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Free Wisconsin DMV Permit Practice Test (WI)

  • Perfect for learner’s permit, driver’s license, and Senior Refresher Test
  • Based on official Wisconsin 2024 Driver's manual
  • Updated for July 2024

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6 min to complete
Available in EN, ES, RU

This Wisconsin DMV practice test has just been updated for July 2024 and covers 40 of the most essential road signs and rules questions directly from the official 2024 WI Driver Handbook. You will need to take a 50 multiple-choice question knowledge test to get your Wisconsin instruction permit or driver’s license. You will need to answer 40 of 50 questions correctly, in order to get achieve the required passing ratio of 80%. The knowledge test is administered via an automated, touchscreen computer system, with an “audio assist” option, which can be added by an examiner for those who struggle with reading or have a disability that affects reading. In addition to English, the official test is available in the following several written languages: Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Polish, Serbo-Croatian, Somali, and Hmong. You are only allowed to take the test five times in a single year, and if you wish to retake it after a fifth failure, you will need to get special permission from DMV staff, which will only be granted after showing you have done something to improve your chances of passing. However, studying the Wisconsin Motorist’s Handbook and using this DMV practice test will increase your chances of passing the very first time.


Wisconsin Learner’s Permit Test FAQs in 2024

How many times can you fail the permit test?

In Wisconsin, you can retake the permit test as many times as needed. However, after failing the test twice, you are required to pay a retest fee for each subsequent attempt.

How challenging is the permit test?

The difficulty of the Wisconsin permit test varies, but with proper preparation, including studying the Wisconsin Motorists’ Handbook and taking practice tests, many applicants find it manageable.

What tests must be passed to obtain a permit?

To obtain a permit in Wisconsin, you must pass a vision screening and a knowledge test covering traffic laws, road signs, and safe driving techniques.

Can I get a driver’s license at 18 without a prior permit?

Yes, in Wisconsin, you can apply for a driver’s license at 18 without having held a learner’s permit. However, you must pass the required knowledge test, vision test, and road test.

Can you drive alone with a permit?

No, in Wisconsin, if you have a learner’s permit, you must be accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years old in the front passenger seat. If you’re practicing driving with a qualified instructor or a parent, guardian, or spouse, the accompanying person can be at least 19 years old and licensed for at least two years.


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List of questions (classic view)

  1. If you encounter a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing on your side of the roadway, you must stop at least _______ from the school bus.
  2. Which of the following types of intersections is considered safest and most efficient?
  3. If you miss your exit on a freeway, what should you do?
  4. This sign shows the location of
  5. If an emergency vehicle using a siren, an air horn, or a red or blue flashing light approaches you, you must
  6. On multilane roads, the _________ is intended to be used for passing slower vehicles.
  7. In Wisconsin, if an emergency vehicle using a siren, an air horn, or a red or blue flashing light approaches you while you are driving in a roundabout, you must
  8. This sign warns of
  9. When approaching an intersection where there are no signs or traffic lights, you must
  10. On a road with two or more lanes traveling in the same direction, you should stay in the _________ except when passing.
  11. If you see a pedestrian with a guide dog or a white cane in the roadway, you must stop at least _________ until the pedestrian is off the roadway.
  12. This sign indicates that
  13. When you parallel park in Wisconsin, you must park within ________ of the curb.
  14. In Wisconsin, the speed limit in outlying parts of cities or semi-urban districts outside cities is _______ except where otherwise posted.
  15. When driving at night, you must dim your headlights whenever you are within _________ of an oncoming vehicle.
  16. What does this sign indicate?
  17. To avoid last-minute braking or the need to turn suddenly, you should look at least ________ ahead while driving in the city.
  18. You have parked next to a curb on the right side of the street, and you are facing up a steep hill. Which way should you point your front wheels?
  19. The correct hand and arm signal to indicate a left turn is
  20. What does this sign indicate?
  21. In Wisconsin, a person under 21 years of age can be arrested for driving with an alcohol concentration greater than
  22. On a wet road, you should reduce your speed by about
  23. If you're driving at 50 mph, it can take __________ for you to react to a hazard and bring your vehicle to a stop.
  24. What does this sign mean?
  25. Under Wisconsin law, which occupants of a motor vehicle must wear safety belts or appropriate child restraints?
  26. At night, you should use _________ rule to make sure that you're not over-driving your headlights.
  27. If you are being passed by another vehicle, what should you do?
  28. What does this sign indicate?
  29. Before making a turn at an intersection, you should signal at least ________ before your intended turn.
  30. If you are about to pass a bicycle to your right and an oncoming vehicle is approaching you on your left, what should you do?
  31. If you're driving at 55 mph, you should not use the opposing lane to pass another vehicle if you are within _________ of a hill or curve.
  32. What does this sign mean?
  33. While you are driving, talking on a cell phone may increase your chances of being in a crash by
  34. At night, use high-beam headlights
  35. To help prevent hydroplaning on a wet road, you should drive
  36. What does this sign indicate?
  37. In Wisconsin, your headlights must be turned on
  38. To exit a freeway or interstate highway, move into
  39. Which of the following statements about highway driving is FALSE?
  40. What does this flashing yellow light indicate?