Kansas DMV Test Practice – 25 Questions and Answers



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#1. To avoid glare from high-beam headlights of an approaching car:

Avoid looking directly into the lights of cars you are meeting. Instead, watch the right hand edge of the road. Never wear sunglasses at night.


#2. You are driving in the right-hand lane and approach this sign. What should you do?

Lane Ends. Traffic must merge since there will be fewer lanes ahead.


#3. When making a left turn, you should:

Look both ways before starting to make a left turn. Turn when safe. Remember, you must yield to oncoming traffic including bicycles and to pedestrians in crosswalks.


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

If you tailgate, not only do you make it impossible for the truck driver to see you, but you also cut off your own view of traffic flow. Reducing your speed and falling back allows you more room to see ahead.


#5. You must show proof of liability insurance:

You must produce evidence of liability insurance before the driver test is given. You must also show proof of such insurance when registering a motor vehicle and when involved in an accident. If you fail to produce evidence of insurance at the scene of an accident, you may be issued a citation.


#6. Why should you slow down and be prepared to stop when following a truck with hazardous load and there is a railroad crossing ahead?

Be prepared to stop when you are following buses or trucks with hazardous materials which are required to stop at railroad crossings. Do not pass.


#7. You must obey directions, signals, and instructions from:

Regardless of what traffic lights or signs may indicate, you must always obey the instructions of a police or peace officer. Flag persons are often used to give specific directions in work zones. Follow all directions given by a flagger. You must also follow directions given by school crossing guards.


#8. When you see this sign, what should you expect ahead?

Reverse turn. This sign tells you there is a sharp turn to left, and then right. Reduce speed and look well ahead.


#9. If another vehicle is about to enter the street between you and where you plan to turn, you should:

Do not confuse other drivers by signaling too early. If there are intersections, streets, driveways, or entrances between you and where you want to turn, wait until you have passed to signal.


#10. How does alcohol and other impairing drugs affect you?

Alcohol and other impairing drugs affect those areas of your brain that controls judgment. This is one reason why drinking alcohol and taking certain types of drugs is so dangerous. Alcohol also affects things like vision, color distinction, and reaction time.


#11. When passing another vehicle, you should move completely into the left lane.

When passing, move completely into the left lane.


#12. This sign tells you that:

Hospital is a word message sign or an H symbol sign. Remember, blue and white signs direct you to services, such as rest areas, gas stations, campgrounds, or hospitals.


#13. The areas around a large truck where other vehicles disappear into blind spots are often called no-zones. These areas include:

Truck drivers have huge blind spots around the front, back and sides of the truck. So be safe and do not hang out in the No-Zone. Blind spots may exist up to 20 feet in front of the cab, on either side of the tractor trailer, particularly alongside the cab, and up to 200 feet in the rear.


#14. You are driving on a rural highway. You see an orange diamond-shaped road sign far ahead. The sign will:

Construction and maintenance areas may, because of their temporary nature, confuse or surprise a driver. The color orange is designated for all signs, barrels, barricades and warning devices used in these areas for easier identification.


#15. What does this sign mean?

No Left Turn. You cannot make a left turn at this intersection. A red circle with a red slash from the upper left to the lower right means NO. You are prohibited from doing whatever is shown in the picture within the red circle.


#16. When you apply for an original driver's license, you must present:

You must show proof of:<ul><li>Age and identity.</li><li>Legal presence.</li><li>Kansas residency.</li><li>Principal address.</li></ul>You must also surrender all out of state licenses and/or ID cards.


#17. When approaching a sharp curve, you should:

Always reduce speed prior to entering the curve to a safe speed (a speed that allows you to apply slight and constant acceleration through the curve). Reduce speed more when traction is poor, when following other vehicles or when you cannot see the end of the curve. Hard braking after the entry to a curve could cause the vehicle tires to lose traction.


#18. When is it wrong to use your horn?

The horn may be used when necessary to insure safe operation of the vehicle and for no other purpose. Remember, the horn is not intended to take the place of brakes. Do not use your horn to alert a bicyclist of your approach in a non-emergency situation. A loud horn can cause a bicyclist to lose control.This question asked when you should not use your horn.


#19. When entering or crossing a city street from a building within a business or residence district, you must:

The driver of a vehicle within a business or residential district emerging from an alley, driveway or building, shall stop their vehicle immediately prior to driving onto a sidewalk or onto the sidewalk area extending across any alleyway or driveway, and shall yield the right-of-way.


#20. The road edge on the right side is marked by a:

Solid lines along the side of the road show you where the edge of the road is located.


#21. When approaching a stopped school bus which is picking up or dropping off children and traveling on your side of an undivided highway with two lanes, you must:

You must stop when meeting or overtaking a school bus, church bus or day care bus stopped to pick up or let off children. You must remain stopped until the stop signal is retracted and the red lights are turned off.


#22. If an intersection is blocked and you cannot drive through without having to stop in the intersection:

Remember, you may proceed with caution, but only if you are sure way is clear. Do not enter the intersection if you will block traffic.


#23. When parking close to a flashing beacon you must keep this distance:

The distance you must keep from a flashing beacon is more than 30 feet. Parking is not allowed within 30 feet of any traffic control sign at the side of the roadway.


#24. What is the best way to reduce your braking distance while driving?

High speeds greatly increase the severity of crashes and stopping distances. By slowing down, you can reduce braking distance.


#25. Rear-facing infant seats should:

Children in a rear-facing car seat should never ride in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger air bag. A child in a rear-facing car seat may only be placed in the front seat if the front passenger air bag is deactivated.

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DMV Test Practice for Kansas Permit

Key numbers for the real Kansas DMV knowledge test:

  Number of Questions: 25
  Correct answers needed: 20
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Time limit: n/a
  Earliest retest upon failure: next business day

Random Practice Test – Take it Again and Again…

This is a random practice test for your Kansas Instruction Permit. Just like the real DMV written test, each practice test has 25 questions, and the passing score is reached with 20 correct answers.

Just remember that you should aim for a full score when you practice. Read up on all your mistakes to make sure you learned everything described in the Kansas Driving Handbook.

You can take this practice test as many times as you need. It is a random test with new questions each time you take it.

Questions and answers are drawn from a large pool of DMV questions, just like the real thing.

All answers are found in the Kansas Driving Handbook.

How to Study for the Kansas DMV Exam

1   Get the Kansas Driving Handbook.

You can download the handbook in PDF-format and save it on your phone, tablet, or computer.

It is easier to study with a hard copy of the handbook. Check with your local DMV service center on how you can get your hands on one.

2   Study everything in the Handbook.

All information in the handbook is there for a reason and Kansas Department of Revenue wants to make sure you have read the handbook before they issue an instruction permit. Therefore, they draw questions for the knowledge exam from all parts of the handbook.

There is a focus on safe driving techniques and your responsibilities as a new driver. You must understand some of the basic driving laws in Kansas, as well as road signs, signals, and markings.

Kansas Driving Handbook

3   Use practice tests to check up on your knowledge.

Practice tests are a supplement to the driving handbook. They should not be used instead of reading the handbook, but in combination with the handbook.

Recheck facts in the handbook when you aren’t sure about the answers.

4   Be active.

Learning all the rules of the road don’t happen overnight. Give it time and don’t attempt the real exam too soon.

Discuss difficult questions with friends, family, teachers, or driver instructors. Pay attention to road signs, signals, markings, and traffic patterns in your daily life. It can work as quick reminders of important facts.

5   Aim for the full score.

Be careful not to rely solely on the online practice tests. Work actively to reach better understanding of rules and safe driving. It will help you not only on the knowledge exam, but also in your future driving.

When you reach a full score on more than a handful of practice tests and feel comfortable with all the answers, you are probably ready.

What you need to know about the Kansas DMV test

What You Need to Know about the Kansas DMV test

  How difficult is the test?

Kansas Department of Revenue does not release failure rates, but the difficulty on the Kansas exam is generally rated moderate. In a few states the knowledge exam is tougher and in other states the test it easier.

Our data suggests that slightly more than 50% of all first-time test takers pass the test.

The older a person is, the more likely they are to pass the first time.

The more time spent on preparations, the more likely a person is to pass.

  Is there a time limit on the Kansas test?

There is no time limit on the Kansas DMV exam, so you have no reason to rush through the test. Re-read every question and all choices at least once before you answer. Only one of the choices is correct.

The test will not take more than 15-20 minutes – even with careful reading!

  What if I fail the test?

Should you fail the test, DMV may allow you to take the test again the next business day. Due to the current pandemic, however, all visits to a service location requires an appointment and you might find that there are no available slots the next day.

You should also know that you need to pay the testing fee every time you re-test. So, it could be a good idea to spend a few days with our practice tests again.

After 4 failed attempts, you must wait 6 months before you can try again. You definitely don’t want that.

  Can I take the test from home?

Unlike some other states, Kansas does not allow you to take the knowledge test from your home.

What Happens After You Have Passed the Test?

To get this far, you have already presented acceptable proof of your identity and address in Kansas. You have also passed a vision screening and paid the appropriate application fee.

If you are a minor, 14 – 15 years, you have also submitted the parental approval form.

After you have passed the knowledge test, Kansas DMV will issue an instruction permit (or farm permit, if you applied for one).

Your new permit allows you to start practicing driving skills.

Before you get behind the wheel, there are a few things you must know.

Restrictions on the Instruction Permit

Under no circumstances can you drive alone when you hold an instruction permit.

You must always drive together with a supervising driver who is at least 21 years old. The supervising driver must hold valid commercial driver’s license, a class A, B or C driver’s license, and have at least one year of driving experience.

No person other than the supervising driver can be in the front seat.

If you are under 17 years, you cannot use any kind of wireless communication device while driving, unless you need to report illegal activity or to summons medical or other emergency help. This is true even if your car has hands-free devices.

There is no night curfew and no other passenger restrictions while you hold the instruction permit.

If you are under 17 years, you must hold the instruction permit for a minimum of one year before DMV lets you advance to the next level in the graduated driver licensing (GDL) program, a restricted driver license

Read more: Kansas law

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Moving to Kansas

If you are licensed in another state and move to Kansas, the knowledge test and the driving skills test are waived. DMV will just check your vision and take a new picture for a replacement license.

When you visit DMV, you must bring your out-of-state license, proof of your Social Security Number (SSN), and two documents that show your Kansas residency.

With an expired out-of-state license, DMV will always ask you to take the written knowledge test. When your license expired more than a year ago, all tests are required, including the driving test.

If you hold a driver license from another country, you must pass all tests and all requirements.

Kansas does not waive any testing requirements for licensed drivers from foreign countries.

COVID-19 Alerts

Kansas Covid 19 response

Please note that during the 2020-2021 pandemic, you must make an appointment before you visit a Kansas DMV service center.

Find your nearest driver license exam station here: Kansas DOV Service Locations .

All visitors must complete a COVID-19 symptom questionnaire.

For the practical driving test you must wear a face mask, no exceptions.

More Information

You must be at least 14 years old to apply for an Instruction permit. When you apply, you must show acceptable proof of identity, submit an approval from parents if you are under 16 years, pass a vision exam, and have your picture taken. To be approved you must pass the written knowledge test or submit certificate of an approved driver education.

A Kansas farm permit can be issued to teenagers between 14 years and 17 years. The permit is issued only if the teen lives on a farm consisting of 20 or more acres that is used for agricultural purposes or is employed for work on such a farm. The farm affidavit must be signed by employer (if applicable) and a parent or legal guardian.

To get a farm permit you must pass both the knowledge test and the driving skills test or complete an approved driver education.

I addition to practice driving with a supervising driver, a farm permit also lets you drive alone to/from or in connection with any farm job, employment or other farm-related work. You may also drive over the most direct and accessible route between home and school for the purpose of school attendance.

If you are under 17 years, must hold the permit for 1 year to advance to restricted license.

You can download the Kansas Driver Handbook in PDF-format from www.ksrevenue.org and save it on your phone, tablet, or computer. You can also get a hard copy from a local DOV service center. During the pandemic, you should call ahead and ask for availability.

The Kansas DMV test for an instruction permit (or farm permit) has 25 questions. You need 20 correct answers for a passing score (80%).


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