New York State Permit Practice Test – 2022



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#1. 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.


#2. Enter a roundabout:

Slow down as you approach the roundabout. When the traffic level allows enough space and time, you can enter the roundabout.


#3. 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.


#4. Can you make a U-turn on a limited access expressway?

You can never make a U-turn on a limited access expressway, even if paths connect your side of the expressway with the other side.


#5. If you need to use hand signals, how would you signal a left turn?

Left turn – left arm extended horizontally out of open window.


#6. When should you increase the gap between your vehicle and the one in front to more than three seconds?

When following large trucks, increase your following distance to at least three or four seconds for additional space.

Different from cars, large vehicles have deep blind spots behind them. If you remain in the back blind spot of a large vehicle, you increase the chance of a crash. The other driver cannot see your car and your view of other traffic will be blocked.


#7. When a big trailer appears to be starting a left turn ahead, you should:

You can reduce the chance of a collision with a large vehicle if you pay close attention to the turn signals. Because trucks make wide right turns, they move to the left before they turn right. Look at the turn signals. Stay back and wait a moment to check and see which way the driver is signaling.


#8. This sign shows directions to:

Hospital is a word message sign or an H symbol sign. General service signs like this are accompanied with a directional message if used at intersections.


#9. When driving on wet winter roads, 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.


#10. This sign (a flashing yellow X) means:

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.

#11. 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.


#12. What does this sign mean?

Winding Road. There are several curves ahead. Slow down and drive carefully.


#13. 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.


#14. A driver with a Class D Operator License may use a cell phone while driving:

A driver with a Class D license may use a cell phone while driving if hands-free equipment is used. The phone may be handheld to activate, begin, or end a call. A handheld phone may also be used for calls for emergency situations.


#15. Drinking coffee after drinking alcohol:

The only way to effectively reduce your BAC is to spend time without drinking. Coffee, fresh air, vitamins, exercise, and cold showers cannot reduce your BAC and the effects of alcohol.


#16. If you are under 21 years old, and are convicted of an alcohol or drug-related driving violation in any other state, your driving privilege:

If you are under 21 years old and convicted of any alcohol or drug-related violation that occurred out of state your driver license will be revoked for at least one year.


#17. Parallel parking: Choose a space large enough for your car. Signal, and then stop:

Select a space that is large enough for your vehicle on your side of the road. Check your mirrors before stopping, and signal to alert other drivers. Pull up alongside the vehicle in front of the space, leaving about two feet between the other vehicle and yours.


#18. A flashing red traffic light tells you to:

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


#19. Parking is not allowed:

Parking is not allowed in an intersection, unless permitted by signs or parking meters.


#20. If you are involved in a traffic crash and someone is injured, your first course of action should be:

If any person is injured or killed, the police must be notified, immediately, and you should make sure an ambulance or rescue squad has been called.

Check to see if the injured person is breathing, then check for bleeding. Do not move an injured person unless it is absolutely necessary because of fire or another life-threatening danger.

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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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