Montana Written Knowledge Test | MT MVD Test Practice



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#1. If you see an accident ahead and need to slow down when others may not expect it, how can you warn drivers behind you?

If you are going to stop or slow down at a place where another driver does not expect it, tap your brake pedal three or four times quickly to let those behind you know you are about to slow down.


#2. When driving at night on well-lighted streets, you should use:

Use low beams when following other vehicles, when meeting oncoming vehicles, and when driving in town.

Use high beams on rural highways when there are no other vehicles nearby.

Do not drive at any time with only your parking lights on.


#3. If you see a sign with this shape, what should you expect ahead?

This three-sided sign is shaped like a pennant. The sign indicates the start of a no passing zone.


#4. Driving a vehicle equipped with anti-lock brakes allows you to:

One aspect of having Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS) is that you can turn your vehicle while braking without skidding. This is very helpful if you must turn and stop or slow down.

In general, if you need to stop quickly with ABS you must press on the brake pedal as hard as you can and keep pressing on it. You might feel the brake pedal pushing back when the ABS is working. Do not let up on the brake pedal. The ABS system will only work with the brake pedal pushed down.


#5. When you see a sign with this shape and color, you must:

Stop signs are always octagonal (8-sided). A stop sign means that you must bring your vehicle to a complete halt at the marked stop line. If there is no marked stop line, stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. If there is no crosswalk, stop at a point nearest the intersecting roadway where you have a clear view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the intersection.


#6. If you lose control of the steering wheel, you should:

If you suddenly have no control of the steering wheel, ease your foot off the gas pedal. Turn on your emergency flashers and allow your vehicle to come to a slow stop. Brake very gently to prevent your vehicle from skidding.


#7. When you see a sign with this shape, color, and symbol, you must:

When you see this sign, do not drive onto that street or ramp in the direction you are heading.


#8. You are about to drive, but cannot find the glasses you need to wear. What should you do?

If you need to wear glasses or contact lenses for driving, remember to always wear them when you drive, even if it is only to run down to the corner. If your driver license says you must wear corrective lenses and you are not and you happen to be stopped, you could get a ticket.

Try to keep an extra pair of glasses in your vehicle. Then if your regular glasses were to break or be lost, you can drive safely. This also can be helpful if you do not wear glasses all the time. It is easy to misplace them.


#9. How does alcohol affect you?

Alcohol slows your reflexes and reaction time, reduces your ability to see clearly, and makes you less alert. As the amount of alcohol in your body increases, your judgment worsens and your skill decreases. You will have trouble judging distances, speeds, and the movement of other vehicles. Finally, you will have trouble controlling your vehicle.


#10. During a rainfall on a hot day, when are road pavements usually most hazardous?

If it starts to rain on a hot day, pavement can be very slippery for the first few minutes. Heat causes the oil in the asphalt to come to the surface. The road is more slippery until the oil is washed off.


#11. A traffic light with a green arrow indicates that:

A steady green arrow means that you have a protected turning movement. Oncoming vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians are stopped by a red light as long as the green arrow is lighted. Turn in the direction the arrow is pointing after you yield to any vehicle, bicyclist, or pedestrian still in the intersection.

If there is no green arrow, left and right turning traffic is unprotected and must yield right of way to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.


#12. Which of these is a safe driving practice?

Do not develop a fixed stare. Check your rear-view mirrors frequently, so you know the position of vehicles near you.


#13. When you see this sign, you should:

There is a school ahead. Slow down and watch for children at all times.


#14. Yellow lines separate traffic:

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


#15. Before turning left, it is important to:

Check cross traffic and yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.


#16. What is the best thing to do if you start to feel tired while driving?

Never drive if you are sleepy. It is better to stop and take a nap than to take a chance thinking you can stay awake. If possible, switch driving tasks with another driver so you can sleep while they drive.


#17. You must never park within how many feet of a fire hydrant?

Parking is not allowed within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.


#18. You have a green light at an intersection and a blind pedestrian is preparing to cross. Who must yield?

Pedestrians using a guide dog or carrying a white cane must be given the right-of-way at all times. These pedestrians are partially or totally blind.


#19. If you cannot get in the clear on the other side of a railroad crossing, you should:

Stop if you cannot cross and completely clear the tracks. Never stop on the tracks. Remember that a train cannot stop quickly or swerve out of the way. If you are on the tracks, you risk injury or death.


#20. Any time you cannot see beyond 500 feet, you must:

In Montana, headlights must be used from one half hour after sunset until one half hour before sunrise, and at any other time when persons and vehicles are not clearly discernible at a distance of 500 feet.


#21. State law requires child restraints or safety belt use:

No person may drive a motor vehicle in Montana unless each occupant is wearing a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt. Children up to age 6 and 60 pounds must be buckled in a child safety seat.


#22. Whenever you come to a curve where you cannot see around it, you should adjust speed:

You may not know what is on the other side of a hill or just around a curve, even if you have driven the road hundreds of times. If a car is stalled on the road, just over a hill or around a curve, you must be able to stop. Whenever you come to a hill or curve where you cannot see over or around, adjust your speed so you can stop if necessary.


#23. Left turns against a solid red light are:

A steady red signal means stop.

When entering a two-way street, you may cautiously turn right after stopping. You may make the right turn unless a sign or police officer tells you not to turn against the red light.

When entering a one-way street from a one-way street, you may also turn left after stopping.


#24. What should you do if you are involved in a traffic crash and someone is injured?

Render all aid possible to the injured. First help anyone who is not already walking and talking. Check for breathing then check for bleeding. Do not move the injured unless they are in a burning vehicle or in other immediate danger of being hit by another vehicle. Keep them lying down.


#25. You need to cross several highway lanes to take next exit on the right. What should you do?

If you want to cross several lanes, take them one at a time. Like going up or down stairs one step at a time, it is safest and easiest to merge one lane at a time.

It is very difficult to determine that all the lanes are free and safe to cross. If you wait until all the lanes are clear, you can tie up traffic and even cause a crash.


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

Shared center lanes are reserved for making left turns (or U-turns when they are permitted). They can be used by vehicles traveling in both directions. On the pavement, left-turn arrows for traffic in one direction are alternate with left-hand arrows for traffic coming from the other direction. These lanes are marked on each side by a solid yellow and dashed yellow line.

This lane is not a regular traffic lane or a passing lane. You must only drive for a short distance while preparing for a turn.


#27. Slowing down to look at collisions or virtually anything else out of the ordinary:

Do not slow down just to look at a crash, someone getting a ticket, or other roadside activity (rubbernecking). This could cause you to be in a crash. If you take your eyes off the road to look at something, you could run into a vehicle ahead that has slowed or stopped. Rubbernecking also can increase congestion. When you pass these roadside activities, keep your eyes on the road and get past them as soon and as safely as you can.


#28. Following this vehicle too closely is unwise because:

You should allow a four-second or more following distance when following large vehicles that block your view ahead. The extra space allows you to see around the vehicle.


#29. Before you pass another vehicle:

Before you pass, look ahead for road conditions and traffic that may cause other vehicles to move into your lane.


#30. You are driving on a highway posted for 60 mph. Traffic around you is traveling at 70 mph. You may legally drive:

Always obey the posted speed limit and take road conditions into consideration.


#31. You are approaching a work zone on an interstate. What should you do?

Various traffic control devices are used in construction and maintenance work areas to direct drivers or pedestrians safely through the work zone and to provide for the safety of the highway workers. Stay alert and be prepared to slow down or stop, as needed. Watch for slower speeds limits. Keep a safe following distance to the vehicle ahead.


#32. You are on a two-way street and have stopped at a red light. An emergency vehicle with flashing lights approaches from behind. You should:

If the traffic light is red, stay where you are. Do not proceed into the intersection against the red light, unless directed to do so. Follow any instructions given over the emergency vehicle’s loudspeaker. If the light turns green before the emergency vehicle has passed, do not proceed on green. Wait until the emergency vehicle has passed or turned onto a different street.


#33. What does this sign mean?

This is a regulatory No Right Turn sign. It means that you are not allowed to turn right at the intersection.

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Montana MVD Written Test

Quick facts about your driver’s written exam in Montana:

  Number of Questions: 33
  Correct answers needed: 27
  Passing score: 82 percent
  Time limit: None
  Earliest retest upon failure: No official rule

500+ Montana Test Questions

This Montana practice test has 33 questions to help you pass the written knowledge test for a learner’s permit or full driver’s license.

Just like the real written test, this practice test pulls random questions from a large pool of exam questions, which makes each set of questions unique and gives you a chance to practice until you feel comfortable with all answers.

Montana Driver Manual

Study the Montana Driver Manual

Everything on your written knowledge test is based on the information you can find in the Montana Driver Manual issued by Montana Motor Vehicle Division (MVD).

The easiest way to pass your knowledge test is to start by getting the latest version of the manual. If you sign up for a driver education, they will provide you with a copy. You can also get a copy from any MVD service center or download a PDF-version online .

Reading the manual is a must. You are less likely to pass your exam without a good understanding of Montana traffic laws and common rules of the road.

Written Test Practice

The purpose of the written test practice is to help you study and prepare you for the real examination.

You need to correctly answer 27 of the 33 multiple-choice question on the exam. That is a passing score slightly above 80%, which is higher than in most states .

The failure rate on the Montana written test is also higher than in many other states.

So, it is a good idea to prepare well for the test.

Take a few practice tests per day over the course of a week and you will probably see how your score improves over time.

Try to focus on understanding questions and answers, don’t just rush through each test to get a passing score.

The Real Montana Written Exam

When new drivers fail the real exam, they often say that they didn’t read carefully enough. It is common to be nervous before the test and just want to get it over with. Slowing down can help you stay focused.

Read the directions thoroughly and carefully read all answers before making a choice. There is nothing worse than realizing you missed a question just because you picked an answer too quickly.

This is especially true if you see the old-fashioned test choices like “none of the above” or “all of the above” on your exam. Creators of multiple-choice tests tend to only use these options when there are many things you should do or many things you must not do. Ask yourself if there are several possible answers to the question. There usually is.

There is no time limit on the test, so you are not in a hurry. Most test takers finish in about 15 minutes.

If you fail your exam, you can take it again the next day if there are available appointments or if your examiner allows you to do so. Sometimes, it can be a smart move to wait just a few days more. You don’t want to fail the test twice.

The Montana written test is a close book test. You cannot use your manual, any notes, or electronic devices during the test.

Montana MVD does not offer home testing. You must take the test as part of a driver education or at a MVD office.

Is the Montana Written Test hard?

Failure rate is approximately 30%. The difficulty level is graded “moderate”.

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

A Montana Driver’s License is a Privilege

Remember these points about your MT Driver’s License or Learner’s Permit.

  A driver’s license is a privilege, not a right, and the privilege comes with responsibilities.

  Anyone who drives a motor vehicle on public roadways in Montana must have a driver’s license (or learner license)

  You may have only one valid license at any time.

  You must always have the license in your possession when you drive.

  It is against the law to loan your license to anyone.

  When you move to Montana and become a resident you must get a Montana driver’s license within 60 days.

  A Montana Class D driver’s license is valid for a maximum of four to eight years.

The Montana Graduated Driver Licensing Program

Like all other states, Montana has a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program. It effects all new drivers under 18 years.

GDL is a three-step progressive program that allows new drivers to develop and improve their driving skills over time. By introducing driving restrictions such as night curfews and passenger restrictions, the program helps reduce the crash risk for teen drivers.

GDL Step 1: The Instruction Permit

  You must be at least 14 years, 6 months

If you are enrolled in or have successfully completed a state-approved traffic education program, you can get your permit as part of the program when you are 14 ½ years old.

Without a traffic education program, you can get a learner license from a driver exam station if you are 16 years old.

  You must pass the written test

You must pass a vision screening and the written test. You cannot have been found by a court to be mentally incompetent, alcoholic, or a habitual user of illegal drugs.

  You cannot drive alone

With a learner license you cannot drive alone. You must always be supervised by a licensed parent or guardian, or a licensed adult driver who is authorized by the parent or guardian.

You should apply for a learner license at the MVD if other licensed adults should be allowed to supervise your driving during this phase.

  You must practice driving for at least 50 hours

With your learner license you must log at least 50 hours of supervised driving, of which at least 10 hours must be at night.

  You must hold the learner license for 6 months

Before you can apply for a first-year restricted license, you must hold your learner license for at least six months or until you are 18 years.

  All occupants must wear seat belts

GDL Step 2: First-Year Restricted License

The first-year restricted license is also known as an intermediate license.

If you are under 18 years, you can apply for this license if you held your learner license for at least six months and if you successfully completed step 1, including 50 hours of supervised driving.

You cannot have any traffic violations or alcohol/drug offenses in the six-month period before advancing to this step.

The license comes with the following restrictions:

  You cannot drive alone at night

You cannot drive unsupervised between 11:00 pm and 5:00 am. There are limited exceptions to this rule, like going to and from work.

  You can drive with only a limited number of non-family passengers under 18 years

For the first six months, you can drive with only one non-family passenger under 18 years. During the second six months, you can drive with no more than three non-family passengers under 18 years.

The passenger restrictions don’t apply if you are supervised by a licensed parent or guardian, or a licensed adult driver who is authorized by the parent or guardian.

  All occupants must wear seat belts

GDL Step 3: Full-Privilege Driver License

The first-year restricted license restrictions automatically end on the date indicated on the back of driver license (typically, one year), or when the individual turns 18 years old, whichever occurs first.

Practice for your Montana driver license test

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