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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 DMV written test covers the information found in the Pennsylvania Driver's Manual, and includes questions on road rules, traffic laws, road signs and markings, and safe driving practices. The PA DMV written test consists of 18 questions, and you'll need at least 15 correct answers to pass (83%). After passing the DMV 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?
advance warning 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:
divided highway ahead sign
Slippery when wet
Divided highway ends
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:
center lane left turns sign
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 happens when:
your tires throw water to the rear, causing problems for the vehicles behind.
the tires of the car ahead cause sheets of water to splash on your vehicle.
your tires ride up on a thin surface of water, losing contact with the pavement, and resulting in sudden loss of control
one of your tires goes flat, causing the others to skid.
8. Drivers should allow a larger space cushion when stopping:
on an up-hill.
at a stop sign.
at an intersection.
at a yield sign.
9. An orange triangle on the back of a vehicle indicates:
that the vehicle has no blind spots.
a slow moving vehicle.
that the vehicle has the right-of-way.
that the vehicle carries hazardous materials.
10. The maximum speed limit in this state is ____ MPH.
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PA Knowledge Test Facts

Number of questions: 18
Correct answers to pass:15
Passing score:83%
Minimum age to apply: 16
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