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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. If you see orange construction signs and cones on a highway, you should always:

In work zones:

  • Slow down and pay attention.
  • Dedicate full attention to the roadway.
  • Refrain from distracting activities.
  • Pay close attention to merge signs and flaggers.
  • Do not change lanes within the work zone unless it is required.
  • Expect the unexpected.
  • Do not tailgate.

#2. To avoid 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.

#3. During an enforcement stop by a police officer, you should:

Keep your hands on the steering wheel. Do nothing until you are told to do so by the officer. You are not allowed to exit your vehicle unless asked to do so by the officer.


#4. If you see this sign in your lane, you must:

Lane use control signs are used where turns are required or where special turning movements are permitted for specific lanes. Traffic in the lane must turn in the direction of the arrow.


#5. Night driving is more dangerous than daytime driving because:

It is more dangerous to drive at night than in the daytime because you cannot see as far ahead at night.


#6. When a traffic signal is showing a steady yellow light:

A yellow light tells a driver that a red light is next. Slow down and proceed with caution if a stop cannot be made safely. Clear the intersection.


#7. What does this sign mean?

T Intersection Ahead. The road you are traveling does not continue. You must turn either right or left. Slow down and prepare to yield or stop .


#8. Passing another vehicle on the right by driving onto a paved shoulder is:

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.


#9. If your car starts to skid, you should:

To control a vehicle as it begins to skid:

  1. Let off the gas.
  2. Keep your foot away from the brake pedal and the clutch (if applicable).
  3. Let the vehicle slow gradually.
  4. Turn in the direction you want the vehicle to go.
  5. Be prepared to steer left and right a few times until you get your vehicle completely under control.

#10. A driver must wear a safety belt:

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.


#11. If you get angry or upset, you should:

Emotions can affect safe driving by interfering with your ability to think, creating a lack of attention, and interrupting your ability to process information. You may not be able to drive well when you are experiencing extreme levels of any emotion.

There are ways of dealing with your emotions:

  • If you are angry or worried, it is best to give yourself time to cool off. It is best to stay off the road until your symptoms have passed.
  • Give yourself extra time for your driving trip.
  • Have someone else drive.

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

It is not true that the driver of a large truck can see the road better.

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.


#13. You approach a school bus on your side of a divided highway. Yellow lights are flashing. In this situation, you must:

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.


#14. If your vehicle has an antilock braking system and the brake pedal pulsates when you use the brake, you should:

You might feel the brake pedal pushing back when the ABS is working. The ABS system will only work with the brake pedal pushed down. Do not let up on the brake pedal.


#15. What does this road sign tell you?

Divided Highway Ends. The divided highway on which you are traveling ends ahead. You will then be on an undivided roadway with two-way traffic. Keep to the right.


#16. A driver is turning at an intersection without a traffic light, and a pedestrian is crossing. Who must yield?

Always yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian. Watch for pedestrians who are walking against a red light, stepping into traffic from between parked vehicles, and crossing in locations where there is not a marked crosswalk. Even in situations where pedestrians cross the street carelessly, the driver must always yield.


#17. After drinking alcohol, you can easily sober up by drinking black coffee:

After drinking, there is nothing that will reduce the effects of alcohol except time. Coffee, food, fresh air, or exercise might wake an intoxicated person up, but it will not sober them up. Alcohol is burned up by the liver at a set rate and eliminated through the kidneys and lungs.


#18. What does this sign mean?

The sign indicates traffic is permitted to pass on either side of a traffic island or an obstruction.


#19. On a road with yellow center lines:

Yellow lines mark the center of a road used for traffic going in opposite directions.


#20. The driver ahead signals:

Left turn – left arm extended horizontally out of open window.


#21. To prepare for hazards on the road ahead, you should:

To avoid last minute moves, look down the road 12 to 15 seconds ahead of your vehicle so you can see hazards early.


#22. This sign means:

One of the most important caution signs is the stop ahead sign. It is placed far ahead of a stop sign when the driver’s view of the stop sign is blocked by a curve or other objects.


#23. You must avoid sounding your horn:

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.


#24. If your car stalls on railroad tracks and a train is approaching, you should leave your vehicle and move quickly:

If your vehicle stalls on railroad tracks and you know a train is approaching, you should get yourself and any passengers out of your vehicle and off the tracks, and move as far from the tracks as possible. To avoid being hit by debris from the collision, exit your vehicle and run, far away from the tracks, in a parallel line in the opposite direction from which the train is moving. The debris field from the collision of train and motor vehicle will travel in the same direction that the train is moving – you want to be as far away as possible in the opposite direction.


#25. When you park your vehicle, you must keep a distance of more than 30 feet from:

Places where you may not park or stop include within 30 feet of a flashing red or yellow light, a stop sign, or a traffic light.

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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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