#1. The blood alcohol concentration level at which it is illegal for any person 21 years or older to drive is:
A person with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher, who is in control of a moving or parked vehicle, can be arrested for driving while impaired (DWI).
#2. To be safe, car tires must have a minimum tread depth of:
A tire is illegal if the tread is less than one-sixteenth of an inch deep. Carry a good spare tire and check its pressure often. Inspect tires regularly for cuts, cracks, uneven wear, bald spots, bulges, and punctures.
#3. Which of the following must you obey over the other two?
Law enforcement officers and other individuals direct traffic on some occasions. When an officer is present, obey any hand signals you are given rather than traffic signals, signs, or pavement markings. Traffic control can be provided by law enforcement, highway personnel or school crossing guards.
You must always stop for adult crossing guards who display a stop sign or flag.
#4. An intersection is blocked, and you cannot drive through without stopping in the intersection. What should you do?
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.
#5. When taking a prescription drug, who is responsible for deciding if you can drive or not?
It is your responsibility to know when you are not in shape to drive.
#6. The areas around commercial vehicles where other vehicles disappear into blind spots are often called no-zones. These areas include:
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.
#7. Minnesota law requires that you turn on headlights:
Headlights must be used:
- at any time from sunset to sunrise
- at any time when it is raining, snowing, sleeting, or hailing
- at any other time when visibility is impaired by weather, smoke, fog or other conditions or there is not sufficient light for you to clearly see the road ahead for a distance of at least 500 feet.
#8. When approaching an intersection where the traffic light changes from green to yellow, you should:
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. A combination of these two signs tells you:
Watch for children in crosswalk and be prepared to stop. Drivers must yield to all pedestrians in crosswalks. The school crossing sign with the arrow below is the standard marking.
#10. This sign (a flashing yellow X) means:
Lane-use control signals are special signals posted by the side of the road or overhead. They indicate whether you should or should not drive in a specific lane. A green arrow means you can use the lane. A red X means you cannot.
A flashing yellow X means the lane is only for turning. A steady yellow X means that the use of the lane is changing, and you should move out of it when it is safe to do so.
#11. If you are stopped by a law enforcement officer, which can be tested for alcohol without placing you under arrest?
A law enforcement officer may ask you to blow into a roadside preliminary screening device. This pre-arrest breath test helps the officer determine how much alcohol you have in your system. This instrument is only used as an indicator of your alcohol-concentration level.
#12. 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.
#13. While driving, you can listen to music through earphones in both ears:
Minnesota law prohibits drivers from wearing headphones or earphones that are used in both ears simultaneously to listen to a radio or other sound-producing device.
#14. If you want to turn at an intersection, but end up in a lane marked for through traffic, you should:
White arrows, which may be accompanied by the word only, indicate that drivers must stay within a designated lane while turning onto the cross street. Some turn lanes have multiple arrows, allowing you to turn left or right, or to go straight.
To discourage drivers from changing lanes near an intersection, turn lanes are separated from through traffic lanes by solid white lines.
#15. 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. 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.
#16. If you are involved in a minor collision without injuries, you should always:
Pull out of the driving lane, if possible, onto the shoulder. Turn off the ignition to decrease the risk of fire. Protect yourself and the crash scene. Warn other drivers of danger with emergency warning lights, flares, or flashlight. Do not stand or walk in traffic lanes.
#17. At a Stop sign, the law prohibits parking:
Parking is not allowed within 30 feet of any flashing light, stop sign, or traffic control signal located at the side of a public road.
#18. Pavement in a two-way special left turn lane is marked on both sides with:
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.
#19. You must always yield the right-of-way to:
When a funeral procession identifies itself through use of headlights or hazard warning lights, you must yield to the entire procession.
#20. Which is true about carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is a deadly, odorless, and colorless gas produced by engines.
#21. What does this sign mean?
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.
#22. When a school bus ahead of you is slowing down and displaying flashing amber signals, you must:
It is against the law to pass on the right side of a school bus while it is displaying amber flashing lights.
#23. The best way to avoid last minute moves when driving is to:
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.
#24. Signaling before turning is:
Signaling when turning is required by law.
Minnesota Statutes 169.19
#25. Before taking a road test, anyone 18 years of age or younger must hold an instruction permit for at least:
Under the GDL system, anyone 18 years of age or younger must hold an instruction permit for at least six months before taking a road test. (three months, if you are 19 years of age or older).
#26. If you have a tire blowout while driving, you should:
If you experience a blowout, hold the steering wheel tightly, steer straight ahead, and slowly ease your foot off the accelerator. Do not brake until the vehicle is back under your control. Then, pull the vehicle completely off the road at the nearest safe location.
#27. When making a right turn, you should do all the following except:
You should not drive close to the center divider line or left edge of the road.
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
#28. When you drive at night, you should:
A basic rule for safe night driving is to never outrun or overdrive your headlights! You should be able to stop within the distance that your headlights illuminate the road. For most vehicles, this distance is no more than 350 feet on high beam.
#29. If many vehicles are passing you in the right lane of a multilane roadway:
If you are driving at a slower speed than other traffic, stay in the lane nearest to the right side of the road.
#30. What does this road sign mean?
As you approach a roundabout slow down to the advisory speed and prepare to stop if necessary.
#31. What does this sign mean?
This is a regulatory No Pedestrian sign. It means that no pedestrians are allowed on the road.
Remember, some regulatory signs have a red circle with a red slash over a symbol. These signs prohibit certain actions showed by the sign.
#32. You are not legally required to wear a seat belt if you are:
You are not legally required to wear a seat belt if you are driving a passenger vehicle in reverse.
#33. 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!
#34. Chances of hydroplaning increase:
Chances of hydroplaning increase as speeds increase.
#35. Which is always a safe speed on two-lane highways?
No speed is safe in all situations.
Speed limits are posted for ideal conditions. 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.
#36. 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.
#37. At a four-way stop, a driver should always yield the right-of-way to:
When two vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, and all-way stop signs or flashing red traffic lights control the intersection, the driver on the left must yield right of way to the driver on the right.
#38. If you notice smoke rising from beneath the hood of your vehicle:
If you notice smoke rising from beneath the hood of your vehicle, pull off the road, turn off the ignition, and exit the vehicle immediately. Do not use water to put out the fire.
#39. When there is an oncoming car to your left and a child on a bicycle to your right on a two-way road, you should:
When possible, take potential hazards one at a time. If you are meeting or passing a bicycle and an oncoming vehicle is approaching, slow down and let the vehicle pass first so you can give extra room to the bicycle.
Remember, if you cannot pass safely, you must slow down and remain behind the bicycle until it is safe to pass.
#40. Traffic signs that warn a driver of temporary traffic conditions due to road works are:
Orange is used for construction and maintenance warning. The signs are usually diamond shaped. They notify drivers of unusual or potentially dangerous conditions near work areas.
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.