Connecticut Permit Practice – Sample Test Questions and Answers


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#1. What does this sign mean?

Pedestrian crossing. Watch for people crossing your path. Be prepared to slow down and stop. Signs may display horizontal lines indicating the point where a crosswalk exists.


#2. Anyone age 24 or younger who commits two or more moving violations:

Anyone age 24 or younger who commits two or more moving violations or suspension violations must complete the DMV-certified operator retraining program.


#3. You must turn on your headlights:

The law requires that you use headlights at any time from a half-hour after sunset to a half-hour before sunrise, at any time when you cannot clearly see persons and vehicles 500 feet ahead, and at any time during periods of snow, rain, or fog (when you turn on your wipers). Sec. 14-96a


#4. When you approach a railroad crossing without warning signals, stop signs or crossing gates:

As you approach any railroad crossing, slow down, and look up and down the tracks to make sure that no trains are coming. Even if you have never seen a train at that crossing before, do not assume that none are coming.


#5. When brakes fail and you cannot get them to work:

If your brakes fail and you cannot get them to work, use the parking brake. Pull on the parking brake handle slowly so you will not lock the rear wheels and cause a skid. Be ready to release the brake if the vehicle does start to skid. If that does not work, start shifting to lower gears and look for a safe place to slow to a stop. Make sure the vehicle is off the roadway. Do not drive the vehicle without brakes.


#6. If you are traveling in lane B (beneath a steady yellow X), you must:

Lane-use control signals are special signals posted by the side of the road or overhead. They indicate whether you should or should not drive in a specific lane. A green arrow means you can use the lane. A red X means you cannot.

A flashing yellow X means the lane is only for turning. A steady yellow X means that the use of the lane is changing, and you should move out of it as soon as it is safe to do so.


#7. In general, you will find the most alcohol in:

Remember this sobering fact about alcohol: it is not what you drink, it is how much. A 12 oz. can of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, and a cocktail with 1.5 ounces of 80 proof distilled spirits all contain the same amount of alcohol.

Specialty drinks, of course, can have more alcohol in them and are the same as having several normal drinks.

Note that it was 4 ounces of whisky in the question.


#8. If an aggressive driver follows you on the road:

If an aggressive driver pursues you, do not stop or go home. Instead, drive to a police station, convenience store, or other public and well-lit location where you can get help.


#9. When approaching a stopped school bus with flashing red lights traveling on your side of an undivided highway with two lanes, you must:

You must stop for a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing whether it is on your side of the road, the opposite side of the road, or at an intersection you are approaching. You are not required to stop if the bus is traveling towards you and a median or other physical barrier separates the roadway. After the red lights have stopped flashing, watch for children along the side of the road and do not proceed until they have completely left the roadway and it is safe to proceed.


#10. Children must ride rear facing until they reach both:

Children less than one year of age or weighing less than 20 pounds are required to use a rear-facing child restraint system.


#11. What should you do when following a motorcycle on gravel roads?

You need more space in front of your vehicle when following motorcycles. If the motorcycle should fall, you need extra distance to avoid the rider. The chances of a fall are greatest on wet or icy roads, gravel roads, or metal surfaces such as bridges, gratings, or streetcar or railroad tracks.


#12. Stop lines, crosswalks and parking spaces are marked with:

Stop lines, crosswalks and parking spaces are marked with white lines.


#13. When approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with activated lights on a multi-lane roadway, you must:

When an emergency vehicle is pulled over on any part of a highway or road, you must slow down and move over one lane whenever it is safe to do so. This is required for vehicles with activated flashing lights including ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, tow trucks and road maintenance vehicles.


#14. When entering or crossing a city street from a driveway:

If entering a road from a driveway, alley or building you must stop at the sidewalk and yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian. When entering the roadway you must yield the right-of-way to all vehicles on the main road.


#15. Where can you not park?

Parking is not allowed in front of a driveway, alley, private road, or area of the curb removed or lowered for access to the sidewalk.

This question asked where you are not allowed to park.


#16. What does this road sign mean?

Steep Hill Ahead. Check your brakes before going down the hill. Expect slow moving trucks and other large vehicles.


#17. When leaving a limited access highway with a deceleration lane:

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.


#18. Which road signs have a green background?

Destination and distance signs are always green. These guide signs direct you to bike routes, parking areas, and specific exits. They also include mileposts. Green information signs include items such as state lines, city limits and other boundaries.


#19. For which of the following must you always stop your vehicle?

Flashing red signal light, red arrow, and steady red circular signal all mean stop.


#20. Signaling before turning is:

Giving an appropriate turn signal is required by law. (Sec. 14-242)


#21. When it is raining or the road is wet, most tires have good traction up to about:

When it is raining or the road is wet, most tires have good traction up to about 35 mph. As you go faster, however, your tires will start to ride upon the water like water skis. This is called hydroplaning.


#22. Unbalanced tires and low pressure:

Unbalanced tires and low pressure cause faster tire wear, reduce fuel economy, and make the vehicle harder to steer and stop.


#23. What does this sign mean?

One Way. These signs are used on one-way streets or driveways. You must always go only in the direction of the arrow. Do not turn against the arrow.


#24. Suppose you are driving on a four-lane highway with no signs or markings to control turning. From which lane should you make a right turn?

To make a right turn, drive close to the right edge of the road. Do not turn from another lane unless there are signs or lane markings that allow for two or more turning lanes.

Remember, you should turn from the lane that is closest to the direction you want to go and turn into the lane closest to the one you came from.


#25. The following are true about large trucks, except:

It is not true that they need less room to maneuver.

The bigger trucks are, the more room they need to maneuver.

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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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