#1. What does this sign mean?
Two-way Traffic Ahead.
You are leaving a one-way road and entering a two-way road. The sign is also used along such a road.
Remember, you should drive in the right-hand lane and expect oncoming traffic in the left-hand lane.
#2. What kind of sign is this?
This is an Advisory Speed sign. It shows the recommended speed to use.
#3. At what distance must your vehicle be visible to other drivers if you want to make a U-turn near the top of a hill?
U-turns are illegal near the tops of hills and on curves where other drivers cannot see you from 1,000 feet away.
Remember, you may not make a U-turn unless you can do so without disrupting other traffic.
#4. 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.
#5. Does a posted speed limit of 65 mph mean that you may drive 65 mph on that highway under all conditions?
Remember, the maximum limit should be driven only in ideal driving conditions. You must reduce your speed when conditions require it.
Remember, Minnesota’s basic speed law requires you to drive at a speed no faster than is reasonable under existing conditions. These include weather, traffic, and road conditions
#6. Your driver's license may be canceled if you:
Your license may be canceled if you acquire a mental or physical disability that makes you incapable of driving a motor vehicle safely.
#7. White lines are used to separate lanes of traffic moving in opposite directions.
White lines separate lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction.
#8. Signaling when suddenly slowing down or stopping is:
Signaling when suddenly slowing down or stopping is required by law.
Minnesota Statutes 169.19
#9. What is the meaning of this sign?
There is a traffic light at the next intersection. Slow down and be ready to stop, if necessary.
#10. As a driver, you should give 100% of your attention to what is ahead of you.
To be a good driver, you must know what is happening around your vehicle. Search aggressively ahead, to the sides and behind to avoid potential hazards even before they arise. How assertively you search, and how much time and space you have, can eliminate or reduce the impact of an accident.
#11. A lane use control signal with steady downward yellow arrow means you should:
Lane use control signals allow lanes to be used by traffic from different directions at different times. A steady downward yellow arrow means you should prepare to move into another lane in a safe manner. The freeway lane below the steady downward yellow arrow will be closed.
#12. In Minnesota, it is against the law to hold cell phone in your hand while driving.
Since August 1, 2019, there is a new hands-free cell phone law. Drivers are no longer allowed to hold their cell phones in their hands. They can use their phones to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts and get directions, but only by voice commands or single touch activation without holding the phone.
#13. Alcohol is categorized as:
Alcohol is a depressant that slows body functions and impairs motor skills. The false feeling of stimulation that comes with small doses of alcohol is caused by the lessening of inhibitions.
#14. If your car stalls on railroad tracks and a train is approaching, you should:
If your vehicle becomes stalled on railroad tracks and a train is approaching, leave the vehicle. Keeping a safe distance from the tracks, walk quickly in the direction from which the train is approaching to avoid being struck by debris from the collision.
#15. When passing a bicyclist, you should:
Use caution when passing a bicyclist. When passing, the law requires at least three feet between the side of your car and the bicyclist.
#16. If you are involved in a traffic crash, you must always:
If you are involved in a crash, you must always stop at the scene. Pull out of the driving lane, if possible, onto the shoulder. Turn off the ignition to decrease the risk of fire.
#17. When turning left into a driveway, you must:
A driver who wishes to make a left turn must yield to vehicles approaching from the opposite direction when these vehicles are in the intersection or are near enough to pose the risk of a crash.
#18. The biggest risk with air bags is:
The biggest risk is being too close to the air bag. Try to maintain at least 10 inches between yourself and the steering wheel.
#19. Penalties for driving while impaired by drugs are:
The penalties for a DWI conviction are the same whether the driver was drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
#20. A flashing yellow traffic signal means:
A flashing yellow light or arrow means slow down and proceed through the intersection with caution.
Yield the right of way to vehicles and pedestrians already in the intersection. Vehicles turning left or making a U-turn to the left shall yield the right-of-way to other vehicles approaching from the opposite direction so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard.
#21. If it feels like your tires have lost traction with the surface of the road you should:
When your tires hydroplane, they lose all contact with the road. If this occurs, you will be unable to brake, accelerate, or change direction. If your tires begin to hydroplane, take your foot off the gas pedal and slow down gradually.
#22. What does this sign mean?
Slippery when wet.
The road surface is slippery when it is wet. This sign is often located near bridges and overpasses.
#23. Which of the following is an improper use of a center turn lane?
A center lane between lanes of traffic traveling in opposite directions may be designated for left turns only. This type of lane is marked by parallel solid and dashed yellow lines. These lines are sometimes accompanied with white arrows on the pavement. Vehicles traveling in either direction can use these lanes to make left turns onto another roadway or a driveway.
This lane is not a regular traffic lane or a passing lane. If a two-way left turn lane has been provided, do not make a left turn from any other lane.
#24. During a traffic stop by a police officer, you may cause unnecessary anxiety for the officer if you:
Being stopped by a law enforcement officer can be a stressful experience, but knowing what to do during the traffic stop will help to ensure a safe interaction for all involved. Remain in the vehicle unless directed otherwise by the officer. Do not make sudden movements or search for your driver’s license or vehicle documents.
#25. Bicyclists must:
Bicyclists must ride in the same direction as the flow of traffic, not against it. Bicyclists may not ride on sidewalks within a business district, unless permitted by local authorities.
#26. What is the best advice to a driver who has been drinking alcohol?
Social drinking frequently leads to impaired driving. If you are going to drink, do not drive. If you are going to drive, do not drink.
Some alternatives to driving impaired are:
- Designate a driver.
- Call a taxi.
- Call a friend.
- Stay overnight at a friend’s house.
Remember, drinking coffee, exercising, taking cold showers, and similar do not increase the rate of oxidation. Only time can sober a person who has been drinking.
#27. When entering a freeway, you should avoid:
You should not drive to the end of the acceleration lane and stop.
Always avoid stopping on the ramp or in the acceleration lane unless it is absolutely necessary.
This question asked what you should not do.
#28. You are driving on a country road at night and a vehicle with high beams comes toward you. What should you do?
If a vehicle comes toward you with high beams on, make sure you have dimmed your lights.
Remember, you must dim your lights when you are within 1,000 feet of an oncoming vehicle, or following another vehicle at a distance of 200 feet or less.
#29. Carbon monoxide is a gas produced by engines, and it is:
Carbon monoxide is a deadly, odorless, and colorless gas produced by engines.
#30. You approach this road sign. What does it mean?
Side Road Ahead.
Traffic is coming from your right. Watch for vehicles entering the roadway.
#31. If there is an oncoming vehicle approaching head-on in your lane, you should:
If a vehicle is traveling toward you in your lane, brake and move to the right. Do not use the left lane to avoid the vehicle. The driver may return to the correct lane and will then be in your path.
Sounding your horn and flashing your headlights may help a sleepy or distracted driver to become alert.
If the vehicle continues toward you, steer off the road to the right, if it is necessary to avoid a crash.
#32. An anti-lock braking system is designed to be used by applying steady pressure on the brake pedal.
Some vehicles have an electronic anti-lock braking system that helps keep the vehicle under control while braking. If you have anti-lock brakes, do not pump them as you would regular brakes. Instead, press down on the brake pedal and continue to steer the vehicle until you regain control.
Anti-lock braking system (ABS) allows the driver to stop without brake lockup.
#33. If you are stopped behind a truck on an uphill grade:
If you come to a stop behind a commercial vehicle on an upgrade, allow space for the truck to roll back slightly when it begins to move. Position your vehicle on the left side of your lane to allow the driver to see you in the side mirror.
#34. When are you allowed to park your vehicle on a crosswalk?
Parking is not allowed on a crosswalk.
#35. How should you use your brakes if you suddenly have a tire blowout while driving?
A blowout is a burst tire that can throw your vehicle out of control. Before a blowout occurs, you may hear a thumping sound or notice the steering wheel pulling to the right or left. If you experience a blowout, hold the steering wheel tightly, steer straight ahead, and slowly ease your foot off the accelerator. Do not brake or steer off the road until the vehicle is back under your control.
#36. When a school bus with flashing red lights is stopped on the other side of a four-lane roadway with a median separation, you should:
You are not required to stop for a school bus with its red lights flashing if it is on the opposite side of a separated roadway.
#37. You are approaching a pedestrian standing by the roadway. The pedestrian is carrying a white cane and using a guide dog. You should:
Watch for blind pedestrians who may be carrying a white or metallic cane or using a guide dog. If a blind pedestrian is waiting at a crosswalk, do not use your horn or rev your engine as this may distract the pedestrian or guide dog.
Remember, when approaching a blind pedestrian you must stop and give the right-of-way at any intersection of any street, avenue, alley, or other public highway.
#38. Brown road signs are used for:
Brown signs indicate historic, cultural, or recreation sites.
#39. In Minnesota, headlights are required:
Your headlights must be turned on at sunset and used until sunrise. They must also be used during weather conditions that include rain, snow, hail, sleet, or fog and any time you cannot clearly see the road ahead for a distance of at least 500 feet.
#40. A flashing red traffic signal at an intersection has the same meaning as:
Treat a flashing red light as you would a stop sign.
Come to a complete stop, yield to vehicles and pedestrians who reach the intersection before you, and proceed when the intersection is clear.
Minnesota Driver’s Knowledge Exam
Quick facts about your written driver’s license exam in Minnesota:
|Number of Questions:||40|
|Correct answers needed:||32|
|Passing score:||80 percent|
|Time limit:||30 minutes|
|Earliest retest upon failure:||1 day|
500+ Minnesota Test Questions
This Minnesota practice test has 40 questions to help you pass the written knowledge test for a permit or full driver’s license. It pulls random questions from a pool of more than 500 questions, which makes each set of questions unique and gives you plenty of practice.
After answering a question, you will get instant feedback that tells you if your answer is correct or know. When you miss a question, there is also a short description to help you understand the correct answer. At the end of the test, you will see your final score which can help you determine if you are ready for the real exam or not.
Study the Driver’s Manual
Always start by reading the Minnesota Driver’s Manual. You must have a good understanding of the contents of the manual to pass your driver examination and become a safe driver.
You can get a copy of the manual from any Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) office, most driving schools, or online .
Unless you are already familiar with most traffic laws, you should read the manual a couple of times over a period of at least 1 – 2 weeks. The more time you spend with the manual, the easier the examination will be.
The purpose of the DVS knowledge testing is to make sure you have read the manual. For this reason, every question on the exam is drawn directly from the contents of the manual. Language and wordings are often the same.
The Use of Practice Tests
You can pass your Minnesota knowledge exam even if you don’t take any practice tests, but studies show that you are much more likely to pass after using practice tests.
Practice testing, or retrieval practice, is one of most powerful learning techniques.
By testing yourself, you will have a better idea of what you already know and what you need to study some more. The very act of recognizing questions and pulling the correct answer out of your memory also means you can remember it more easily later on.
You should take as many practice tests as you need to feel comfortable with all questions and answers. Since knowledge tests are random, you don’t know which questions will show up on your exam. You need to cover all areas in the manual.
What You Should Know about the Exam
By law, the test must always check your knowledge of:
- Minnesota traffic laws
The effects of alcohol and drugs on a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely and legally
The legal penalties and financial consequences resulting from violations of laws prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Railroad grade crossing safety
Slow-moving vehicle safety
Laws relating to pupil transportation safety, including the significance of school bus lights, signals, stop arm, and passing a school bus
Traffic laws related to bicycles
The circumstances and dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning
The passing score in Minnesota is 80 percent. You must correctly answer 32 out of 40 questions.
You must complete your test within 30 minutes. The allotted time is usually more than enough. Most test takers finish the test in less than 20 minutes. So, don’t rush through the test just because you think that you are running out of time. It is better to take your time and read everything carefully, that way you will make fewer unnecessary mistakes.
Should you fail the exam, you can theoretically take it again the next day.
If you take the test at a DVS exam station, you must schedule the test in advance. Exam stations no longer accept walk-ins for the DVS knowledge testing.
At DVS exam stations, the test is available in English, American Sign Language, Hmong, Karen, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Audio assistance is also available.
Online Testing from Home
Since 2020, Minnesota offers an online test you can take from home.
For the online test at home, you need a proctor. A proctor is a person who monitors students during a test or exam. A proctor must be 21 or older and hold a valid Minnesota driver’s license.
After DVS has approved your request for a home test, you have 48 hours to complete the online knowledge test.
The home test is only available in English and Spanish.
Should you fail the home test you can register for a second chance. But after a second failure, you must take the knowledge test at a DVS exam station or an approved third-party tester. You will also be charged an additional fee to take a third test and any subsequent tests.
Is the Minnesota Permit Test Hard?
The failure rate on the permit test in Minnesota is almost 50 percent. This means that that we grade the difficulty level as “hard”.
Pay special attention to Minnesota’s DWI laws, including penalties and financial consequences, since these facts can be hard to remember.