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#1. The driver in front of you signals (left arm extended, with elbow bent upward, at about a 90-degree angle):

Right turn – left arm extended, with elbow bent upward, at about a 90-degree angle.

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#2. How much longer is your braking distance when you double your speed from 30 mph to 60 mph?

The most important point for you to remember is that if you double your speed, say from 30 mph to 60 mph, your braking distance does not become twice as long, it becomes three to four times as far.

The faster your vehicle is going, the more distance it will take to turn, slow, or stop.

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#3. Which background color is used for signs that indicate stop or wrong way?

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.

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#4. Chances of hydroplaning increase:

Chances of hydroplaning increase as speeds increase.

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#5. You should always fasten your seat belts and make sure all passengers are using seat belts or child restraints:

Before you drive away, always fasten your safety belts and make sure all your passengers are using safety belts or child restraints. Connecticut has a mandatory seatbelt law.

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#6. When driving inside a roundabout, you should:

Use your right turn signal when you are about to reach your intended exit point, and yield to any pedestrians in the crosswalk on the exiting leg. Do not stop within the roundabout to allow traffic to enter the roundabout from another leg.

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#7. When a child is about to run into the street in front of you, you should:

If there is danger, do not be afraid to sound a sharp blast on your horn. Do this:

  • When a child or older person is about to walk, run, or ride into the street.
  • When another vehicle is in danger of hitting you.
  • When you have lost control of your vehicle and are moving toward someone.
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#8. Using the shoulder to pass another vehicle on the right is:

Never pass on the shoulder, whether it is paved or not. Other drivers will never expect you to be there and may pull off the road without looking.

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#9. What does this sign mean?

Left Turn Only. This sign tells you that you can only a make left turn from this lane.

Lane-Use Control signs are used where turning movements are required or where turning movements are permitted from lanes as shown.

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#10. Motorcyclists and moped operators:

Motorcycle operators have the right to use a complete traffic lane. Don’t pass a motorcycle in the same lane. The motorcycle needs space to react to other traffic. Motorcycles are small and, therefore, more difficult to see and determine what they will do.

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#11. What does this sign mean?

Winding road ahead. The road ahead is winding, with a series of turns or curves. Slow down and drive carefully.

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#12. If you are 21 years or older and refuse to take a test to measure how much alcohol is in your system:

If you refuse to take a test, your operator’s license will be suspended for at least six months or possibly more, depending on the number of prior offenses on your driving record and on your age. These penalties, imposed by the Commissioner under the law known as Administrative Per Se, are in addition to any penalties imposed by the court if, because of your arrest, you are convicted of DUI.

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#13. A lane with this pavement marking may be used by:

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.

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#14. Know signs by their shapes. The equilateral triangle shape is used for:

Three-sided red yield signs mean you must slow down to a speed reasonable for the conditions and yield the right-of-way. Stop if necessary.

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#15. When you park on a hill headed downhill and there is no curb, you should turn your front wheels:

Headed downhill with no curb, turn the wheels to the right or side of the road, so the car will roll away from the center of the road if the brakes fail.

Remember, when you park on a hill, the general rule is to turn your wheels sharply towards the side of the road or curb. This way, if your vehicle starts to roll downhill, it will roll away from traffic. However, when headed uphill at a curb, you should turn the front wheels in the opposite direction, away from the curb and towards the road. Then, let your vehicle roll backwards until the back of your front wheel touches the curb. The curb will stop your car from rolling into traffic.

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#16. 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.

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#17. If you are under 21, you are driving under the influence if your blood alcohol level is:

If you are under 21 years of age, you are subject to zero tolerance. The law provides penalties for driving with any measurable amount of alcohol in your blood, defined as two hundredths of one percent (.02 percent) or more on both public roads and private property. If you are placed under arrest for DUI, you may be asked to submit to testing. If your test results are .02 percent or higher, the police will make a report to the Commissioner and your driver’s license will be suspended.

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#18. A crossbuck sign at a railroad crossing has the same meaning as:

If a railroad crossing is marked only with a Crossbuck sign, you should reduce speed, look both ways, and listen for audible signal whistle. You should treat a crossbuck as a yield sign and the decision to stop or cross the tracks is yours. Stop if a train is approaching. Due to the size of trains, the actual speed of a train can be very deceiving.

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#19. 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.

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#20. What does this sign mean?

Sharp Turn. Road ahead makes a sharp turn in the direction of the arrow (right). Slow down, keep right, and do not pass.

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#21. When stopped by a law enforcement officer, you should do all the following except:

You should not exit your vehicle. Remember to always remain in the vehicle unless asked to get out.

This question asked what you should not do.

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#22. If you have a vehicle and become a resident in Connecticut, you must register your vehicle within:

A new Connecticut resident has 60 days to obtain a Connecticut vehicle registration.

Note the different time limits for vehicle registration and a driver’s license.

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#23. When following a large truck that blocks your view ahead, you should:

If you follow a truck closely, you are driving blind. You cannot see around the truck and the truck driver cannot see you in the mirrors.

If you edge out to the left to see if there is room to pass, you may find yourself face-to-face with an oncoming vehicle that you could have seen if you had been following at a safe distance. You may hit a pothole or debris that the truck has safely passed over. In some cases a truck can slow or stop more quickly than a car. If you are following too closely, you may be unable to avoid a rear-end collision with the truck.

Never follow a truck at a time interval of less than three seconds.

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#24. 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.

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#25. When making a right turn from a street with no signs or markings to control turning, you should turn from:

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.

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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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