New York State Permit Practice Test – 2021



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#1. This is an example of:

This is an example of a U.S. route marker.


#2. What is true about signaling before making a sudden stop?

Always signal before you slow down, stop, make a turn, or change lanes. It is important that other highway users know your intentions. Signals may be given by hand-and-arm positions or by using the vehicle’s signal lights the law requires you to signal a turn or lane change with your directional lights or hand signals at least 100 feet ahead.


#3. A traffic signal showing a steady yellow light means:

A steady yellow light means caution. If you are driving toward an intersection and a yellow light appears, slow down and prepare to stop. The light will change from green to red. If you are within the intersection or cannot stop safely before entering the intersection, continue through carefully.

Some states require you to always stop if a stop can be made safely.


#4. If there is an oncoming vehicle in your lane, you should:

Slow down, pull over to the right and sound your horn to alert the other driver. Do not swing over to the left lane. If you do, the other driver may suddenly recover and pull back into that lane, too, causing a head-on collision.


#5. If an advisory speed sign isn't posted before a curve:

If a speed limit is not posted before a curve, you must judge how sharp the curve is and change your speed. Slow down before you enter the curve. Braking and turning at the same time may cause your car to skid.


#6. Driving with both hands on the steering wheel in the 9 and 3 o'clock positions:

Keep your hands on opposite sides of the steering wheel, at the 3 and 9 clock positions, to keep them away if the air bag engages.


#7. Road signs with yellow background are used for:

Yellow is used for general warning and advisory of unexpected roadway conditions. You are approaching an especially hazardous location or a place where there is a special rule.


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

Parking on a crosswalk is not allowed.


#9. If you are sitting in a large truck, is your total view of road better or worse than in a car?

Many drivers falsely assume that a trucker can see the road better because they sit twice as high as the driver of a car. 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. You should check your rearview mirrors:

To prevent making errors or being involved in a crash because of someone else’s error, learn to drive in a defensive manner:

  • Be prepared and look ahead.
  • Maintain the correct speed.
  • Signal before you turn or change lanes.
  • Allow space.
  • Wear your seat belt.
  • Do not drive if you are very weary, are on medication or have been drinking beverages that contain alcohol.
  • Keep your vehicle in good condition.

#11. You must come to a full stop at a YIELD sign:

A yield sign is a red and white triangle with red letters. It means that you should 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.


#12. Two-thirds of all collisions with deer happen during the months of:

Two-thirds of all deer/vehicle collisions happen during the months of October, November, and December. This is also breeding season when deer are most actively traveling about. Daily deer activity peaks at dawn and dusk, which often is peak commuter traveling times.


#13. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway ends. The sign is posted just before the divided highway ends. Be careful as you near the end of a divided highway. Two-way traffic will begin.


#14. 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.


#15. A car horn should be used:

Your horn should be used to warn other drivers or pedestrians of possible trouble or danger. It should not be used unnecessarily or to express anger at other drivers or pedestrians.


#16. An approved safety seat or booster seat must be used for:

If less than age 4, persons must be correctly secured in a government approved child safety seat. A child of age 4, 5 or 6, must use a booster seat with lap and shoulder belt or a child safety seat.

Exception: A child more than 4 feet 9 inches or more than 100 pounds is allowed to use a seat belt that has both a lap belt and a shoulder harness. If the seat belt does not fit correctly, the child must use a booster seat with a lap and shoulder belt.


#17. A double solid white line between lane means:

Where crossing the lane line markings is prohibited, the lane line markings consist of two normal solid white lines.


#18. When approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with flashing lights on a controlled-access highway, you must:

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.


#19. You are on a four-lane roadway with a median barrier. You approach a stopped school bus from its front. The bus displays flashing red lights. What should you do?

In New York State, you must stop for a school bus with flashing red lights even if it is stopped on the opposite side of a divided highway.


#20. If you drink three beers, approximately how long will it take for all the alcohol to leave your blood stream?

The following drinks contain about the same amount of alcohol: 1.5 oz. of liquor, 5 oz. of wine, 12 oz. of beer, and 12 oz. of wine cooler. For a 150-pound male, each one of these drinks contains enough alcohol to increase his BAC by about .02 percent. On average, it takes the body approximately one hour to remove that much alcohol.

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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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