#1. Yellow lines separate traffic:
Yellow lines separate traffic moving in opposite directions.
#2. Passing another vehicle to the right on an unpaved shoulder is:
It is illegal to pass on the right by driving onto the shoulder, whether paved or unpaved, or off the pavement or main-traveled portion of the roadway.
#3. You see this sign on a vehicle ahead. You should:
This emblem must be displayed on all vehicles that travel at speeds of 30 mph or less, such as farm implements or horse-drawn vehicles, when they are making use of a public road. Adjust your vehicle speed or prepare to change lanes when you see this sign.
#4. In front of you is a firefighting vehicle answering an emergency call. You must:
Only vehicles traveling on official emergency business are allowed to follow within 500 feet of any firefighting vehicle making an emergency run.
#5. When turning in the direction of a green arrow, you must:
A green arrow means you can safely turn in the direction of the arrow. Your turn should be protected from oncoming or crossing traffic (A protected turn).
Remember, it does not mean that all other traffic is stopped by a red light!
#6. When making a right turn, you should do all the following except:
You should not honk your horn to warn pedestrians within the crosswalk.
After checking traffic behind you and signaling your intent, move close to the right curb. Look right and left before beginning the turn. Yield right of way, if necessary. Turn the steering wheel hand-over-hand, and complete the turn in the lane next to the curb.
This question asked what you should NOT do.
#7. The shape of a do not enter sign is:
If this sign is facing you, do not enter. You will see this sign at openings to roadways that you should not enter, such as exit ramps where you would be going in the wrong direction, in crossovers on divided roadways and on one-way streets.
Remember, the sign is square, it is not circular!
#8. To go straight ahead at this intersection, you must enter:
Cars in left lane may turn left or go straight. Cars in center lane must go straight. Cars in right lane must turn right.
Lane use control signs are rectangular, black and white signs. These signs are used where turns are required or permitted from lanes as shown.
You must move your vehicle only in the direction indicated for your traffic lane.
#9. What does this sign mean?
Divided Highway Begins.
The road is dividing into two separate roadways by a median or divider. Each roadway is one-way. Stay to the right.
#10. What does this sign mean?
Side Road Ahead.
Traffic is coming from your right. Watch for vehicles entering the roadway.
#11. To avoid striking a deer on the road, you should:
Deer are most active in the dusk to dawn hours, so you should be especially alert while driving during those times. Use caution and be alert when driving on roadways marked with deer crossing signs. These signs are placed in areas that have had many collisions. Always watch for more than one deer.
#12. When you are facing a green light and there are vehicles in the intersection:
A green light means you may begin to cross the intersection as soon as it is clear. Yield to any vehicles or pedestrians in the intersection. You must not enter an intersection until you can immediately, continuously, and completely move through the intersection without impeding or blocking the movement of cross traffic.
#13. If the rear of your vehicle starts to skid left, you should:
Turn the steering wheel in the direction you want the vehicle to go. This means, if rear of vehicle is skidding to the left you want to steer to the left to bring the front of the vehicle back in line.
#14. Three vehicles approach an uncontrolled intersection. Car A is on the right of Car B. Car C is on the left of Car B. In which order should they proceed through the intersection?
Car A goes first.
Car B must yield to car A.
Car C must yield to both car A and B.
When two vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, and there is no traffic light or signal, the driver of the vehicle on the left must yield to the vehicle on the right.
#15. If you drive or stop a motor vehicle in a way that endangers the lives and safety of people or property, you are guilty of:
Careless driving is defined as driving or stopping a motor vehicle in a way that endangers the lives and safety of people or property.
If you are charged with careless driving, you will be tried in court for a misdemeanor.
#16. When is a single solid white line used as pavement marking between lanes?
A solid white line indicates that lane changes are discouraged in areas where this type of marking is present. You should only cross a solid line in case of emergency or to avoid a road hazard.
Crossing a double solid white line is prohibited.
#17. Who are more likely than others to drive impaired?
Young males are more likely than others to engage in this deadly behavior.
#18. 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 turning 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.
#19. If you run off the pavement, you should:
If your wheels drift onto the shoulder of the road, do not try to swerve back onto the pavement. Stay on the shoulder and slowly release the gas pedal.
#20. 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.
#21. When should you use your horn?
Use your horn when it is necessary to avoid a crash. Do not honk unnecessarily.
There are several situations when you should not use your horn. They include:
- Announcing your arrival.
- Encouraging someone to drive faster or get out of the way.
- Letting other drivers know they made a mistake.
- Greeting a friend.
- Around blind pedestrians.
- Passing bicyclists.
- Approaching horses.
#22. Signs with fluorescent yellow-green background mark:
Fluorescent yellow-green is used for high emphasis warning of school, pedestrian, and bicycling activity.
#23. What is the basic speed law?
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. Driving faster than the posted speed limit is illegal.
#24. A person may operate an enclosed cab autocycle with a valid driver's license:
A person may operate an autocycle with a valid driver’s license. A motorcycle endorsement or a three-wheel motorcycle restriction is not required. A properly adjusted and fastened seat belt, including both the shoulder and lap belt when the autocycle is so equipped, shall be worn by the driver and any passengers.
#25. Which of the following is considered unsafe driving on a freeway?
It is unsafe to use the left-hand lane when driving slower than other traffic. It may also be illegal.
If you are driving at a slower speed than other traffic, stay in the lane nearest to the right side of the road.
#26. What does this sign mean?
A sign with a wheelchair symbol means a facility or parking area is accessible to a person with a disability.
#27. Which shape are stop signs?
Stop signs are always octagonal (eight-sided). A stop sign means that you must bring your vehicle to a complete halt.
#28. On which side should you pass a barricade with this panel?
Road workers set up zones with signs and road markings to direct traffic. Motorists must be able to understand and react to these directions.
Drums, cones, tubes, flashing arrows, and orange and white-striped barriers are all used to keep traffic out of a construction area or areas where it is dangerous to drive. Stripes sloping downward to the right on a channelizing device like a barricade or panel mean pass to the right.
#29. You drink alcohol at a dinner. How many drinks does it generally take to affect your driving ability?
Driving ability becomes impaired after one drink.
#30. The driver ahead signals:
Right turn – left arm extended, with elbow bent upward, at about a 90-degree angle.
#31. Carbon monoxide is a gas produced by engines, and it is:
Carbon monoxide is a deadly, odorless, and colorless gas produced by engines.
#32. You have a green light and there are vehicles blocking your way in the intersection. What should you do?
Even if you have the green light, do not start across the intersection if there are vehicles blocking your way. If you are caught in the intersection when the light changes to red, you will block other traffic.
Remember, a driver shall not enter an intersection controlled by a traffic-control signal until the driver is able to move the vehicle immediately, continuously, and completely through the intersection without impeding or blocking the movement of cross traffic.
#33. The blind spot behind a large truck can stretch up to:
No-zones are blind spots to the front, sides, and rear of the vehicle. Some truck drivers may not be able to see up to 20 feet in front of the cab, on either side of the trailer, and up to 200 feet to the rear.
#34. What do the light gray areas in the picture mark?
Blind spots are areas around your vehicle where your view is obstructed. You cannot see pedestrians or other vehicles in your rearview or side mirrors when they are in these locations.
Before making lane changes or turns, quickly turn your head to look for hidden pedestrians or vehicles. Avoid driving in other drivers’ blind spots.
#35. If a vehicle comes toward you at night and flashes its high-beam headlights, you should:
If a vehicle comes toward you with high beams on, or flashes its headlights, 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.
#36. If a vehicle is traveling toward you in your lane, do not:
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.
This question asked what you should not do.
#37. You meet a school bus that has stopped on the other side of the highway. The bus activates its flashing lights. When are you allowed to proceed without stopping?
if a school bus has stopped on the other side of a separated highway, you do not have to stop. A separated roadway means a road that is separated from a parallel road by a safety isle or safety zone.
#38. 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.
#39. If you are found guilty of a DWI violation and it is your second conviction within 10 years of the first offense, penalties include:
A second offense for driving while under the influence within ten years of a prior driving while under the influence offense, or within ten years of a prior alcohol-related license revocation is a gross misdemeanor. Penalties include one year in jail.
#40. Which of the following vehicles must always stop before crossing railroad tracks?
School buses and commercial buses are required to stop at all railroad crossings whether carrying passengers or not. While stopped, the driver must open the driver’s window and service door to look and listen in both directions along the track for any approaching train. Trucks carrying hazardous materials are also required to stop at all grade crossings. They must stop whether or not a train is present. Do not pass these vehicles.
Remember, it is illegal to pass any vehicle within 100 feet of a railroad crossing.
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.