Vermont Knowledge Test
Who Must Take the Test?
To obtain an original Vermont license a first-time applicant must pass the knowledge test. An applicant obtaining a Learner Permit or Junior Operator License is also subject to Vermont Graduated Driver License law.
Applicants with a valid out-of-state license or an out-of-state license that has been expired for one year or less may have both the knowledge and road tests waived. If the out-of-state license has been expired for more than one year, all necessary tests must be passed.
If a license have been suspended, revoked, denied or cancelled in another state, you cannot obtain a Vermont license.
With an out-of-state junior operator's license you must successfully pass the required examinations, show proof of successful completion of a driver education program, and have completed 40 hours of driving. You will be subject to all provisions in the Vermont Graduated License law, unless you have held the Junior Operator's License in the other state for a period of at least six months.
With an out-of-country license you must pass the knowledge test before you can transfer to a Vermont license.
Vermont Knowledge Test
The purpose of the Vermont knowledge test is to verify your understanding of common road signs, traffic laws and safe driving practices.
The test has 20 questions. It is a multiple-choice test with four available answers to choose from. Only one alternative is correct. You must answer at least 16 questions correctly to pass the test (80%).
The knowledge and road tests are usually done on separate days. You cannot make an appointment for the road test until you have passed the written test.
If you fail the test, you must wait at least one business day before taking a new one.
It is strongly recommend that you schedule an appointment for your test. Without an appointment, you may be able to take the test as a walk-in, but walk-ins will only be tested if and when time permits. Note: CDL test will not be processed as walk-ins, an appointment is mandatory.
If you are hearing impaired an interpreter may be provided if you request one when you schedule your appointment.
The computerized test can be offered with audio so that you may listen to questions using headphones.
If you have trouble reading or any another disability that requires an oral test, you should inform DMV when making an appointment. DMV will make arrangements to provide you with assistance and schedule an oral test.
At an oral test, the examiner will give you a road sign identification test and then read the rest of the written test to you.
If you speak another language and have difficulty reading English, you may use a dictionary and also ask the examiner to assist you.
If you wish to have an interpreter other than an ASL interpreter, you must provide the interpreter yourself and that person must have a valid driver license from a U.S. State or territory.
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 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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