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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. When traveling below 40 MPH on a limited access highway, you should:
sound your horn to warn others.
use your four-way flashers.
drive on the shoulder.
use your high beams.
2. Which of the following is a defensive driving skill/technique?
Maintain the correct speed.
Keep your vehicle in good condition.
Do not drive if you are very weary.
All of the above.
3. Gauging the speed of a motorcycle may be difficult because:
motorcycles often slow down by downshifting.
motorcycles are slower than cars.
motorcycles take up less of your field of vision.
many motorcyclists do not activate the brake light.
4. Before crossing any railroad tracks, you must:
look and listen for trains.
make sure there is room for your vehicle on the other side.
wait until the crossing gates are completely up.
All of the above.
5. If you get on a wrong expressway exit, you must:
drive in reverse to return to the expressway.
use the the exit ramp to accelerate to expressway speed and blend with traffic.
make a U-turn and return to the expressway.
get off at the next exit and look for signs that tell you how to return to the expressway.
6. When approaching any intersection or driveway, drivers should:
look both ways and be ready to stop.
pass other vehicles and then stop.
change lanes.
drive at the fastest speed just before entering the intersection.
7. You are waiting to turn left at a multilane intersection, and opposing traffic is blocking your view. You should:
accelerate rapidly when the first lane you need to cross is clear.
wait for the opposing driver to wave you across the intersection.
edge your car into each lane of opposing traffic as soon as it clears.
wait until you can see all the lanes you need to cross before going ahead with your turn.
8. Drinking alcohol while taking drugs can:
have a less pronounced effect than either taken separately.
improve your driving performance.
improve concentration.
have a more pronounced effect than either taken separately.
9. Drivers should be aware that a motorcyclist may:
quickly change speed or lane position.
decrease speed and rise off the seat when approaching a railroad crossing.
move to the center of the lane on steel deck bridges.
All of the above.
10. What does a flashing yellow light mean?
flashing yellow light
The same thing as a stop sign.
Drivers may move forward with caution.
Warning: hospital ahead.
All of the above.
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PA DMV Written Test Facts

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