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You must obtain a learner’s permit before you operate a motor vehicle on public roadways in Pennsylvania. You will need to take and pass the vision, knowledge and road tests to get your driver’s license. The Pennsylvania written test covers the information found in the PA DOT Driver’s Manual, and includes questions on road rules, traffic laws, road signs and markings, and safe driving practices. The Pennsylvania DOT written test consists of 18 questions, and you need at least 15 correct answers to pass (83%). After passing the knowledge test, the examiner will give you a learner’s permit, which is valid for 1 year.
1. What should drivers do when they see this road sign?
increase their speed to cross the intersection before a train arrives.
slow down, look for a train, and be prepared to stop.
come to a complete stop and wait for a train to cross.
look for a human flagger.
2. This road sign means:
Slippery road ahead
End of a divided highway
Divided highway begins
Merging traffic
3. What should you do if a vehicle is approaching head-on in your lane?
Come to a complete stop and use your horn to warn the vehicles behind you.
Turn off the ignition if your vehicle has power steering.
Decrease speed, pull over to the right and sound your horn to warn the other driver.
Pull over to the left and use your emergency lights to stop the other driver.
4. A traffic sign with a red circle around and a slash over a symbol means:
the maneuver shown on the sign can be executed only after coming to a complete stop.
the maneuver shown by the symbol is not allowed.
Do not drive faster than the posted speed limit.
the maneuver shown on the sign should be executed with extreme caution.
5. This road sign means:
The center lane in both directions of travel will soon turn left.
Sharp left turns ahead, in both directions.
The center lane is shared for left turns in both directions of travel.
Vehicles may only travel in the center lane.
6. _________________ your mirrors when you prepare to change lanes.
Never use
Never depend on
It is not recommended to check
Always rely on
7. Hydroplaning is best described as:
your tires throwing water to the rear, causing problems for following vehicles.
your tires causing sheets of water to splash on passing vehicles.
your tires actually floating on a film of water.
your tires pushing water out of their paths.
8. Allow a larger space cushion when stopping:
on an up-hill.
at a stop sign.
at an intersection.
at a toll plaza.
9. An orange triangle on the back of a vehicle indicates that vehicle:
takes wide turns.
travels at slower speeds than normal traffic.
makes frequent stops.
carries radioactive materials.
10. The maximum speed limit in this state is ____ MPH.
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PA DMV Driving Test Facts

Number of questions: 18
Correct answers to pass: 15
Passing score: 83%
Number of questions: 18
Correct answers to pass: 15
Passing score: 83%
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