Connecticut Permit Practice – Sample Test Questions and Answers



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#1. 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 or nap, but stay off the road until you have calmed down.

Emotions can have a great effect on your driving safely. They can interfere with your ability to think, can create mental distractions, increase risk taking, create a lack of attention, and can interrupt the ability to process information. You may not be able to drive well if you are overly worried, excited, afraid, angry, or depressed.


#2. Which shape is used for stop signs?

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.


#3. What does this sign mean?

This is a regulatory No Bicyclists sign. It means that no bicyclists are allowed on the road.

Remember that regulatory signs have a red circle with a red slash over a symbol. These signs prohibit certain actions indicated by the sign.


#4. Why is it important not to drive with a defective exhaust system?

Gases from a leaky exhaust can cause death inside a vehicle in a short time.

Some exhaust leaks are easily heard, but many are not. Therefore it is important to have the exhaust system checked periodically.


#5. When you change lanes, you should:

When changing lanes, it is important to check your blind spot. Blind spots are the areas you cannot see through your mirrors. You must turn your head and look over your left shoulder to check your blind spots.


#6. An Emergency Notification System sign that indicates what to do if there is an emergency on or near railroad tracks is:

A blue colored Emergency Notification System sign can be found at highway-rail grade crossings. They provide the public with a 24/7/365 telephone number to call to report problems or emergencies at these railroad locations.


#7. When your car has an enabled front passenger air bag, a rear-facing infant seat must:

Child safety seats should be in the rear seat of the car. The law prohibits the placement of a rear-facing child restraint system in the front seat of a vehicle with functional passenger side airbag.


#8. When an emergency vehicle using flashing lights approaches you from the opposite direction on an undivided highway, you must

When you see or hear an emergency vehicle approaching from any direction you must pull over to the right edge of the road, or as near to the right as possible, and stop your vehicle. You must remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed, unless otherwise directed by a state or local police officer or a firefighter.


#9. What does this sign mean?

Reverse turn (right and left turns coming). This sign tells you that you must turn right, then left. The reverse turn sign marks two turns in opposite directions that are less than 600 feet apart.


#10. What does this sign mean?

Side Road Ahead. Another road enters the road from the direction shown on the sign.


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

Use your low beams when following another vehicle or when in heavy traffic with oncoming vehicles.

Remember, you must use low beams when an oncoming vehicle is within 500 feet.

Never drive with parking lights when headlights are required.


#12. You can park your car:

Do not park on the wrong side of the street or in front of a driveway, alley, private road, or area of the curb removed or lowered for access to the sidewalk.


#13. If you need to use hand and arm signals, how would you signal a left turn?

Left turn – left arm extended horizontally out of open window.


#14. If your car starts to skid, you should:

Ease off the gas and slow down gradually. Stay off the brakes. Until the vehicle slows, your brakes will not be effective. Using them could cause you to skid more.

Turn the steering wheel in the direction you want the vehicle to go. This means, if rear of vehicle is skidding to the left you want to steer to the left to bring the front of the vehicle back in line.

As soon as the vehicle begins to straighten out, turn the steering wheel back the other way. Continue to correct your steering, left and right, until the vehicle is again moving down the road under your control.


#15. What must you do before you can obtain a first-time driver's license in Connecticut?

Connecticut law requires anyone, regardless of age, who has not previously held a license in Connecticut or who does not hold a valid license issued by another state, to take an 8-hour Safe Driving Practices course at a Connecticut Commercial Driving School before he or she can obtain a license.


#16. A center lane with yellow pavement markings on both sides is:

Shared center lanes are reserved for making left turns (or U-turns when they are permitted) but can be used by vehicles traveling in both directions. On the pavement, left-turn arrows for traffic in one direction alternate with left-turn arrows for traffic coming from the other direction. These lanes are marked on each side by solid yellow and dashed yellow lines.


#17. If you are younger than 18 and found driving under the influence of alcohol with a BAC of .02 percent or higher, DMV will suspend your license for at least:

Any 16- or 17-year-old driver who fails the BAC test will have his or her driver’s license suspended for no less than one year, possibly more, depending on the number of DUI (Driving Under the Influence of alcohol) offenses on his or her driving record and the BAC level.


#18. A penny test is an easy way of checking:

Once every month, or before you embark upon a long road trip, check your tires for wear and damage problems. One easy way to check for wear is by using the penny test. Select a point on your tire where the tread appears to be lowest and place Lincoln’s head into one of the grooves. If any part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you are driving with the safe amount of tread. If your tread gets below that, your car’s ability to grip the road in adverse conditions is greatly reduced.


#19. When you plan to exit a limited access highway, you should:

Keep up with the speed of traffic if you are on the main road. If the road you are traveling has exit ramps, do not slow down until you move onto the exit ramp.


#20. A green arrow on a traffic light means

A green arrow means you can safely turn in the direction of the arrow. There should be no on-coming or crossing traffic while the arrow is green. This is known as a protected turn.

Remember, it does not mean that all other traffic is stopped by a red light.


#21. A bicycle rider:

As a motorist, you should know that a bicyclist has the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as you. You should expect to see bicyclists on the road, driving with traffic. You should not be surprised to see a bicyclist using the left lane when turning. Additionally, when a lane is too narrow for cars and bikes to drive side-by-side, the bicyclist will take the travel lane, which means driving in or near the center of the lane.


#22. Which is true about alcohol?

Remember, alcohol reduces all the important skills you need to drive safely.

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. Alcohol also slows your reflexes and reaction time, reduces your ability to see clearly, and makes you less alert. As the amount of alcohol in your body increases, your judgment worsens and your skills decrease. You will have trouble judging distances, speeds, and the movement of other vehicles. You will also have trouble controlling your vehicle.


#23. Roads freeze more quickly when they are:

On cold, wet days, shady spots can be icy. These areas freeze first and dry out last.


#24. Road signs with red background indicates:

All red signs are regulatory signs and must be obeyed. They indicate stop or prohibition and include signs like stop, yield, do not enter and wrong way.


#25. You are approaching a pedestrian standing by the roadway. The pedestrian is carrying a white cane and using a guide dog. You should:

You must give the right-of-way to a pedestrian with a guide dog or who is carrying a white cane. Stop and stay stopped if the person is attempting to cross or is in the process of crossing the road. At regulated intersections, remain stopped until the pedestrian is out of the road, even if you have a green light.

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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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