or Underage Drinking and Driving/Not a Drop Law, and leaving the scene of an accident.
An unlicensed driver under 18 years who receives a crash-related traffic violation or an alcohol or controlled substance violation may not receive a driver's license, including an instruction permit or provisional license, until the driver turns 18.
A licensed teen driver with a provisional license whose driving privileges were revoked due to a crash-related moving violation or an alcohol/controlled substance-related violation cannot apply for a new license until the driver turns 18.
After a revocation, the driver must fulfill all reinstatement requirements, including the payment of fees which can be up to $680 depending on circumstances. The driver must also:
- Complete the classroom portion of a formal driver education course.
- Pass the knowledge test.
- Obtain an instruction permit and hold it for three months.
- Complete the behind-the-wheel portion of a driver education course.
Drivers under 21 years who are convicted of an underage drink and drive offense, loses their license for a least 30 days, with no exceptions available during that 30-days suspension period.
The Road Test
To pass the skills (road) test, you must be able to demonstrate:
- Your vehicle’s safety equipment (don’t forget the seat belt!)
- Your ability to drive a motor vehicle safely under normal traffic conditions
You cannot have any passengers in the car during the test other than the driver examiner.
You must make an appointment for the road test.
Schedule your knowledge test appointment
You can class D knowledge test appointment online up to six weeks in advance. This eliminates the need to wait in line for a test.
More options to take your knowledge test
More third-party testing is available. Additional information is on the third-party online knowledge testing web page .
DVS also offers online testing from home.
Virtual lobby at exam stations
You can scan a QR code or text a code for the service you need when visiting a DVS exam station. This checks you into a virtual lobby, so you can wait in your car or somewhere other than a physical line. You will receive a text message when it is your turn.
This allows you to maintain social distancing and reduce the number of customers inside an exam station at one time.