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. Rear-end crashes are caused by:

Rear-end crashes are very common. They are caused by drivers who follow too closely and cannot stop in time when the vehicle ahead suddenly stops.


#2. Passing another vehicle on left side of the roadway is not allowed:

It is illegal to drive on the left side of the roadway when approaching within one hundred feet of or at any intersection or railroad grade crossing.


#3. 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.


#4. Before you begin to drive, you should:

Adjust vehicle’s controls (climate controls, mirrors, radio, seat, etc.) before you begin to drive.


#5. On a road with lanes separated by white lines:

Solid white lines are used to mark both edges of two-way roads and the right edge of one-way roads. White lines also separate lanes of traffic flowing in the same direction.

A dashed white line between lanes of traffic means that you may cross it to change lanes if it is safe. A solid white line between lanes of traffic means that you should stay in your lane unless a special situation requires you to change lanes.


#6. A lap belt should be used:

Seat belts should always be worn with the lap belt low and snug across the hips and the shoulder belt across the chest. Shoulder belts should never be placed under the arm or behind the back.


#7. When driving on a clear night with a steady stream of oncoming traffic, you should use:

When driving in areas with heavy traffic at night always use your low beams. High beams should only be used when there are no oncoming vehicles.

Never drive with parking lights when headlights are required.


#8. 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.


#9. Which is true about motorcycles?

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.


#10. 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.


#11. How does alcohol affect you?

Alcohol can significantly impair the brain and body so that it is unsafe to drive. Alcohol slows reflexes and decreases reaction time, making it unsafe for drivers to quickly react to a variety of situations. Alcohol can affect vision, including slowing down eye muscle function, altering visual perception, and impairing night vision. Alcohol can cause drowsiness, decreased concentration, and decreased attention. Alcohol can also impair coordination, reduce comprehension, and limit the ability to make rational decisions.


#12. Which of the following could be signs of aggressive driving?

Some examples of behavior associated with road rage include:

  • Honking the horn
  • Pursuing another vehicle
  • Flashing the headlights
  • Making aggressive gestures
  • Forcing another vehicle to pull over
  • Verbally abusing another driver
  • Bumping into another vehicle
  • Tailgating another vehicle
  • Threatening another driver
  • Braking or slowing suddenly
  • Damaging a vehicle intentionally
  • Deliberate obstruction
  • Assaulting another driver
  • Cutting off or swerving

#13. To avoid getting tired on a long trip, you should:

Highway hypnosis can make you feel sleepy and unaware of the traffic around you. Highway hypnosis is caused by the sameness of the road and traffic. The hum of the wind, tires, and engine also adds to the hypnosis. You can avoid highway hypnosis by constantly moving your eyes, watch the traffic and highway signs around you. You should also stop and take regular breaks. Walk around, get some fresh air, and have some, water, coffee, soda, or juice. If you are really sleepy, take a nap.


#14. Always turn your front wheels away from the curb when you are parked on a grade and facing:

Headed uphill, turn your front wheels away from the curb and let your vehicle roll back a few inches.


#15. The Department adds points to your driving record:

When you are convicted of a traffic violation, while your vehicle was in motion, the Department receives notice and adds points to your driving record. This isn’t like a football or basketball game – you don’t want these points.


#16. When you approach a school bus displaying yellow flashing lights, you must:

Amber warning lights will flash 500 feet before the bus comes to a designated stop.


#17. Keeping a safe following distance using a three-second rule means:

Be sure to keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. A good way to measure your safe following distance is to use the three second rule.

Choose an object near the road ahead, like a sign or telephone pole. As the vehicle ahead of you passes it, count slowly, One thousand one, one thousand two, and one thousand three. If you reach the object before you finish counting, you are too close to the vehicle ahead.


#18. Which is true about large trucks?

Generally speaking, the bigger trucks are.

  • The more room they need to maneuver.
  • The wider they must turn (front wheels will follow a longer path than the rear wheels).
  • The bigger their blind spots.
  • The longer it takes to stop or pick up speed.
  • The longer it takes a car or motorcycle to pass them.

#19. After you have made a small turn or lane change, you should:

After you have made a turn or lane change, make sure your turn signal is off. After small turns, the signals may not turn off by themselves. Turn it off if it has not clicked off by itself. If you don’t, other drivers might think you plan to turn again.


#20. Your vehicle must have a white light shining on the rear license plate so the plate can be seen from:

Your vehicle must have a white light shining on the rear license plate so the plate can be seen from 50 feet.


#21. After a train has passed at a railroad crossing with more than one track, you should:

If there are two or more tracks, look for a second train before you cross.


#22. A pedestrian has entered a crosswalk where there are no signs or signals. Who should be given the right-of-way?

You must yield when a pedestrian is in a marked or unmarked crosswalk on or approaching your side of the road. Even when you are facing a green light you must yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians in the intersection. Never assume you have the right-of-way.


#23. 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.


#24. When you approach a roundabout:

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.


#25. When brakes fail, you should:

When brakes fail, do not panic. You should:

  • Pump the brake pedal several times. This will often build up enough brake pressure to allow you to stop.
  • If that does not work, use the parking brake. Apply the parking brake gradually.
  • Shift to a low gear and look for a place to slow to a stop.
  • Make sure the vehicle is off the roadway.
  • After the vehicle has stopped, call for help. Do not try to drive to a garage.
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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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