Vermont Written Test & Permit Practice – Questions and Answers



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#1. Which is true about parking and leaving your vehicle unattended 20 feet from a railroad crossing?

Parking is not allowed within 50 feet of the nearest rail or a railroad crossing.


#2. If you have difficulty focusing or keeping your eyes open while driving, you should know that:

Some signs of drowsy driving are:

  • Having problems focusing or keeping your eyes open
  • Yawning repeatedly
  • Not remembering the last few miles you drove
  • Drifting out of the travel lane
  • Missing traffic signs

Do not drive when tired. Driving when tired is a major cause of crashes on interstates. If you do become tired, it is important that you stop and rest in a safe area as soon as possible.


#3. You should stop before railroad tracks and not cross them if:

Remember, a motor vehicle may ONLY be driven across the tracks when it is safe to do so. Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to cross any railroad tracks unless you are certain your entire vehicle will clear all of the tracks at the crossing. You cannot go across any railroad tracks unless there is room for your vehicle on the other side. If other traffic prevents you from going fully across, wait and go across only when there is room.


#4. An orange and red sign like this on a vehicle means:

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. When it is safe to do so, a broken yellow center line may be crossed:

Keep to the right of a yellow center line. You may cross the broken line when passing another vehicle or when the right half of the roadway is closed to traffic. But you may only cross when it is safe to do so.


#6. What does this sign mean?

The Flagger ahead sign warns drivers that there is a flagger ahead, and to be especially alert in the work zone.


#7. Why should you use care when driving in rural areas in late evening, nighttime, and early morning hours?

The presence of moose and deer on highways is most likely to occur during late evening, nighttime, and early morning hours. Use caution when driving during those hours when deer and moose tend to roam or feed.


#8. Which is the general meaning of a sign with a circular shape?

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. Circular signs with a large X and the letters RR indicate there is a railroad crossing ahead.


#9. You must use your headlights:

The law requires headlights on vehicles to be turned on a half hour after sunset to a half hour before sunrise. Be sure to turn on your headlights. Your daytime running lights may give you the impression that your headlights are on.


#10. Before making a right turn:

At the approach to a right turn the vehicle should be about three feet from the right side of the road. Do not swing your vehicle to the left before turning right. Signal 3 to 5 seconds in advance to warn others of your intention to turn. Then as you gradually slow down, check the mirror to see that the driver of the vehicle behind you has understood your signal. Search the intersection left, front, and right before starting to make your turn. Always remain alert for the presence of bicyclists or pedestrians on the right side of the road as you make your turn. You must yield to any pedestrian or bicyclist. Make your turn close to the right side of your lane. After completing your turn, check your rearview mirror and center your vehicle in the lane.


#11. At a circular green signal, left turning traffic:

You may proceed on a green light if it is safe to do so. But if you are turning left you must yield the right of way to oncoming vehicles. At some intersections where special emphasis is needed, a left turn yield on green light sign will be attached to the overhead wire near the signal.


#12. When school bus stops with flashing red lights, only traffic following the bus must stop when the bus is:

Once the red warning lights have been activated you must stop your vehicle. Even in a schoolyard, you must not pass a stopped school bus with its alternately flashing red warning lights activated. There are a few exceptions where a stop is not necessary. You do not have to stop on a divided highway if the school bus is traveling in the opposite direction. A concrete barrier may be used to separate traffic from the bus, and you are not required to stop.


#13. What should your speed be when you enter a roundabout?

Vehicle speeds approaching, within, and exiting the roundabout should be slow. Drivers must yield the right of way to traffic in the roundabout. Enter the roundabout only when there is a safe gap in traffic.


#14. Your vehicle must be inspected:

Your vehicle must be inspected once a year.


#15. Taking a cold shower after drinking alcohol:

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.


#16. Always look carefully for motorcycles before you turn at an intersection because:

Because of its small size, a motorcycle can be easily hidden by objects inside or outside a car (door posts, mirrors, passengers, bushes, trees, parked cars, fences, bridges, blind spots, etc.). Take an extra moment to thoroughly check traffic, whether you are changing lanes or turning at intersections.


#17. You can pass another car by driving onto the shoulder:

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.


#18. 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.


#19. Which method helps you determine a safe following distance?

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.


#20. When you see this sign, you should be prepared for:

This side road sign alerts you to a hidden road on your right. Watch out for traffic entering from the side road and oncoming traffic turning.

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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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