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2021 Wisconsin DMV Test & Permit Practice Tests

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



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#1. Do not pass another vehicle on the left side of the road:

Whenever signs or road markings permit you to pass, you will always have to judge whether you have enough room to pass safely. Check well ahead for a no-passing zone. Do not pass if there is a railroad grade crossing ahead.


#2. Parking on the roadside of another parked vehicle (double parking):

Parking on the roadway side of any parked vehicle (double parking) is illegal.


#3. What does a sign with eight sides mean?

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


#4. This sign tells you:

Regulatory Speed Limit sign. This indicates the maximum speed in miles per hour. It begins where this sign is posted and ends where a different speed sign is posted.


#5. What is the background color of a road sign indicating a parking space reserved for the disabled?

Motorist services signs are white on blue. They direct you to services, such as gas, food, motels, and hospitals. Blue is also used to identify parking spaces for disabled drivers.


#6. How is your braking distance affected when you increase your speed from 30 mph to 60 mph?

Stopping at 60 mph does not take twice the distance it takes at 30 mph, as one might think, but over three times the distance.

Remember, the faster your vehicle is going, the more distance it will take to turn, slow, or stop.


#7. What does this sign mean?

School crossing. A separate downward-pointing arrow plaque indicates the actual location of the crosswalk.


#8. You are prohibited from making a U-turn:

A U-turn is a turn within the road, made in one smooth U-shaped motion, so as to end up traveling in the opposite direction. You may not make a U-turn:

  • At any intersection where a police officer is controlling traffic unless the officer instructs you to make a U-turn.
  • In mid-block on any street in a business district or in mid-block on a through (main) highway in a residential district, except where the street or highway is divided and the turn is made at a legal opening or crossover.
  • At any place where signs prohibit such turns.
  • Upon a curve or upon the approach to or near the crest of a grade on any undivided highway where the vehicle cannot be seen by the driver of any other vehicle with 500 feet approaching from any direction.
  • At any place where a U-turn cannot be made safely or without interfering with other traffic.
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    #9. When is it allowed to drive around or under a lowered gate at a railroad crossing?

    Do not drive around the gate or under a raising or lowering gate.

    Malfunctioning warning devices should be reported. Look for emergency notification signs or contact local police.


    #10. The blind spot in front of a large truck may stretch up to:

    Blind spots may stretch up to 20 feet in front of the cab and about 200 feet behind the truck.


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

    A steady yellow traffic light means the traffic light is about to change to red. You must stop if it is safe to do so. If you are in the intersection when the yellow light comes on, do not stop but continue through the intersection.


    #12. If your car starts to skid, what is the most common cause?

    Skids are caused by drivers traveling too fast for conditions. The best way to prevent skids or hydroplaning is to keep your speed down, avoid fast turns and quick stops, and have good tire tread.


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

    It is illegal to pass or follow within 500 feet of a moving emergency vehicle with its red or blue lights on and siren operating. This includes while driving on freeways or other limited access highways.


    #14. The legal speed limit on multi-lane freeways and expressways may be posted up to:

    Maximum speeds in Wisconsin on any highway or freeway in Wisconsin is 55 mph, except on multi-lane freeways and expressways posted for 65 or 70 mph.


    #15. What can you do to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning?

    If you sit in a vehicle with the engine running for any length of time, open a window.


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

    It is harder to see at night. You must be closer to an object to see it at night than during the day. You can reduce danger if you adjust your seeing and driving habits accordingly.


    #17. Driving at night with parking lights instead of headlights is:

    Whenever it is necessary to drive with your lights on, use your headlights. Parking lights are for parked vehicles only.

    Remember, Wisconsin requires you to use headlights during hours of darkness.


    #18. When following a large truck that blocks your view ahead, you should:

    The drivers of trucks, buses, vans, or vehicles pulling campers or trailers may not be able to see you when you are directly behind them. They could stop suddenly without knowing you are there. Large vehicles also block your view of the road ahead. Falling back allows you more room to see ahead.


    #19. A pedestrian has entered a crosswalk where there are no signs or signals. Who must be given the right-of-way?

    You must yield to pedestrians who are in or are about to enter a crosswalk (marked or unmarked).

    Remember, you must always yield where necessary to avoid striking pedestrians who are crossing the road.


    #20. When preparing to drive, you should:

    You should always check the position of the seat and mirrors before you start to drive. Make any adjustments before you move the vehicle. Head restraints are designed to prevent whiplash if you are hit from behind. They should be adjusted so the head restraint contacts the back of your head. Before you begin driving, always fasten your safety belts and make sure all your passengers are using safety belts or child restraints.


    #21. This road sign indicates:

    Deer crossing. Deer or other wildlife cross the roadway in this area. Slow down, be alert and be ready to stop.


    #22. When it is safe to do so, a dashed yellow center line may be crossed:

    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.


    #23. Before you can qualify for a probationary license when you are under 18 years, you must hold an instruction permit for at least:

    A Probationary license is the first license issued to new drivers regardless of age. Those under 18 must have had an Instruction Permit for a minimum of six months.


    #24. If you are involved in a minor collision without injuries, you should always:

    If your vehicle can be moved, get it off the road so it does not block traffic or cause another crash. Do not stand or walk in traffic lanes. You could be struck by another vehicle. Turn off the ignition of wrecked vehicles. Do not smoke around wrecked vehicles. Fuel could have spilled, and fire is a real danger.


    #25. Which is true about alcohol?

    Remember, alcohol reduces all the important skills you need to drive safely.

    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. You will have trouble judging distances, speeds, and the movement of other vehicles. You will also have trouble controlling your vehicle.

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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.

      Read more: Risky Study Tactics

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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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    2. Worked for me. I took my test today and passed

    3. give us different tests not the same one we pass the test that is given and that same test appears.

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