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. Know signs by their shapes. The circular shape is used for:

Circular (round) signs mean you are approaching a railroad crossing.


#2. When you see a sign with this shape and color, you must:

A stop sign means you must come to a complete stop. Give the right-of-way to pedestrians and to all cross traffic before moving again.


#3. If you run off the pavement, you should:

If you run off the pavement:

  • Hold the steering wheel firmly.
  • Apply your brakes carefully
  • Reduce your speed until you can safely return to the pavement.
  • Check traffic in both directions and when it is safe, steer carefully back into your lane.

#4. When driving at night in heavy traffic, you should use:

Be considerate when you use your high beams. Your headlights must be on low beam when there are oncoming vehicles or when there are vehicles ahead of you. Always keep headlights on low beam (dim) 500 feet from oncoming vehicle or 300 feet from vehicle going in the same direction.


#5. What is true about side-impact air bags?

Side-impact air bags can provide extra safety benefits to adults in side-impact crashes. Studies have shown that children who are leaning against a side airbag when it inflates are at risk of injury. These studies also show that children who are traveling in an age and weight-appropriate, and correctly installed child restraint system, are not at risk.


#6. Passing another vehicle is prohibited:

Do not pass when approaching within 100 feet of or when traversing an intersection or railroad crossing.


#7. Backing a vehicle on expressways:

Never back up or stop on controlled access highways (freeways and expressways).


#8. When you see a sign with this shape, color, and symbol, you must:

When you see this sign, do not drive onto that street or ramp in the direction you are heading.


#9. You may cross a double solid yellow line:

Two solid yellow lines mean no passing. Crossing these lines is allowed if you need to turn into or out of a private road or driveway.


#10. The meaning of this sign is:

Two way road. Keep right of approaching traffic.


#11. Which photo shows proper parking on a sloping street when the vehicle is faced downhill?

This how you park on hills:

  • If you park facing uphill where there is a curb, you should set the parking brake and turn the wheels away from the curb.
  • In any other situation turn the wheels toward the curb or edge of the road.

See illustration in the DMV Driver Manual.


#12. When a truck makes a turn:

When any vehicle makes a turn, the rear wheels follow a shorter path than the front wheels. The longer the vehicle, the greater the difference.


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

A flashing red signal light means stop. After stopping, you may proceed when it is safe. Observe the right-of-way rules.


#14. If gates rise at a railroad crossing, but the red light is still flashing, you should:

Do not go under lowering gates or around lowered gates. Flashing red lights indicate you must stop and wait. Do not proceed over the crossing until the red lights stop flashing, even if the gate rises.


#15. A traffic officer is directing you to do a U-turn against existing signs. What should you do?

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


#16. The minimum amount your liability insurance must cover for injury or death of two or more people is:

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


#17. Most vehicle-moose accidents occur at:

Use caution when driving at dawn or dusk and scan roads and roadsides ahead. Most vehicle-moose accidents occur at dawn and dusk when light is low and moose are most active.


#18. How much longer is your braking distance when you increase your speed from 20 mph to 80 mph?

Increase the speed to 80 mph and the impact and braking distance are 16 times greater than at 20 mph.


#19. What is the best advice to a driver who has been drinking alcohol?

Some myths about drinking alcohol say that taking cold showers, drinking black coffee, or exercising will sober a person up. This is not true.

Only time, body weight, the number of drinks, and how much has been eaten, can affect how long it takes to sober up.

A person that had too much to drink must not drive. If possible, he or she should arrange for a designated driver, use public transportation or call a cab


#20. You must wear your seat belt:

Alaska law AS 28.05.095 requires everyone in a motor vehicle to use a safety belt. A child less than 16 years of age who does not exceed certain height and weight requirements must be properly secured in a child safety device or in a safety belt, whichever is appropriate for the particular child.

The law applies to any passenger vehicle (rental or privately-owned), taxi, or limousine.

Exception exists for vehicles built prior to 1965 which did not have safety belts as original equipment and are not classified as a custom collector vehicle.

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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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