Missouri Written Test for Instruction Permit & Driver License



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The Road Rules Test

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The Road Signs Test


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The Road Rules Test

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The Road Signs Test

#1. Drivers entering a roundabout:

Always slow down as you approach a roundabout. Roundabouts are designed for speeds of 15-25 mph. When approaching a roundabout intersection, always yield to traffic in the circle and pedestrians in the crosswalks. Wait for a gap in traffic before entering.


#2. You must turn on your headlights:

You must use headlights when rain, mist, snow, or other precipitation requires constant use of windshield wipers. You must also use headlights 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise and when you cannot see persons or vehicles clearly at a distance of 200 feet ahead.


#3. Before turning left or right you should signal during the last:

You should signal at least 100 feet before you turn so the other drivers can be ready.


#4. When a traffic signal is showing a flashing yellow light, you must:

A flashing yellow light tells you to slow down and proceed with caution.


#5. Which is true about braking and stopping?

Start braking early as a signal to cars behind you. A sudden stop makes it harder for drivers behind you to stop without hitting your vehicle.

If you brake too strong or quickly, you could skid and lose control of your vehicle. With ABS you should apply firm, steady pressure to the brake pedal.


#6. What is a suitable restraint system for a child four years old and weighing less than 40 pounds?

Children weighing less than 40 pounds, regardless of age, shall be secured in a child passenger restraint system appropriate for that child.


#7. When merging onto an interstate highway or a controlled access highway:

When changing lanes, look in your rearview and side mirrors. You must also turn your head and check your blind spot.

Use the ramp and acceleration lane to reach interstate speed so you can merge smoothly. Do not drive to the end of the acceleration lane and stop. Unnecessary stopping causes many rear-end collisions and also obstructs the flow of traffic.


#8. The best way to prevent making errors or being involved in a crash because of someone else's error when driving is to:

To avoid making mistakes, or being in a crash because of someone else’s mistake, you must drive defensively. As a defensive driver you should keep your eyes moving. Notice what is happening ahead of you and on the sides of the road, and check behind you through your mirrors every few seconds.


#9. When you are being followed too closely by another driver, you should:

If you are followed too closely by another driver, and there is a right lane, move over to the right. If there is no right lane, wait until the road ahead is clear and then reduce speed slowly. This will encourage the tailgater to drive around you. Never slow down quickly to discourage a tailgater. This will only increase your risk of being hit from behind.


#10. With an intermediate driver's license may not drive alone between:

You may not drive alone between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. except to and from a school activity, job, or an emergency.


#11. If your wheels run off the paved edge of the road, you should steer back:

If your wheels run off the paved edge of the road, the wheels may pull to the right. Hold the steering wheel tightly. Take your foot off the accelerator, but do not hit the brakes. Only apply gentle brake pressure, if necessary. When the vehicle has slowed and you have control of your vehicle, turn back onto the pavement if the lane is free of traffic.


#12. What is the best advice to a driver who has taken too many drinks?

Let somebody else drive.

There are ways of dealing with social drinking situations. Drive to social events in groups of two or more and have the driver agree not to drink. You can also use public transportation or a cab.

Drinking and driving is not worth the risk to your life and the lives of others.


#13. If you see flashing red lights at a railroad crossing, you must:

You must stop if the red lights are flashing or the gate is down. You must stop within 15 to 50 feet before the railroad tracks.


#14. Where is the pavement marked with the letter R on each side of a large X?

At railroad crossings, the pavement is usually marked with the letter R on each side of a large X (R X R).


#15. What does the basic speed rule mean?

Speed limit signs indicate the maximum speed allowed by law, and do not mean that all parts of the road can be safely driven at those speeds under all conditions. By law, when conditions demand it, you must adjust your speed. This is known as the basic speed rule.

Remember, a person shall operate a motor vehicle in a careful and prudent manner and at a rate of speed so as not to endanger the property of another or the life or limb of any person and shall exercise the highest degree of care.


#16. When making a right turn you should do the following, except:

You should not honk your horn to warn pedestrians within the crosswalk.

As a good driver, you should get into the proper turn lane and signal at least 100 feet before you turn. You must yield to pedestrians in or about to enter a crosswalk.

(This question asked what you should not do).


#17. If you are involved in a collision, you must:

If you are in an accident, you should:

  • Stop and stay until a law enforcement officer says you may leave the accident scene.
  • Move your vehicle off the road, if possible.
  • Help anyone who is hurt.
  • Call the police.
  • Warn other traffic.
  • Exchange information with everyone involved.
  • Contact your insurance company.

Remember, leaving the scene of an accident is a crime.


#18. The No-Zone is a term used to describe:

A truck or bus has blind spots on each side, in the rear and in the front where an automobile cannot be seen. These blind spots are referred to as the No-Zone.


#19. You should always look carefully for motorcycles before you change lanes because:

Motorcycles are small and, therefore, more difficult to see. They are often overlooked by motorists. It is not always easy to judge the speed or distance of a motorcycle.


#20. When being passed by another car, you should:

If another vehicle begins to pass you, stay in your lane, and do not increase your speed.


#21. Whenever you stop your car and go into a store to make a quick purchase, you:

Never leave your car until you have stopped the engine, removed the key, and set the parking brake.


#22. 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. Look away from the other vehicle’s headlights and toward the right side of the road until the car has passed. Use the edge line as a guide.


#23. You must obey directions, signals, and instructions from:

Traffic control can be provided by law enforcement and firefighters. Drivers must obey directions from these individuals, even if the directions are different than what the traffic lights and signs indicate. You must also stop for a work zone flagman and a school crossing guard.


#24. Front door windows on a vehicle may be tinted to no more than:

Tinting or sun-screening material is permitted on the side and rear windows only (front door windows at no more than 65 percent light blockage). The total amount of light being transmitted through the glass of front door windows cannot be less than 35 percent.


#25. When can you drive on a sidewalk to pass other vehicles to the right?

It is illegal to drive on a sidewalk except to cross.

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Missouri Written Knowledge Test

Quick facts for your learner’s permit or full driver’s license examination:

  Number of Questions: 25
  Correct answers needed: 20
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Time limit: No
  Earliest retest upon failure: 1 day

Missouri Written Practice Test – Pool of 500+ Questions

This written practice test has 25 questions, just like the real Missouri knowledge examination.

The test is random, which means that each set of questions are drawn from a larger bank of more than 500 questions. It means that each time you take the test, it will be slightly different with new questions.

You need 20 correct answers to pass the real written exam. We recommend that you aim higher than that when you practice.

Answers to all exam questions are found in the Missouri Driver Guide . Get yourself a copy from a service center or download a PDF-version online. Study it before you do anything else. You need to learn and understand all rules described in the manual.

DMV will also ask you to take a separate road sign identification test. This test is mandatory even if you transfer a license from another state to a Missouri Driver’s License. You will also be asked to take this test when you renew your license.

You can practice for the road sign identification test here: MO Road Sign Recognition Test .

The Official Missouri Driver Examination

The Missouri driver examination has four parts:

  A vision screening
  The road sign identification test
  The written multiple-choice test
  A final road skills test

If you are under 18 years, the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program introduces you to your driving privilege through three steps:

  Instruction permit
  Intermediate license (restricted license)
  The under-21 driver license

What You Should Know about the Written Test

You take this multiple-choice test at a driver examination station. There are currently no option to take an online test from home.

The written test is a closed-book test. You cannot bring books or papers into the testing area and you cannot use your cell phone during the test.

The test is not timed. You have plenty of time to carefully read all questions and answer choices.

Expect the test to take about 15 minutes.

Should you fail the test, you can usually take it again the next day, depending on availability.

Besides English, the test is offered in the following foreign languages:




Note that all languages may not be available at all testing stations.

Is the Missouri Written Test Hard?

While the Missouri road sign recognition test is rated “very easy”, the multiple-choice knowledge test is “very hard”. It is estimated that about 60% of all first-time test takers fail this test.

You should prepare well for the test by studying the Driver Guide more than once and take many practice tests until you can reach a full score.

Very Hard - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

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