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

If your vehicle breaks down on a highway, make sure that other drivers can see it. Lift the hood or tie a white cloth to the antenna, side mirror or door handle to signal an emergency.

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#2. Check tire air pressure with an air pressure gauge when:

Check the tire air pressure with an air pressure gauge when the tires are cold. Check the vehicle owner’s manual for the proper pressure.

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#3. To see vehicles in your blind spots you must look:

You must glance over your shoulder to be sure no one is in the blind spot.

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#4. Which road signs have a yellow background?

Yellow is used for general warnings of specific road conditions and dangers ahead.

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#5. Areas around a large truck where other vehicles may disappear into blind spots are located to:

Never stay alongside a large vehicle such as a truck or bus. These vehicles have large blind spots, and it is hard for their drivers to see you. The blind spots exist on both sides, particularly alongside the cab, to the rear and in front of the cab (see illustration in the driver manual).

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#6. Which is true about tailgating (following another vehicle too closely)?

Rear-end crashes are very common. They are caused by drivers following too closely to stop before hitting the vehicle ahead when that vehicle suddenly stops.

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#7. Using an unpaved shoulder to pass another vehicle on the right is:

You cannot pass on the right by driving off the pavement or main-traveled portion of the road, which means never passing on the shoulder (whether it is paved or not). It is against the law and other drivers will never expect you to be there and may pull off the road without looking.

Unless told to do so, never drive on the shoulder of any road.

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#8. If your driver's license has expired, you may drive:

If your license has expired, it is not valid for operation of a motor vehicle. A renewal may be completed within three months after the expiration without retesting.

If you are found driving after the expiration date, you are driving in violation of the law and you could receive a citation.

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#9. Which of the following factors plays an important part in determining on how impaired a person will become when consuming alcohol?

The lower the weight of the drinker, the lower the amount of alcoholic beverage it takes to bring the blood alcohol concentration to a specified level.

How impaired a person will become when consuming alcohol mainly depends on:

  • The amount of alcohol consumed
  • How fast it is consumed (time spent drinking)
  • A person’s body weight.
  • A person’s general health.

It takes about half as much for a person weighing 100 pounds as for another weighing 200 pounds.

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#10. A center lane marked on both sides by a solid yellow line and a broken yellow line:

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.

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#11. You are driving on an interstate posted for 65 mph. Around you, traffic is traveling at 70 mph. What should your speed be?

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

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#12. You are driving in the left lane of an interstate. What is the safest way to take the next exit on the right?

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.

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#13. To avoid getting tired on a long trip, it is often a good idea to:

When you are tired, you could fall asleep behind the wheel and crash, injuring or killing yourself or others. Stop at least every two hours for a short break, open the window or cold air vent to allow fresh air to circulate throughout the vehicle, sing or play the radio.

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#14. When should you give sharp blast on your horn?

If there is danger, do not be afraid to sound a sharp blast on your horn. Do this:

  • When a child or older person is about to walk, run, or ride into the street
  • When another vehicle is in danger of hitting you
  • When you have lost control of your vehicle and are moving towards someone
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#15. Which is true about Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)?

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.

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

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

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#17. Which of the following vehicles are required to always stop before crossing railroad tracks?

Leave extra room for vehicles required to come to a stop at railroad crossings, including transit buses, school buses, or vehicles carrying hazardous materials. These vehicles must stop at the railroad crossing at all times.

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#18. If you are about to be hit from the rear and cannot avoid being hit, you should:

If your vehicle is hit from the rear, your body will be thrown backward. Press yourself against the back of your seat and put your head against the head restraint. Be ready to apply your brakes so that you will not be pushed into another vehicle. Your lap and shoulder belts will help minimize your vulnerability to injury.

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

A flashing red signal means the same as a stop sign. Come to a complete stop. Look to the left, right, and ahead, yield to traffic and pedestrians and proceed when it is safe to do so.

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#20. When you drive at night, you should:

Drivers cannot see as well at night, so slow down! Night driving requires that you consider not only the speed limit, but condition of the road, car, and weather. Reduced visibility, glare from oncoming headlights, animals crossing the road, and eye strain all combine to make night driving hazardous.

After being exposed to glare or bright lights it takes time for your eyes to readjust to less intense light. During this recovery period you may be driving as though blind.

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#21. Which of the following tend to freeze first and dry out last?

On cold, wet days, shady spots can be icy. These areas freeze first and dry out last.

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#22. When turning right, you must:

When turning right, signal your turn at least 100 feet ahead. Yield to pedestrians and crossing bicyclists.

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

Always yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk, or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.

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#24. If a traffic signal light is not working, you:

If a signal is not working, stop as you would if there were stop signs in all directions. Common courtesy says the driver who stops first should get to go first. However, stay cautious and be sure it is safe to proceed even when you are the first vehicle to reach the intersection.

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#25. When approaching this sign, you are NOT allowed to:

Do not pass. You must not pass any vehicles going in the same direction as you are while you are in this area.

Passing signs tell you where it is safe to pass another vehicle and where you cannot. Passing areas are based on how far you can see ahead. Where it is permitted to pass, you may do so only if it is safe.

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#26. If another vehicle is about to enter the street between you and where you plan to turn, you should:

If another vehicle is about to enter the street between you and where you plan to turn, wait until you have passed it to signal your turn. If you signal earlier, the other driver may think you plan to turn where they are and they might pull into your path.

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#27. Where is it illegal to park a vehicle?

Parking is not allowed in front of a public or private driveway.

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#28. This flag person signals that you must:

Flag persons are often provided in highway and street work zones to stop, slow or guide traffic safely through the area. This person signals that you must stop.

Remember, motorists are responsible for knowing how to read and react to these directions.

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#29. Which road signs have this shape?

The upside-down triangle shape is exclusively used for yield signs. Slow down and, if necessary, stop to give the right of way to vehicles and pedestrians.

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#30. You approach this vehicle from behind. It is keeping an exceptionally low speed. What should you do?

A broken yellow line indicates that passing on the left is permitted when the way ahead is clear. Overtaking and passing should be done with care because of oncoming traffic.

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#31. If you have a tire blowout while driving, you should:

If a tire suddenly goes flat, hold the steering wheel tightly and keep the vehicle going straight. Slow down gradually. Take your foot off the gas pedal and use the brakes lightly. Do not stop on the road if at all possible. Pull off the road in a safe place.

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#32. What kind of sign is this?

This is an advisory speed sign. It shows a suggested safe speed.

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#33. When stopped by a police vehicle:

If a law enforcement officer pulls you over:

  • Acknowledge the officer’s presence by turning on your right turn signal.
  • Move your vehicle onto the right shoulder of the road.
  • Stop in well-lit areas when possible. Pull your vehicle as far off the road as possible.
  • End your cell phone conversation and turn off your radio.
  • Remain inside your vehicle unless otherwise directed by the officer.
  • Place your hands in clear view (including all passengers’ hands)
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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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