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Anyone operating a motor vehicle or motorcycle on public roadways in Rhode Island must have a driver license or learner's permit. The RI DMV written test covers the contents of the Rhode Island Driver's Handbook, and includes questions on road rules, safe driving practices, road signs, and identification of signals and pavement markings. The RI DMV written knowledge test consists of 25 questions, and you'll need at least 20 correct answers to pass (80% or higher). Practice with this sample DMV test and study the manual to get ready for the official Rhode Island driver's license test.
1. When driving behind a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing:
drivers don't need to stop unless they are in a school zone.
drivers only need to stop if children are present.
drivers never need to stop.
drivers may not pass the school bus.
2. When you see an emergency vehicle with flashing lights, you must:
slow down and keep moving in your lane.
speed up and take the nearest exit.
stop exactly where you are.
pull to the curb and stop.
3. You are coming to an intersection and have a green light. Pedestrians are crossing against the red. You should:
claim your right-of-way and proceed with caution.
speed up and pass in front of the pedestrians.
stop to let pedestrians cross safely.
honk your horn.
4. This road sign means:
bicycle crossing sign
This lane is reserved for bicyclists
Bicycle crossing
Motorciclists ahead
Bicycles have the right-of-way
5. When you reach an intersection with a stop sign, you should:
check your rearview mirror, look left, then right, then proceed.
follow the vehicle ahead of you.
stop, look left, then right, then left again.
stop, look right, then left, then right again.
6. Hydroplaning happens when:
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
your tires throw water to the rear, causing problems for the vehicles behind.
one of your tires goes flat, causing the others to skid.
7. Roads are the most slippery:
for the first 2 hours of a rain storm.
after it has been raining for an hour or more.
the first rain after a dry spell.
8. When a driver has their left arm and hand extended upward, the driver plans to:
go straight ahead.
come to a stop.
turn left.
turn right.
9. Drivers must not drive at:
a speed that is not prudent for the circumstances.
a speed that is greater than the posted speed limit.
a speed that is greater than reasonable.
All of the above.
10. When approaching a railroad crossing that has no warning signals (such as electric flashing lights or gates), drivers must look in both directions, listen and slow down.
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RI DMV Test Facts

Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:20
Passing score:80%
Minimum age to apply: 16
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