Louisiana OMV Permit Sample Tests – Study Guide



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#1. The law allows parking in all following places, except:

You cannot park 10 feet of a fire hydrant (this is within 15 feet).

Note: this question asked where you cannot park.


#2. If you miss your exit when trying to leave an interstate highway:

If you miss your exit, do not stop, do not back up! It is against the law and is one of the most dangerous things you can do on an interstate highway. Go on to the next exit, get back on the interstate and return to the exit you want.


#3. By law, the following vehicles must stop at all railroad crossings, except:

Watch for vehicles that must stop at railroad crossings. Drivers of vehicles carrying passengers for hire, school buses or trucks, or any vehicle carrying explosives or flammable liquids must stop at railroad crossings. Do not pass them unless it is legal to do so and there are no unsafe conditions. You should have a clear view of the tracks.

Remember, if you are following this type of vehicle you should slow down and be prepared to stop.


#4. When driving at night, you must:

When driving at night, you should:

  • Keep your windshield and windows clean, inside and out.
  • Be certain that all lights on the vehicles are operating properly.
  • Reduce your speed so that you can stop within the distance you can see ahead.

#5. Which of the following is a common mistake while driving?

In order to avoid last-second moves, a driver needs to look far enough ahead to see things early. One of the most common mistakes drivers make is looking directly in front of the vehicle instead of far enough ahead. Defensive drivers keep their eyes moving and look well down the road, not just at the road in front of your vehicle.


#6. What is true about signaling before suddenly reducing speed?

You can use either mechanical signal lights or the left arm.

Remember, hand and arm signals may be used in addition to signal lights.


#7. A three-point turn on a narrow road is not allowed:

A three-point-turn must be made without endangering other traffic.

Do not attempt to turn around while on a hill or in a curve where your vehicle cannot be seen by other drivers approaching from either direction within 500 feet.


#8. This sign tells you that:

Pass with Care. This sign tells you that you are at the end of a no passing zone. You may pass only when it is safe to do so.


#9. When is a good time to adjust your rearview and side mirrors?

Before you start your engine, always remember adjust your seat cushions and mirrors. Verify that all occupants are wearing seat belts. Eliminate distractions prior to driving.


#10. A regulation sign that tells you to keep right has which shape?

Vertical signs, including square signs, are generally used for regulatory signs. They give instructions or tell you the rules of the road. Some warning signs may also have this shape.

In the horizontal position, the signs generally give directions or information.


#11. If you are involved in a traffic crash, you must:

If you are involved in a traffic crash resulting in injury, death, or property damage, you are required to stop your vehicle immediately if it is clear and safe. Do not leave the scene of the crash without identifying yourself. Call the police and ask for an ambulance if needed.

Drivers must give their name, address, and vehicle license number and if requested, display their driver’s license to any person involved in the accident.


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

Look across the intersection before you start to move to make sure the path is clear all the way through the intersection.

Never move ahead on a green light until the intersection is clear of all cross traffic and pedestrians


#13. For normal driving, you should grip the steering wheel by approximately:

In vehicles equipped with air bags, use the 9 and 3 position or 8 and 4 hand position.


#14. You approach this road sign. What should you do?

Stop sign ahead. When you come to this sign, slow down to be ready to stop at the stop sign.


#15. A pedestrian has entered a crosswalk where there are no signs or signals. Who must be given the right-of-way?

You must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians legally crossing the roadway on which you are driving (in crosswalks, marked or unmarked).


#16. From left to right, traffic lights are:

The correct order is red, yellow, green.


#17. Alcohol is generally categorized as:

There are several things you should remember about alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant, not a stimulant. It has anesthetic effects on the brain which goes to sleep. It slows normal reflexes, interferes with judgment, reduces alertness, and impairs vision. If you feel stimulated after drinking, it is simply because your inhibitions are lowered, causing loss of caution and self-control.


#18. When you accidently run off the pavement, you can lose control of the vehicle if you:

If your wheels should slip off the edge of the road, do not try to turn back onto the pavement right away. This could cause you to swerve into the lane of oncoming traffic. You should stay on the shoulder. Slow down by using your brakes gently. After you have slowed down, and if there is no drop-off from the pavement, steer back easily onto the road.


#19. What is true about sharing the road with a bicyclist?

Bicycles have the same rights to use public roads as automobiles and must follow the same traffic laws as other vehicles.


#20. If you are thrown from the car in an accident, your chances of being killed increase:

Wearing your seat belt is the smartest move you can make to prevent injury or death. Just look at the facts: 80 percent of deaths occur in cars traveling less than 40 miles an hour. 75 percent of crashes occur within 25 miles of home. Your chances of being killed are 25 times greater if you are thrown from the car.


#21. What does this sign mean?

Deer crossing. This sign tells you that you are near an area where deer and other wild animals might cross the street. Use caution and be alert when driving on roadways marked with deer crossing signs. These signs are placed in areas that have had a large number of deer/vehicle collisions.


#22. 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 at least thirty feet from a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading children. This is required by law whether you are meeting the bus or traveling behind it.

When a school bus is stopped in opposite lanes on a roadway separated by a ditch, grassy median, elevated concrete barrier or any obstacle that prevents traffic from driving thereon, you are not required to stop.


#23. When stopped by a law enforcement officer, you should:

You should not exit your vehicle. Remain in the vehicle unless the officer tells you otherwise.


#24. On a road with lanes separated by white lines:

White lines separate lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction.


#25. What does this sign mean?

Road curves.

Road ahead makes a gradual curve in the direction of the arrow. Slow down, keep right, and do not pass.

Note the difference between Curve and Sharp Turn signs.

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Louisiana OMV Knowledge Test

Quick facts about the Louisiana knowledge test for learner’s permit and Class E driver’s license:

  Number of Questions: 40 questions
  Correct answers needed: 32
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Time limit: N/A
  Earliest retest upon failure: Same day (limit 2 tests per day)

This Louisiana Sample Knowledge Test

The real Louisiana knowledge examination has 40 questions. This sample test is limited to 25 random multiple-choice questions in each set. You can, however, take an unlimited number of practice tests with questions drawn from a large question bank.

You will get feedback after each question and if your answer is incorrect there is also a short comment to explain some simple facts.

The Real Louisiana Knowledge Test

To pass the official driver examination supplied by Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV), you must correctly answer at least 32 questions. It is a passing score of 80%. On the practice test that is 20 correct answers, but it is a good idea to aim higher than 80 percent when you study.

If you fail your first attempt at the real written test, you can retake it the same day but only once.

In general, you will take your test a third-party provider or at school. OMV will only administer a written test under certain conditions.

Driver Education Course

OMV will issue a Temporary Instructional Permit (TIP) after they have registered your license application.

You must present this temporary permit to an enrolled driver education provider before they will give a knowledge test, let you drive during a driving skills instruction, or take an on-road driving skills test.

In Louisiana, you must always complete a driver education course before OMV issues a driver’s license.

If you are at least 15 years old and less than 17 years, you must complete 30 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction.

If you are 17 years or older and did not enter the graduated licensing program, you must complete a 38-hour education course or a 6-hour licensing course and an 8-hour behind-the-wheel course.

Holders of a valid driver’s license from United States, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, or Taiwan are exempt from the education course, knowledge test, and road skills test. Holders of license from other countries must complete an approved course and pass all tests.

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The Louisiana Class D & E Study Guide

The best study guide for your learner’s permit and adult driver’s license is the official Class D & E Driver’s Guide. It has all the information you need to pass the written examination.

Get yourself a copy from your school, third-party driving school, or OMV office. You can also download a PDF-version online .

OMV recommends that you read through the Driver’s Guide at least three times.

Use it together with this practice test.

Take as my tests as you need to feel comfortable with all questions and answers. Try to fully understand why some choices are correct and why some are not.

Remember to always read each question and the answer choices all the way through. Pace yourself and don’t pick the first answer that looks right. Most mistakes on a real test are made because the test taker tried to finish as quickly as possible and didn’t pay enough attention to the wording of each question.

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