Who Must Take the Test?
Wisconsin written knowledge test is required for the following:
- New drivers getting their first instruction permit.
- New Wisconsin residents with a license from a foreign country.
- New Wisconsin residents with an out-of-state license expired more than eight years.
- Drivers wanting to add a new class and/or endorsement to their existing driver license.
- Drivers with a Wisconsin license expired more than eight years.
Wisconsin Knowledge Test
The purpose of the knowledge test is to determine your knowledge of traffic laws and related matters, including knowledge of the following: rules of the road, highway signs, vehicle equipment requirements, safe driving practices, fuel efficient operation of motor vehicles, the effects of alcohol or controlled substance use in connection with the operation of motor vehicles, the need for anatomical gifts, and the need for vehicle control in the proximity of sight-impaired pedestrian.
A score of 80% or more is a passing grade. The recommended time to allow for testing is 45 minutes.
If you fail your test, you may not retake the test until the next day. If you fail five times within a year you must get special permission before you can take the test again. In such a situation, you will need to show what you have done to improve your ability to succeed on your next attempt.
Most Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) service centers administer the knowledge test. Tests are given on a walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary.
All tests are offered on a computerized system with touch screens and the system provides instant feedback about whether an answer is correct or not. If you are required to take multiple tests, the system will automatically advance to the next test in the session.
If you have trouble reading all tests can be offered with an audio option.
Class D (regular license) knowledge and signs tests are available in the following languages: English, Chinese, Hmong, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Somali, and Spanish.
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.