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To apply for a learner permit or driver license in New York State, you must complete an Application for Driver License (MV-44). You must pass a vision and written test and pay the application and license fees. The written test covers the contents of the NY DMV Driver’s Manual, including road rules, road signs, driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, as well as other driving and safety rules.
The New York State knowledge test consists of 20 multiple choice questions. To pass, you must correctly answer at least 14 questions, and at least 2 of the 4 questions about road signs.
1. At intersections where two or more drivers stop at STOP signs at the same time and they are at right angles:
the driver on the left must yield to the driver on the right.
the driver on the right must yield to the driver on the left.
the driver who was going faster before stopping must yield.
the driver who is late for work has the right-of-way.
2. This sign warns drivers that:
the highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways. Drivers should keep to the right.
there is a winding road ahead.
there is a low place in the road.
there is a double curve ahead.
3. Which of the following is true about roundabouts?
Roundabouts are also called 'open intersections' or 'uncontrolled intersections'.
They give drivers less time to judge.
They enhance the driving experience.
They slow vehicle speed.
4. Expressway driving is different from normal driving because:
there are no posted speed signs.
it combines higher speeds with heavy traffic, and requires drivers to think faster.
you need to come to a complete stop when driving in fog.
you can take more risks.
5. The law requires that your tires have at least _____ of an inch of tread.
6. What does a red arrow signal mean?
After stopping, you may turn right if there is not a NO TURN ON RED sign and the way is clear.
You may turn left from a one-way street onto a one-way street that has traffic moving to the left.
Do not make the movement shown by the arrow until the green light appears.
All of the above.
7. Your headlights must be on low beam when you are within _______ of an oncoming vehicle.
300 feet
1000 feet
200 feet
500 feet
8. Driving within the range of your headlights indicates you can stop your vehicle within about how many feet?
9. At a stop sign there is no stop line or crosswalk. You must stop:
before you enter the intersection.
only if the traffic signal turns red.
at the next crosswalk.
after you enter the intersection, if you have a clear view of traffic on the intersecting roadway.
10. To reduce glare from the lights of following vehicles, you should:
increase your speed to increase the distance between your vehicle and following vehicles.
activate your flashing backlights.
switch your interior rear view mirror to the “night” position.
slow down and let the following vehicle pass.
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NY DMV Permit Test Facts

Number of questions: 20
Signs questions: 4
Correct answers to pass: 14
Passing score: 70%
Number of questions: 20
Signs questions: 4
Correct answers to pass: 14
Passing score: 70%
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