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Minnesota Knowledge Test & Permit Practice – 20 Questions

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Number of questions on each practice test: 20
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#1. If you want to turn at an intersection, but end up in a lane marked for through traffic, you should:

White arrows, which may be accompanied by the word only, indicate that drivers must stay within a designated lane while turning onto the cross street. Some turn lanes have multiple arrows, allowing you to turn left or right, or to go straight.

To discourage drivers from changing lanes near an intersection, turn lanes are separated from through traffic lanes by solid white lines.


#2. If a traffic signal light is not working, you should proceed as if the intersection:

If a traffic signal is not functioning, treat the intersection as you would an uncontrolled intersection. Be prepared to stop and yield the right-of-way.

Note: several states require you to always stop. Three states, including Minnesota, simply consider the intersection uncontrolled since the signal is not operating.


#3. What does this sign mean?

Winding road ahead.

The road ahead winds back and forth. Slow to a safe or indicated speed.


#4. When may you drive at the maximum speed indicated by a speed limit sign?

Speed limits are posted for ideal conditions. They do not tell you at what speed you should drive. The Minnesota’s basic speed law requires you to drive at a speed no faster than is reasonable under existing conditions. These include weather, traffic, and road conditions.


#5. On a roadway separated by a physical barrier, you must stop for a school bus traveling in the opposite direction:

You are not required to stop for a school bus with its red lights flashing if it is on the opposite side of a separated roadway.


#6. Driving within the range of your headlights means:

A basic rule for safe night driving is to never outrun or overdrive your headlights! You should be able to stop within the distance that your headlights illuminate the road. For most vehicles, this distance is no more than 350 feet on high beam.


#7. When entering a freeway, it is wrong to:

Never insist on the right of way.

Remember, you must yield to other vehicles when you are merging.


#8. If two persons weigh the same and drink the same amount of alcohol, the person with more body fat will:

A person who has a higher percentage of fat than another person of the same weight will reach a higher alcohol concentration by consuming the same amount of alcohol. Muscle tissue does not allow alcohol absorption into the blood stream as readily as fat.


#9. To avoid getting tired on a long trip, you should:

There are things you can do to help keep you from getting tired on a long trip:

  • Get plenty of rest before starting out on a long drive.
  • Stop at least once every 100 miles or every two hours.
  • Talk to passengers in order to stay alert.
  • Ask someone else to drive when you begin to feel tired.
  • Listen to the radio or sing aloud.
  • Open a window to increase fresh airflow.

Do not rely on stay awake drugs.


#10. What shape is a regulatory speed limit sign?

Vertical rectangles and square signs are generally used for regulatory signs. A speed limit sign is generally a vertical rectangle.


#11. If your car stalls on railroad tracks and you cannot restart it, you should:

If your vehicle becomes stalled on railroad tracks and a train is approaching, leave the vehicle. Keeping a safe distance from the tracks, walk quickly in the direction from which the train is approaching to avoid being struck by debris from the collision.


#12. To avoid confusion and misunderstanding at four-way stop intersections, you should:

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.


#13. Using Lincoln's head on a penny is an easy way of checking what?

An easy way to check for wear is by using the penny test. Take a penny and hold Abraham Lincoln’s body between your thumb and forefinger. Place the coin, with the head pointing down, into the deepest groove of your tire tread. If his head is completely visible, your tires need to be replaced.


#14. A lane control sign with a steady yellow X means:

Lane use control signals allow lanes to be used by traffic from different directions at different times. A steady yellow X means you should prepare to move into another lane in a safe manner. A lane-control change is being made in the lane below the steady yellow X. A steady red X will be displayed next, and you cannot occupy the lane at that time.


#15. Why can it be dangerous to start your vehicle, or warm up the engine, in a closed garage?

Avoid idling a vehicle in a garage. Carbon monoxide is a deadly, odorless, and colorless gas produced by engines. It can collect inside your garage if your engine is idling. When temperatures are cold, carbon monoxide can get trapped inside the garage even when the garage door is open completely.


#16. Proof of no-fault and liability insurance is needed:

Owners of motor vehicles driven on public roads must carry no-fault and liability insurance on their vehicles. Valid proof of insurance must be carried in the vehicle at all times.


#17. Adult passengers in a car must always wear seat belts:

In Minnesota, motor vehicles must be equipped with seat belts. A properly adjusted and fastened seat belt must be worn by all drivers and passengers in all seating positions, including the back seat.


#18. If you lose control of the steering wheel, do not:

Do not brake unless it is necessary to avoid a crash.

Ease up on the accelerator. Your vehicle may balance on its own and travel in a straight path as you reduce speed. If you must apply the brake, do so gently. If you brake suddenly, or try to shift gears, the change in speed may throw the vehicle off balance and out of control.

This question asked what you should not do.


#19. At this intersection, cars in the right lane must:

Cars in left lane must turn left. Cars in right lane must go straight or turn right.

Lane use control signs are rectangular, black and white signs. These signs are used where turns are required or permitted from lanes as shown.

You must move your vehicle only in the direction indicated for your traffic lane.


#20. When you park on a hill headed downhill and there is no curb, you should turn your front wheels:

Headed downhill with no curb, turn the wheels to the right or side of the road, so the car will roll away from the center of the road if the brakes fail.

Remember, when you park on a hill, the general rule is turning 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. Then, let your vehicle roll backwards until the back of your front wheel touches the curb. The curb will stop your car from rolling into traffic.

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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.

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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.

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Class D Knowledge Test Online

The knowledge test is offered at Minnesota DVS exam stations or through third-party testing providers.

The at-home online knowledge test service ended on July 2, 2021. This feature was only available during the state’s emergency due to Covid-19.

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:

  • Hmong
  • Karen
  • Russian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

If you wish, you can use audio assistance to hear all questions. 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
  • Notes
  • 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.

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Please note that is not affiliated with Minnesota DVS. We do not offer online testing.

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 .

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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.

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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.

If you fail to show up for your road test, you will face a $20 no-show fee.

COVID-19 Alerts

Improvements Due to Covid-19

  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.

Remember, DVS exam stations will not accept walk-ins for class D knowledge test due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

  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 .

  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.

To learn more about how Minnesota DVS improved their services due to COVID-19 emergency, please visit: COVID-19 FAQs


  1. Francisco Pérez January 14, 2022

    This Minnesota practice run was very helpful. If you run through these dummy questions a few times you are well prepared for the real knowledge exam. There were simple questions about alcohol, stopping for school buses and trains, and keeping your distance to bicycles. Most covered here. Good luck.

  2. Randy Martínez December 10, 2021

    Hey guys! I took the test Fridayy and passed and wanted to let you know that this helped. Every time someone takes the test there are different questions. You can use this but beware it’s just a guide and you need to take it many times! Best of luck!

  3. Used this right before I took my written test. Just practiced while I’m line. I only missed two, thanks guys!

    • Was it the same questions?

      • Pretty much. Some were worded differently. Guess there is no guarantee that all answers will be the same as this. But it helped me.

  4. Very helpful. only missed the last question.

  5. Many of questions on my test. Passed first time around. Thanks

  6. Rasmussen May 18, 2021

    To suggest that signals are required before slowing and that your brake lights are a ‘signal’ is BS. The MN manual NEVER refers to brake lights as ‘signals’ nor does it require a hand signal for ‘slowing’, only stopping. In fact, it never actually ‘requires’ hand signals at all but says the ‘may’ be used. What is up with BS questions? Trying to cheat and get people to take your course?

    Then I see other people are pointing this out and your response is to attack them. Nice.

    • We don’t want to “attack” anyone. But please let us respond with the same attitude and language. Most people understand that brake lights are a signal and nothing else. So, suggesting that brake lights are NOT a signal is truly BS.

      Minnesota law: “No person shall stop or suddenly decrease the speed of a vehicle without first giving an appropriate signal in the manner provided herein to the driver of any vehicle immediately to the rear unless there is a good and sufficient reason for not being able to do so.”

      So, yes, you must signal when slowing or stopping. The test questions do NOT suggest that hand signals are required. When visible in normal sunlight, hand and arm signals may, however, be used in addition to, or instead of, approved signal devices.

      And FYI, there is no course to take. You are free to use other resources at any time.

  7. Rasmussen May 18, 2021

    Minnesota 2021 manual does not reference the direction of orange stripes on work zone barriers. Not helpful to have questions that aren’t in the manual.

    • It won’t be on your test, but hopefully others find it helpful. From the manual: “Road workers set up zones with signs and road markings to direct traffic. Motorists MUST be able to understand and react to these directions.”

  8. Are these the actual questions? I’m taking mine soon and don’t know what to study.

    • Many are actual questions or very similar.

      You should always start by reading the manual! It has all information necessary to pass the test.

  9. The DoNotEnter sign is also round

    • The Do Not Enter sign shows a prohibition (a regulatory sign that tells you what cannot do). Regulatory signs are rectangular or square.

      The only round sign in United States is the yellow warning sign that tells you that there is a railway crossing ahead.

      It is, however, very common to think that the Do Not Enter sign is round because of the round symbol on the sign.

      For more information read this: No it is not round

  10. Is this the exact same thing as the real test bc some of the questions I saw the first time I took it

    • Tests are random, which means that they can never be the exact same thing. But a set of questions can be close to what you will get on the real exam. The more you practice, the easier the real thing will be.

  11. Great help I passed

  12. samantha g October 11, 2020

    took me test on friday and passed easily. Many same questions. some new.

  13. melvin armstrong July 23, 2020

    I took the mn knowledge test today 7-23-2020 and it was nothing like the knowledge test id been practicing for since 7-16-2020 the test is misleading !!!!!!!!!!!!! where can I acquire a knowledge test manual or a drivers manual for this test?

    • Our practice tests are based on the information in the MN driver’s manual, which you hopefully already got and studied more than once.

      If not, it is here:

      The practice test isn’t misleading, but with the wrong expectations I can understand that you might feel that way. It is not uncommon that people who fail the test want to blame somebody else.

      Trying to pass a knowledge test without real knowledge simply don’t work. And being behind the wheel without knowledge about the rules of the road is not a good idea.

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