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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. What should you do if an entrance ramp is short?
Stop and wait for a large space in traffic, then enter the expressway and accelerate quickly.
Go to the next entrance ramp.
Reduce your speed to 20 MPH or less and blend with traffic.
None of the above.
2. What is the first thing you should do if your front wheels start to skid?
Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral.
Immediately steer in the direction you want to go.
Accelerate and turn the steering wheel in the direction the vehicle is trying to go.
None of the above.
3. Higher fines and increased license penalties may result from a third or subsequent alcohol-related conviction within:
2 years.
10 years.
5 years.
3 years.
4. You ________ traffic headed toward you when you turn left.
must yield to
can handle
must not yield to
must interrupt
5. HOV stands for:
High Octane Vehicle
Heavy Occupancy Vehicles
High Occupancy Vehicles
Hydraulically Operated Valve
6. Your BAC depends on:
how much time passes between drinks.
your weight.
how much alcohol you drink.
All of the above.
7. Which of the following contains more alcohol?
12 oz. of wine cooler
5 oz. of wine
1½ oz. of liquor
All these drinks contain about the same amount of alcohol.
8. Drivers can not pass a vehicle on the left if:
their lane has a solid yellow center line.
they can not safely return to the right lane before any oncoming vehicle comes within 200 feet of them.
they approach a curve on a two-way road and can not see around it.
All of the above.
9. To drive defensively, you must:
assume that a driver who approaches a STOP sign on a side road is actually going to stop.
not check behind you through your mirrors.
anticipate errors by other drivers.
use only one hand on the wheel.
10. This sign means:
You can only park between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM.
Parking is not allowed at 8:30 AM and at 5:30 PM
No parking between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM.
None of the above.
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NY DMV Written 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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