Anyone who operates a motor vehicle on public streets and roads in Iowa is required to have a driver’s license or learner’s permit. Iowa requires that you pass a vision screening before you get a driver’s license or learner’s permit. The DMV written test covers the contents of the Iowa Driver’s Manual including highway signs, road rules, and safe driving techniques. The knowledge test consists of 35 questions, and you need at least 28 correct answers to pass (80%). Practice with this sample test to get ready for the official IA driver's license test.
1. What does a flashing yellow light mean?
Drivers may move forward with caution.
The same thing as a stop sign.
Warning: hospital ahead.
All of the above.
2. Directions given by traffic officers ___________ signs, signals or pavement markings.
never take precedence over
must obey
take precedence over
are less important than
3. When the road is slippery, you should:
press your brakes in slow, steady strokes.
pump your brakes.
use your emergency or parking brake.
brake suddenly carefully.
4. What is the first thing you should do if your wheels move off the pavement?
Ease your foot off the gas pedal and brake gently.
Pull the steering wheel back.
Try pumping the gas pedal to increase pressure.
Pull over to the right and sound your horn to warn the other drivers.
5. You may pass if the line dividing two lanes is a _________ line.
solid yellow
double solid yellow
solid white
broken white
6. What does this road sign indicate?
Interstate highway
Hospital service
Hill area
Area reserved for people with disabilities
7. What does the pictured signal indicate?
Pedestrians may turn right.
Drivers should walk more and drive less.
A pedestrian may not not begin crossing the street.
A pedestrian may begin crossing the street.
8. This road sign means:
Playground warning
Sharp turn, slow down
Side Road
Construction zone ahead
9. Before changing lanes or attempting to pass another vehicle, you should:
check your blind spots, mirrors, and look over shoulder toward the rear.
signal your intention before changing lanes.
All of the above.
10. What should you do if one of your tires blows out?
Hold the steering wheel tight and slowly take your foot off the gas pedal.
Decrease speed, pull over to the right and sound your horn to warn the other vehicles.
Hold the steering wheel tight and brake immediately to avoid the risk of skidding.
Leave the road immediately.
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Number of questions: 35
Correct answers to pass: 28
Passing score: 80%
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