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Safe riding requires knowledge and skill. To earn your motorcycle license in Pennsylvania, you must pass both a knowledge test and on-cycle skills test. Knowledge test questions are based on information in the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Manual. They require that you know and understand road rules and safe riding practices. The Pennsylvania DMV motorcycle test consists of 20 questions, and you'll need at least 16 correct answers to pass (80%).
1. The pavement is particularly slippery:
after it starts to rain.
in rural areas.
in the tire tracks left by cars.
in construction zones.
2. Which of the following is a hazard associated with passing a row of parked cars?
A door could be opened into your path.
A driver may pull out in front of you.
People can step out from between cars.
All of the above.
3. The best way to carry cargo on a motorcycle is to:
keep the load low.
distribute the load evenly.
fasten the load securely with elastic cords.
All of the above.
4. When riding in a group, ensure the group stays together by:
riding in a single-file formation.
placing beginners in the middle of the group.
checking your mirrors frequently.
pairing up.
5. When riding with a group of motorcyclists, a staggered formation:
is recommended at all times.
None of the other answers is correct.
should be used when riding on curves.
should not be used when entering or exiting a highway.
6. Which of the following statements about riding downhill is false?
Increase your speed when riding downhill.
Motorcycles tend to pick up speed.
The amount of braking force required to stop increases.
Start slowing early.
7. Distances are harder to judge at night than in daylight. When you ride at night you should:
All the other answers are correct.
use another vehicle's tail lights to help judge the road ahead.
use your high beam whenever you are not following or meeting a car.
allow more distance to pass and be passed.
8. The three steps of the SEE strategy are:
Signal, Express, Execute.
Search, Examine, Execute.
Search, Evaluate, Execute.
Signal, Execute, Evaluate.
9. You ride safely on slippery surfaces by:
avoiding sudden moves.
holding in the clutch.
maintaining or increasing your speed.
leaning back.
10. The gearshift lever is located:
in front of the right footrest.
in front of the left footrest.
by the right handgrip.
by the left handgrip.
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PA DMV Motorcycle Test

Number of questions: 20
Correct answers to pass:16
Passing score:80%
Number of questions: 20
Correct answers to pass:16
Passing score:80%
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