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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. What does this sign tell you?

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.


#2. What do the light gray areas in this picture show?

Turn your head before changing lanes because your mirrors have blind spots. These blind spots can hide a motorcyclist or a bicyclist. Do not drive in another driver’s blind spot.


#3. When you overtake another vehicle at night, why should you use your low beams?

When following another vehicle at a distance of 200 feet or less, dim your high beam headlights so that they will not distract or blind the driver ahead.


#4. Which pavement marking separates lanes with traffic going in the same direction?

White lines are used as right edge lines on roadways and to delineate the separation of traffic flow in the same direction


#5. Signals and directions from a flag person in a work zone:

Flaggers or police officers use hand signals or signs to instruct motorists to slow down or stop, as required. Flaggers have the legal authority to control traffic.


#6. In which situation are you allowed to pass a school bus?

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.


#7. If you strike a parked vehicle and are unable to find the owner, you must:

If you collide with or do damage to a parked vehicle or other property, you must leave your name and address in writing attached securely to such vehicle or property so that the owner may find it when they return to their vehicle or property. Also, report the collision to the nearest state or local police immediately.


#8. When approaching an intersection with a flashing red light you must:

When nearing a flashing red traffic light, you must make a full stop and yield the right-of-way to all vehicles on your right and left. Treat the flashing red signal as a stop sign.


#9. Which is true about air bags?

When combined with the shoulder and lap belts, air bags can save lives. Children and infants should always ride in the back seats of vehicles equipped with passenger side air bags. Air bags supplement safety belts. Some motorists may have to move their seats back to establish a safety zone from a deployed air bag.


#10. Anti-lock brakes reduce the chances of a skid occurring particularly when:

The ABS system allows you to stop without skidding. Press on the brake pedal as hard as you can and keep pressing on it. Do not let up on the brake pedal.


#11. Always turn your front wheels away from the curb when you are parked on a grade and facing:

This how you park on hills:

  • If you park facing uphill where there is a curb, you should set the parking brake and turn the wheels away from the curb.
  • In any other situation turn the wheels toward the curb or edge of the road.

See illustration in the driver’s manual.


#12. What does this road sign mean?

Hill sign. Steep hill ahead. Slow down and be ready to shift to lower gear to control speed and protect brakes from damage.


#13. If your accelerator pedal sticks and you cannot jar it free, you should:

If your accelerator pedal sticks to the floor or your engine races out of control:

  1. Kick the side of the accelerator once to try to jar it free.
  2. Shift the car to NEUTRAL at the same time you apply the brake.
  3. Choose an escape path that leads to an open zone off the roadway. Continue braking.
  4. If you are steering into a sharp curve or turn, shift to NEUTRAL immediately. Depress the clutch in a stick shift vehicle. The engine will race, but power is removed from the drive wheels. You might damage the engine or transmission in an automatic transmission, but you may avoid a collision.
  5. Follow your escape path off the roadway.
  6. Turn off the ignition once you are off the roadway.

#14. You may drive off the paved portion of the highway to pass another vehicle:

A driver may pass on the right of another vehicle only as follows:

  • When the motor vehicle ahead is making or about to make a left turn.
  • On a street or highway that is wide enough for two or more lanes of traffic with no obstructions and not occupied by parked vehicles.
  • On a one-way street or roadway wide enough for two or more lanes of traffic and free of obstructions or parked vehicles.

Under no conditions can you drive off the pavement or main traveled portion of the road to pass a motor vehicle.


#15. If your headlights suddenly go out and you cannot get them working again:

If your headlights suddenly go out:

  1. Turn on your parking lights, hazard (emergency) flashers, or turn signal.
  2. Try the headlight switch a few times.
  3. Pull off the road as quickly as possible and leave your emergency flashers on.

#16. When leaving a freeway with a deceleration lane, 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.


#17. When two vehicles from different directions arrive at the same time at a four-way stop, which one must yield?

Follow these procedures when at an intersection with a four-way stop:

  • Once stopped, you must yield to all other vehicles that were stopped prior to your arrival at the stop sign.
  • Once having stopped, all other vehicles arriving at the intersection after you must yield the right of way to you.
  • If two vehicles arrive at the intersection at the same time, you must yield the right of way to the vehicle on your right.
  • As always, being courteous and respectful will help prevent dangerous situations and make the roadways safer for all drivers.

#18. 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.


#19. When passing a horse rider, you should:

You are required by law to reduce your speed and refrain from sounding a horn or causing other loud noises when approaching a horse being driven or ridden upon a public highway.


#20. This sign means:

Winding Road. There are several curves ahead. Slow down and drive carefully.


#21. When are you most at risk of drowsy driving?

Drivers could become fatigued while driving on long trips. Some drivers attempt to drive longer than they should on any given day.


#22. Which of the following vehicles must always stop before crossing railroad tracks?

There are some vehicles that are required to stop at all railroad crossings, such as transit buses, school buses, or vehicles carrying hazardous materials. If you follow these vehicles, you should increase you following distance. At crossings, you should slow down and be prepared to stop!


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

Yield ahead. This sign warns of a yield sign ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop at yield sign or adjust speed to traffic.


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

Always drive at least 500 feet behind emergency vehicles.


#25. If you are under 21, you can be charged with Driving While Impaired (DWI) if your blood alcohol level is:

The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is the ratio of alcohol to blood (to body weight) present in the bloodstream at any given time. In Rhode Island, the BAC level is evidence that you are legally intoxicated or unfit to drive. The current BAC level set by law in Rhode Island is different for different ages:

  • Any person of any age with a BAC of .08% or more is intoxicated and will be charged with drunk driving – Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Any person under the age of twenty-one (21) with a BAC of .02% but less than .08% is impaired and will be charged with Driving While Impaired (DWI).
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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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