Vermont Written Test & Permit Practice – Questions and Answers



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#1. When are you allowed to pass a school bus?

After the bus has stopped, the driver will activate the alternately flashing red warning lights. Once the red warning lights have been activated you must stop your vehicle. You may proceed when lights are no longer flashing and when the bus is in motion.

Under special circumstances, an officer may be directing the flow of traffic. If so, obey the officer’s hand signals instead of the normal traffic signals or signs.


#2. Which is the general meaning of a sign with the shape of an upside-down triangle?

You can tell what road signs mean by the shape and color as well as the wording. If the sign is covered by dirt, snow, or anything else, you should know the general meaning (regulatory, warning, information) of the sign by its shape. Yield right-of-way signs are the shape of an upside-down triangle, and they mean you should slow down, search and ENTER ONLY if the way is clear of pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles.


#3. If a traffic signal light is not working, you:

If a signal light is dark, as in a power failure, stop as if there are stop signs in all directions. When a traffic signal is out of order and flashes yellow or red, you must obey that signal.


#4. You see this sign on a vehicle ahead. What does it mean?

Slow-moving vehicles are identified by an orange and red triangular sign mounted on the rear of the vehicle. These signs help motorists recognize the vehicle ahead more quickly.


#5. If there is a stop sign and a stop line painted across the pavement at intersection, you must:

Stop before reaching either the stop line or the crosswalk, whichever comes first. Stop lines help to set you farther back at an intersection to give larger vehicles more turning space. Always stop behind stop lines. If there are no stop lines, you must stop before the crosswalk or intersection until it is safe to proceed.


#6. To turn right at this intersection:

This sign means traffic in the right lane must turn right. Traffic in the left lane should either continue driving straight or turn right.

Drivers must always follow through on the directions that are indicated in the lane they are in. For example, if a driver is driving in a lane with a straight arrow, it is illegal and unsafe to attempt a turn to the right or left once they are at the intersection. A sudden lane change increases the risk of a crash. It is safer to drive around the block and find an alternate route to the destination.


#7. You must stop before railroad tracks:

By law, you must stop not less than 15 feet from the nearest rail when:

  1. Flashing lights, lowered gates, or a flagman signals the approach or passage of a railroad train.
  2. You see a train or hear its whistle.
  3. When there is a STOP sign at the crossing.

#8. Which is true about a center left turn lane?

You may only drive a short distance in the center left turn lane. This lane is not a regular traffic lane or a passing lane. You must use it when you turn left or start a permitted U-turn. You may drive across a center left turn lane.


#9. You approach a motorcycle in the same lane. When passing you must:

Motorcycles are entitled to a full lane. When passing a motorcycle, change lanes completely. Be sure to use your turn signals to alert a rider of your intention to pass, change lanes or turn.

Never cut in too closely just after you have overtaken a motorcycle.


#10. If you encounter a flooded roadway, it is best to:

Do not drive where water is over the road. The depth of water is not always obvious, and the water may hide danger such as washouts. Vehicle motors will stall in water, and you could become stranded or trapped. It is best to turn around and find another route to get to your destination.


#11. You should always try to keep a minimum following distance of:

How do you know if you are driving too close to the vehicle in front of you? Using the 4-second method, you should have enough space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you in case you must stop quickly. However, if you are driving in poor road conditions, when visibility is poor or driving at higher speeds, you should allow more than four seconds of following distance. The distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you should be determined by speed and existing conditions.


#12. Always turn your front wheels away from the curb when you are parked on a grade and facing:

When parking on a hill, you must be sure your vehicle will not roll out into traffic. Always turn the front wheels and set the parking brake to prevent the vehicle from rolling downhill.

  • If you park facing uphill where there is a curb, you should set the parking brake and turn the wheels away from the curb.
  • In any other situation turn the wheels toward the curb or edge of the road.

See illustration in the driver’s manual.


#13. If you are involved in a traffic accident where someone is injured, you must always:

If someone is injured, call 911. Leave the injured person where they are. You may injure the person more by moving that person the wrong way. Keep the person warm and calm.


#14. If your car is equipped with an airbag on the passenger side, you should:

If your car is equipped with an airbag on the passenger side, put children in the back seat. Never use a rear-facing child passenger restraint system in the front seat.


#15. When should you always refrain from using your horn?

Never sound your horn when approaching or passing a horse.


#16. Passing another vehicle on the right by driving onto a paved shoulder is:

Never pass on the shoulder, whether it is paved or not. Under no conditions can a motor vehicle be passed by driving off the pavement or main traveled part of the road.


#17. When driving in a fog, you should:

Slow down. Use your low beam headlights, not your high beams. Keep a consistent distance between you and the car in front of you. If you are involved in a collision, get your car off the road as quickly as possible.


#18. An arrow panel displaying either of the following messages means:

Flashing arrow panels may be used to guide drivers into the correct lane. When the arrows are not in use, the panels are put in caution mode, with a straight line of blinking lights, or blinking lights on the 4 corners of the sign. Drivers should slow down when they see the panels in caution mode.


#19. At an uncontrolled intersection, a driver should always yield the right-of-way to:

Drivers arriving at an intersection without traffic control signs or signals must yield the right of way to drivers who arrived before them, waiting their turn to enter the intersection. This is known as the first car rule.

If two motorists arrive at the same time, the driver on the left should yield to the driver on the right.


#20. If you have been drinking alcohol, what will help you to sober up?

Time is the only way to reduce the effects of alcohol. Drinking coffee, taking a shower, exercising, etc., cannot reduce your BAC or the effects of alcohol. Sleep will not help either, except to pass the time.

Remember, time is the only thing that will sober you up.

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The Vermont DMV Written Knowledge Test

Key numbers for your official DMV driver license and learner’s permit test in Vermont:

Test Questions: 20
Correct answers needed: 16
Passing score: 80%
Time limit: No
Earliest retest if you fail: One day

Practice for the Vermont DMV Test

Get ready for your Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) exam with this practice test. It has 20 questions, complete answers, and explanations.

The test is random, which means you can take the test over and over again and get a different set of questions each time.

Instant feedback helps you verify your progress. Explanations help you look up the descriptions in the Vermont Driver’s Manual . If you haven’t already done so, get a hard copy from a Vermont DMV service office or download a PDF-version online.

You must study this manual to be able to pass the examination. Use the practice test as a supplement to the manual, not the other way around.

Is the Vermont DMV Test Hard?

The failure rate in Vermont hovers around 30%, about one out of three first-time test takers fails the exam. It places Vermont in a mid-range of when permit tests in United States. The difficulty level is graded “moderate”.

The knowledge exam has 20 questions with a passing score of 80%. A total of 20 test questions leave little room for mistakes. You can only miss four questions on the test.

Each question has four choices and there is only one correct answer. There are no trick questions. Most questions address basic driving practices and rules.

Note that questions on this practice test has three answer alternatives instead of four.

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute


The computerized test has audio support, which means that you can listen to questions using headphones supplied by DMV.

If you need assistance during the test, ask for help from the examiner, not other test takers.

Should you have a reading disability, you may schedule an oral test. The oral test contains a few road signs that you must be able to recognize. The rest of the written test will be read by an examiner.

If you don’t speak English, you may use a dictionary or bring an interpreter. You must provide an interpreter yourself and that person must have a valid driver license from a U.S. State or territory.

Driver Education Course

If you are under 18 years, you must complete a driver education course to be eligible for a Vermont driver license.

An approved driver education course consists of a minimum of 30 hours classroom, 6 hours behind-the-wheel instruction, and 6 hours observation. When you have successfully completed the course, you are issued a “Driver Education Certificate”.

Learn more about Vermont Graduated Driver License (GDL) program: Graduated License Laws

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