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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. Where can you expect to see this sign?

The pass-with-care sign indicates the end of the no-passing zone. When you have passed this sign, you are again allowed to pass other vehicles with care.


#2. How do seat belts and shoulder straps help you when driving?

If your vehicle is hit from the side, your body will be thrown toward the side that is hit. Side air bags will help in this situation, but you still need your lap and shoulder belts to help minimize your vulnerability to injury. Your lap and shoulder belts are needed to help keep you behind the wheel.


#3. What does this 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.


#4. Any time you turn on your wipers due to bad weather, you should also:

Remember to turn on your headlights whenever you have trouble seeing others. If you have trouble seeing them, they may be having trouble seeing you. On rainy, snowy, or foggy days, it is sometimes hard for other drivers to see your vehicle. In these conditions, headlights make your vehicle easier to see. Remember, if you turn on your wipers, turn on your headlights.


#5. Which of the following is the best method to improve safety when driving at night?

Drivers cannot see as well at night, so slow down! Night driving requires that you consider not only the speed limit, but condition of the road, car, and weather. Reduced visibility, glare from oncoming headlights, animals crossing the road, and eye strain all combine to make night driving hazardous.

Fatal crashes are more likely to occur at night for all ages, but the risk is highest for teenagers.


#6. You may turn right on red:

A steady red signal means stop.

When entering a two-way street, you may cautiously turn right after stopping. You may make the right turn unless a sign or police officer tells you not to turn against the red light.

When entering a one-way street from a one-way street, you may also turn left after stopping.


#7. What do the light gray areas in the picture mark?

Turn your head before changing lanes because your mirrors have blind spots. These blind spots can hide a motorcyclist or a bicyclist. Do not drive in another driver’s blind spot.


#8. If you see a stop line, an X and letters RR painted on the pavement in front of a railroad crossing:

Pavement markings consisting of a STOP LINE, an X and letters RR may be painted on the pavement in front of crossings. This warns you to be alert to the crossing ahead.


#9. You are driving on an interstate posted for 65 mph. Around you, traffic is traveling at 70 mph. What should your speed be?

Always obey the posted speed limit and take road conditions into consideration.


#10. Merging onto a road is safest if you:

Do not try to merge into a gap that is too small. A small gap can quickly become even smaller.

Anytime you want to merge with other traffic, you need a gap of about four seconds. If you move into the middle of a four second gap, both you and the vehicle that is now behind you have a two second following distance. You need a four-second gap whenever you change lanes, enter a roadway, or when your lane merges with another travel lane.

When it is safe, go back to following the three-second-rule.


#11. It is against the law to cross a double solid yellow center line:

Two solid yellow lines mean no passing. You may not cross the lines unless you are making a left turn. You must also obey instructions from a flagger in a work zone when your side of the road is closed or blocked.


#12. If you see orange construction signs and cones on a highway, you must always:

Various traffic control devices are used in construction and maintenance work areas to direct drivers or pedestrians safely through the work zone and to provide for the safety of the highway workers. Stay alert and be prepared to slow down or stop, as needed. Watch for slower speeds limits. Keep a safe following distance to the vehicle ahead.


#13. If you park facing uphill on a street with a curb and turn the front wheels to the left:

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.


#14. The three-second rule refers to how you should:

The three-second rule refers to a following distance. There are situations where you need more space in front of your vehicle. In the following situations, you may need a four-second following distance to be safe:

  • On slippery roads.
  • When the driver behind you wants to pass.
  • When following motorcycles.
  • When following drivers who cannot see you.
  • When you have a heavy load or are pulling a trailer.
  • When it is hard for you to see.
  • When being followed closely.
  • When following emergency vehicles.
  • When approaching railroad crossings.
  • When stopped on a hill or incline.

#15. The main purpose of red road signs is to:

All red signs are regulatory signs and must be obeyed. They indicate stop or prohibition and include signs like: stop, yield, do not enter and wrong way. If you see red on a traffic device, STOP.


#16. If you are involved in a traffic accident where someone is injured, you must always:

If someone is injured, get help. Make sure the police and emergency medical or rescue squad have been called. If there is a fire, tell this to the police when they are called.

Do not move the injured unless they are in a burning vehicle or in other immediate danger of being hit by another vehicle.


#17. When a police officer is directing you to drive against a red light, you should:

You must obey any traffic direction, order, or signal by a law enforcement officer.


#18. When it is raining or the road is wet, most tires have good traction up to about:

When it is raining or the road is wet, most tires have good traction up to about 35 mph. As you go faster, however, your tires will start to ride upon the water like water skis. This is called hydroplaning.

In a heavy rain, your tires can lose all traction with the road at about 50 mph. Bald or badly worn tires will lose traction at much lower speeds. The best way to keep from hydroplaning is to slow down in the rain or when the road is wet.


#19. You are about to drive home. You cannot find the glasses you need to wear for safe driving. What is your best course of action?

If you need to wear glasses or contact lenses for driving, remember to always wear them when you drive, even if it is only to run down to the corner. If your driver license says you must wear corrective lenses and you are not and you happen to be stopped, you could get a ticket.

Try to keep an extra pair of glasses in your vehicle. Then if your regular glasses were to break or be lost, you can drive safely. This also can be helpful if you do not wear glasses all the time. It is easy to misplace them.


#20. How does alcohol affect you?

Alcohol slows your reflexes and reaction time, reduces your ability to see clearly, and makes you less alert. As the amount of alcohol in your body increases, your judgment worsens and your skill decreases. You will have trouble judging distances, speeds, and the movement of other vehicles. Finally, you will have trouble controlling your vehicle.


#21. When a driver enters a main road from a driveway, alley, or roadside:

You must yield the right-of-way to drivers on a public highway if you are entering the highway from a driveway or a private road. You must also yield to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing your path.


#22. Four or more vehicles are following you closely on a two-lane highway where passing is unsafe. You see this sign. What should you do?

When you have to drive so slowly that you slow down other cars, pull to the side of the road when it is safe to do so and let them pass. When four or more vehicles are slowed up, slow-moving vehicles must turn off the roadway whenever there is sufficient room for a safe turnout. There are turnout areas on some two-lane roads you could use. Other two-lane roads sometimes have passing lanes.


#23. The shape of a do not enter sign is:

The do not enter sign is an example of a square, red, and white regulatory sign. It means do not enter a road or off ramp where the sign is posted. Please note that the sign is not round!


#24. 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.


#25. On a narrow street, there are oncoming vehicles on your left and parked vehicles on your right. What should you do?

Split the difference between two hazards. For example, steer a middle course between oncoming and parked vehicles. However, if one is more dangerous than the other, leave a little more space on the dangerous side. If the oncoming vehicle is a tractor-trailer, leave a little more room on the side that the truck will pass.


#26. What would be a reason for approaching a sharp curve slowly?

Always slow down before you enter the curve, so you do not have to brake in the curve. You may not know what is on the other side of a hill or just around a curve, even if you have driven the road hundreds of times. If a car is stalled on the road, just over a hill or around a curve, you must be able to stop. Whenever you come to a hill or curve where you cannot see over or around, adjust your speed so you can stop if necessary.


#27. A traffic signal with a yellow arrow means:

A steady yellow arrow means that the time to make a protected turn is about to end or stop. Vehicles making a turn should clear the intersection. Be prepared to obey the next signal, which could be the red arrow with a green or red light.


#28. When you enter city traffic from a full stop, 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.

When you enter traffic from a side road, you need enough space to first turn and then to get up to speed.


#29. What is the meaning of this sign?

The road ahead is winding with a series of turns or curves. Slow down and drive carefully.


#30. Hydroplaning occurs when your tires:

When the road is wet, most tires have good traction up to about 35 mph. However, as you go faster your tires will actually start to float on a film of water. This is called hydroplaning.


#31. When you are fatigued, you:

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.


#32. What does HOV stand for?

HOV stands for High Occupancy Vehicles and indicates lanes reserved for vehicles with more than one person in them.


#33. Which is true about Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)?

One aspect of having Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS) is that you can turn your vehicle while braking without skidding. This is very helpful if you must turn and stop or slow down.

In general, if you need to stop quickly with ABS you must press on the brake pedal as hard as you can and keep pressing on it. You might feel the brake pedal pushing back when the ABS is working. Do not let up on the brake pedal. The ABS system will only work with the brake pedal pushed down.

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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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