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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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Road Sign Quiz

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NYS Permit Practice 20 Questions

Road Sign Quiz

#1. A good rule of thumb for calculating safe distance between you and the car ahead is the:

Four of every 10 crashes involve rear-end collisions, normally because a person is following too closely (tailgating). Leave enough room between your vehicle and the one ahead so you can stop safely if the other vehicle stops suddenly. Brake early and gently when you prepare to stop or turn. It gives drivers behind you plenty of warning that you plan to decrease your speed.

For a good space cushion, use the two-second rule: Select an object near or above the road ahead like a sign, tree, or overpass. As the vehicle ahead passes it, count slowly, one thousand one, one thousand two. If you reach the same object before you finish the count, you are following too closely.

In bad weather and when following large trucks, increase the count to at least three or four seconds for additional space.

Remember, the two-second rule does not mean that you are able to stop within two seconds.


#2. 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.


#3. An emergency vehicle with flashing lights is approaching in the opposite lane on a two-lane roadway. What should you do?

When you hear or see an emergency vehicle approaching your vehicle from any direction, including on your side of an expressway or limited access highway, safely pull over immediately to the right edge of the road and stop. You must pull over and stop for an emergency vehicle even if it is coming toward you in the opposite lane of a two-way roadway.


#4. When two vehicles from different directions arrive at the same time at a four-way stop:

If more than one vehicle arrives at the same time, the vehicle on the right goes first.

At a four-way stop, vehicles must go in the order they stopped. If they stop at the same time and they are at right angles, the driver on the left must yield the right-of-way to the driver on the right.


#5. Parking your car in front of a driveway is:

Parking or standing is not allowed in front of a driveway. It doesn’t matter if it is public or private.


#6. What does this sign mean?

The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways.

Divided highways have a center strip that separates traffic going in opposite directions. The sign is posted before a divided highway begins.


#7. You near an intersection. The traffic light changes from the green to yellow. What would your best action be?

A steady yellow light means caution. If you are driving toward an intersection and a yellow light appears, slow down and prepare to stop. The light will change from green to red. If you are within the intersection or cannot stop safely before entering the intersection, continue through carefully.

Some states require you to always stop if a stop can be made safely.


#8. Crossing an edge line and passing on the shoulder is against the law:

You must not drive on or across the shoulder or edge line of the road unless a sign allows it or when indicated by a traffic officer.


#9. Your car starts to skid on a slippery road. You should

If your rear wheels start to skid:

  • Turn the steering wheel in the direction the vehicle is trying to go.
  • Brake early, carefully, and gently.

If your front wheels skid:

  • Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral or push in the clutch, but do not try to immediately steer
  • When traction returns, steer in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in drive or release the clutch.

#10. When is it wrong to use your horn?

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. Do not use your horn to get a slower driver to move faster or out of the way.


#11. Trying to beat a truck to a highway exit is dangerous because:

Do not cut abruptly in front of a large vehicle. Large vehicles are not as maneuverable as cars. They take longer to stop. Cutting into the open space in front of a truck removes the truck driver’s cushion of safety.

When you exit, take a few additional seconds to decrease speed and exit behind a large vehicle. Do not try to beat a truck to a highway exit or a single-lane construction zone.

When you pass, do not pull in front of it unless you can see the whole front of the vehicle in your mirror.


#12. Moving into the same lane alongside a motorcycle:

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. This sign means:

No Left Turn. You must not make a left turn at this intersection.


#14. When is it permitted by law to speak into or listen to a handheld mobile telephone while driving?

In New York State, it is a traffic infraction to speak into or listen to a handheld mobile telephone while driving. Exemptions are provided for calls for emergency situations, for police and other law enforcement officers and for fire department personnel and operators of authorized emergency vehicles in the performance of official duties.


#15. What is true about signaling before suddenly reducing speed?

Always signal before you slow down, stop, make a turn, or change lanes. It is important that other highway users know your intentions. Signals may be given by hand-and-arm positions or by using the vehicle’s signal lights the law requires you to signal a turn or lane change with your directional lights or hand signals at least 100 feet ahead.


#16. This sign means

No Turn on Red.

You may not turn right or left during the red light where these signs are posted. Wait for a green light before you turn.


#17. What is the best advice to a driver who has taken too many drinks?

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.


#18. You can make a U-turn in a school zone:

It is prohibited for a vehicle to make a U-turn in a school zone.


#19. You must be able to show proof of insurance:

When you buy auto liability insurance, the insurance agent or broker gives you two insurance identification cards. Keep one card with the vehicle.

You must be able to show proof of insurance when registering a car, when asked by a law enforcement officer, and to other drivers when involved in a crash.

Remember, a registered car must be covered by liability insurance whenever you drive. It also has to be insured when it is in storage or not being driven.


#20. Which of these lanes must you use for a right turn?

When a lane is marked with a curved arrow, you must turn in the direction of the arrow.

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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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