Alaska DMV Practice Tests for Your Permit – 20 Questions



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Aim for a full score on a handful of tests.

#1. When driving on wet winter roads, you should:

Reduce your speed. Allow extra space between your car and the car ahead. Do not brake or turn suddenly. Use a low gear when going down steep hills. Be careful on bridges and overpasses. These areas freeze first and dry out last.


#2. The minimum amount your liability insurance must cover for property damage 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


#3. When a traffic signal is showing a solid red light:

A steady red light means that you must stop.

Right turns are permitted only after a full stop, when the turn can be made safely, and is not restricted by a No turn on red sign.


#4. 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.


#5. What is true about a tire's tread depth?

As a tire wears it is important to realize that the tire’s ability to perform in rain and snow will be reduced. Since water cannot be compressed, you need enough tread depth to allow rain to escape through the tire’s grooves. You need even more tread depth in snow, because your tires need to compress the snow in their grooves and release it as they roll.


#6. Which is true about alcohol?

Impaired drivers continue to kill someone every 51 minutes, nearly 28 people a day, and almost 10,000 citizens a year. In the past decade, four times as many Americans died in drunk driving crashes as were killed in the Vietnam War.


#7. What does this sign mean?

Winding Road. There are several curves ahead. Slow down and drive carefully.


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

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas from vehicle exhaust can make you a dangerous driver and even cost you your life. It paralyzes before it kills.

Prevention includes tight exhaust system (check it regularly) and adequate fresh air circulation.


#9. All of the following are true about motorcyclists, except:

Motorcycles are not easily identified in traffic. Even when drivers see them, many say it’s difficult to judge how far away motorcyclists are or how fast they are traveling. Being alert to this perceptual problem and consciously looking for motorcyclists will help avoid collisions.


#10. Yellow road signs are used for:

Yellow is used for general warnings of specific road conditions and dangers ahead.


#11. Where are you most likely to see this one-direction large arrow sign?

The sign means you make sharp turn to right in front of this sign. It is used either as a supplement or alternative to the Chevron signs.


#12. When is it allowed to drive around or under a lowered gate at a railroad crossing?

It is never allowed to drive around or under a lowered gate at a railroad crossing


#13. The law requires that you always keep a safe following distance of:

The law requires that you do not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for speed, traffic, and conditions of the roadway.

Remember, the four-second rule is only a rule-of-thumb for a minimum following distance. In some situations, you must keep a greater distance.


#14. Headlights are required at any time you cannot see persons or vehicles at a distance of:

Headlights must be turned on from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise. Headlights must also be turned on in daytime when visibility is reduced to 1000 feet or less by fog, rain, snow, smoke, or dust. A good idea, and also the law in many states, is to turn on headlights every time you use windshield wipers due to bad weather.


#15. You, as a driver, and your passenger must wear seat belts:

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


#16. If you lose control of the steering wheel, you should:

If you suddenly have no control of the steering wheel, ease your foot off the gas pedal. Turn on your emergency flashers and allow your vehicle to come to a slow stop. Brake very gently to prevent your vehicle from skidding.


#17. On a highway with two-way traffic, you may cross a broken yellow center line:

Keep to the right of a yellow center line. You may cross the broken line when passing another vehicle or when the right half of the roadway is closed to traffic. But you may only cross when it is safe to do so.


#18. What is true about signaling at expressway speeds?

Always signal at least five seconds before you change lanes at expressway speeds.


#19. When you park and leave your car, you must:

Drivers are responsible for making sure that their vehicle is not a hazard when it is parked. Turn off the engine. It is against the law to leave the engine running in a parked unattended vehicle. Always set your parking brake when you park. Leave the vehicle in gear if it has a manual transmission or in park if it has an automatic transmission. Remove ignition keys from parked, unattended vehicle. It is a good habit to lock the doors whenever you leave your vehicle.


#20. When passing another vehicle on a two-lane road, you must:

You must:

  • Signal the intent to pass.
  • Pass to the left at a safe distance and return when you are safely clear of the vehicle being overtaken.
  • Return when the pass has been safely completed and before coming within 200 feet of any approaching 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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