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. When entering an interstate highway or a controlled access highway, you should do the following, except:

Do not stop at the end of an acceleration lane unless traffic is very heavy, and you have to stop. Unnecessary stopping causes many rear-end collisions and also obstructs the even flow of traffic.

Use the ramp and acceleration lane to increase your speed to match the speed of the vehicles on the highway. As you are speeding up, watch for an opening in the highway traffic. Switch on your turn signal, and pull smoothly into the traffic.

This question asked what you should not do.


#2. You should only make a U-turn:

You should only make a U-turn when it is safe. U-turns should not be made on any curve or near the crest of a hill when your vehicle may not be seen by other drivers. In Missouri, it is also illegal to make a U-turn at any intersection controlled by a traffic signal or police officer.


#3. You must always yield the right-of-way to:

An organized funeral procession must be given the right-of-way at all intersections regardless of any traffic control device. You must not drive between the vehicles that are part of the procession when they are in motion or join a funeral procession for the purpose of obtaining the right-of-way.


#4. The driver ahead signals:

Right turn – left arm extended, with elbow bent upward, at about a 90-degree angle.


#5. You have stopped at a red light at an intersection when an emergency vehicle with flashing lights approaches from behind. If the light turns green, you should:

If the traffic light is red, stay where you are (driving against a red light is still illegal, unless you are directed to do so). Make sure you can hear any instructions or directions given over a loudspeaker. Your immediate reaction to such directions may be critically needed.

When the traffic light turns green, you should not proceed, unless directed to do so.


#6. Which is true about a center left turn lane?

A vehicle may not travel in this lane for more than 500 feet.


#7. When it starts to rain or snow:

Rain and snow reduces visibility and makes the road dangerous. Even in light rain or drizzle, turn on your windshield wipers before visibility is blocked. You must also use your headlights. Reduce speed. Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you.


#8. Driving around a lowered gate at a railroad crossing is:

Never try to go through, around or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad crossing.


#9. It is a good idea to use your low-beam headlights in the following situations EXCEPT:

Use the low beams in fog, or when it is snowing or raining hard. You must also dim your high beams whenever you come within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle or following 350 feet or less behind another vehicle.


#10. With a learner's permit you may drive alone:

You may not drive alone. Under age 16, you may drive only when accompanied in the front seat by a parent, stepparent, grandparent, legal guardian, or qualified driving instructor. At age 16 or older, you may drive when accompanied in the front seat by a person who is at least 21 years old and has a valid driver license.


#11. What can you do to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning?

Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning. Cars produce carbon monoxide which is deadly gas. Remember, the gas has no smell, taste, or color.

Do not:

  • Leave the motor running in a garage.
  • Leave vents open when following closely behind another car.
  • Leave the motor running and the windows closed while the car is parked.
  • Drive with a defective muffler or exhaust system.
  • Use the heater or air conditioner in a parked car with the windows closed.

#12. A passenger car must have:

You must place one license plate on the front and one on the back of your vehicle. If you have a trailer or a motorcycle, you will only receive one plate, which must be on the back of your vehicle. A truck licensed in excess of 12,000 pounds also receives only one plate, which must be placed on the front of the truck.


#13. You can drive off the pavement to pass another vehicle:

It is illegal to overtake and pass to the right of another vehicle by driving off the paved or main traveled portion of the roadway (shoulder).


#14. When must you obey a slower speed limit in a school zone?

You must obey a slower speed limit in a school zone when lights are flashing, or children are present. At a school crossing where there is a traffic patrol, stop and yield if a traffic patrol member signals you to do so.


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

If your vehicle breaks down on a highway, make sure other drivers can see you and your vehicle. If at all possible, get your vehicle off the road and away from traffic. Alert other drivers by turning on your emergency flashers. It is also helpful to raise the hood, or tie a white cloth to the antenna.


#16. If the rear of your vehicle starts to skid left, you should:

Turn the steering wheel in the direction you want your car 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.


#17. How do you check your blind spots while driving?

Looking over your shoulder is important because it allows you to check for blind spots.

Blind spots are the areas at the left and right corner of the car that the driver cannot see in the rearview mirrors.


#18. If pulled over and issued a citation requiring a signature, you should:

If you disagree with the officer’s decision to issue a traffic ticket, don’t prolong the contact by arguing with the officer. If you wish to contest the ticket, you will have the opportunity to explain your point of view of what happened in court. Your acceptance and signature on a traffic ticket is not an admission of guilt


#19. You should check your rearview mirrors:

Check behind you through your mirrors every few seconds to keep track of the approaching traffic.


#20. A truck's blind spots:

Remember, blind spots are immediate in front, on either side of the truck and up to 200 feet in the rear.

If you are driving behind a truck or a bus and cannot see the driver in his or her rearview mirrors, the driver of that vehicle cannot see you.


#21. Whose responsibility is it to know how your medications will affect your driving?

Alcohol, drugs, or fatigue will cause your driving to suffer, and it is your responsibility to know when you are not in shape to drive.


#22. When a traffic signal turns green, you:

A green light tells you that you can go through the intersection. However, you must first yield the right-of-way to traffic and pedestrians who are still in the intersection. Remember, don’t block the crosswalk or the intersection.


#23. Which is one factor that greatly affects your stopping distance?

Your stopping distance equals your reaction distance plus your braking distance. Perception and reaction can be affected by human factors such as tiredness, alcohol, fatigue, and concentration levels. Braking distance depends on factors such as: tires, brakes, road, and weather conditions.


#24. When you park parallel to the edge of a roadway, you should:

Check traffic before you open the door. Get out of the vehicle on the curbside if you can. If you have to use the street side, check traffic before you get out. Shut the door as soon as you can after getting out.

If you must park on a roadway, park your vehicle as far away from traffic as possible. If there is a curb, park as close to it as you can.


#25. 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.

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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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