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To obtain your motorcycle license in Illinois, you must pass both a knowledge test and an on-cycle skill test. If you are 16-17 you are required to pass a motorcycle driving course approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation. If you are 18 or older and you successfully completed an IDOT Motorcycle Rider Education Course, you are not required to pass a written or driving test. Knowledge test questions are based on information and ideas from the Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual. The test consists of 15 questions, and at least 12 correct answers (80%) are required to pass.
1. Motorcycles handle better on surfaces with good traction. Surfaces that provide poor traction include:
mud, snow, and ice.
lane markings, steel plates and manhole covers.
steel plates.
All of the above.
2. The best way to help others see your motorcycle is to:
keep the headlight on at all times.
wear bright colored clothes.
choose the best lane position.
All of the above.
3. When preparing to enter the roadway from the roadside, you should position your motorcycle:
with your rear wheel touching the curb.
parallel to the roadside.
with the rear wheel locked.
at an angle.
4. Which of the following should not be done at night?
Increase your speed.
Use your high beam.
Adjust your lane position when necessary.
Increase your following distance.
5. When should motorcycles share lanes with cars?
When riding in a staggered formation.
In school zones.
In heavy traffic.
6. Each marked lane gives a motorcyclist _______ possible paths of travel.
7. Surfaces that provide poor traction include:
Gravel roads
All the other answers are correct.
8. The best way to prevent fatigue while riding is to:
take frequent rest breaks.
not wear a face shield.
drink lots of fluids.
drive only during the day.
9. Surfaces that provide poor traction include:
steel plates.
gravel roads.
All of the above.
10. Riding beside a line of parked cars may be dangerous because:
someone inside a car may open the door.
your visibility is reduced.
All the other answers are correct.
you may collide with a parked car.
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IL Motorcycle License Test

Number of questions: 15
Correct answers to pass:12
Passing score:80%
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