New York State Permit Practice Test – 2021



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#1. When a stop line is present at a stop sign, drivers must:

When required to stop because of a sign or signal, you must come to a stop before the stop line, if there is one. If not, you must stop before entering the crosswalk. If there is no stop line or crosswalk, you must stop before entering the intersection, at the point nearest the intersection that gives you a view of traffic on the intersecting roadway.


#2. What is a primary factor affecting your blood alcohol content (BAC)?

Your blood alcohol content (BAC) primarily depends on: how much alcohol you drink, how much time passes between drinks, and your weight. BAC does not depend on what kind of alcoholic beverage you drink, how physically fit you are, or how well you can hold your liquor.


#3. Trying to beat a truck to a highway exit is dangerous because:

Do not cut abruptly in front of a large vehicle. Large vehicles are not as maneuverable as cars. They take longer to stop. Cutting into the open space in front of a truck removes the truck driver’s cushion of safety.

When you exit, take a few additional seconds to decrease speed and exit behind a large vehicle. Do not try to beat a truck to a highway exit or a single-lane construction zone.

When you pass, do not pull in front of it unless you can see the whole front of the vehicle in your mirror.


#4. Rear-facing infant seats should:

The safest place for a child to sit is in the back seat. Never put an infant in a rear-facing child safety seat in the front seat of a vehicle that has a passenger air bag.


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

A flashing red signal light means stop. After stopping, you may proceed when it is safe. Observe the right-of-way rules.


#6. If you are convicted of participating in a speed contest, it will result in the automatic:

Your license will be revoked for at least six months if you are found guilty of one violation of participating in a speed contest.


#7. If you need to use hand signals, how would you signal a slowdown and stop?

Slowing or stop – left arm extended downward, with palm of hand to the rear.


#8. This sign is a warning that you are approaching:

Circular (round) signs mean there is a railroad crossing ahead. Use caution, and be prepared to stop.


#9. When you enter a roadway from a driveway or private road, you must:

A vehicle that enters a roadway from a driveway, private road or another put that is not a roadway, must stop and yield the right-of-way to traffic on the roadway and to pedestrians. NY Code 29:1173


#10. An emergency vehicle with flashing lights is approaching in the opposite lane on a two-lane roadway. What should you do?

When you hear or see an emergency vehicle approaching your vehicle from any direction, including on your side of an expressway or limited access highway, safely pull over immediately to the right edge of the road and stop. You must pull over and stop for an emergency vehicle even if it is coming toward you in the opposite lane of a two-way roadway.


#11. The best way to keep from hydroplaning is to:

In heavy rain, your tires can begin to ride on the water that is on top of the road pavement. This hydroplaning can cause complete loss of traction and control of steering. Hydroplaning normally occurs at higher speeds, but it also can occur if your tires are tread worn or not inflated properly. When there is heavy rain, it always makes sense to drive more slowly. If your vehicle begins to lose traction, decrease your speed even more.


#12. The law allows parking in all of following places, except:

You cannot park, stop, or stand within 15 feet of a fire hydrant (unless a licensed driver remains in the vehicle to move it in an emergency).


#13. To prevent making errors or being involved in a crash because of someone else's error you should drive in a defensive manner and:

Anticipate errors by other drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians and think about what you will do if an error occurs. Do not assume that a driver who approaches a STOP or YIELD sign on a side road is actually going to stop or yield. It is better to assume the other driver will not stop.


#14. This sign means:

Decrease speed as you reach the intersection. Prepare to stop and yield the right-of-way to vehicles and pedestrians in or heading toward the intersection. You must come to a full stop at a YIELD sign if traffic conditions require it. When you approach a YIELD sign, check carefully for traffic, and be prepared to stop.


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

When a road is crossed by a railroad, the pavement is usually marked with a large X and the letter R on the left and right.


#16. The main reason why drinking alcohol and then driving is so dangerous is that it affects your:

Alcohol affects your judgment. It often makes you less inhibited and makes you more prone to take chances. As alcohol physically limits your ability to drive, it also makes you less aware of what is happening to your safe driving abilities. It becomes difficult for you to judge your condition. You can gain confidence about driving when you should not be driving at all.


#17. This road sign means:

Steep hill ahead. Slow down and be ready to shift to lower gear to control speed and protect brakes from damage.


#18. This sign means:

Slippery when wet. In wet weather, drive slowly. Do not speed up or brake hard. Make sharp turns at a very slow speed.


#19. If the driver ahead of you stops at a crosswalk for a pedestrian, you must:

You may never pass a vehicle which has stopped at a crosswalk to allow a pedestrian to cross.


#20. Any time you cannot see beyond 1,000 feet, you must:

The law requires you to use your headlights from one-half hour after the sun sets to one-half hour before the sun rises, when visibility is less than 1,000 feet (300 m) and when you use your windshield wipers to clear rain, snow, or sleet.

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New York DMV Knowledge Test

Quick facts about your DMV driver’s license and learner’s permit test in the State of New York:

  Number of Questions: 20
  Correct answers needed: 14
  Passing score: 70 percent
  Time limit: None
  Earliest retest upon failure: Same day

New York Permit Practice Test

500 Practice Questions for Your New York Driver License

With 20 random practice questions from a large pool of exam questions, you can prepare for your NYS DMV test and pass the first time.

Use the New York Driver’s Manual and its study questions together with this practice test, and you are likely to pass the exam the first time.

After each question on this practice test you will know if your answer was correct or not. There are also short explanations if you get something wrong.

As you probably already know, all exam questions are based on the information in the New York Driver’s Manual. You can get a copy from your DMV office or download a PDF-version online. Read the manual before you start practicing. You should have a good understanding of the content before you take the test and before you start driving.

This practice test is not inclusive of all questions that may appear on your test, but it covers all important items. If you get a full score on more than a handful of tests, you will probably pass the real examination with ease. It is better than any other New York permit test cheat sheet.

New York Driver License and Permit Test

The real NY knowledge exam consists of 20 multiple-choice questions. To pass the exam, you must correctly answer 14 questions and reach the passing score of 70%. In addition you must get two of the four road signs questions right. Should you miss three of the road signs, you will fail the exam, regardless of your score on the other questions.

There is no time limit when you take the test, but it rarely takes more than 5-10 minutes to complete.

You have a lot of time to carefully read every question and all the choices. There are no trick questions and only one answer is correct.

Should you fail the test the first time, you can take it again the same day if the examiner allows you to. You can take it as many times as you need to pass. But if you fail, there are a lot of things you have missed. To improve your chances of becoming a good driver, you should probably wait a few days and study the manual again before you make another attempt.

There is no new fee when you take the test again.

As a teenager, you probably take the test as part of a driving course at your high school. This online test is only available in Spanish and English.

To take the test in any other language you must visit a DMV office. The regular knowledge test is available in:



Is the NY Knowledge Test Hard?

The knowledge test in the State of New York is known to be one of the easiest in United States. There are 20 questions on the test and the passing score is 70%. The failure rate is about 10%.

The New York Driver’s Manual gives many study questions to help you understand what will show up on the exam.

Very easy - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

First-time Applicants under 18 Years

Young and newly licensed drivers are much more likely to be involved in a crash than more experienced drivers, which is why New York and other states have adopted Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws.

The GDL system allows drivers in this at-risk age group to gain experience and gradually display their safe driving ability.

There are three phases of licensing in the GDL system:

Phases Age Requirement
Step 1: Junior Permit 16 years
Step 2: Junior License 16 years, six months
Step 3: Full Driver License 17 years

All first-time applicants under 18 years must follow the GDL program. They must also complete a pre-licensing course or driver education course (also called the “5-hour course”) before being eligible for a Junior License.

New York Junior Permit

The Junior Permit, also known as a learner’s permit, is the first step in the GDL program. To get your learner’s permit, you must:

  be at least 16 years or older,
  apply in person at a DMV office,
  show proof of full name, age, residence, and Social Security Number,
  have parental approval if under 18 years, and
  pass a vision screening and knowledge test.

Parental consent is required unless you are 17 years have a Driver Education Certificate of Completion.

With a Junior Permit you can start your driving practice. You may drive only under supervision of a licensed driver.

Supervised driving

During daylight hours (5 am – 9 pm), you can drive under supervision of any driver who is 21 years or older and holds a New Your Driver License. The supervising driver must always sit in a front seat beside you.

At night (9 pm – 5 am), you can only drive under supervision of NYS license holder who is parent, guardian, driver education teacher/driving school instructor, or a person who is 21 years or older and approved by your parent or guardian.

If supervising driver is not a parent or guardian, you can only drive with one passenger under 21 years unless passengers are immediate family.

Before Moving on to Phase Two

Before you can move on to the next phase, a Junior License, you must:

  hold your permit for at least six months,
  complete the 5-hour pre-licensing course,
  complete 50 hours of driving practice, of which 15 hours must be at night, and
  pass a road skills test.

New York Junior License – Restrictions

The Junior License, also known as a probationary license, is the second step in the GDL program. It is the phase when you can start driving on your own without a supervising driver.

  Night Curfew

You may always drive without supervision from 5 am to 9 pm. In addition, you may drive at night (9 pm to 5 am) if you drive to and from work or school activities. Remember, that you must have proper documentation showing that you must drive to and from these activities. You cannot drive unsupervised during course of employment, to and from social events, sports training, etc.

  Passenger Restrictions

You can drive with only one passenger under 21 years unless passengers are immediate family or unless you drive with a “supervising driver”.

  All Passengers Must be Restrained

All occupants must be properly restrained by safety belt or child safety seat.

  Area Restrictions

If you have a Class DJ or MJ junior license, you cannot drive within the five boroughs of New York City under any circumstances.

For more about driving restrictions in New York, visit

  No Cell Phone Use

You cannot use a hand-held mobile telephone or portable electronic device while you drive. Illegal activity includes holding a portable electronic device and

  talking on a handheld mobile telephone,
  text messaging,
  browsing webpages,
  viewing, taking, or transmitting images, and
  playing games.

Remember, using any electronic device while driving is against the law for all drivers.

New York Driver License

You can apply for a full license when you are 17 years or older and have your Student Certificate of Completion from an approved driver education course and passed the road skills test.

If you don’t apply for your license at 17 years, you are still considered a junior license holder and must continue to follow GDL restrictions.

At age 18, your junior license is automatically converted to a full driver’s license.

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