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Pennsylvania (PennDot) Practice Tests
The permit practice tests on this website have 18 random study questions with answers found in the Pennsylvania Driver’s Manual. All questions are specially designed for the state of Pennsylvania and like the real PA PennDot exam questions.
After each question, you get instant feedback to help you learn faster. You will know if your answer is correct or not. If you miss a question, there is a brief explanation.
This is the easiest way to make sure you will pass the Pennsylvania knowledge test the first time.
How Should I Study?
Read the manual to get an overview of what you must learn.
Next step is to use the practice tests to verify your progress and level of readiness. The manual is handy for quick reference whenever you miss a question. Try to really understand each question and answer.
If you just aim at memorizing answers, you are much more likely to fail the exam.
Remember, there are 50 practice tests to help you study. Use them wisely until you can answer all questions correctly.
What is the Passing Score in Pennsylvania?
Number of Questions: 18
Correct answers needed: 15
Passing score: 84%
The passing score in Pennsylvania is 84 percent, which means you must answer at least 15 of 18 questions correctly.
On the practice tests, you should always aim for a full score. Since the real test only has 18 questions, you have little room for errors.
Who Must Take the Pennsylvania Knowledge Exam?
You must pass a knowledge exam if you have never been licensed before.
If you have a driver license from another state, but let your license expire for more than 6 months, you must also take the test.
PennDot will waive the test if your out-of-state driver license is valid or expired six months or less.
With an out-of-country license you must pass the knowledge test unless you are a citizen of France, Germany, or Canada and hold a valid license from your home country.
More about the Pennsylvania Written Test
The purpose of the PennDot knowledge exam is to verify your knowledge of traffic signs, Pennsylvania’s driving laws and safe driving practices.
You take the test on computer-based test stations. The test is available in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese languages at all locations. Upon request, you can also take a voice (oral) test.
For individuals who are hearing-impaired and communicate by sign language the Bureau of Driver Licensing will provide an interpreter. Make sure you call ahead.
If you fail the test, you must wait one business day before you can take the test again.
Pennsylvania Knowledge Test FAQ
The Pennsylvania knowledge test for a learner's permit or driver's license has 18 questions. You need 15 correct answers to pass the test.
The Pennsylvania knowledge test for a learner's permit or driver's license is considered fairly easy. It has basic questions about Pennsylvania driving rules. You can miss 3 of the 18 questions on the test and still pass.
Under normal circumstances, you don't need to make an appointment. Look up your nearest service center, bring your completed Non-Commercial Learner's Permit Application (PDF), your completed Parent and Guardian Consent form (PDF) and required proof of identity and residency, and appropriate fee.
If you fail the knowledge test, you can take it again the next business day. Your fee is valid for three attempts. If you fail three times, you must pay the fee again.
What You Need to Know about the Pennsylvania Learner’s Permit
Holding a learner’s permit means you can begin your behind-the-wheel practice.
PennDOT issues the permit when you have completed a physical examination, vision screening and passed the knowledge test.
With your learner’s permit you must practice driving for at least six months before PennDOT allows you to take the road test for a junior license. The permit is valid one year.
The permit comes with some important rules:
You cannot drive alone.
The supervising driver must be 21 years or older.
An experienced, licensed driver 21 years or older must always accompany you. The supervising driver must sit beside you in a front seat.
Night-time driving is restricted.
You cannot drive between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. – unless for employment or for volunteer or charitable service.
Passengers restrictions apply.
You can have only one non-family member under 18 in the vehicle unless a parent or legal guardian are in the vehicle.
Avoid Driver Points.
Your permit will be suspended for 90 days if you accumulate six or more points or are convicted of a single high-speed violation (driving 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit).
Practice driving for at least 65 hours
Before moving on to the next step and take your skills test, a parent or guardian must certify that your behind-the-wheel practice included at least 65 hours of practical, adult-supervised driving experience.
Your driving practice must include 10 hours of night driving and five hours of driving in poor weather conditions.
What You Need to Know about the Pennsylvania Junior License
After passing your road test, you are eligible for the Pennsylvania Junior License.
The following restrictions apply when driving with a Junior License:
You cannot drive between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Exceptions for employment and volunteer or charitable service will apply, but young drivers must carry proper documentation regarding their need to travel.
You can have only one non-family member under 18 with you in the vehicle. After six months, the restriction is no more than three passengers under 18.
Immediate family members are excluded from the restriction. The restriction also does not apply if a parent or legal guardian are in the vehicle with you.
Pennsylvania Learner’s Permit FAQ
With a learner's permit you cannot drive between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. if you are under 18 years. You may, however, drive during these hours if it is for employment and for volunteer or charitable service. Under no circumstances are you allowed to drive without a supervising licensed driver who is 21 years or older.
There is no nighttime restriction if you are 18 years or older.
If you are under 18 years and hold a Pennsylvania Learner's Permit you can drive with only one non-family member under 18 in the vehicle. You may drive with family members and also friends that are 18 years or older. An experienced, licensed driver 21 years or older must always accompany you.
There is no passenger restriction if you are 18 years or older.
Yes, you may drive to work or school if an experienced, licensed driver 21 years or older is sitting beside you. Under no circumstances may you drive unsupervised.
If you are under 18 years there is a six-month waiting period before PennDOT lets you take the driving test. You must have completed at least 65 hours of driving practice, including 10 hours of night driving and five hours of driving in poor weather conditions.
The graduated licensing law in Pennsylvania requires that you practice driving for at least 65 hours. These hours must include 10 hours of driving at night and five hours of driving in poor weather conditions.