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This Vermont Permit Practice Test
  Questions per test: 20
  Question pool: 500+
  Type of test: Random multiple-choice



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#1. Where will you find a sign with this shape?

Crossbuck signs are at all railroad crossings. They indicate where the tracks are. Slow down, look both ways, and listen for trains before crossing. The smaller signs below the crossbuck indicate how many tracks there are at the crossing. When there are 2 or more tracks, one train passing might hide a train coming the other way. There may also be gates and/or flashing lights.


#2. When it is hard for you to see ahead because of darkness or bad weather, you need to:

if you are driving in poor road conditions, when visibility is poor or driving at higher speeds, you should allow more than four seconds of following distance. The distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you should be determined by speed and existing conditions.


#3. You need to drive slower at night because:

Your driving speed needs to be lower at night than it is in the daytime because the distance you can see is limited by your headlight beams.


#4. When you park on the other side of the street across from a fire station driveway, you must keep this distance from the fire station driveway:

Within 20 feet of the driveway of a fire station or across the street within 75 feet of the driveway, where there are signs.


#5. What does this pattern on an arrow board mean?

Flashing arrow panels may be used to guide drivers into the correct lane. When the arrows are not in use, the panels are put in caution mode, with a straight line of blinking lights, or blinking lights on the 4 corners of the sign. Drivers should slow down when they see the panels in caution mode.


#6. You may continue carefully against a yellow light if:

If you are driving toward an intersection and a yellow light appears, slow down and prepare to stop. If you are within the intersection or cannot stop safely before entering the intersection, continue through carefully.


#7. The blood alcohol level at which it is illegal for any person 21 years or older to drive is:

Vermont law states that when a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 or above, that person is under the influence or impaired. People under the age of 21 who operate a vehicle with an alcohol concentration of .02 or more can receive a civil traffic violation. The driver’s license will be suspended, and the driver must complete an alcohol and driving education program at his/her own expense.


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

  • Drive as close as you safely can to the right side of the road.
  • Do not stop in an intersection or pull into the center median of a divided highway.
  • Keep your safety belt fastened until the officer has seen you wearing it.
  • Limit your movements and those of any passengers.
  • Show your license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance when requested by the officer.
  • Stay in your vehicle. Do not get out unless requested.

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

Never pass on the shoulder, whether it is paved or not. Under no conditions can a motor vehicle be passed by driving off the pavement or main traveled part of the road.


#10. You should never stay alongside a large vehicle such as a truck or bus. Why is this?

Trucks have much larger blind spots on both sides of their vehicles than passenger vehicles. When you drive in these blind spots for any length of time, you cannot be seen by the truck driver. If a truck driver needs to change lanes quickly for any reason, a serious crash could occur if your vehicle is in the truck driver’s blind spot.


#11. If you are involved in a minor highway accident without injuries, you should always:

If possible, move the involved vehicles out of the traveled lanes and onto the shoulder. This will reduce the chance of someone else crashing into the involved vehicles, causing additional damage and injury.


#12. If an aggressive driver cuts you off or does something else that is unsafe, you should:

If an aggressive driver cuts you off or does something else that is unsafe, do not try to get even. Stay calm. Get out of the drivers way. Do not challenge them. Trying to get even with the aggressive driver is a bad idea.


#13. Your lap belt should be adjusted so that it is buckled:

Safety belts are most effective when used properly. Lap belts should fit snugly across the hips, not over the stomach. Shoulder belts go over the shoulder and across the center of the chest. Seatbelt extensions are available from the vehicle manufacturer. Never tuck a shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back. Safety belts are designed to cross your body at its strongest points in order to keep you safe in a motor vehicle crash.


#14. To back your vehicle safely:

Always be extra watchful when backing in or out of a driveway. Children may run behind or be playing behind your vehicle. Check for traffic in all directions before backing. Be sure to check your blind spots. Look mostly through the rear window while backing. Always back slowly. Remember, when you are backing your vehicle you are responsible for traffic in all directions!


#15. Which traffic is required to stop if a school bus makes a passenger stop in the far-right lane on an undivided four-lane street?

Once the red warning lights have been activated you must stop your vehicle. Even in a schoolyard, you must not pass a stopped school bus with its alternately flashing red warning lights activated. There are a few exceptions where a stop is not necessary. You do not have to stop on a divided highway if the school bus is traveling in the opposite direction. A concrete barrier may be used to separate traffic from the bus, and you are not required to stop.


#16. Emotions affect your driving. If you are excited or angry, it is a good idea to:

Emotions affect safe driving. You may not be able to drive well if you are overly worried, excited, afraid, or depressed. Give yourself time to cool off and calm down. Taking a walk is a good way to do this.


#17. What does this sign mean?

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.


#18. If you see pedestrians or children near the road, you should:

If you see a vehicle, pedestrian, or children near the road, you should slow down and be prepared to stop. Be careful in playground and residential areas where children could run out from between parked vehicles. It is a good idea to drive slower than the speed limit in these areas and be prepared to stop quickly.


#19. When you are in a line of traffic at a railroad crossing that has no signals or gates:

Remember, a motor vehicle may ONLY be driven across the tracks when it is safe to do so. Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to cross any railroad tracks unless you are certain your entire vehicle will clear all of the tracks at the crossing. You cannot go across any railroad tracks unless there is room for your vehicle on the other side. If other traffic prevents you from going fully across, wait and go across only when there is room.


#20. When are broken white lines used as pavement marking between lanes?

A broken white line between lanes of traffic means that you may cross it to change lanes.

Broken lines are permissive in character.

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The Official Vermont Written Knowledge Test
  Questions on real exam: 20 questions
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 16
  Allotted time to complete test: No limit
  Wait time before retest: 1 day

Vermont Practice Tests

This practice tests for a Vermont Driver License or Learner’s Permit has 20 random questions based on the handbook and real exam questions. After each question, you will get instant feedback. You can immediately see if your answer is correct or not. When you miss a question, there is also a brief explanation to help you learn faster.

Since the test is randomly created, there are unlimited sets of questions available. You can take as many as you need, as many times as you want.

Get the Latest Vermont Driver’s Manual

Your first step is to get the latest version of the Vermont Driver’s Manual. You can get a copy from a local branch office, your high school, driving school, or download it online .

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When you’ve studied the manual, use this practice test to check your progress and see if you are ready for the real examination or not.

Don’t use the tests as a replacement for studying the manual. Practice tests are only a supplement to help you learn faster and verify your progress.

Make sure you fully understand all answers. Just memorizing questions and answers is a risky study tactic .

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Passing Score in Vermont is 80 Percent

The passing score in Vermont is 80 percent, which means you must answer at least 16 of 20 questions correctly to pass the examination.

Since there are only 20 questions it is easy to make four or more mistakes and not pass. This is why you should aim for a 100% score on the practice tests. It gives you a better margin for errors when attempting the real exam.

Who Must Pass the Vermont Knowledge Test?

To get an original Vermont Driver License all first-time applicants must pass the knowledge test.

When you apply for your first Learner Permit or Junior Operator License you are subject to the rules in the Vermont Graduated Driver License law.

When you move to Vermont with a valid out-of-state license or an out-of-state license that has been expired for one year or less, DMV will normally waive the knowledge and road tests. Should you let your out-of-state license expire for more than one year, you must take the same tests as a first-time applicant.

If another state has suspended, revoked, denied, or cancelled your driver license, you cannot get 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 are 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 always pass the knowledge test before DMV will issue a Vermont license.

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Vermont Written Permit Test

The purpose of the Vermont written test is to verify your understanding of common road signs, traffic laws and safe driving practices.

It is a multiple-choice test with four available answers to choose from (this practice test has only three choices).

Only one alternative is correct and there are no trick questions.

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 written test, you must wait at least one business day before taking a new one.

Remember, all exams now require an appointment. Taking the knowledge test on a walk-in basis is not an option during the ongoing pandemic. Read more .

Oral Tests

The computerized test has audio support so that you can listen to all questions.

If you have trouble reading or any another disability that requires a person-to-person oral test, you should inform DMV when making an appointment. DMV will 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 are hearing impaired and want an interpreter, you must ask for one when you schedule your appointment.


If you speak another language and have difficulty reading English, you may use a dictionary and also ask the examiner to assist you.

Should 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.

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