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This New York DMV Permit Test
  Questions on each practice test: 20
  Question pool: 500+
  Type of test: Random multiple-choice test



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NYS Permit Practice 20 Questions

Road Sign Quiz

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NYS Permit Practice 20 Questions

Road Sign Quiz

#1. This flagger signal means:

To alert and slow traffic, the flagger extends a red flag into the line of traffic, standing facing traffic and slowly waving the flag in a sweeping motion from shoulder level to straight down. The free arm is held down at the side of the body.


#2. A red arrow on a traffic light means:

In New York, you may not turn right or left against a red arrow.


#3. This road sign means:

Steep hill ahead. Slow down and be ready to shift to lower gear to control speed and protect brakes from damage.


#4. Why should you avoid passing or stopping close to a truck that is preparing to or is backing up?

Never pass close behind a large vehicle that is backing up. Be patient! It is far better to wait until the large vehicle has completed its backing maneuver than to try to pass. If you try to pass in this situation, it is likely that you will enter one of the vehicle’s blind spots. This could make your vehicle invisible to the driver and increase the chance of a traffic crash.


#5. You should always allow more space than normal in front of your vehicle when following:

Allow extra space when following large vehicles that block your view ahead. The extra space allows you to see around the vehicle and allows the other driver to see you.


#6. This sign shows directions to:

Hospital is a word message sign or an H symbol sign. General service signs like this are accompanied with a directional message if used at intersections.


#7. What is true about giving your horn a sharp blast?

Your horn is important safety equipment that could become your only means of warning other drivers or pedestrians of possible problems. It must be used properly, not to express anger at other drivers or pedestrians.


#8. A red and white eight-sided sign at an intersection means:

Eight-sided red stop signs mean come to a full stop, yield the right-of-way to vehicles and pedestrians in or heading toward the intersection. Go when it is safe. You must come to a stop before the stop line if there is one. If not, you must stop before you enter the crosswalk.


#9. This sign means:

School crossing: This sign warns that children must cross the street on their way to and from school. The sign is sometimes located several blocks from the school. Signs may be fluorescent yellow-green or standard yellow in color.


#10. When driving at night, which of the following is a requirement?

At night, you should drive slower than you would in daylight, especially in unfamiliar areas or on narrow, winding roads. Your headlights cover about 350 feet ahead. It is important that you drive at a speed that allows you to react and stop safely within that distance. This is called driving within the range of your headlights.


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

Headed downhill, turn your front wheels into the curb or toward the side of the road. Set the parking brake.


#12. When sharing the road with a motorcyclist it is illegal and extremely hazardous to:

The rules for passing other vehicles are similar for motorcycles. A motorcyclist has the right to the full use of a lane. You may NOT pass or drive alongside a motorcycle in the same lane, and a motorcyclist may not share a lane with you.

Always signal before you change lanes.


#13. What is the best advice to a driver who has been drinking alcohol?

Things like coffee, exercise and cold showers cannot reduce your BAC and the effects of alcohol. If you regularly go to social events with the same group of friends, rotate drivers. Each friend takes a turn being the designated driver who does not drink any alcohol. Make plans ahead of time, before you start drinking. Another suggestion is to call a cab or use public transportation.


#14. Including reaction time, what is the average total stopping distance for a passenger car traveling at 55 mph?

The average stopping distance at 55 mph is 193 feet. Based on a study of average braking distances by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and reaction distance recommended by the National Safety Council. See diagram in the Driver’s Manual.


#15. Unless otherwise posted, you can legally park at a railroad crossing, if you keep this distance from the nearest rail:

Unless otherwise posted, parking is not allowed within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing.


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

If any person is injured or killed, the police must be notified, immediately, and you should make sure an ambulance or rescue squad has been called.


#17. On a road with yellow center lines:

Lines that separate traffic that moves in opposite directions are yellow. There may be two lines between lanes and lines can be solid or broken. Broken yellow lines indicate that passing is permitted. If you are on the side with the solid line, you cannot pass other vehicles or go across the line except to make a left turn into a driveway.


#18. If you need to use hand signals, how would you signal a right turn?

Right turn – left arm extended, with elbow bent upward, at about a 90-degree angle.


#19. When driving with a Junior Learner Permit or Junior License:

You and each passenger must wear a seat belt: one per person. Every child passenger must use a correct child restraint.


#20. You are following a school bus and there is a railroad crossing ahead. You must slow down and be prepared to stop because the bus:

School buses with or without passengers, other buses while carrying passengers, and vehicles carrying explosives or flammable cargo must stop at all railroad crossings. Keep this in mind if you are following one of these vehicles.

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Facts about Your New York DMV Test

New York Written Knowledge Test for Learner’s Permit or Driver License
  Number of questions on exam: 20 questions
  Passing score: 70 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 14
  Allotted time to complete test: No limit
  Wait time before retest: No wait time

The NYS Permit Practice Test

This permit practice test has 20 random questions taken from the information in the New York Driver’s Manual and real DMV tests. After each question, you will get instant feedback that shows if your answer was correct or not.

Should you make a mistake and miss a question, there is also a short explanation to help you understand the correct answer. If you need more information about a subject, keep the Driver’s Manual handy and look for the answer in the manual. This way you will learn faster.

With that being said, you should always make sure you have the latest version of the New York Driver’s Manual and that you have read it.

You can take this practice test as many times you as you like until you feel comfortable with all questions and answers.

But try not to just memorize answers and hope that you will get the same question on the exam. It is a risky study tactic .

The Official DMV Permit Test in New York State

There are 20 questions on the official DMV permit test in New York, of which four addresses some of the road signs described in the Driver’s Manual. The road sign recognition part is not a separate test in the state of New York, but you can find a separate practice test here: New York DMV Road Signs Quiz

The passing score in New York is 70 percent, which means you must correctly answer at least 14 questions of the 20 questions. You can, in other words, miss 6 of the 14 questions. But be aware that the test also counts how many correct answers you have on the road signs. If you miss three road sign questions, you will fail the test, even if all other answers are correct.

The New York state exam is known to be the easiest DMV test in United States with a failure rate below 10%. But should you fail your knowledge exam, you can retake it again the same day at the examiners discretion. There is no limit on how many times you can retake the test.

You can easily beat the statistics by just studying a little bit more and take several permit practice tests here at Our survey in 2014 showed that 100% of our users in New York passed their examination the first time.

If take the written test through the DMV Online Knowledge Test Application (OKTA) program at your high school, the test is available in English and Spanish. At any DMV office, the test is available in several languages, including:



New York DMV does not offer online home testing.

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Who Must Pass the New York Knowledge Exam?

  First-time applicants

The first time you apply for a driver’s license or permit in New York or any other state, you must pass all three tests; the written knowledge test, the vision test, and the road skills test.

In New York, most drivers must also complete an approved 5-hour classroom training course.

  Drivers with a revoked license

A revoked driver license means your license has been cancelled and you must apply for a new one when the revocation period ends. Normally, DMV will ask you to take the written and driving tests again and pay a license reĀ­application fee.

  Drivers who let their New York license expire more than two years.

If your license is expired for 2 years or more, you must apply for a new original license. This means you must take and successfully pass the vision screening, the written test, and the road test. You must also complete the pre-licensing course again!

  Drivers with a foreign license.

If you are a new resident with a valid license issued by a country other than United States and Canada, you must apply for an original NY Driver License and pass all required tests.

  Drivers with an out-of-state license expired more than one year.

If you hold a license from another U.S. state, territory or possession, or a Canadian province or territory, the knowledge test, safe driving course, and road test are usually waived. You must, however, always pass the vision screening.

This doesn’t apply if your out-of-state license has been valid for less than six months or expired more than one year ago. Then, you must take both the written knowledge test and the road test.

You must also complete the safe driving course.

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