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This Montana Written Sample Test
  Questions on each practice test: 33
  Question pool: 1,000+
  Test type: Random multiple-choice



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#1. A center lane with yellow pavement markings on both sides is:

Shared center lanes are reserved for making left turns (or U-turns when they are permitted). They can be used by vehicles traveling in both directions. On the pavement, left-turn arrows for traffic in one direction are alternate with left-hand arrows for traffic coming from the other direction. These lanes are marked on each side by a solid yellow and dashed yellow line.

This lane is not a regular traffic lane or a passing lane. You must only drive for a short distance while preparing for a turn.


#2. You are in the right-hand lane and want to turn right at an intersection. You see this sign at the corner. What should you do?

No right turn. You cannot make a right turn at this intersection.

Remember, regulatory signs with a red circle with a red slash over a symbol prohibit certain actions.


#3. What should you do when you see this sign?

Move or merge right. Large flashing or sequencing arrow panels may be used in work zones both day and night to guide drivers into certain traffic lanes and to inform them that part of the road or street ahead is closed.


#4. Other than by your turn signals, other motorists can sometimes determine your intention to turn by:

Generally, other drivers expect you to keep doing what you are doing. You must warn them when you are going to change direction or slow down, by signals, vehicle position, and eye contact. This will give them time to react, if needed, or at least not to be surprised by what you do.


#5. This sign tells you that:

Range Cattle.

Where there are no fences, cattle and horses may be on the highway.


#6. Which lane should you use if traveling straight ahead?

Some travel lanes are designed to carry traffic in one direction at certain times and in the opposite direction at other times.

  • A green arrow means you can use the lane beneath it.
  • A red X means that you may not.
  • 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 as soon as it is safe to do so.

#7. Which of the following will increase the risk of getting tired on a long trip?

You should not drive late at night when you normally sleep.

To help prevent you from getting tired on a long trip:

  • Try to get a normal night’s sleep before you leave.
  • Do not leave on a trip if you are already tired. Plan your trips so you can leave when you are rested.
  • Eat lightly. Do not eat a large meal before you leave. Some people get sleepy after they eat a big meal.
  • Take breaks. Stop every two hours or so, or when you need to.
  • Plan for plenty of time to complete your trip safely.
  • Try not to drive late at night when you are normally asleep.
  • Never drive if you are sleepy.

#8. In general, traffic flows more smoothly when everyone:

Traffic would flow more smoothly if everyone looked well ahead. Making driving changes before the last moment gives drivers behind you more time to react. The earlier you act, the less often someone behind you has to react quickly to your vehicle.


#9. Traffic signs that warn a driver of hazards or changes in road conditions ahead are usually:

Yellow is used as background on general warning signs. Such signs warn you of hazards or changes in conditions ahead. The road layout may be changing, you may be coming to a school zone, or there may be a special situation ahead. Slow down and obey the sign.


#10. If you are being followed too closely while driving on a two-lane road, you should:

Every now and then, you may find yourself being followed closely or tailgated by another driver. If you are being followed too closely and there is a right lane, move over to the right. If there is no right lane, wait until the way is clear then reduce speed slowly. This will encourage the tailgater to drive around you. Never slow down quickly to discourage a tailgater, all that does is increase your risk of being hit from behind.


#11. Windshields that are dirty will usually:

Keep the windshield clean. Bright sun or headlights on a dirty windshield make it hard to see.


#12. Before applying for a restricted driver's license, any new driver under 18 years old must hold a learner license:

The learner license must be used for six consecutive months by any new driver under 18 years old.


#13. Which is true about safe driving and passing other vehicles?

Each time you pass someone, there is a chance for a collision. If you are going faster than traffic, you will have to keep passing others. Drive with the flow of traffic, passing only as needed. Slow down and keep with other traffic. Speeding does not save more than a few minutes. If you must exceed the speed limit to pass another vehicle, you should not pass until you can do so legally and safely.


#14. You approach a traffic signal displaying a steady yellow light. What is the best thing to do?

A steady yellow signal means caution. The signal is about to turn red. Do not enter an intersection against a steady yellow light unless you are too close to stop safely.


#15. If your vehicle is hit from the rear, your body will be thrown:

If your vehicle is hit from the rear, your body will be thrown backward. Press yourself against the back of your seat and put your head against the head restraint. Be ready to apply your brakes so that you will not be pushed into another vehicle. Your lap and shoulder belts will help minimize your vulnerability to injury.


#16. An emergency vehicle with activated lights and sirens approaches from behind. You must yield the right-of-way by:

You must yield the right-of-way to a police vehicle, fire engine, ambulance, or other emergency vehicle using a siren or air horn and a red or blue flashing light. Pull over to the right edge of the road or as near to the right as possible and stop. Remain stopped until the vehicle has passed. If you are in an intersection, drive through the intersection before you pull over and stop.


#17. When a pedestrian is crossing at an intersection with no marked crosswalk, you should:

Always yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk, or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.


#18. When approaching an accident scene, you should:

Do not stop at an accident unless you are involved or if emergency help has not yet arrived. Keep your attention on your driving and keep moving, watching for people who might be in or near the road.

If you take your eyes off the road to look at something, you could run into a vehicle that slowed or stopped in front of you. Slowing down to stare can also increase congestion. When you pass roadside incidents, keep your eyes on the road and get past them as safely and as soon as you can.


#19. You should use your horn:

Use your horn whenever it will help prevent an accident. Do not use your horn to show other drivers that they made a mistake or around blind pedestrians.


#20. When driving past this sign:

The Wrong Way 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. It is used to identify a one-way street, expressway ramp or the wrong direction or wrong side of a divided highway. If you pass this sign, you are already driving against traffic. Turn around!


#21. When driving in the right lane on a controlled-access highway you should:

When traveling on a controlled-access highway and you observe another driver entering, you should, whenever possible, move to your left so that they may enter safely.


#22. If a traffic signal light is not working, you must:

If a signal is not working, stop as you would if there were stop signs in all directions. Common courtesy says the driver who stops first should get to go first. However, stay cautious and be sure it is safe to proceed even when you are the first vehicle to reach the intersection.


#23. What should you do when you approach a railroad crossing?

As you approach any railroad crossing, slow down, look, listen, and be prepared to stop. Do not assume that a train is not coming even if you have never seen one at that crossing before. That is one of the leading causes of fatalities at railroad crossings.


#24. Which is always a safe speed on two-lane highways?

No single speed is safe in all situations. In addition to the posted speed limit, you must consider road conditions, visibility conditions and the flow of other traffic in choosing a safe speed to drive.


#25. You are traveling at 50 mph on dry pavement. What is your approximate stopping distance?

At 50 mph, it can take about 400 feet to react to something you see and bring your vehicle to a stop. That is about the length of a city block. If you cannot see 400 feet ahead, it means you may not be driving safely at 50 mph. By the time you see an object in your path, it may be too late to stop without hitting it


#26. When brakes suddenly fail:

If your brakes stop working, pump the brake pedal several times. This will often build up enough brake pressure to allow you to stop. If you cannot get your brakes to work, use the parking brake. Pull on the parking brake handle slowly so you will not lock the rear wheels and cause a skid. Be ready to release the brake if the vehicle does start to skid. If that does not work, start shifting to lower gears and look for a safe place to slow to a stop. Make sure the vehicle is off the roadway. Do not drive the vehicle without brakes.


#27. When approaching a yield sign, you must:

Slow down and give vehicles crossing your path the right-of-way. If the way is clear, you may move forward slowly without stopping. Yield signs are usually placed where auxiliary roads lead into major road.


#28. Backing a vehicle on interstate highways:

Never back up on controlled access highways.

Remember, you should never back up or stop in any travel lane for any reason.


#29. To avoid a collision, a driver basically has three options:

When it looks like a collision may happen, many drivers panic and fail to act. In some cases they do act, but do something that does not help reduce the chance of the collision. There almost always is something you can do to avoid the crash, or reduce the results of the crash. In avoiding a collision, drivers have three options: (1) stop, (2) turn, and (3) speed up.


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

When the road is slippery, you must slow down. The tires do not grip as well as they do on a dry road. Allow extra space between your car and the car ahead. Do not brake or turn suddenly. Use a low gear when going down steep hills. Be careful on bridges and overpasses. These areas freeze first and dry out last.


#31. When parking close to a traffic signal beside the road you must keep this distance:

The distance you must keep from a traffic light is more than 30 feet.

Parking is not allowed within 30 feet of a traffic signal, stop sign, or yield sign.


#32. If you have been drinking alcohol, what will help you to sober up?

Some myths about drinking alcohol say that taking cold showers, drinking black coffee, or exercising will sober a person up. This is not true.

Only time, body weight, the number of drinks, and how much has been eaten, can affect how long it takes to sober up. The average person’s body will process one alcoholic drink in one hour.


#33. Following this vehicle too closely is unwise because:

You should allow a four-second or more following distance when following large vehicles that block your view ahead. The extra space allows you to see around the vehicle.

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Facts about Your Montana Written Test

Montana Written Knowledge Test for a Permit or Driver License
  Number of questions on exam: 33 questions
  Passing score: 82 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 27
  Allotted time to complete test: No limit
  Wait time before retest: 1 day

Montana MVD Practice Tests

Montana Permit Practice Tests

Each practice test has 33 random questions based on the handbook and real MT MVD tests. After each question, you’ll get instant feedback. If your answer isn’t correct, you’ll also see a short explanation. Use it to look up more information in the Driver Manual.

Break up your test practice in many sessions over a period of a week or more – this results in more solid knowledge.

Take practice tests until you reach 100% without guessing.

Don’t just memorize questions and answers – it is really important that you understand the information and the rules, since the wording may be slightly different on the real MVD knowledge test. Unless you understand all the information, you are not likely to pass the knowledge exam.

Remember, questions are drawn from a large pool of questions. You can take as many tests as you need to feel comfortable with all questions and answers.

Best Study Tactics

1   Start by getting the latest version of the Montana Driver Manual .

2   Read the manual from first to last page. MVD also offers an easy-to-read adapted/illustrated version of the Montana Driver Manual.

3   Take a few practice tests to check how much you learned.

4   Follow up on questions or answers you don’t understand. Discuss driving rules with a friend, teacher, or parent.

5   Continue with practice tests until you feel confident with all answers.

Read our article about Risky Study Tactics that Could Cause You to Fail .

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A Few Areas to Focus on for Your Montana Written Test

Montana MVD has issued the following quick reminder with statements that you should know and understand to pass the knowledge test and get your learner’s permit. It is likely that several of them will appear on your test.

  Solid yellow line means no passing

A yellow solid or unbroken line on the right-hand side of the center line means a no-passing zone. This is your side of the center.

  Parking on hills

When parking on a hill with a curb, your front wheels should be turned as follows:
– Downhill: toward the curb
– Uphill: away from the curb

  Handle a skid

When your car starts to skid:
– Look where you want to go
– Ease off the gas pedal
– Don’t apply the brakes
– Steer where you want to go

  Right of way at uncontrolled intersections

When two vehicles approach an intersection without traffic signals at the same time, the driver on the left must yield the right of way to the driver on the right.

The driver on the right goes first.

  Signaling before a turn

When preparing for a right turn, signal for at least 100 feet, check traffic to the rear and drive in the right-hand lane.

Signal for at least 300 feet in rural areas.

  Places where you CANNOT park

It is unlawful to park:
– On a sidewalk or bridge
– Closer than 20 feet to a crosswalk at an intersection
– Closer than 30 feet to a stop sign, traffic light or flashing beacon
– Closer than 15 feet to a fire hydrant
– Closer than 20 feet to a fire station
– In front of the entrance to an alley or private driveway
– In any area reserved for disabled parking unless you are disabled.

  Driving in school zones

In school zones, slow to 20 mph or other posted speed limit. Always watch for children.

  Use of Headlights

Headlights must be turned on:
– From one half hour after sunset to one half hour before sunrise
– Anytime weather conditions make it hard to see
– When part of a funeral line

It is safest to drive with headlights on during both day and night so other drivers can see your vehicle.

  Yield to Emergency Vehicles

When you hear the siren of an emergency vehicle you must pull over to the right and stop. Don’t stop within an intersection.

  When you can pass on the right

Passing on the right is permitted only:
– When the roadway is wide enough for two cars to move legally in the same direction; and
– When the car ahead is making a left turn, providing you remain on the paved part of the highway.

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What Happens if I Fail the Written Knowledge Test?

If you fail the test, you can retake it the next day. But it could be a good idea to wait at least three days and use the time to take several practice tests and review the driver manual again.

You study the rules of the road not only because you want to pass the test, but because you want to be a safe driver. Knowledge matters.

Should you fail the test three times (or not pass within 12 months), you must submit a new application and pay the required fees again.

Who Must Take the Montana MVD Knowledge Test?

  First-time applicants

When you apply for your first Montana Instruction Permit or Driver License, you must pass a vision screening and the written knowledge test.

For an unrestricted license you must also pass the road skills test.

  Drivers with a license expired more than three months

You can renew a Montana Driver License within three months after the expiration date without retesting. If your license is more than three months expired, you must reapply as a new driver and pass all necessary tests.

  Drivers with a revoked Montana license

If your license was revoked and the revocation period has ended, you may apply for a new driver license. Just like a first-time applicant, you must retake and successfully pass the knowledge, vision, and road skills tests.

  Drivers with a license from another country

If you move to Montana, you must apply for a Montana driver license (or permit).

If you hold a license from United States or Canada, you can usually exchange your valid driver license for a Montana license without a knowledge or road skills test.

If you hold a license from other than United States or Canada, you must pass all tests.

GDL: Graduated Driver Licensing in Montana

Like all other states, Montana has a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Law. The law outlines a three-step program that reduces the risk while new drivers under age 18 develop and improve their driving skills.

The steps include:

  Step 1: Learner License
  Step 2: Restricted License
  Step 3: Full privilege Driver License

Teenagers typically start with the Learner License obtained in a driver education program. The minimum age is 14½ years.

To get a Learner License without a completing a driver education program, you must be at least 16 years.

You hold your Learner License for at least six months and practice driving under supervision for at least 50 hours (10 hours must be at night), before you move on to step 2.

During step 2, you have a restricted license that allows you to drive without a supervising driver, but you cannot drive alone at night. There is a night curfew between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., unless you must drive to or from work. There are a few other exceptions as well.

For the first six months with a restricted license, you can drive with only one non-family passenger under 18 years. During the next six months, you can drive with no more than three non-family passengers under 18 years.

The passenger restrictions don’t apply if you are supervised by a licensed parent or guardian, or a licensed adult driver who is authorized by the parent or guardian.

You must hold a restricted license for at least one year or until you are 18 years, whichever comes first.

After one year or when you are 18 years, you are entitled to a full privilege Driver License.

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