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Alaska Written Knowledge Test

Who Must Take the Test?

A written knowledge test is required for all applicants not currently licensed in Alaska or whose driving privileges have been expired for more than one year, or whose driving privileges have been revoked.

Drivers with a valid out-of-country or out-of-state driver's license may drive in Alaska for 90 days, before they are required to get an Alaska license. All must pass the written knowledge test. Drivers with a driver's license from a Country other than United States, Canada or US Territory must also pass the road test.

The written test is based on information found in the driver manual, including traffic laws, safe driving practices, and highway sign recognition. If you fail the knowledge test, it may be retaken the following day. If you can understand the English language, but are unable to read or have difficulty reading, you may bring someone who may read the questions to you but you must independently answer the questions.

Alcohol and Drug Awareness Knowledge Test

An applicant must pass an alcohol and drug awareness knowledge test to renew a license or to upgrade from a permit to a license.

Exceptions: Applicants that obtained their Alaska driver license prior to October 21st, 2008 and all applicants 21 and older transferring a license from another state.

Number of Questions on the Alaska Written Knowledge Test

The DMV written knowledge test has 20 questions. You must correctly answer 16 questions to pass. 80% passing score.

Are You Ready for Your Drivers Permit Test?


Read the state Driver's Manual or Handbook. All real permit test questions are based on the material in this manual. Get familiar with all areas and learn the laws and rules presented. Pay special attention to facts that are bolded or highlighted.

Give yourself plenty of time. Start preparing at least two weeks before the real test.

Take several of our driver permit practice tests to make sure you are ready for the real examination.

Our Practice Tests

Our permit and license practice tests contain 25 questions. You must correctly answer 20 questions to pass (80%). This is a common passing score in most states. You should, however, aim for a score of 90% or more on a permit practice test.

Read Carefully

Read all questions and answers carefully. You will see many DMV test answers, but do NOT focus on memorizing exact phrases - focus on understanding! The practice permit test questions may be repeated with several different alternatives and different wording. Real DMV permit test questions are created the same way.

All questions are multiple-choice or true/false. Only one alternative is correct and acceptable. If you see All of the above, None of the above, or similar as one alternative, make sure you evaluate all alternatives carefully.


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