New York State Permit Practice Test – 2021



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#1. If you get angry or upset, you should:

To avoid becoming an aggressive driver, do not drive when you are angry, upset or very tired.


#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. When are you allowed to park your vehicle on a crosswalk?

Parking on a crosswalk is not allowed.


#4. If your car starts to skid, what is the most common cause?

Unsafe speed is the most common cause of skidding accidents.


#5. If you are planning a turn and bright sunlight makes your signal lights hard to see, it is a good idea to:

The law requires you to signal a turn or lane change with your turn lights or hand signals. If bright sunlight makes the signal lights hard to see, it can be a good idea to use hand signals.


#6. This sign means:

Merge sign. You are approaching a point where other traffic lanes come together with your lane. Watch for traffic from that direction.


#7. If you are convicted of a texting or cell phone violation, your junior permit, license, or privileges will be:

Your junior permit, license or privileges will be suspended for 120 days when you are convicted of a texting or cell phone violation.


#8. When a traffic signal is showing a flashing red light, you must:

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


#9. Trucks and buses have:

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.


#10. When driving on a slippery surface such as snow or ice, you should:

Improve your driving safety by slowing down and by increasing your following distance. Do not brake or turn suddenly. Use a low gear when going down steep hills. Be careful on bridges and overpasses. These areas freeze first and dry out last.


#11. How do you check your blind spots while driving?

Even correctly adjusted mirrors will leave blind spots behind both sides of your vehicle. If a vehicle is in the blind spot, you may not see it in your mirrors. Always quickly look over your shoulder before you turn, change lanes or pass.


#12. When you park on a hill headed downhill and there is no curb, you should turn your front wheels:

Headed downhill with no curb, turn the wheels so the car will roll away from the center of the road if the brakes fail.


#13. What is road rage?

Road rage is an angry, hostile state, which increases into violent criminal actions or attempts of violent action that result from the operation of a motor vehicle. Road rage can include behavior to provoke others or to make hem fearful. Road rage involves the breaking of a criminal law, while aggressive driving generally involves the violation of a traffic safety law.


#14. A red and white eight-sided sign at an intersection means:

Eight-sided red stop signs mean come to a full stop, yield the right-of-way to vehicles and pedestrians in or heading toward the intersection. Go when it is safe. You must come to a stop before the stop line if there is one. If not, you must stop before you enter the crosswalk.


#15. When passing a motorcycle driving in your lane, you must:

The rules for passing other vehicles are similar for motorcycles. A motorcyclist has the right to the full use of a lane. You may NOT pass or drive alongside a motorcycle in the same lane, and a motorcyclist may not share a lane with you.

Always signal before you change lanes.


#16. What is the normal color and shape of a warning sign?

Warning signs are normally yellow and diamond-shaped, with black letters or symbols. They mean that you are approaching a hazardous location or a location where there is a special rule.


#17. Three vehicles approach an uncontrolled intersection. Car A is on the right of Car C. Car B is on the left of Car C. In which order should they proceed through the intersection?

Car A goes first, followed by car C. Car C must yield to car A. Car B must yield to both car A and car C.

At intersections not controlled by signs or signals, or where two or more drivers stop at STOP signs at the same time and they are at right angles, the driver on the left must yield the right-of-way to the driver on the right.


#18. When approaching this sign:

Do Not Pass. This sign marks the beginning of a no passing zone.

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.


#19. Which lane should you use for a left turn?

Special above the pavement lights are sometimes used to indicate which lanes of a highway can be used at certain times:

  • Steady red X: Do not drive in this lane.
  • Steady yellow X: Move from this lane.
  • Flashing yellow X: This lane can only be used for a left turn.
  • Green arrow: You can use this lane.

#20. When passing and overtaking horses or horse-drawn vehicles:

The law requires you to be careful when you approach a horse being ridden or walked along a road. You must drive at an acceptable speed and at an acceptable distance away from the horse. It is illegal to sound your horn when you approach or pass a horse.

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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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