#1. A truck driver's blind spots are larger on:
Be particularly conscious of blind spots when driving near commercial vehicles. There are several no-zones (blind spots) in which a driver cannot see other vehicles. These areas include rear, front, and both sides of a commercial vehicle – especially on the right side!
#2. When driving on a slippery surface such as snow or ice, you should:
Because you need more distance to stop your vehicle on slippery roads, you should brake early.
Adjust your speed and increase your following distance on slippery roads. Avoid using cruise control.
#3. A dashed yellow line alongside a solid yellow line means:
A line composed of yellow dashes indicates that passing is allowed in areas where this type of marking is present. When you are preparing to pass, you must make sure there is a safe distance between your vehicle and oncoming traffic. You must also look behind you to determine whether other drivers are preparing to pass you.
#4. You may receive a ticket for driving too fast for the conditions even if you are driving at or less than the posted speed limit:
Speed limits are posted for ideal conditions. They do not tell you at what speed you should drive.
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.
#5. The driver ahead signals:
Slowing or stop – left arm extended downward, with palm of hand to the rear.
#6. Which lane should you use for a left turn?
Lane use control signals allow lanes to be used by traffic from different directions at different times. A flashing yellow X means you can use the lane below the flashing yellow X to make a left turn. You must use caution because left-turning vehicles from the other direction may be using the same lane.
#7. When are you required to stop at a railroad grade crossing?
Flashing lights, bells, and gates indicate that a train is approaching. When you see these lights or gates activated, do not proceed across the tracks. Stop your vehicle at least 10 feet from the nearest rail or gate. At some crossings, a flag person may control traffic while a train is approaching. Obey the flag person as you would a warning device.
#8. You may always continue carefully against a yellow light if:
A steady yellow light means Caution. The signal is about to turn red.
Do not enter the intersection if you can stop safely before doing so.
If you cannot stop safely, proceed through the intersection with caution.
#9. Crossing a double solid white line is:
A double solid white line separates two lanes of traffic going in the same direction. Crossing a double solid white line is prohibited.
#10. Brown road signs are used for:
Brown signs indicate historic, cultural, or recreation sites.
#11. Any time you cannot see beyond 500 feet, you must:
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.
#12. When parking parallel to a curb on a two-way highway, you should park:
When a vehicle is properly parallel parked, its wheels on the curb side will be positioned no more than 12 inches from the curb.
#13. 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.
#14. Driving is a privilege, not a right.
Driving is a privilege and a responsibility, not a right.
#15. Which traffic is required to stop if a school bus makes a passenger stop in the far-right lane on a four-lane street without a barrier between lanes?
You must stop. It is the law. It does not matter which side of the road you are traveling on.
If the school bus is on the other side of a separated highway, you do not need to stop.
#16. What does this sign mean?
This sign warns that there is a flag person ahead. Drive cautiously.
#17. To go straight ahead at this intersection, you must enter:
Cars in left lane must turn left. Cars in right lane must go straight or 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.
#18. A blind spot is the area of the road:
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.
#19. This sign means:
A yield sign is a downward pointing triangle. It is red and white with red letters. You will see no other signs of this shape on the highway.
Slow down and give vehicles crossing your path the right-of-way. If the way is clear, you may move forward slowly without stopping. Yield signs are usually placed where auxiliary roads lead into major roads.
#20. When you plan to exit a freeway, you should:
Plan ahead. It is helpful to know, before you begin driving, where you need to exit the freeway. Watch for signs that provide information about upcoming exits.
#21. You may legally block an 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.
#22. What does this sign mean?
The road ahead sharply changes direction. Slow to a safe speed.
You may find several of these signs on the outside of a sharp curve or on approaches to a narrow bridge.
#23. What is a suitable restraint system for a child weighing less than 20 pounds?
Infants must ride in a rear-facing child safety restraint system until they are at least 1 year of age and weigh at least 20 pounds.
However, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children should ride in a rear-facing child safety system until they are at least 2 years of age.
#24. Chances of hydroplaning increase:
Chances of hydroplaning increase as speeds increase.
#25. Which is true about Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)?
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.
#26. When driving in fog, you should:
Use the low beams in fog, or when it is snowing or raining. Light from high beams will reflect back, causing glare and making it more difficult to see ahead.
#27. Your reaction time is slower after:
Alcohol slows your reflexes and reaction time.
#28. If the pavement is wet when you approach this sign, you could skid if you:
This sign means that the road surface is slippery when it is wet. This sign is often located near bridges and overpasses. When you are driving on a slippery road, slow down and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.
A skid occurs when tires lose their grip on the road surface. If this occurs, stay calm – do not overreact or slam on the brakes.
#29. This red and white sign means:
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!
#30. Bells, sirens, and whistles on a car are:
Bells, sirens, and whistles may be used only by emergency vehicles.
#31. Who should be given the right-of-way at a T-intersection with no signs or signals?
When vehicles approach an uncontrolled T-intersection, the driver of the vehicle that is turning must yield to all cross traffic.
#32. Carbon monoxide is a gas produced by engines, and it is:
Carbon monoxide is a deadly, odorless, and colorless gas produced by engines.
#33. When being stopped by a police vehicle, you should:
When you see emergency lights behind you, stay calm, activate your turn signal, and pull off or to the right side of the roadway as soon and safely as possible. Move only to the left shoulder if you are closer to the left and there is a full lane to park!
#34. If you see a deer crossing the road, you should:
Deer travel in groups. Always watch for more than one deer.
Blow the horn and be ready to stop.
Deer tend to fixate on headlights, so flashing them may cause the animal to freeze in the road.
#35. A combination of these two signs tells you:
Pedestrian crossing. A separate downward-pointing arrow plaque indicates the actual location of the crosswalk.
#36. If your vehicle breaks down on an interstate freeway:
If you must stop on the freeway because of an emergency, park your vehicle on the shoulder, as far from the main roadway as possible. Stay with your vehicle, if possible. Use hazard warning lights if you have them. If you have flares or reflectors, place them from 100 to 500 feet behind your vehicle on the right edge of the main road.
#37. The legal drinking age for alcohol is:
The legal age to buy and drink alcohol in Minnesota is 21. It is illegal for a person under age 21 to operate a motor vehicle with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system.
#38. 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.
#39. A pedestrian has entered a crosswalk and should be given the right-of-way:
If a pedestrian is in a marked or unmarked crosswalk, you must stop and wait until the pedestrian has passed your lane.
#40. How can you increase your field of vision when driving?
It is important to remember that increasing speed decreases your field of vision and puts you at greater risk of being involved in a crash. By slowing down, you will increase your field of vision.
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.