#1. A Class D instruction permit allows you to drive while you are supervised by:
You may drive only when you are accompanied by a person with two years driving experience who holds a valid regular (not probationary or occupational) license and who sits in the front passenger seat and is one of the following:
- A qualified instructor 19 years or older.
- A parent, guardian, or spouse 19 years or older
- A person 21 years or older.
#2. If your gas pedal sticks:
If your gas pedal sticks and the motor keeps going faster and faster, you should keep your eyes on the road and quickly shift to neutral. Pull off the road when it is safe to do so and turn off the engine.
#3. You can legally park your car in front of a public driveway:
Parking is not allowed within four feet of a driveway, alley, private road, or area of the curb removed or lowered for access to the sidewalk.
#4. A solid green signal light means:
A steady green traffic light means you can go through the intersection. If you are stopped and then the light turns green, you must allow crossing traffic to clear the intersection before you go ahead. When turning right or left, watch for pedestrians crossing in front of your vehicle.
Do not enter the intersection if it is blocked and you cannot get completely across before the light turns red.
#5. Road signs with a white background are usually:
Black and white signs are generally regulatory signs and must be obeyed. Other black and white signs are used as route markers.
#6. A dashed white line between lanes of traffic means:
A dashed white line between lanes of traffic means that you may cross it to change lanes if it is safe.
#7. Children under 8 years must be restrained in a child passenger safety seat unless:
Safety belt is required when the child is 8 years or older, weighs 80 or more pounds, or is 57 inches or taller.
#8. What should you expect ahead if you see this sign?
Reduced speed ahead. A slower speed limit is posted ahead. Begin reducing your speed.
This old black and white sign is being replaced with the yellow warning sign that has the same meaning. This change is made because the message is an advance warning message, warning of a change in the regulatory speed ahead.
#9. Night driving is more dangerous than daytime driving because:
It is harder to see at night. You must be closer to an object to see it at night than during the day. You can reduce danger if you adjust your seeing and driving habits accordingly.
#10. If a railroad crossing is marked only with a Crossbuck sign you should:
A white crossbuck sign has the same meaning as a Yield sign. You must yield to crossing trains.
If a railroad crossing is marked only with a Crossbuck sign, you should reduce speed, look both ways, and listen for audible signal whistle.
#11. When a vehicle makes a turn, the front wheels take:
On every vehicle, the rear wheels follow a shorter path than the front wheels. The longer the vehicle, the shorter the path followed by the rear wheels. This is called off-track.
Pay attention to truck signals, and give trucks lots of room to maneuver.
#12. This sign means:
Two-Way Traffic sign. The one-way street or roadway with a median or divider in the middle joins a two-way roadway ahead. You will then be facing oncoming traffic. The sign is also used along such a road.
Remember, you should drive in the right-hand lane and expect oncoming traffic in the left-hand lane.
#13. When an emergency vehicle with flashing lights approaches you in the opposite lane on an undivided highway, you must:
You must yield the right-of-way to police vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances or other emergency vehicles using a siren, air horn or a red or blue flashing light. Pull over to the right edge of the road or as near to the right as possible and stop when you see or hear an emergency vehicle approaching from any direction.
If the emergency vehicle using lights or siren is on the other side of a divided highway, you do not need to pull over and stop.
#14. You approach an intersection with a stop sign and a stop line painted across the pavement. You must:
Stop at intersections at the marked stop line. If there is no line, then stop at the crosswalk. If there is no crosswalk, then stop at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where you have a view of approaching traffic.
#15. If many vehicles are passing you in the right lane of a multilane roadway:
If many vehicles are passing you in the right lane of a multilane roadway, you are probably going slower than the rest of the traffic. Unless you will be turning left soon, you should move into the right lane when the way is clear.
#16. What does the dot to the left of the arrow represent?
The dot to the left of the arrow represents the island in the center of a roundabout. It shows that the driver is required to drive counterclockwise around the island in the center to make a left turn.
#17. When making a right turn, it is wrong and unsafe to:
Avoid swinging wide to the left before making the turn. If you swing wide, the driver behind you may think you are changing lanes or going to turn left and may try to pass you on the right. If you swing wide as you complete the turn, drivers who are in the far lane will not expect to see you there. Complete your turn in the right lane.
This question asked what you should NOT do.
#18. This sign alerts you to:
School crossing. A separate downward-pointing arrow plaque indicates the actual location of the crosswalk.
#19. Which is true about the right of way at a 4-way stop?
At four-way stops, the first vehicle to stop should move forward first. If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.
#20. If a school bus with flashing red lights has stopped on the other side of a four-lane roadway without median separation, you must:
You must stop a minimum of 20 feet from a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing. You must stop whether the school bus is on your side of the road, the opposite side of the road or at an intersection that you are approaching. Unless signs say otherwise, you are not required to stop for a school bus if you are driving in the opposite direction on a divided highway.
A divided highway must have a raised median, grassy area, or actual barrier between opposing lanes of traffic.
#21. One bottle (12 oz.) of 5 percent beer contains the same amount of alcohol as:
A typical alcohol drink is 1 1/2 oz. of 80-proof liquor (one shot glass) straight or with a mixer, 12 oz. of beer (a regular size can, bottle, mug, or glass), or a 5 oz. glass of wine. Specialty drinks can have more alcohol in them and are the same as having several normal drinks.
#22. Which is true about giving your horn a sharp blast?
Never use your horn around visually impaired pedestrians.
#23. If you are involved in a minor collision without injuries, you should always:
If your vehicle can be moved, get it off the road so it does not block traffic or cause another crash. Do not stand or walk in traffic lanes. You could be struck by another vehicle. Turn off the ignition of wrecked vehicles. Do not smoke around wrecked vehicles. Fuel could have spilled, and fire is a real danger.
#24. If you plan to turn after an intersection, you should:
Be careful that you do not signal too early. If there are streets, driveways, intersections, or entrances between you and where you want to turn, wait until you have reached that point before signaling. For example: If you intend to turn into a driveway just after an intersection, wait until you pass the intersection before signaling.
#25. If you are being tailgated on a two-lane two-way road, you should:
Every now and then you may find yourself being followed too closely or being tailgated by another driver. If you are being followed too closely and there is a right lane, move over to the right. If there is no right lane, wait until the road ahead is clear and passing is legal, then slowly reduce speed. This will encourage the tailgater to drive around you. Never slow down quickly to discourage a tailgater. All that does is increasing your risk of being hit from behind.
The Wisconsin Written Permit Test
Key numbers for your official knowledge examination in Wisconsin:
|Correct answers needed:||40|
|Time limit:||45 minutes|
|Earliest retest if you fail:||1 day|
What You Should Know about the Written Test Practice
This sample test is random. It draws 25 items from a large bank of questions.
It allows you to practice many times until you feel confident to take the real Wisconsin written test.
Each question has instant feedback that tells if your answer is correct or not.
When you make a mistake, there is a short explanation to help you understand the correct answer.
You will see your score at the end of the practice test. Aim for a full score on each test.
What You Should Know about the Motorist’s Handbook
Everything you need to study for the Wisconsin written examination is found in the Wisconsin Motorist’s Handbook. DMV draws all questions on your knowledge examination from this information.
You can get a copy from all DMV service centers. They are also provided as part of your driver education course. If you haven’t got your hard copy yet, you can download a PDF-version from DMV’s website.
The handbook is usually updated once every year, make sure you have the latest version before you start studying.
What You Should Know about the Wisconsin DMV Written Test
The real Wisconsin knowledge test has 50 questions, and the passing score is 80%, which means that you must reach 40 correct answers to pass the test.
There is an allotted time of 45 minutes to complete the test. The examiner will not allow to start testing if there is less than 45 minutes until closing time.
Most test takers will, however, finish in much less than 45 minutes.
The purpose of the test is to verify that you understand Wisconsin traffic laws and common safe driving practices.
You should also expect questions about alcohol and the consequences of impaired driving.
Unlike other state tests, there may also be questions about the Donor program and fuel economy.
If you want to take the test in another language, DMV offers the test in: Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, Hmong, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, and American Sign Language.
The test also has audio support. If you are a poor reader, ask the examiner to activate the audio support.
What Happens if You Fail the DMV Test?
If you don’t get a passing score, you cannot take the test again the same day.
You must wait at least one day before a re-test. Check with your examiner if you can book a new appointment.
Use the time until the next appointment well. Try to remember the questions you missed and look up the items in the handbook. Don’t rely on memorizing the answers from the test. Focus on true understanding of the subject.
What You Should Know about the Wisconsin GDL program
The Wisconsin Graduated Driver License (GDL) program applies to all teenagers between 15½ and 18 years.
To get a driver license when you are under 18 years, you improve your driving skills under a three-step program.
- Step I: Instruction Permit
- Step II: Probationary License
- Step III: An Unrestricted Class D License
The program places restrictions on your driving during step I and II to provide a safe environment for the development of your driving skills. The purpose of the program is to limit risk situations and reduce the number of fatal crashes among teenagers.
What You Should Know about Your First Permit
You may apply for your first permit when you are 15½ years or older.
To get a permit under the GDL program, you must:
- Have enrolled in, or completed, a driver education class.
- Be enrolled in a school program or high school equivalency program, have graduated from high school, or been granted a declaration of high school graduation equivalency, or be enrolled in a home-based private education program and cannot be identified as habitually truant.
- Have an adult sponsor approve your application.
- Pass a vision screening and the written knowledge test.
When you hold the Wisconsin instruction permit, you cannot drive alone.
You must always be accompanied by a supervising driver who occupies the seat beside you. The supervising driver must have a valid regular (non-probationary) driver license and have at least two years of driving experience.
The supervising driver must be at least:
- 19 years, if a qualified driving instructor, a parent, guardian, or spouse.
- 21 years, if a person other than a driving instructor, parent, guardian, or spouse.
- 25 years, when driving during darkness with a person other than a qualified driving instructor.
If you drive under the supervision of a person other than a parent, guardian, or spouse, you cannot carry any other passengers in your car.
When you drive together with a parent, guardian, or spouse, you may carry passengers that are your immediate family.
What You Should Know about Your Probationary License
Before you move on to the second step of the GDL program, you must hold your learner’s permit for at least six months.
During these six months you must drive without any convictions.
You must log at least 30 hours of driving practice, of which 10 hours must be during darkness. A parent, legal guardian, or another adult sponsor must certify that you have completed the driving practice.
You must have completed your driver-education training course.
If all requirements are met, DMV will let you take the road skills test. If you pass the test, DMV issues a probationary license.
This license allows you to drive alone during daytime (from 5 a.m. to midnight). You can drive at night only when driving to or from home and work/school, or when accompanied by a supervising driver.
You can carry only one passenger besides immediate family members and/or an adult supervising driver.
DMV will lift these restrictions if you drive conviction-free for nine months.
Wisconsin Permit & Driver License FAQ
The Wisconsin written knowledge test has 50 questions, and the passing score is 80%, which means that you must reach 40 correct answers to pass the test.
There is an allotted time of 45 minutes to complete the test. You will not be allowed to start if there is less than 45 minutes until closing time.
The failure rate on the Wisconsin written test is close to 25%, which is an average failure rate on DMV knowledge tests in United States.
You can take the test again the next business day.
Wisconsin DMV offers the written test in: Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, English, Hmong, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, and American Sign Language.
You can take the test five times within the same year. Should you fail five times, you must get special permission before you can take the test again. To be eligible for a new test, you must explain what you have done to improve your ability to succeed on your next attempt.
DMV issues instruction permits that are valid for one year. If needed, you can renewed your permit once for another 12 months.
When you renew an instruction permit, you must provide proof of enrollment or completion of a driver education course again.
Any adult with a valid regular (non-probationary) driver license and have at least two years of driving experience can be a supervising driver when you hold a Wisconsin instruction permit. If a qualified driving instructor, a parent, guardian, or spouse, the supervising driver must be at least 19 years old, otherwise the minimum age is 21 years.
Unless you let your Wisconsin driver license expire more than eight years, a knowledge test is not required when you renew your license.
If you hold a valid license from another state, U.S. territory, Canada, or Germany, Wisconsin DMV will normally waive the written knowledge test and road skills test.
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