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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. When you hear an emergency vehicle approaching from any direction on an undivided highway, you must:

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.


#2. 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.


#3. At a traffic light with a flashing yellow signal, you:

A flashing yellow signal means proceed with caution. You do not need to stop for a flashing yellow light, but It usually means you need to slow down.


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

Always obey the posted speed limit and take road conditions into consideration. If the road or weather is bad, you may need to drive below the speed limit.

Remember, speed limits are posted for ideal conditions. If the road is wet or icy, if you cannot see well, or if traffic is heavy, then you must slow down. Even if you are driving under the posted speed limit, you can get a ticket for traveling too fast under these conditions.

It is not always lawful to drive as fast as the posted speed limit.


#5. What are the best ways of dealing with social drinking situations?

There are ways of dealing with social drinking situations. Arrange to go with two or more people and agree that one of you will not drink alcohol. You can rotate among the group being a Designated Driver. If available, you might take public transportation or a cab.


#6. If you have an accident and someone is injured, you must report it to the Highway Patrol:

You must report to the Highway Patrol if there is an injury, a death, or property damage of $1,000 or more to one person’s property. Accident forms are at law enforcement agencies or available from most insurance agents. You must file the report within 10 days of the accident.

Remember, at scene of the accident you must immediately notify law enforcement if anyone is injured or killed, or property damage is $500 or more.


#7. You must yield the right-of-way:

You must yield the right-of-way to a motor vehicle that is part of a funeral procession being led by a funeral lead vehicle or a funeral escort vehicle. You cannot drive between the vehicles forming the procession while the procession is in motion.


#8. When you see this sign, you must:

Keep right. A divided highway or traffic island where traffic must keep right is ahead. Stay on the right side of the divider.


#9. A traffic signal with a flashing yellow arrow means:

A flashing yellow arrow means left turns are allowed, but you must first yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. Oncoming traffic has a green light. You must determine if there is a safe gap before turning.


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

Never place a rear-facing car seat in the front passenger seat with an active air bag.


#11. What does drive within the range of your headlights mean?

It is harder to see at night. You need to be closer to an object to see it at night than during the day. Remember that you must be able to stop within the distance you can see ahead with your headlights, which is about 400 feet. You should drive at a speed that allows you to stop within this distance, or about 50 mph.


#12. When crossing railroad tracks, it is wise:

It is wise not to shift gears when crossing railroad tracks just in case you might stall.


#13. A truck's blind spots:

Never stay alongside a large vehicle such as a truck or bus. These vehicles have large blind spots, and it is hard for their drivers to see you. The blind spots exist on both sides, particularly alongside the cab, to the rear and in front of the cab (see illustration in the driver manual).


#14. Yellow flashing lights near the top of a school bus mean:

A school bus displaying a yellow flashing light is about to stop and children may be in the road. Slow down and proceed carefully.

Upon meeting or passing from either direction any school bus stopped with its red lights flashing, you must stop at least 30 feet from the bus. You cannot proceed until the red lights are turned off.


#15. When changing lanes, it is important to:

When changing lanes, it is important to check your blind spot. Your blind spot is the area of the road you cannot see without moving your head and looking over your shoulder.


#16. You may be denied a Montana driver's license for the following reason:

You can be denied a Montana license if you are addicted to the use of alcohol or narcotic drugs. You may also be denied a license if you lack the functional ability, due to a physical or mental disability or limitation, to safely operate a motor vehicle on the highway or if your license has been suspended or revoked in any other state or jurisdiction.


#17. What does this road sign mean?

A steep grade is ahead. Check your brakes. Slow down and be ready to shift to lower gear to control speed and protect brakes from damage.


#18. When driving on ice, you should:

On ice, you must slow to a crawl. It is very dangerous to drive on ice.


#19. After passing a car and before returning to your lane, you should:

Before you return to the driving lane, be sure to leave enough room between yourself and the vehicle you have passed. When you can see both headlights of the vehicle you have just passed in your rear-view mirror, it is safe to return to the driving lane. Do not count on having enough time to pass several cars at once. Also, do not count on other drivers making room for you or maintaining their speed.


#20. When you are very tired (fatigued):

When you are tired, you cannot drive as safely as when you are rested. You do not see as well, and you are not as alert as when you are rested. It takes you more time to make decisions and you do not always make good decisions. You can be more irritable and can get upset more easily.

Stop and rest. Never drive if you are sleepy.


#21. What does this sign mean?

The road will curve to the right. Note the difference between Curve and Sharp Turn signs.


#22. When traveling at 70 mph, what is your approximate stopping distance with perfect 4-wheel brakes under favorable conditions (distance your car will travel before it comes to a stop, including a thinking time of 3/4 second)?

A car traveling at 70 mph will need approximately 367 feet before it comes to a stop (including perception, thinking, and braking distance).

Table in your driver manual shows stopping distances with perfect 4-wheel brakes on best type of road service under favorable conditions.


#23. This hand position on the steering wheel is:

It is best to have your hands at about 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock positions – or 8 o’clock and 4 o’clock in newer vehicles equipped with air bags on the steering wheel (this position gives you control of the vehicle and reduces the risk of hand and arm injury in the event of a crash).


#24. This is:

This is a regulatory speed limit sign. With the word minimum it shows the minimum speed you are allowed to travel.

Remember, white is used as background color on regulatory signs.


#25. Which is true about giving your horn a sharp blast?

Never use your horn to encourage someone to drive faster or get out of the way.


#26. Lanes marked on both sides by double-dashed yellow lines are known as:

Reversible lanes.

You may find some travel lanes are designed to carry traffic in one direction at certain times and in the opposite direction at other times. These lanes are usually marked by double dashed yellow lines.


#27. If the engine dies while you are driving:

If the engine dies while you are driving, keep a strong grip on the steering wheel. The steering may be difficult to turn, but you can do it. Pull off the roadway. The brakes will still work, but you may have to push very hard on the brake pedal.


#28. Always turn your front wheels toward the curb when you are parked on a grade and facing:

When you park on a hill, turn your wheels sharply toward the side of the road. This way if your car starts to roll downhill it will roll away from traffic. If you park facing uphill where there is a curb, you should set the parking brake and turn the wheels away from the curb. See illustration in the Driver License Manual.


#29. White traffic signs display:

Regulatory signs have a red or white background and inform drivers of traffic laws or regulations. Some, such as SPEED LIMIT signs, may only include words. Others, such as NO U-TURN signs, use only images. Some are a combination of words and images.


#30. What should you do when you are pulling a trailer?

You should allow a four-second or more following distance when you have a heavy load or are pulling a trailer. The extra weight increases your stopping distance.


#31. 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.


#32. Which lane should you use for a left turn?

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.

#33. When making a left turn on a two-way street with multiple lanes:

The turn should normally be completed in the closest lane going in your direction (the right half of the street nearest the center line). Some states allow you to turn into any lane, if you can do so safely and without interfering with traffic.

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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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