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Rhode Island Permit Test Practice
  Questions per test: 25
  Question pool: 500+
  Type of test: Random multiple-choice



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#1. When you see this sign, you should:

Traffic signal ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop, if necessary.


#2. Where is it illegal to park a vehicle?

Never park within an intersection.


#3. What does this sign mean?

Entering divided highway ahead (divided highway begins). Two-way traffic will be divided by a center strip ahead. Each roadway is one-way. Stay to the right.


#4. When you plan to exit a freeway, you should:

Deceleration lanes permit motorists about to exit a freeway to slow down to the exit ramp speed. Plan to move to the lane closest to your existing point early to avoid a quick lane change. Maintain your vehicle speed as long as you are on the main roadway.


#5. What does this sign mean?

The One-Way sign is used in intersections to indicate streets or roadways upon which traffic is allowed to travel in one direction only. Do not turn against the arrow.


#6. You have a green light at an intersection and a blind pedestrian is preparing to cross. Who must yield?

When a pedestrian using a white cane or a guide dog is crossing or attempting to cross the street ahead of you, you must bring your vehicle to a complete stop before arriving at the intersection and yield the right-of-way to the pedestrian. Pedestrians who are blind or have low vision use the sound of traffic (including your engine) as a guide in determining when it is safe to cross a street, so never assume they will expect you to make a right turn on a red light at an intersection after stopping. Always be alert for pedestrians who are blind or have low vision, particularly if you are driving an electric or hybrid vehicle that is quieter than most other vehicles on the road.


#7. A traffic light with a green arrow indicates that:

Green arrows tell motorists they may proceed in the direction of the arrow. This is known as a protected turn. When another driver fails to stop at a red light, drivers who have a green light should not insist on the right-of-way.


#8. How do safety belts help you as a driver?

Properly worn safety belts can save lives. Lap and shoulder belts working together reduce the risk of death and serious injury by almost 50%. Safety belts will keep you from hitting the steering wheel, dashboard, or other objects in your vehicle. Belts will also keep you inside your vehicle, which is really your only protection in a violent crash. Every person occupying the vehicle must be properly fastened by a seat belt or child restraint system.


#9. To back your vehicle safely:

You should not depend on your mirrors.

While backing, you should look over your right shoulder, partially turning your body, while maintaining proper control of your vehicle. Periodically check all mirrors to be sure that no other vehicles, pedestrians, or obstacles are in your path of travel.


#10. You approach a school bus that is traveling in opposite direction, but on the same roadway (two lanes). The school bus stops and turns on flashing red lights. In this situation:

If red lights are flashing on the school bus, the law requires that motorists approaching from either direction come to a full stop and remain stopped until the red lights no longer flash. Motorists do not have to stop when the bus is opposite your vehicle on a divided highway. A divided highway is any roadway with a Jersey barrier, grass, guardrail, trees, water, etc. between the lanes of travel in opposite directions. There is also no need to stop your vehicle if a school bus is in a loading zone.


#11. This red and white sign means:

Do Not Enter is a square sign with a white horizontal line inside a red ball. It warns you not to enter a road or freeway. If you do, you will be driving against traffic.


#12. Being tired while driving increases the risk of:

Driving while drowsy is dangerous because your senses and abilities become impaired. You may not see objects clearly, or in a timely manner. You may miss critical information like signs, lights, and sounds. It may also take you longer to process the information you take in or to make decisions in potential high-risk situations. You may misjudge speed and distances.


#13. What does this sign mean?

Added lane sign. Two roadways come together, but you are not required to merge. An additional lane begins. Watch for traffic in the new lane.


#14. Which distance should you keep from an emergency vehicle on its way to an emergency?

Always drive at least 500 feet behind emergency vehicles.


#15. The following are true about large trucks, except:

It is not true that they need less room to maneuver.

Trucks are less maneuverable than vehicles and also come with far bigger blind spots. Large vehicles also take longer to stop. Always be aware of your position to a semi-trailer in city driving as these large vehicles make wide turns.


#16. When you accidently run off the pavement, you can lose control of the vehicle if you:

If you have driven off the pavement:

  • Hold the steering wheel firmly on the top half with both hands.
  • Let up on the accelerator.
  • Brake gently 5-10 mph. Avoid hard braking.
  • Position your vehicle so it straddles the roadway edge.
  • Check for traffic. Signal, check your blind spot, and return to the roadway.

#17. When passing a bicyclist, you should:

When a road is too narrow for cars and bicycles to travel safely side by side, be prepared to slow down or stop when the bicyclists ahead of you takes the travel lane. Allow as much clearance as possible (3-5 feet) when passing to prevent contact with a bicyclist. After you have passed a bicyclist, do not slow down, or stop quickly directly in front of them.


#18. Virginia law requires that you turn on headlights:

You must turn on vehicle headlights when driving any time from sunset to sunrise and any time you cannot see 500 feet ahead of you. Headlights must be turned on if it is raining or snowing or in conditions which would reduce visibility to less than 500 feet. Headlights must be on anytime wipers are on.


#19. Most work zone crashes are:

Most work zone crashes are rear-end collisions. Do not tailgate!


#20. Which of these statements about drugs and driving is true?

Almost any drug can affect your driving skill. Most drugs taken for headaches, colds, hay fever, allergy, or to calm nerves can make you drowsy and can affect your control of a motor vehicle. If you cannot drive safely, you must not drive.


#21. If gates rise at a railroad crossing, but the red light is still flashing, you should:

Sometimes flashing red signals and gates are present at railroad crossings. It is against the law to go around lowered railroad gates at a crossing.

Do not move forward until the gates are raised and the lights stop flashing as there may be a train approaching on an adjacent track.


#22. When threatened with a side-impact collision, you should:

Take these actions if you are threatened with a side-impact collision:

  1. Brake or accelerate quickly. Do whichever seem more likely to lessen the collision impact.
  2. Blow the horn to alert the other driver.
  3. Change lanes or swerve away from the impact. Be aware of the constantly changing traffic situation around you.

#23. Before turning left, it is important to:

Before turning, check traffic behind and in front of you. Both the motor vehicle directly approaching you and the vehicle approaching on your right has the right-of-way.


#24. Always allow extra room in front of your vehicle when following:

Allow extra space when following large vehicles that block your view ahead. The extra space allows you to see around the vehicle and allows the other driver to see you.


#25. This pavement marking means:

A solid yellow line marks a No Passing zone. If the solid yellow line is on your side of the road, do not pass. Pass only if there is a broken line on your side.

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The Official Rhode Island Knowledge Exam
  Questions on real exam: 25
  Passing score: 80%
  Correct answers to pass: 20
  Allotted time to complete test: 90 minutes
  Wait time before retest: 8 days

Rhode Island Permit Practice Test

This RI permit practice test has 25 random questions from a large pool of real DMV questions and answers. Each time you re-start the test, a new set of questions are generated. You can take the test as many times as you want or need, at no charge.

Test questions are designed specifically for Rhode Island and you will find all answers in the Rhode Island Driver’s Manual.

Read the manual carefully. Everything you must learn for your official knowledge exam is found in this manual.

You can get a hard copy of the Driver’s Manual from the Cranston DMV headquarters or you can download a free PDF copy online.

Read the manual before you attempt the practice tests. All tests are a supplement to manual and not something you should use instead of reading the manual. Trying to just memorize question and answers is one of those risky study tactics that are likely to cause a failure.

After each question on the test, you get instant feedback and will know if your answer is correct or not. There is also a short explanation if you pick the wrong answer.

The easy way to pass your Rhode Island DMV test

How Many Questions are on the Rhode Island Knowledge Test?

The official written test has 25 questions, and you cannot have more than 5 incorrect answers if you want to pass (80% passing score).

On your practice tests you should aim for a full score (100%) on at least a handful of tests. It gives you a safety margin when you attempt the real thing.

Who Must Take the Rhode Island DMV Test?

When you apply for an initial Rhode Island driver’s license or permit and have not been licensed before, you must pass the computerized knowledge exam.

If you are 16 but less than 18 years old, you must complete the 33-hour driver education course certified by the Community College of Rhode Island. The knowledge test is part of this course. Other first-time applicants must take the examination at the DMV main office in Cranston.

When you move to Rhode Island and hold an out-of-state driver’s license that you let expire for more than one year, you must apply for the Instruction Permit by taking the Rhode Island knowledge test at the DMV main office in Cranston. If your out-of-state license is still valid or expired less than a year, the knowledge test is usually waived.

Anyone holding a valid driver’s license from a foreign country may keep the foreign country license, but must apply for the Instruction Permit and successfully pass the knowledge examination as well as the road test. If you hold a license from Canada, test requirements are waived.

Rhode Island Driver License

The Computerized DMV Test

The computerized knowledge test has questions about the motor vehicle laws of Rhode Island and common rules of the road. Make sure you study the driver’s manual to prepare for the test. While Rhode Island doesn’t record failure rates on the DMV knowledge test, researchers agree that the Rhode Island DMV tests is a difficult test, compared to other states.

The test on a computer is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

If you need a test in another language, you must contact the Cranston DMV office in advance. DMV offers tests in more than 30 different languages on paper. You can see which languages are available and schedule such test here . If you take the foreign language knowledge exam you must be accompanied by someone who can translate for you before and after the test. No translators are allowed during the test.

Remember, all tests are now by appointment only. Walk-ins are no longer accepted. If you have special needs, make sure you check with the Cranston DMV office in advance.

What Happens if I Fail the Test?

If you fail the DMV knowledge exam in Rhode Island, you must wait eight days before you can try again. The waiting time is among the longest in United States.

Cheating on the DMV Test?

When you take the test, you cannot be accompanied by another person in the testing area. You cannot bring books, the manual, or any other papers. Talking or using any wireless device is also prohibited.

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