New York State Permit Practice Test – 2021



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

Be considerate when you use your high beams. Your headlights must be on low beam when there are oncoming vehicles or when there are vehicles ahead of you. You should also low beams when pedestrians approach you.


#2. To better prepare for the constant decisions necessary for safe, defensive driving, you must:

Traffic conditions change continuously. Always scan the road ahead. Look to the sides of the road, and check behind you through your mirrors every few seconds.


#3. Parking on the roadside of another parked vehicle (double parking) is allowed:

You cannot park, stop, or stand on the roadside of a parked vehicle (this is known as double parking).


#4. When may you drive at the maximum speed indicated by a speed limit sign?

The speed you can drive your vehicle depends on the posted speed limit, the road conditions, and the weather. The posted speed limit is the fastest speed you can legally drive under ideal driving conditions.

By law, you must drive at a speed that is reasonable and prudent for existing conditions. This is known as the basic speed rule.

Remember, a police officer can ticket you for driving at a speed not reasonable and prudent for existing conditions.


#5. The areas around a large truck where other vehicles disappear into blind spots are often called no-zones. These areas include:

Different from cars, large vehicles have deep blind spots behind them. They also have larger blind spots on both sides. Tractors with long hoods can have a blind spot of 20 feet in front of the vehicle. You should avoid these no zones.


#6. When a doctor prescribes drugs, which are likely to affect your driving, you should:

You must not drive under the influence of drugs or medicine.

Drugs can have effects similar to alcohol or even worse. If you are taking medication, even a non-prescription allergy or cold remedy, check the label for warnings about its effects. If you are not sure about effects, ask your doctor or pharmacist about driving after taking the medication.

Drugs can affect your reflexes, judgment, vision, and alertness in ways similar to alcohol, and they may have other dangerous effects.

Remember, it is illegal to drive under the influence of any drug that impairs your ability to drive safely.


#7. A pedestrian has entered a crosswalk and should be given the right-of-way:

Pedestrians and skateboarders who are legally crossing the road or street at marked or unmarked crossings, such as at an intersection, always have the right-of-way. You must yield to them by slowing down or, if necessary, coming to a stop.


#8. Which pavement marking separates lanes with traffic going in the same direction?

White lines are used as right edge lines on roadways and to delineate the separation of traffic flow in the same direction


#9. The following statements about making a correct right turn is true, except:

When turning right, you must be in the extreme right-hand travel lane or a lane designated for right turns. Signal your turn at least 100 feet ahead.


#10. A police officer may stop and cite a driver for not wearing a safety belt:

New York is a primary enforcement state. A law enforcement officer can issue a traffic ticket for failure to wear a seat belt. Even without observing another violation. This law also applies to visitors from outside New York State.


#11. When approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with flashing lights on a road with only one lane in each direction, you should:

The law requires every operator of a motor vehicle to exercise due care to avoid colliding with an authorized emergency vehicle which is parked, stopped, or standing on the shoulder or any portion of the highway with its emergency lights activated.

Drivers must reduce speed on all roads when encountering such vehicles, but on parkways, interstates and other controlled access roads with multiple lanes, drivers are further required to move from the lane adjacent to the emergency vehicle, unless traffic or other hazards exist to prevent doing so safely.


#12. When a traffic signal is showing a green arrow, you must:

A green arrow means you may enter the intersection to make the movement indicated by the arrow. This is known as a protected turn. If the green arrow comes on at a red light, you may turn in the direction of the arrow. You must yield the right of way to all pedestrians and vehicles already in the intersection.

Remember, the green arrow does not mean that ALL other traffic is stopped by a red light. Traffic may turn from the opposing direction and vehicles going straight in your direction may also have a green light.


#13. What does this sign mean?

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.


#14. If the pavement is wet when you approach this sign, you could skid if you:

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

Remember, to prevent skids, brake early, carefully, and gently.


#15. All of the following are true about motorcyclists, except:

Many drivers who are involved in a crash with a motorcyclist report that they did not see the motorcycle. Motorcycles, when compared to other highway users, are smaller. A motorcycle’s smaller size makes it seem much farther away, and makes it difficult to judge how far away they are or how fast they are going. Another factor is that drivers may not see motorcycles simply because they don’t look for motorcycles. It’s human nature to look for something specific. A new driver may be told to look for cars (and trucks) before going through an intersection – and that is precisely what s/he will look for. All drivers need to train themselves to look for motorcycles and to share the road safely with them.


#16. Which road signs have a blue background?

Service signs are blue with white letters or symbol. They show the location of services, like rest areas, gas stations, camping or medical facilities.


#17. What should you expect when you see this warning sign?

Two-way Traffic. This sign tells you that you are leaving a divided roadway and will be driving on a two-way highway. The sign may also be used along such a road to alert you to oncoming traffic on the same roadway.


#18. 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.


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

If a tire blows out, hold the steering wheel firmly, and ease your foot off the gas pedal. If your vehicle skids, handle it as you would on ice or snow. Do not use your brake until your vehicle is under control. Get off the road as soon as it safe to do so.


#20. Which of the following vehicles must always stop before crossing railroad tracks?

School buses with or without passengers, other buses while carrying passengers, and vehicles carrying explosives or flammable cargo must stop at all railroad crossings. Keep this in mind if you are following one of these vehicles.

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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:

PhasesAge Requirement
Step 1: Junior Permit16 years
Step 2: Junior License16 years, six months
Step 3: Full Driver License17 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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