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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 NY DMV written test covers the contents of the New York 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. For better visibility during rain, fog or snow, use:
high beam headlights.
emergency flashers.
low beam headlights.
daytime lights.
2. Drivers who drive while intoxicated or impaired by drugs and cause the death of a child less than 16 years of age in the vehicle may be charged with a class B felony, punishable by up to ________ in State prison.
50 years
10 years
2 years
25 years
3. What does it mean if an oncoming driver flashes headlights at you during a period of low visibility?
Your vehicle was difficult to see. You should turn on your headlights.
You are driving in the wrong direction. Make a U-turn as soon as possible.
Your headlights are too bright. You should turn them off.
Your headlights are too bright. You should use parking lights instead.
4. As you drive on the expressway, make sure:
to signal all lane changes.
you cut off vehicles behind you when you change lanes.
your directional signal goes off before you change lanes.
All of the above.
5. If the entrance lane is too short to allow acceleration to expressway speed, you should:
accelerate to expressway speed and blend with traffic.
reduce your speed to 15 MPH or less and blend with traffic.
enter the expressway and accelerate quickly.
stop and wait for a large space in traffic.
6. This sign means:
night speed
The night-time speed limit is 45 MPH.
Take route 45 if you are driving at night.
The recommended speed limit is 45 MPH.
The minimum speed limit is 45 MPH.
7. The traffic light is green and you want to drive straight through an intersection. If a car is already in the intersection and is making a turn, you must:
wait for the next green light.
enter the intersection and then stop.
drive through the intersection. You have the right-of-way.
let that car complete its turn before you enter the intersection.
8. These are:
route signs
regulatory signs.
miles-left signs.
route signs.
speed limit signs.
9. In New York State, leaving the scene of an incident that involves a fatality or personal injury is:
a criminal violation.
permitted only if you were not directly involved in the crash.
a traffic violation.
permitted only if you did not cause the crash.
10. What does this ‘DIP’ sign indicate?
dip sign
Police DIPartment ahead.
Downgrade ahead. Drivers should go slowly.
There is a low place in the road ahead.
There is a Drive-In Parking ahead.
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NY DMV Written Test Facts

Number of questions: 20
Correct answers to pass:14
Passing score:70%
Signs questions:4
Signs - Correct answers to pass:2
Minimum age to apply: 16
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