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To apply for a learner permit or driver license in New York State (NYS), 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 the NYS DMV test, you must correctly answer at least 14 questions, and at least 2 of the 4 questions about road signs.
1. When riding at night you should:
increase your following distance.
decrease your following distance.
speed up.
use your low beam.
2. In which of the following situations may drivers need more space in front of their vehicle?
When it is hard to see ahead.
When carrying a heavy load or pulling a trailer.
When following motorcycles.
All of the above.
3. If your car goes into water, you should:
wait for water to rush in and let it out in small breaths through your nose.
remove yourself before it starts to sink.
call the fire department immediately.
None of the above.
4. The NYS law requires drivers to use their headlights:
from one-half hour after the sun sets to one-half hour before the sun rises.
when visibility is less than 1,000 feet.
when they use their windshield wipers to clear rain, fog or snow.
All of the above.
5. When riding long distances, how often should you stop and stretch?
Every two hours
Once per trip
Every 50 miles
Every five hours
6. This is:
side road sign
a reduction of lanes sign.
a right curve sign.
a merging traffic sign.
a side road sign.
7. What does this ‘Soft Shoulder’ sign indicate?
soft shoulder sign
Drivers should leave the pavement immediately.
Drive on the shoulder if you have soft tyres.
The dirt on the side of the road is soft.
None of the above.
8. What does a NO STANDING sign mean?
Drivers can not stand in front of parked vehicles.
Vehicles can stop only to obey a traffic sign, signal or officer.
Drivers must discharge passengers before leaving.
Drivers can only make a temporary stop to load or drop off passengers.
9. U-turns are illegal:
on limited access expressways.
in school zones.
in business districts of New York City.
All of the above.
10. For protection, motorcyclists are required to:
wear approved helmets.
keep their headlights and taillights on at all times.
signal turns, lane changes and stops.
None of the above.
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NY DMV Practice Permit Test

Number of questions: 20
Signs questions:4
Correct answers to pass:14
Passing score:70%
Minimum age to apply: 16
Number of questions: 20
Signs questions:4
Correct answers to pass:14
Passing score:70%
Minimum age to apply: 16
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