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2022 Wisconsin DMV Tests & 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. You must have the following equipment in proper working order for your car to be considered safe:

Windshield wipers are required equipment. Windshield wipers keep the rain and snow off the windshield. Some vehicles also have wipers for rear windows and headlights. Make sure all wipers are in good operation condition. If the blades are not clearing your windshield, replace them.

A bell, siren, or exhaust whistle is not allowed. A red light showing from the front is not allowed.


#2. What is the main cause of car skids?

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.


#3. When you approach a Ramp Metered When Flashing sign and the yellow light is flashing:

As you enter a metered ramp, you will see a Ramp Metered When Flashing sign. If the sign’s yellow light is not flashing, you can merge into traffic without stopping or slowing down.


#4. Passing another vehicle to the right on an unpaved shoulder is:

As a general rule, never drive on an unpaved shoulder of the road.

In Wisconsin, a paved shoulder may be used to pass a stopped vehicle or one that is slowing to make a left turn.


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

If you are angry or excited, give yourself time to cool off. If necessary, take a short walk, but stay off the road until you have calmed down. If you are worried, down, or upset about something, try to keep your mind on your driving.

Remember, emotions can have a great effect on your ability to drive safely. You may not be able to drive well if you are overly worried, excited, afraid, angry, or depressed.


#6. 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.


#7. This road sign means:

No Right Turn sign. It means that you are not allowed to turn right at the intersection.

Some regulatory signs have a red circle with a red slash over a symbol. These signs prohibit certain actions, i.e., no right turn, no left turn, no U-turn, etc.


#8. The main reason why drinking alcohol and then driving is so dangerous is that it affects your:

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. Basically alcohol puts good judgment on hold, and you don’t know when you have had too much to drink until it is too late.


#9. When should you use your headlights?

Anytime weather conditions make it hard to see, you should turn on your headlights. A good rule to follow is if you turn on your wipers, turn on your headlights.

In very heavy rain, a snowstorm or thick fog, you may not be able to see much more than 200 feet ahead. Wisconsin requires you to use headlights when visibility is less than 500 feet.


#10. Following this vehicle too closely is unwise because:

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.


#11. The law requires that you stay how far behind a snowplow with activated red or amber lights?

On roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or more, the law requires drivers to stay at least 200 feet behind a snowplow when its red or amber lights are on.


#12. What is a basic speed rule?

Posted speed limits do not tell you at what speed you should drive. They only say you cannot go faster than the speed shown. By law, you must go slower if conditions make the posted speed unsafe. This is known as the basic speed rule.


#13. This sign alerts drivers in advance of:

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


#14. When can you park on the roadside of another parked vehicle (double parking)?

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


#15. A tractor-trailer driver has serious blind spots in which a car can disappear from view:

Many drivers think truck drivers can see the road better because they sit twice as high as the driver of a car. While truckers can see ahead better, and trucks have bigger mirrors, they have very serious blind spots. A car can disappear from their view while it is up to 20 feet in front of the cab, on either side of the truck (especially alongside the cab), and up to 200 feet behind! These areas are all part of what is called the No Zone.

Tractor-trailers are not designed to be as maneuverable as cars.


#16. At regulated intersections, you must stop and remain stopped for blind pedestrians until they have:

Pedestrians using a dog guide or carrying a white cane have absolute right-of-way (even if not at an intersection.) Do not use your horn as it could startle the blind pedestrian. If you see anyone in the roadway with a dog guide or a white cane, stop at least ten feet away until the person is off the roadway.


#17. What is a suitable restraint system for a child under the age of one year?

Children less than one year of age or weighing less than 20 pounds are required to use a rear-facing child restraint system.


#18. By law, the following vehicles must stop at all railroad crossings, except:

Leave extra room for vehicles required to come to a stop at railroad crossings, including transit buses, school buses or vehicles carrying hazardous materials (gasoline tankers, etc.). If you are following this type of vehicle, you should be prepared to stop.

These vehicles are not required to stop before crossing tracks marked exempt or tracks out-of-service.


#19. If you see this sign beside the road, you should:

Traffic signal ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop, if necessary.


#20. What does this sign mean?

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


#21. What does a solid yellow line on a two-lane road indicate?

Two solid yellow lines between lanes of traffic means neither side can pass. 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 are in the passing zone and may pass if it is safe.


#22. Wet roads are usually more slippery when temperature is:

When the temperature is around the freezing point, ice can become wet. This makes it more slippery than at colder temperatures.


#23. If the DMV declares you a habitual offender, your license will be:

If you are convicted of 4 or more major traffic violations or 12 or more minor violations within 5 years, the DMV will declare you a habitual offender. Your license will be revoked for 5 years.


#24. If a school bus with flashing red lights has stopped on the other side of an undivided roadway with two lanes, 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.


#25. Traffic signs that display traffic regulations that drivers must obey are normally:

Regulatory signs have a red or white background and inform drivers of traffic laws or regulations. Some, such as SPEED LIMIT signs, may only include words. Others, such as NO U-TURN signs, use only images. Some are a combination of words and images.

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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. RMP feedback April 20, 2021

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

    • We are truly sorry for this inconvenience. The test had a caching error which affected only some web browsers, like Windows Edge. This is now fixed.

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