Alaska DMV Practice Tests for Your Permit – 20 Questions


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Aim for a full score on a handful of tests.

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Aim for a full score on a handful of tests.

#1. What is true about seat belts?

Using seat belts reduces the risk of being thrown from your vehicle in case of an accident. It is a myth that it takes long to unbuckle a seat belt or that seat belts are not needed when driving around town.

A seat belt can keep you from being thrown into the path of another car. In case of an impact, you will keep on going at the same speed you were traveling until you hit the dashboard or windshield. Your chances of surviving an accident are five times as good if you stay inside the car.

An impact could push you back and forth across the seat. A seat belt can keep you in a better position to control the car in case of an accident.


#2. The best way to increase visibility when backing up is to:

Turn your body and head to the right and look out the rear window. Move the wheel in the direction you want the rear of your vehicle to go.

Back slowly and keep your eyes moving to all sides of your car. Always yield to vehicles or people on the street or sidewalk and be prepared to stop. It is suggested your speed not exceed 5 mph when backing.


#3. What does this sign mean?

The Flagger ahead sign warns drivers that there is a flagger ahead, and to be especially alert in the work zone.


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

Parking lights denote a parked vehicle. Do not use only parking lights, day or night, when vehicle is in motion.


#5. This is an example of:

Traffic signal ahead is an example of a warning sign.


#6. When a traffic officer is directing you to drive against a red light, you should:

You must obey any traffic direction, order, or signal by a law enforcement officer.


#7. When driving on slippery roads, you should:

Reduce your speed on wet roads and increase your following distance.


#8. This sign means:

The One Way sign is used in intersections to indicate that crossing traffic is allowed to travel in one direction only. You may not turn against the arrow.

The sign does not indicate that you must turn.


#9. You may legally block an intersection:

Stay outside of the limits of an intersection until you may enter it with safety. Go only if the intersection is clear! Yield to pedestrians and vehicles still in or who enter the intersection with the right-of-way, such as pedestrians traveling across the roadway with the green light. Yield to vehicles going straight through the intersection in the opposite direction if you are making a left turn.


#10. What does this sign mean?

Lane reduction ahead. There will be fewer lanes ahead. Traffic must merge left. Drivers in the left lane should allow others to merge smoothly. Right lane ends.


#11. 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 in a marked crosswalk, or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.


#12. Does a posted speed limit of 65 mph mean that you may drive 65 mph on that highway under all conditions?

Vehicles may not be driven at speeds greater or less than reasonable, depending on conditions of traffic, road and weather. A driver must keep the vehicle under control in order to be able to bring it to a stop within assured clear distance ahead.


#13. If you see a moose crossing the road, you should:

Deer and moose often travel in pairs or groups, so if an animal is spotted crossing the road, slow down and be alert for others that may follow.


#14. An orange sign with black letters means:

Orange is used for construction and maintenance warnings.


#15. Your cell phone rings while you are driving. Which of the following is the best thing to do?

Driving is a skill that requires your full attention. If you need to answer a call, pull over to a safe area first.


#16. What does a solid white line between lanes mean?

Solid white lines mark traffic lanes going in the same direction and is used where crossing the lane line markings is discouraged.


#17. When there is an oncoming car to your left and a child on a bicycle to your right on a two-way road, you should:

Pass only when safe. Instead of driving between the car and the child, take one danger at a time. First, slow down and let the car pass. Then, move to the left to allow plenty of room before you pass the child.


#18. When traveling at 50 mph, what is your approximate stopping distance with perfect 4-wheel brakes under favorable conditions (distance your car will travel before it comes to a stop, including a thinking time of 3/4 second)?

A car traveling at 50 mph will need approximately 201 feet before it comes to a stop (including perception, thinking and braking distance).

Table in your handbook shows stopping distances with perfect 4-wheel brakes on best type of road service under favorable conditions.


#19. Proof of liability insurance is needed:

Alaska has both Financial Responsibility and Mandatory Insurance laws. The purpose of these laws is to protect the motoring public from uninsured drivers on Alaska’s streets and highways.

The Mandatory Insurance Law requires either the vehicle owner or driver to carry liability insurance. The minimum amount of liability insurance coverage is $50,000/$100,000 for bodily injury or death and $25,000 for property damage. You must carry proof of liability insurance in your vehicle. Failure to provide proof of liability insurance to a law enforcement officer may result in a traffic citation or the vehicle may be impounded.


#20. You must never park within how many feet of a fire hydrant?

Parking is not allowed within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.

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Alaska DMV Practice Tests for Instruction Permits and Licenses

Key numbers for the official Alaska DMV test:

  Number of Questions: 20
  Correct answers needed: 16
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Time limit: 25 minutes
  Earliest retest upon failure: next business day

Retesting next day may be limited.

Woman taking the knowledge test

Unlimited Random Practice Tests

The practice test available at is random, just like the real exam.

It pulls questions from a large question bank to cover all important items in the practice test for your Alaska knowledge exam. Just like the real DMV written exam, each practice test has 20 questions, and the passing score is reached with 16 correct answers.

You can take the test as many times as you want or need; it will be a new test each time.

Take the practice seriously and aim for a full score on a practice test.

Learn everything described in the Alaska Driver Manual – facts and recommendations are there for a reason. When you make a mistake on the practice test, check the information in the manual.

All answers to test questions are found in the manual.

Alaska Driver Manual

1   Start by Getting the Driver Manual

The purpose of the real written knowledge test is to make sure that you have learned and understood the information in the manual. Without this knowledge you will be an unsafe driver.

So, start by getting the manual. You can get a copy from a licensing office or just download a copy to your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Read through the manual a couple of times. Many facts may seem like common sense but can be hard to remember on a test.

Give your brain time to absorb the information. Don’t try to read everything only days before the test.

2   Use Practice Tests Wisely

Practice tests are your way to verify that you understand the information in the manual.

Like all tests, the Alaska written exam will have one or two questions that you didn’t expect or questions that you don’t understand. And you will probably think that they aren’t related to safe driving or traffic laws.

The state wants you to pass, but they also want to make sure that you have read the manual and are serious about your driving. After all, safety on the road is not all about traffic rules, your mindset and attitude also matters.

When you use a practice test wisely, you focus on what kind of questions you see. You read through all choices. Sometimes the wrong choices are just as important to remember as the correct ones.

Don’t answer too quickly (most failures are caused by skipping through the test). 25 minutes is plenty of time.

People who stress themselves to finish early, catch only partial elements without reading the full question or all its choices. It is easy to jump to conclusions when parts of a question look familiar. Don’t fall into this trap.

Practice tests are a good way to learn to pace yourself and find that 25 minutes is more than enough for your exam.

3   Active Learning Methods

Studies show that you do not learn much just by reading the manual and memorizing laws.

To activate the learning parts of your brain, you must talk about what you are studying, write about it, relate it to things you already know, and try to apply it in your daily life. This is especially true when you are studying for a test and something that will be important to you for the rest of your life.

While practice tests are one example of active learning, it can be a good idea to discuss traffic rules with a driver instructor, teachers, parents, and/or friends. Ask questions. Discuss answers.

Look around you in your daily life. Do you recognize all road signs you see? Look at pavement markings, colored curbs, and traffic lights. Yes, you have seen them all before, but maybe not watched them like this?

And watch other drivers in traffic. Are they following the rules? If they don’t, discuss mistakes with parents and/or teachers.

With an active mindset you can learn a lot from your surroundings and quickly become an expert.

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What You Need to Know about the Alaska Knowledge Exam

  How old must I be to take the Alaska permit test?

If you are 14 years or older, you may apply for the instruction permit.

Before DMV issues the permit, your application must be approved by a parent or legal guardian and you must pass the knowledge test and a vision test.

  What is the passing score on the Alaska permit test?

The passing score on the official Alaska permit test is 80 percent. You must correctly answer 16 of 20 questions on the test.

  How difficult is the knowledge test?

Alaska DMV does not record or publish failure rates. The knowledge test is, however, generally considered to be one of the easiest in United States, which means that most students pass the exam the first time.

Test takers under 18 years are more likely to fail than older students.

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  Is the test available in other languages?

No, the test is only available in English. Alaska does not offer the permit test in other languages.

If you cannot read or understand English, contact DMV for guidance.

  Is there a time limit on the test?

You have 25 minutes to complete the 20-question test.

The average test taker completes the test in 10-15 minutes, which means that you have plenty of time to carefully read every question and think about the answer.

Some questions may take longer to complete, others will take less than a minute.

  Can I take the test from home?

No, Alaska does not offer online testing from your home.

The knowledge test must be taken at a DMV location.

  Can I use the manual on the test?

No, it is a closed-book test.

You cannot bring papers or other media, and not use your phone during the test.

  What happens if I fail the test?

In normal situations, you can retake the test the following business day.

In case of long waiting times, DMV officials may limit the number of visitors and test takers on one day.

  Who must take the Alaska written test?

The written test is required for all applicants not currently licensed in Alaska or whose driving privileges have been expired for over one year, or whose driving privileges have been revoked.

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What Happens After You Pass the Alaska Written Test?

DMV issues an instruction permit that is valid for two years.

A special instruction permit may be issued to those persons enrolled in an approved high school, community college, commercial driver training course, or approved medical program.

With the permit you can practice driving together with a licensed driver. The licensed driver must be at least 21 years of age and have at least one year of driving experience for the same type or class of vehicle you are driving.

Note that an instruction permit is required for everyone learning to drive on a street or highway, regardless of age.

You must hold your instruction permit until you are at least 16 years.

Alaska Driver License

The Next Step

The second step in the Alaska Graduated Licensing program is the Provisional License.

If you are under 18 years and getting your first license you must:

    hold a permit for at least 6 months before applying
    have the approval of a parent or legal guardian
    certify at least 40 hours of driving experience (10 hours of inclement weather and nighttime driving)

With the provisional license you may drive alone without a supervising driver. But the license has some restrictions.

  You cannot drive between the hours of 1:00 am and 5:00 am

Exceptions apply if you drive to or from your place of employment or within the scope of your employment and if you drive along the most direct route.

You may also drive during this curfew, if you drive accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or a person at least 21 years of age who is licensed to drive the class of vehicle being used.

  You cannot drive with any passengers

If you don’t drive together with a parent, legal guardian, or a person at least 21 years of age, you may not carry other passengers than your siblings.

In other words, you cannot drive with friends your own age unless there is an adult 21 years or older in the car.

When are the Restrictions on the Provisional License Lifted?

The provisional license phase lasts a minimum of six months and can remain in effect until you are 18 years.

After six months of conviction free driving and no convictions for illegal use of alcohol or drugs, you can have the provisional restriction removed.

The restrictions can also be removed once you turn 18.

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