Mississippi DMV Test Practice – Permit Test Questions & Answers



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#1. Passing a school bus with flashing red lights and extended stop arm is allowed, if you are traveling:

You must stop for a school bus, regardless of your direction, whenever the bus is stopped and receiving or discharging children.

You are not required to stop when the highway that has four lanes or more, and the school bus is on a different roadway.

You may also pass when on a controlled-access highway where the school bus is stopped in a loading zone that is a part of or adjacent to the highway and where pedestrians are not permitted to cross the roadway.


#2. When driving near a pedestrian who is carrying a white cane and using a guide dog, you must:

Blind people are the most vulnerable pedestrians, and you have a special obligation to protect them. If you see a blind person attempting to cross a street within a crosswalk or at an intersection, take every precaution and extend every courtesy. If this means that you must come to a complete stop, then do so.

Do not honk your horn at a blind person. The blind person has no idea who you are honking at and may be startled by the noise.


#3. Unless otherwise posted, what is the speed limit on rural interstates?

Speed limit is 70 mph on rural interstate highways.


#4. Compared to your stopping distance under ideal conditions, the distance will be drastically different:

Charts in the manual show the shortest total stopping distances under ideal conditions. If the weather is bad, the road is slick, or if you are tired or intoxicated, then the distances will be drastically different


#5. Yellow lines separate traffic:

Yellow lines mark the center of a road used for traffic going in opposite directions.


#6. Which traffic light has the same meaning as a stop sign?

A flashing red light has the same meaning as a stop sign. It means you must STOP completely and proceed with caution, following the rules for yielding right-of-way at intersections.


#7. What should you do when you approach a railroad crossing?

Always be especially alert at railroad crossings. A warning sign is normally posted from 500 to 900 feet in front of the tracks. It tells you to look, listen, and slow down because you may have to stop.

Railroad crossbuck signs are posted at most crossings. They have the same meaning as yield signs.


#8. After passing another vehicle and before returning to the proper lane, it is a good rule to:

Do not pull back into the right lane until you are well past the other vehicle. Before moving back into the right lane, make sure that you can see the vehicle in your rearview mirror.


#9. The road sign means:

The WRONG WAY sign tells you that you are traveling in the opposite direction from the other cars in your lane. You are in danger of causing a head-on collision. You must leave the roadway and turn around as soon as possible. Remember, if you drive past this sign, you have already entered a one-way road and are driving in the wrong direction.


#10. A sign with this shape means:

The STOP sign is the only sign with eight sides. It requires you to come to a complete stop before entering an intersection. After stopping, you MUST yield to pedestrians and any traffic close enough to be a hazard.

Remember, the octagon shape is used exclusively for STOP signs.


#11. What does this warning sign mean?

Road curves. A curve sign is used to warn of a gradual curve ahead. Curve and turn signs can have an advisory speed plate that shows the recommended speed for the curve or turn.


#12. To make a right turn, start in the right-hand lane and end in:

If you are not already in the right lane, move into the right lane well ahead of the turn. Check for traffic, use your signal, and move safely. At least 100 feet from the intersection, turn on right signal and begin slowing down. Keep close to the right side of the lane and keep your wheels straight while waiting to turn. If there is a traffic signal or sign, obey it. Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing your path. When travel is permitted, look both ways before entering intersection. Then enter, keeping as close as possible to the right. Don’t swing into the left lane. Continue in the right lane.


#13. When leaving an interstate or other limited access highway with a deceleration lane:

Do not slow down until you have safely moved into the deceleration lane. Then reduce your speed to the posted limit and turn off your turn signal.


#14. What do the light gray areas in the picture mark?

Blind spots are areas which cannot be seen when using your mirrors. To see vehicles in the blind spots you have to turn your head and glance over your shoulder. Check quickly. Do not take your eyes off of the road ahead of you for more than an instant.

It is dangerous to drive in another motorist’s blind spot.


#15. A white cloth tied to a radio antenna or a door handle indicates:

If you have an emergency, raise the hood of your vehicle and tie a white handkerchief or piece of cloth on the antenna or another prominent place so that other drivers will see that you need help.


#16. You approach this road sign. What does it tell you?

Added lane sign. This sign means that a new lane enters roadway. No merging necessary. Watch for traffic in the new lane.


#17. Upon a second conviction within five years, penalties for passing a stopped school bus include:

Second conviction penalties include a fine not less than $750.00 and not more than $1,500.00, or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.


#18. Unless over a certain height or weight, children may not use a seat belt until they are:

Children less than four (4) years must be properly secured in a child passenger restraint device (child safety seat) that meets applicable safety standards. Children at least four (4) years, but less than seven (7) years and measures less than four (4) feet nine (9) inches in height or weighs less than sixty-five (65) pounds must be secured in a belt-positioning booster seat system.


#19. Parking on the roadside of another parked vehicle (double parking):

Never park on the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge of the road or the curb.


#20. Drivers may be temporarily blinded at night by which of the following?

If you meet a vehicle at night with bright or blinding headlights, the safest thing to do is to dim your lights and keep your eyes on the right side of the road.

Never attempt to compensate by wearing darkened glasses. At night, or on dark days, the use of such glasses will only reduce your vision further.


#21. What is the main cause of car skids?

Skids are mainly caused by drivers traveling too fast for conditions. The best policy is to keep a skid from happening. Slow down to a speed at which you can control the car.


#22. When should you turn on your headlights?

You must use your lights between sunset and sunrise and at any other time when you cannot see clearly ahead for a distance of 500 feet.

You should use headlights to see and be seen. Use them in rain, snow, fog and when it is dark.


#23. This sign on a vehicle means:

A reflective orange triangle on the rear of a vehicle means the vehicle is traveling at 25 mph or less.


#24. You see this road sign. What should you expect ahead?

Divided highway ahead (divided highway begins). Two-way traffic will be divided by a center strip ahead. Each roadway is one-way. Stay to the right.


#25. The blood alcohol level at which it is illegal for any person under 21 years to drive is:

If a test show a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more, you will be considered legally intoxicated. For drivers under the age of 21, it is against the law to drive if it is 0.02% or higher (zero tolerance law).

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The Mississippi Written Knowledge Test

Key numbers for your official knowledge exam in Mississippi:

  Test questions: 30
  Passing score: 80%
  Correct answers: 24
  Time limit: No
  Earliest retest if you fail: 1 day (first three)

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What is Mississippi DMV Test Practice?

This Mississippi DMV test practice is a study guide to help you pass the written knowledge test for a learner’s permit or driver’s license. It is based on exam questions and answers and the information in the Mississippi Driver’s Manual published by Driver Services Bureau.

The practice test has 25 random questions drawn from a larger bank of questions, which means that each set will look slightly different.

You can take the test as many times as you want until you feel ready for the real Mississippi DMV (DPS) exam. After each question you will get instant feedback that tells you if picked the right answer or not. When your answer is wrong, there is a short explanation to help you understand the correct answer.

Your score is revealed at the end of the test. Try to reach 100% before you are fully satisfied.

Is it the Same Questions on the Real Test?

Licenseroute.com is not affiliated with Mississippi Driver Services Bureau. There is no access to the real exam questions.

The practice test, however, cover all the important subjects that may show up on your test. But both tests are random, so there is no way of telling which questions you will get on your written exam.

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Do I Need the Driver’s Manual?

The Driver’s Manual in Mississippi comes with a fee, even the online version. While some doesn’t feel that the manual is worth the money, it is your best resource when studying for the test.

Practice test should only be used as a supplement to the manual.

Remember, everything on your knowledge exam is from this manual.

How Many Questions are on the Mississippi Written Test?

The official written test in Mississippi has 30 questions, of which you must correctly answer 24; a passing score of 80%. You can miss no more than 6 questions.

What Happens if I Fail the Test?

If you fail the test, you can take it again the next day at the discretion of the examiner.

Should you stumble on the last question, you may want to go back as early as possible. Just remember to read everything more carefully this time.

If you fail early on in the test, you may want to wait more than one day and dig deeper into the manual and take a lot more practice tests to prepare better.

After three failures, you must wait 30 days before you can take it again.

Is the MS Written Test timed?

There is no time limit on the test. You have plenty of time to read everything more than once. Expect the test to take about 15 minutes.

Is the MS Written Test hard?

The failure rate on the Mississippi permit test is among the highest in the country. Surveys also indicate that young test takers in Mississippi are less prepared than their peers in other states.

The test and the Mississippi Driver’s Manual have also been criticized for not being revised to modern standards.

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Can I Take the Mississippi DMV Test Online?

No, the Mississippi Driver Services Bureau does not offer online testing from the comfort of your home.

You must take the test at a service office or at a school as part of your driver education.

At What Age Can I Get a Learner’s Permit in Mississippi?

If you are enrolled in a driver education you can apply for a permit when you are 14 years old, it is known as the 14-year-old learner’s permit. It is valid for driving practice as part of your driver education. You can drive only in a school vehicle and only when accompanied by a driver education instructor.

If you are at least 15 years, you can apply for a regular learner’s permit, often referred to as the 15-to-16-year-old permit. You must bring a completed application signed by parents or guardians, a birth certificate, a Social Security card, and proof of school enrollment to a service office. After passing the written driver’s knowledge test and a vision screening, the bureau will issue a learner’s permit.

What are the Restrictions on my MS Learner’s Permit?

With a learner’s permit you cannot drive on your own. The permit can only be used for driving with a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and is sitting in the front seat beside you.

You must always carry the permit with you when you drive.

If you are under 17 years, you must hold the permit for at least one year.

What is an Intermediate Driver License?

The intermediate license is the second phase in the Mississippi Graduated Driver Licensing program, which requires that you pass a road skills test.

If you are at least 16 years and have held a learner’s permit for at least 1 year, you may be ready for the practical driving skills test.

You must bring all documents again and pass the vision screening before the skills test. The signatures of your parents or guardians are also required again. If all documents are approved and you pass the skills test, the bureau will issue an intermediate license. This license allows you to practice driving on your own.

You can, however, not drive on your own between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday-Thursday nights or 11:30 p.m. – 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, except for driving to and from work/school.

You and all passengers must wear seat belts/child restraints while you are driving.

You must hold the intermediate license for at least six months and be at least 16 1/2 years before you can upgrade to a regular license.

At What Age Can I get a Regular MS Driver License?

To get a regular MS license, the bureau must approve all your documents. You must also pass all required examinations and meet the physical requirements.

In addition, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years 6 months and have held an intermediate license for at least six months, or
  • Be at least 17 years or older, regardless of previous permits or licenses held, or
  • Have held an out-of-state driver license for at least six months.

In general, you must also be free of certain convictions.

Must I Take the Knowledge Test a Second Time?

The result of your written knowledge test is valid for two years. If you pass the final driving exam for a regular license within two years, the Bureau will not ask for a second test. But if you wait longer than two years, you must art over and take the test again.

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