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Illinois Written Test

Who Must Take the Test?

All new drivers applying for an original Illinois driver's license are required to pass a written knowledge exam.

Drivers are also required to take a written exam every eight years, unless they have no traffic convictions.

If you have a traffic crash or other moving violation on your driving record you may also be required to take the written exam again.

All applicants with an out-of-state or out-of-country driver's license are required to pass a vision screening, written exam and possibly a drive exam.

Illinois Written Test Test

During the written test, you must be able to identify traffic signs by shape, color or symbol, identify signals and pavement markings, and answer questions about traffic laws and safety rules. The written knowledge test has 35 questions, 15 of which will address traffic sign identification and the remaining 20 will either be multiple-choice or true-false questions.

You are not allowed to use books, cell phones or other wireless devices. Any applicant observed in a situation that could be considered suspicious during the test will be warned.

If you are found cheating, you will fail that portion of the exam and prohibited from retaking the test for 30 days.

Taking the exam for another person is a criminal offense may result in a fine and a mandatory minimum seven days in jail.

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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