Illinois Written Test for Your Permit – Road Rules & Traffic Laws



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#1. You approach an intersection with a stop sign and a stop line painted across the pavement. You must:

You must make a complete stop at the stop line. If there is no stop line, stop before entering the crosswalk. If there is no crosswalk, stop before entering the intersection.


#2. Yellow or amber flashing lights near the top of a school bus mean:

Flashing yellow lights mean that the bus is about to stop. Slow down and look for children.


#3. Which pavement marking separates traffic traveling in opposite directions?

Yellow lines mark the center of a road used for two-way traffic. Broken yellow lines indicate that passing is permitted.


#4. What is the minimum age at which you can get a driver license unless you completed a state-approved driver education course?

You must be at least age 18 to obtain a valid driver’s license in Illinois. Some exceptions exist.


#5. It is especially important that you allow an extra cushion in front of your vehicle when following:

A driver should allow a greater following distance when behind a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver in an emergency. Motorcycles react differently to traffic, weather and road conditions than cars. Riders may respond in ways a vehicle driver does not expect. Wet or icy roads impair a motorcyclist’s ability to brake and maneuver. Wind gusts, both natural and those created by large passing vehicles, can move a motorcycle across an entire lane if the rider is not prepared. Potholes or railroad tracks often require motorcyclists to change positions within their lane. Gravel roads decrease traction and may cause a rider to slow down or brake where a car would not.


#6. When making a left turn you should always:

Left Turns:

  • Give a left turn signal from the proper turning lane.
  • Obey traffic signs and signals.
  • Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, emergency vehicles and other vehicles in the intersection.
  • Check all approaching traffic.
  • Point the wheels straight ahead until you actually start to turn.
  • Complete the turn into the lane closest to you going in your intended direction.

#7. Always stop before you cross railroad tracks if:

Never stop on the railroad tracks. Remember that a train cannot stop quickly or swerve out of the way. If you are on the tracks, you risk injury or death.


#8. What is true about driving too slowly?

Drivers should not drive so slow as to create an interference with the normal movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or to comply with the law.

Driving too slowly can be as dangerous as driving too fast.


#9. If you encounter an aggressive driver on the road:

Avoid aggressive drivers and potentially dangerous situations. If you encounter an angry or aggressive motorist:

  • Do not retaliate or in any way engage the other driver. Get out of the way.
  • Do not make eye contact.
  • Keep your doors locked and your windows up.
  • Keep enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you to pull out from behind.
  • Do not underestimate a driver’s potential for aggression.

#10. When approaching a through street from a street that ends at the intersection (T-intersection) and that is not controlled otherwise, you only need to yield to traffic coming from the right.

Slow down and stop. Yield to all vehicles on the through street.


#11. You must obey signals and directions from school crossing guards:

You must obey their directions at all times.


#12. Your ability to judge speed, time and distance is altered after only one drink of alcohol:

Drinking even a small amount of alcohol increases your chances of causing a crash.

Alcohol affects your driving even if you are below the level of illegal intoxication.


#13. When driving on a slippery surface such as snow or ice, 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. Do not use your cruise control.


#14. At a crosswalk at an intersection, parking is not allowed within the following limit:

Standing or parking a vehicle, whether occupied or not, is prohibited within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection.


#15. When you are facing a green light and there are vehicles in the intersection:

At a green Light, a driver may go after yielding the right of way to any pedestrians and vehicles in the intersection or crosswalk. The driver must look both ways before entering an intersection.


#16. Your cell phone rings while you are driving. Which of the following is the best thing to do?

Illinois law prohibits the use of handheld cellphones, texting or using other electronic communications while operating a motor vehicle. Hands-free devices or Bluetooth technology is allowed for persons age 19 and older.

The only time Illinois drivers can use a handheld cellphone is:

  • To report an emergency situation.
  • While parked on the shoulder of a roadway.
  • While stopped due to normal traffic being obstructed and the vehicle is in neutral or park.

#17. Motorcycle riders have the same rights and responsibilities as other roadway users.

Motorcycle riders have the same rights and responsibilities as other roadway users.


#18. A truck's blind spots:

Trucks have bigger blind spots than most passenger vehicles. The blind spots are not eliminated by outside mirrors or the size of the mirrors.


#19. When being passed by another vehicle, you must:

You must not increase speed until the pass is complete. Help other drivers pass you safely. Move to the right side of your lane to give them more room and a better view of the road ahead.


#20. If your car starts to skid, you should do all the following except:

You should not brake hard.

If you skid, slow down gradually, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you feel you have regained traction and then straighten your vehicle.

This question asked what you should not do.

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Illinois Written Test Specifics

Key numbers for your official Illinois Written Test:

Number of Questions: Part I (Traffic signs): 15
Part II (Traffic laws): 20
Total: 35
Correct answers needed: 28
Passing score: 80 percent
Time limit: No limit
Earliest retest upon failure: 1 day

The Test has Two Parts

The Illinois written knowledge examination consists of two parts.

The first part has 15 questions asking about common traffic signs described in “Rules of the Road”.

The second part has 20 multiple-choice or true-false questions about Illinois traffic laws and safe driving techniques.

This practice test addresses the second part of the written examination.

How hard is the Illinois Permit Test?

The failure rate on the Maryland permit test is about 10%, which means that only one out of 10 fails the test the first time.

Test difficulty is graded very easy, which doesn’t mean that should not do your best to prepare for the examination.

Very easy - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

How to Study for the Illinois Written Test

1   Download the manual Rules of the Road .

“Rules of the road” describes all rules and traffic laws you must learn to pass your written knowledge examination. All answers to test questions are found in this manual.

You can get your copy from any service center or download a PDF-version online.

The booklet is written with the knowledge examination in mind. The language is simplified and does not cover all laws or explain every possible situation that you may face while driving on Illinois highways. It is intended as a tool for new drivers to help them learn the essential driving rules and help them pass the knowledge test.

Everything in the manual is there for a reason and you should expect questions to be drawn from all parts of the manual.

2   Use practice tests as a supplement to the manual.

These practice tests are a supplement to the manual. They don’t replace the manual.

It may be tempting to skip reading the manual and try to learn all rules from the practice tests only.

Even if practice tests and cheat sheets cover all important items on the written examination, test questions and answers don’t always put facts in a context. By reading the manual you will get a better understanding of safety rules and why you should use them.

This practice test and the signs identification test are randomized, which means that questions are drawn from a larger bank of test questions. Every time you take the test it will be slightly different and show you new questions.

Don’t forget to take both the sign identification test and the rules test when you prepare for your exam.

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3   Give it time.

Whenever you learn something new, your brain needs time to absorb all the new information.

The more you spread out your study sessions over time, the better the information will stick for the exam and for your future driving.

You should also try to be active when studying for your permit test.

By quizzing yourself or have someone else ask questions, you can answer with your own words which improves learning. It is also an advantage to engage in discussions about traffic laws. Again, you will be able to put your own words to important facts about driving

Here are some common subjects you may want to discuss in a classroom or with family and friends:

    What are some major contributory factors to accidents?
    Why do teen drivers have a higher accident rate?
    What does the right of way mean?
    What is distracted driving?

What You Should Know about the Test

  You are allowed three attempts to pass.

Within one year from the date you paid the application fee you have three attempts to pass the knowledge test. A new application fee is required for additional attempts.

  Don’t try to cheat.

An examiner will give you a warning if you bring papers or books to the testing area. They will also interfere if you pick up your cell phone while taking the exam. Taking photos of test questions is considered cheating.

If you are found cheating, the test is marked as a failure and you will be prohibited from retaking it for 30 days.

Taking the test for another person is a criminal offense punishable by a fine and a mandatory minimum seven days in jail.

  There is no time limit.

The test is not timed, and the average test taker finishes in about 15 minutes. It still gives you plenty of time to read every question twice.

Test takers who fail the test often argues that they didn’t read a question all the way through and picked the wrong answer by mistake.

It is a good idea to carefully read every question and all choices. Don’t be overconfident and pick the first answer that looks right. Check to make sure your answer makes sense.

  Aim for a passing score on both parts of the test.

New drivers usually fails on the second part of the test. Use practice tests until you can comfortably reach a full score on both parts.

  It may not be over just because you passed.

You must take a knowledge test every 8 years to renew your license, unless you have a clean driving record with no traffic convictions.

Bookmark these tests and you can return to them when it is time to take the exam again.

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