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



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#1. A Class D instruction permit does not allow you to drive:

You may not drive alone.

You may drive only when you are accompanied by a person with two years driving experience who holds a valid regular (not probationary or occupational) license and who sits in the front passenger seat and is one of the following:

  • A qualified instructor 19 years or older.
  • A parent, guardian, or spouse 19 years or older
  • A person 21 years or older.

#2. If a school bus with flashing red lights has stopped on your side of an undivided highway, you must:

You must stop a minimum of 20 feet from a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing. You must stop whether the school bus is on your side of the road, the opposite side of the road or at an intersection that you are approaching. Unless signs say otherwise, you are not required to stop for a school bus if you are driving in the opposite direction on a divided highway.

A divided highway must have a raised median, grassy area, or actual barrier between opposing lanes of traffic.


#3. When you park on a hill headed uphill and there is a curb, you should turn your front wheels:

Headed uphill, turn your front wheels away from the curb (toward the travel lane) and let your vehicle roll back a few inches. The curb will stop the car from rolling anywhere.

Remember, when you park on a hill, the general rule is to turn your wheels sharply towards the side of the road or curb. This way, if your vehicle starts to roll downhill, it will roll away from traffic. However, when headed uphill at a curb, you should turn the front wheels in the opposite direction, away from the curb and towards the road.


#4. You are at the scene of an accident. What can you do to help prevent injured persons from going into shock?

To help prevent injured persons from going into shock, cover them with a blanket or coat to keep them warm.

Remember, if someone is injured, always call for professional help. Do not move the injured unless they are in a burning vehicle or in other immediate danger of being hit by another vehicle. Moving a person can make injuries worse. Never give injured persons anything to drink, not even water.


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

It is not true that trucks need shorter stopping distance.

Trucks accelerate slowly and require greater stopping and turning distances. Give large vehicles extra room to move on the road.


#6. When can you cross yellow center lines to pass another vehicle?

Dashed yellow lines mean you may pass, but watch for oncoming traffic. Where there is both a solid and a dashed yellow line between opposing lanes of traffic, you may not pass if the solid yellow line is on your side. If the dashed line is on your side, you may pass if it is safe to do so.


#7. When a traffic signal is showing a flashing red light, you must:

A flashing red traffic light means the same as a stop sign. You must come to a full stop and then may go when it is safe to do so. Look both ways and to the front, yield to traffic and pedestrians.

A green signal will not appear.


#8. What is a suitable restraint system for a child three years old and weighing less than 40 pounds?

A forward-facing child safety seat in the back seat is required when the child is at least 1 year-old but less than 4 years-old and weighs at least 20 pounds but less than 40 pounds.


#9. Which lane is marked as unavailable or closed?

Lane-use control signals are special signals posted by the side of the road or overhead. They indicate whether you should or should not drive in a specific lane. A green arrow means you can use the lane. A red X means you cannot.


#10. The driver ahead signals:

Right turn – left arm extended, with elbow bent upward, at about a 90-degree angle.


#11. Road signs with a yellow background indicate:

Yellow is used for general warning and advisory of unexpected roadway conditions.


#12. An important rule for safe night driving is:

Reduce speed when it gets dark. Your headlights will let you see about 400 feet ahead. You should drive at a speed that allows you to stop within this distance.


#13. A Crossbuck sign at a railroad crossing has the same meaning as:

A white crossbuck sign has the same meaning as a Yield sign. You must yield to crossing trains.

If a railroad crossing is marked only with a Crossbuck sign, you should reduce speed, look both ways, and listen for audible signal whistle.


#14. If you have a green light and an intersection is blocked by vehicles, you should:

Look across the intersection before you start to move to make sure the path is clear all the way through the intersection, and that you will not block it if you have to stop.


#15. When you plan to cross traffic and stop halfway across at a median divider, you must make sure that:

When you cross traffic, you need room to get all the way across. Stopping halfway across is only safe when there is a median divider large enough for your vehicle. Do not stop in a divider where part of your vehicle is sticking into traffic.


#16. What does this sign mean?

Left Turn Only. This sign tells you that you can only a make left turn from this lane.

Lane-Use Control signs are used where turning movements are required or where turning movements are permitted from lanes as shown.


#17. What does this sign mean?

Sharp Turn. A turn sign is used to warn of a sharp turn.


#18. If the rear of your vehicle starts to skid left, you should:

Turn the steering wheel in the direction you want the vehicle to go. This means, if rear of vehicle is skidding to the left you want to steer to the left to bring the front of the vehicle back in line.

When the vehicle begins to straighten out, turn the steering wheel back the other way. Continue to correct your steering, left and right, until the vehicle is again moving down the road under your control.


#19. When following motorcycles on streets with streetcar or railroad tracks, you should:

When following motorcycles or bicyclists you may need more distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front. If the cycle should fall, you need extra distance to avoid hitting the rider. The chances of a fall are greatest on wet or icy roads, gravel roads or metal surfaces such as bridges, gratings, or railroad tracks.


#20. When turning right, you must:

When turning right, signal your turn at least 100 feet ahead. Yield to pedestrians and crossing bicyclists.


#21. When two vehicles arrive at the same time at a four-way stop, which one should be given the right-of-way?

At a four-way stop, the driver reaching the intersection first goes first (after coming to a complete stop.) If more than one vehicle arrives at the same time, the vehicle on the right goes first.


#22. Which of the following is a likely effect of drinking alcohol?

Alcohol affects those areas of your brain that control judgment and skill. This is one reason why drinking alcohol is so dangerous – it affects your judgment.

Alcohol also slows your reflexes and reaction time, reduces your ability to see clearly, and makes you less alert. As the amount of alcohol in your body increases, your judgment worsens, and your skills decrease.


#23. If you are driving through a construction area on a clear night, you should turn on:

It is important to use high beams on unfamiliar roads, in construction areas, or where there may be people along the side of the road.


#24. If you encounter an aggressive driver on the road:

Make a difference in keeping the roads safe for everyone. Act responsibly! Impatience, frustration, and anger are some of the most dangerous drugs on the highway. You cannot control traffic, only your reaction to it. Be courteous, even if the other driver is not. Do not take traffic problems personally. Do not tailgate. Do not block the passing lane. Do not make obscene gestures. Keep your cool.


#25. Which road signs have an eight-sided shape?

Stop signs are always octagonal (eight-sided). A stop sign means that you must bring your vehicle to a complete halt.

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The Official Wisconsin Written Knowledge Test
  Questions on real exam: 50 questions
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 40
  Allotted time to complete test: 45 minutes
  Wait time before retest: 1 day (5 attempts)

Free Wisconsin Practice Test

This Wisconsin preparation test for your driver license or learner’s permit has 25 random questions from a large database. After each question, you will get instant feedback that tells you if your answer is correct or not. There is also a short explanation about rules and the best answer if you miss a question.

Remember that the real knowledge examination has 50 random multiple-choice questions, which means you should take more than one practice test to cover everything that may show up on your final test.

Answers to test questions are always found in the Wisconsin Motorists’ Handbook. You can get a copy at any DMV office, your driving school, driver’s education course, or download it from DMV’s website .

The handbook is a necessary read to understand everything you need to learn for the examination. Many rules and practices will already be familiar to you, others may be new. The practice test will help you discover what you need to focus on.

Wisconsin Motorist's Handbook

True Understanding of Rules and Laws

Remember, both the real test and the practice tests have questions from a very large question bank. You shouldn’t try to memorize answers, since questions and answers can appear in different shapes and be worded differently. A true understanding of rules and safe driving practices is much a safer way to succeed on the knowledge. True understanding of rules and laws also helps you become a responsible and safe driver.

It is also a good idea to start studying a few weeks before the test and not try to cram a few nights before the big day.

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Wisconsin Passing Score is 80%

The passing score in Wisconsin is 80 percent. On the real exam, which has 50 questions, you must get at least 40 questions right. Once you have reached your passing score, the test will end.

When you study for your exam, you should aim higher. Try to get a full score (25 correct answers) on a handful of tests. It will give you a good margin on the real test.

Go back to the handbook when you don’t fully understand the correct answers.

Allotted Time for the Wisconsin Written Test

There is an allotted time of 45 minutes for your test but don’t let that scare you. 50 questions and 45 minutes may seem a lot, but most applicants finish in 20 minutes. If you time yourself on a practice test, you will probably find that you finish 25 questions in 5 minutes.

With the right preparations you will have no trouble passing.

What Happens if You Fail the Test?

The failure rate on the Wisconsin knowledge test is between 25 and 30 percent, which means that one out of four first-time test takers fails the exam.

Main reasons for failing are lack of preparations (about half of all applicants who failed did not prepare with practice tests) and poor reading comprehension.

If you fail the test, you can normally try again the next day, but remember that you will not get the same test on your next attempt. Test questions will be different. Read everything with care.

You’ve got five chances to pass the exam within one year.

Who Must Pass the Wisconsin Knowledge Test?

The following must pass the Wisconsin written knowledge test:

  • First-time applicants getting their initial instruction permit.
  • New Wisconsin residents with a license from a foreign country other than Canada and Germany.
  • 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.

New Wisconsin residents with a valid license from another state can replace their license and get a Wisconsin license without passing the knowledge or skills tests.

The Purpose of the Wisconsin Knowledge Exam

The purpose of the knowledge test is to determine your knowledge of Wisconsin traffic laws and safe driving, including knowledge of the following:

What is on the test
Rules of the road
Highway signs
Vehicle equipment requirements
Driving techniques
Fuel efficient operation of motor vehicles
Effects of alcohol or controlled substance use in connection with driving
The need for anatomical gifts
The need for vehicle control near sight-impaired pedestrians

What You Should Know about the Test

DMV Tests are normally given on a walk-in basis, even if appointments are highly encouraged to limit the number of customers in the lobby.

All tests are offered on a computerized system with touch screens. After each question, you will now if you answered it correctly or not.

If you have trouble reading, the test can be offered with an audio option. Make you sure you ask about it before you start your exam. Examiners will lend you a headset.

If you fail the knowledge test, you cannot take it again 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.

Class D (regular license) knowledge and signs tests are available in the following languages:

American Sign Language


Wisconsin Graduated Driver License Program

The Graduated Driver License (GDL) program in Wisconsin is designed to help young drivers to gain driving experience and develop their skills over time and in lower-risk environments.

The program applies to all new drives under 18 years.

It contains the three steps, from the first instruction permit to a full, unrestricted driver license.

License Minimum age Hold
Instruction Permit 15½ 6 months
Probationary License 16 Until first renewal
Class D License 19

Your First Instruction Permit

You can apply for your first Wisconsin instruction permit when you are 15 years and 6 months old or older.

Where Can I get My Instruction Permit?

You should start online with the interactive Driver License Guide to learn what you need to bring your DMV office.

In most cases, you can pre-fill the required application online and submit the for electronically.

Make sure you have all the necessary documents before you schedule an appointment.

If approved, and after you have paid the fee and passed a vision screening, DMV will let you take the knowledge test.

Requirements for Applicants under 18 Years

If you are under 18 years, the GDL rules apply. You must be enrolled in, or have completed, a driver education class.

You must also be enrolled in a school program or high school equivalency program, have graduated from high school or been granted a declaration of high school graduation equivalency, or be enrolled in a home-based private education program and cannot be identified as habitually truant.

An adult sponsor, usually your parent or legal guardian, must approve your application.

Restrictions on the Instruction Permit

Under no circumstances can you practice driving on your own while you hold an instruction permit.

You must always be accompanied by a supervising driver who occupies the seat beside you. The supervising driver must have a valid regular (non-probationary) driver license and have at least two years of driving experience.

The supervising driver must be at least 21 years old unless the driver is a qualified driving instructor, a parent, guardian, or spouse, for which a minimum age of 19 years apply.

When you drive with a parent, guardian, or spouse, members of you immediate family may occupy rear seats.

If you are supervised a person other than a parent, guardian, or spouse, no other passengers are allowed. The licensed person accompanying you must also have written authorization from your parent or legal guardian to supervise you.

When driving during darkness, you must be accompanied by a qualified driving instructor or a licensed person who is at least 25 years and have no less than two years of licensed driving experience.

When you hold an instruction permit, all cell phone use (hands-free and handheld) while driving is prohibited, except to report an emergency.

How Long is the Instruction Permit Valid?

A Wisconsin instruction permit is valid for 12 months. It can be renewed once for another 12 months.

You need proof of enrollment or completion of a driver education course to renew your instruction permit.

Wisconsin probitionary license

When Can I Get a Probationary Driver License?

You must hold an instruction permit for at least six months before to applying for your probationary license (minimum age: 16).

Your driving record must be clear of any violations in the six months prior to applying for the probationary license.

You must also have practiced driving for a least 30 hours (10 during darkness) which must be certified a parent, guardian, or adult sponsor.

An approved driver-education training course must be completed.

When these requirements are fulfilled, you must pass the driving skills test.

What are the Restrictions on a Probationary Driver License?

GDL restrictions apply only for the first nine months, as long as you drive violation free.

  Night Curfew

There is a night curfew between midnight and 5 a.m.

During the night curfew, you can drive alone only if you must drive between your home and school or work.

If you drive anywhere else during the curfew, you must be accompanied by a supervising driver.

  Passenger Restriction

In addition to any number of immediate family members, you can only carry:

  • One person who holds a valid, regular license with at least two years of licensed driving experience and who is:
    • a qualified instructor or spouse 19 or older, or
    • a person 21 or older
  • One other person

  Cell Phone Restriction

Cell phone use (hands-free and handheld) while driving is prohibited, except to report an emergency.


Driver License FAQ

You may apply for a Wisconsin instruction permit when you are 15 years and 6 months old or older.

You will get your permit at a DMV customer service center. Pre-fill an application online and gathered all necessary documents. Then schedule an appointment with a service center. If approved, you will get your permit after passing a vision screening and a knowledge test.

A Wisconsin instruction permit is valid for 12 months. It can be renewed once for another 12 months.

You must always drive under supervision of a licensed driver.

If you drive together with an authorized instructor, parent, legal guardian, or spouse, the supervising driver must be a least 19 years.

If you drive together with another adult, the supervising driver must be at least 21 years.

If you drive at night (during darkness), the supervising driver must be at least 25 years.

The supervising driver must always have a valid regular (non-probationary) driver license and have at least two years of driving experience.

You can only carry passengers that are immediate family, and only when driving under supervision of an authorized instructor, parent, legal guardian, or spouse.

Cell phone use while driving is prohibited, except to report an emergency.

In Wisconsin, handheld or hands-free cell phone use while driving is against the law for drivers with a probationary license or instruction permit, except to report an emergency.

You must hold an instruction permit for at least six months before to applying for your probationary license. Your driving record must be clean of any violations during the six months prior to applying.

Night curfew between midnight and 5 a.m. unless driving directly from/to home and work or school.

If you drive anywhere else you must drive accompanied by a supervising driver.

Passenger restrictions: only one non-family member that is not a supervising driver.

No cell phone use.


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