Connecticut Permit Practice – Sample Test Questions and Answers



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#1. Worn tires can cause:

Worn or bald tires can increase your stopping distance and make turning more difficult when the road is wet. Worn tires also increase the effect of hydroplaning and increase the chance of having a flat tire.


#2. When you approach a work zone, you should:

You need to pay extra attention when driving through a roadway work area.

Slow down and watch for flag persons, workers, and equipment ahead. There may be narrow lanes, fewer lanes, or construction vehicles entering the roadway. Stay in the middle of your lane.

You may see portable or permanent message boards. They may provide information about traffic, road, or other hazardous conditions. Always obey any directions posted on these message boards.


#3. Looking at least 12 seconds ahead of your vehicle might help you to avoid:

To avoid last minute braking or turning, you should look well down the road. By looking well ahead and being ready to stop or change lanes if needed, you can drive more safely, save on fuel, help keep traffic moving at a steady pace, and allow yourself time to better see around your vehicle and along the road. Looking well down the road will also help you to steer more straightly with less weaving. Safer drivers tend to look at least 12 seconds ahead of their vehicles. This is the distance that your vehicle will travel in 12 seconds.


#4. Which classified driver's license is the minimum requirement to drive a small bus with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pound and designed to carry 16 or more passengers including the driver:

You must at least have a class C license. Any single vehicle with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds, or any such vehicle towing another vehicle of no more than 10,000 pounds GVWR, falls in Class C if they are designed to carry 16 or more passengers including the driver.


#5. To pass another vehicle safely at a speed of 55 mph, you need at least the following opening in oncoming traffic and sight-distance:

At a speed of 55 mph, you need about 10 seconds to pass. That means you need a 10-second opening in oncoming traffic and sight-distance to pass.

At 55 mph, you will travel over 800 feet in 10 seconds, so will an oncoming vehicle. That means you need over 1600 feet (about one-third of a mile) to pass safely. It is hard to judge the speed of oncoming vehicles at this distance. They do not seem to be coming as fast as they really are.


#6. What does this sign mean?

Crossroad. A road crosses the main highway ahead (four-way intersection). Be alert for cross traffic entering the roadway.


#7. When the driver is less than 18 years of age, an adult car passenger must always wear a safety belt:

In Connecticut, it is illegal to drive or to be a front-seat passenger without wearing a safety belt. If the driver is 16 or 17 years old, each passenger is required to wear a seat belt.

Even if the law requires only passengers in the front seat to wear seat belts, it is still a good idea to encourage everyone to buckle up.


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

You must slow or stop your vehicle and yield the right-of-way for a pedestrian crossing at a crosswalk (marked or unmarked) when the pedestrian steps off the curb at the entrance to the crosswalk or is within any portion of the crosswalk.


#9. How does alcohol affect you?

Alcohol slows your reflexes and reaction time.


#10. If you are younger than 18 years of age and refuse to take a test to measure how much alcohol is in your system, DMV will suspend your license for at least:

If a 16-or 17-year-old refuses to take a test, his or her driver’s license will be suspended for at least 18 months or possibly more, depending on the number of prior offenses on the driving record.


#11. Which background color is used for motorist service signs?

Blue is used for motorist services guidance. These signs show the locations of various services, such as rest areas, gas stations, campgrounds, or hospitals.


#12. After a train has passed at a railroad crossing with more than one track, you should:

At crossings with more than one track, wait until the passing train is well down the track before starting to cross. The train that just passed may hide another one that is approaching.


#13. What is a basic speed rule?

Speed limits are posted for ideal conditions. If the road is wet or icy, if you cannot see well, or if traffic is heavy, you must slow down. Even if you are driving the posted speed limit, you can get a ticket for traveling too fast for road conditions. This is known as the basic speed rule.


#14. When the temperature is around the freezing point and ice becomes wet:

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


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

The octagon (eight-sided) shape always means stop. You must come to a complete stop at the sign, stop line, pedestrian crosswalk, or curb. Then, yield the right-of-way to any vehicle or pedestrian approaching from either direction. You may pull forward only when it is safe to do so


#16. This sign tells you:

Reduction in Lanes. This sign is used on multi-lane highways to warn you of a reduction in the number of traffic lanes in the direction you are traveling. Be prepared to change lanes or to allow other vehicles to merge into your lane.


#17. When a firefighter is directing you to do a U-turn against existing signs, you should:

You must obey signals given by a law enforcement officer, even if the officer’s signals contradict the traffic signal. In work areas, a person with a sign or a flag may control traffic. You must obey these persons. In connection with fires and accidents, you must also obey instructions from firefighters. Near schools, obey signals from any crossing guards.


#18. Always look carefully for motorcycles before you make a left turn because:

Motorcycles are small and, therefore, more difficult to see. The smaller profile can make it more difficult to judge the speed and distance as they approach. Before turning left, be alert for motorcycles by looking carefully to the front and sides of your vehicle. Their size also allows them to duck easily into your blind spot. Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots by turning your head and looking before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.


#19. What are sharrows?

A bicycle sharrow, two chevrons painted above a bicycle symbol on the road, indicates the lane is shared. Vehicle or bicycle traffic may be in the lane. Although you should always keep on the lookout for bicyclists, this serves as an additional warning to watch for bicycles in the lane.

Shared Lane Markings are not the same as the bicycle symbols that are used to mark bicycle lanes.


#20. If you have a tire blowout while driving, you should:

Hold the steering wheel tightly and keep the vehicle going straight. Slow down gradually. Take your foot off the gas pedal and use the brakes lightly. Move slowly and safely off the road. Do not stop on the road if possible.


#21. You should never back a vehicle in a travel lane, except:

Never back a vehicle in any travel lane, it is illegal and unsafe to do so, except to parallel park or to perform a three-point or K turn.


#22. A traffic signal with a yellow arrow means:

A yellow arrow means that the protection of a green arrow is ending. If you are turning in the direction of the arrow, you should prepare to stop and give the right of way to oncoming traffic.


#23. This sign tells you:

Regulatory Speed Limit sign. With the word minimum, it shows the minimum speed you can travel.


#24. When parking on any hill or sloping street, facing uphill or downhill, it is important to:

Drivers are responsible for making sure that their vehicle does not become a hazard after it has been parked. 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.


#25. If you are driving through a construction area on a clear night, you should turn on:

It is important to use high beams on unfamiliar roads, in construction areas, or where there may be people along the side of the road.

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The Connecticut Knowledge Examination

Quick facts about the Delaware written test for learner permit and driver license:

  Number of Questions: 25
  Correct answers needed: 20
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Time limit: N/A
  Earliest retest upon failure: 7 days

Get Ready for Your Connecticut DMV Written Examination

Connecticut knowledge test for a learner’s permit or driver’s license has 25 questions and you need 20 correct answers to pass the examination.

You must always pass a knowledge test before you can get your first learner’s permit and your first driver’s license. The knowledge test checks your knowledge of road signs, traffic signals, Connecticut traffic laws, and safe driving.

To study for the knowledge exam you must get the Connecticut Driver’s Manual. You can get a hard copy from any DMV office in this state or download a PDF-version from the DMV website . The manual is your most important tool for learning the Connecticut rules of the road.

Start studying at least 1 – 2 weeks before the first examination. The earlier you start, the better.

DMV requires two intervals of knowledge testing. One before you can get your learner’s permit and one before DMV issues the driver license. On the first examination, you can expect questions about permit restrictions, while the second is more focused on driving rules and Connecticut laws.

How to Use the Practice Tests

The sample tests are created to help you prepare and give you an idea of the real examination.

They should not be used as a replacement for the Driver’s Manual.

Even if the tests cover all important areas of the Connecticut Manual, you need to put questions and facts in a context to fully learn everything DMV will ask on the test. Simply memorizing questions and answers is often a bad strategy. This is why other passive memorizing from cheat sheets also is a bad idea.

Each Sample Test is Random

Just like the real examination, each test is random. It draws 25 random question from a large bank. You never know which questions you will get since each test is different.

You should continue practicing until you feel comfortable with questions and answers and until you can reach a full score. Don’t attempt the real examination too soon.

  Learn more: 7 Important Reminders for the DMV Written Test

Is the Connecticut DMV Test Hard?

The failure rate on the CT DMV test is around 25-30 percent. It means that 1 of 4 new test takers fail the examination, which is low compared to many other states.

Easy - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

If You Speak Another Language

All DMV centers offer the knowledge test in English and Spanish.

The test for a learner’s permit are also available in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Cambodian, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somalian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.

If you want to take the test in another language, always check with your center if they have the test in your language.

If you need Hearing Interpreter Service, you must allow at least two (2) weeks when scheduling your appointment date.

Learner’s Permit Requirements

To be ready for a learner’s permit, you must:

  Be at least 16 years old
  Have approval of parent or legal guardian
  Have acceptable forms of identification (including legal presence for non-citizens)
  Pass a vision exam
  Pass the 25-question knowledge test

What Happens if You Fail the Test?

Should you fail your knowledge exam, there is a mandatory waiting period of one week (7 days).

Use this time wisely and study the manual again and take several practice tests.

What Happens if You Pass the Test?

After passing the written knowledge test and all other requirements, DMV issues a temporary permit on paper and your real permit will be mailed to you within a couple of days.

You can now start practice your driving skills.

You must always be accompanied by a licensed driving instructor, licensed parent, or another licensed driver who is at least 20 years old and has had license for 4 years and no license suspension in last 4 years.

Under no circumstance can you practice driving on your own.

While holding a learner’s permit you cannot drive with any other passengers than the supervising driver. Exceptions include (1) when you drive with a licensed driver instructor from a commercial driving school or driver education program and (2) when passengers are your parents or legal guardians.

You must hold your permit at least 120 days, if enrolled in a driving school, or 180 days, if home taught. If you are 18 years or older, you must hold the permit for at least 90 days prior to taking the road skills test.

During the permit phase you must complete a classroom instruction course, including a 2-hour course for a parent/legal guardian, and 40 hours of on-the-road training.

You should also remember that you must always the permit in your possession when you drive.

Don’t Drink and Drive

If you are 16 or 17 years, there is an automatic suspension of your license if you drive under the influence of alcohol and your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .02 percent or more. The suspension period is at least one year.

This law applies to both public roads and private property.

Possession of alcohol by a minor on private or public property may also result in a license suspension.

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