If you’ve spent any time studying your state’s driver’s manual in order to prepare for your permit test, you may have realized that earning a Passing score is easier said than done. The problem with driver’s manuals is that they overwhelm readers with too much information presented at one time. The language is dense, not to mention bland and boring, which makes them altogether not the best study tools to use in order to prepare for your permit test.

But, if not the manual provided by your state’s DMV, what are you supposed to use to help you pass your permit test? We strongly recommend Zutobi, our online learning platform that specializes in helping new drivers prepare for and pass their tests all in a fun, engaging way.

Pass Your 2024 Permit Test in Any State with Zutobi

We have gamified driver’s education, and our unique teaching approach is productive and efficient in teaching you all you need to know to increase your chance of passing on your first try. Here are some of the helpful features we offer:

  • Every state’s entire DMV handbook summarized into bite-sized pieces that are easy to understand and read.
  • State-specific DMV permit practice tests that simulate the real written exam to help you feel prepared and comfortable on test day.
  • Hundreds of illustrations and pictures to help you understand even the trickiest situations.
  • Answers and explanations to all of our practice test questions so you can learn the correct answers and the reasoning behind them.
  • Challenge your friends to some healthy competition in our learning levels that keep you motivated as you earn points and level-up.
  • All the test-relevant, important information that you need to know in order to pass your permit exam. Learn everything from road signs to traffic laws and rules of the road.

What Questions Are on the 2024 Learner’s Permit Test?

The official learner’s permit tests are designed to test all of your vehicle, driving, and road related knowledge. Each state has their own version of the permit test, meaning you need to study state-specific questions. You can expect to be asked questions on topics like road signs and their meanings, traffic laws and regulations, safe driving skills, and vehicle specifics like high beam headlights and when to use them.

Each of our courses has all of these factors in mind to help you pass your test, regardless of where you live, on your first try.

what questions

Is the Permit Test the Same as Our Practice Test?

Each permit practice test has questions nearly identical to that state’s current and past permit tests, so you can challenge yourself with exam-like questions that you might see on your actual written exam.

In addition to using exam-like questions, we also provide answers and explanations to all the questions. Altogether, the questions combined with our summarized manual make the perfect permit test study guide.

permit test

How Should You Study for the Permit Test?

You need to prepare thoroughly by studying the manual and ideally doing a large amount of DMV practice tests. Since about 50% fail the test nation-wide, it’s clear that you need to study state-specific content that’s up-to-date and accurate for your state’s traffic laws.

All the information that is tested can be found in your state’s driver’s manual. Thoroughly reading the driver's manual is very important since you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of what you need to know. Don't make the mistake of just doing practice tests or just reading the handbook - it’s the combination of the two that is so powerful.

Zutobi provides both a summarized manual and online tests so you can come fully prepared.

what should

How Many Questions Are on the Permit Test?

The Number of questions varies between states – depending on where you live, you may have to answer only 16 questions or you may have to answer 50. However, most states have 20 to 30 questions on the permit test with a passing score of 80%.

Check your official driver licensing website to find the exact Number of questions.

How Many Questions Can You Miss on the Permit Test?

In most states, you can answer at least four questions incorrectly and still pass your test. The exact Number of questions you can miss depends on the total Number of questions on your state’s DMV test. For example, if there are 30 questions and a passing score of 80%, you can get 6 wrong and still pass.

How Much Does the Test Cost?

The test fee varies between states. Fees can be anywhere between $2 and $35. Note that some states have multiple fees, such as a testing fee in addition to a permit fee. You’ll also want to check accepted methods of payment – most offices will take cash, while others take credit cards and checks as well.

What Do You Need to Bring On the Day of Your Test?

You’ll need documents that prove identification, residency, and lawful status. If applicable, you’ll need proof of driver’s ed completion. If you’re a minor, you’ll need a parent/guardian to accompany you, give permission, and provide identification. Lastly, you’ll need to bring the required fees.

How Long Is the Test?

Depending on where you live, the written test can have a time limit from 20 minutes to an hour. However, you should be given plenty of time to complete the required Number of questions on your state’s test.

How Many Times Can You Take the Permit Test?

Generally, you’ll have to wait a short amount of time after failing the test the first few times. This waiting period can be between 1-15 days, depending on where you live. In some states, you can also be required to redo the entire licensing process if you fail the test too many times in a row (often after 3 failed attempts).

Use the time to study and prepare for your next attempt by reading the driver’s manual and doing online practice tests.

What Is Tested on the Written Test?

The permit test has a set number of multiple-choice questions. It covers signs, traffic rules, right-of-way, defensive driving etc. You may also have to select the correct reaction in certain driving situations – for example, what a driver should do at an unmarked intersection or where children are playing.


In a normal car, are you able to drive 60 miles with a half-full tank?


The fuel consumption varies greatly depending on the car and your driving style. However, a normal car should definitely be able to drive 60 miles with a half-full tank.

What’s true if you’re approaching an intersection with flashing yellow traffic lights?


Flashing yellow traffic lights are found at dangerous intersections. You don’t have to stop, but you must slow down and proceed with caution.

When passing a car at night, you must:


Don’t turn on your high beams until you’ve passed the other vehicle, as you may blind the driver otherwise.

You're turning right at an intersection. What should you especially watch out for?


When turning at an intersection, be aware that you may cross paths with pedestrians on the road you're turning into.

When approaching the intersection, check if there are pedestrians nearby and check once more before turning. Remember to yield to them if needed.

Which statement is true regarding highway interchanges (e.g. cloverleaf or trumpet etc.) ? 


Highway interchanges are more efficient than regular intersections and help transfer vehicles from one highway to another without interfering with traffic already traveling on the highway.

You're on a road trip with some friends, and you can choose between these three routes to get to your destination. Which one should you choose to save fuel?


Route A is probably the best choice time-wise and economically - shorter routes generally consume less fuel, but that's not always the case. For example, lots of traffic lights and intersections will increase fuel usage as you will have to stop and start (accelerate) multiple times.

You’re driving in the mountains. Which statement is true?


When driving at high altitudes, the climate is likely to be much colder. Warning signs are placed on many roads that tend to freeze a lot, but not on all of them. Remember that the roads may be icy even during summer, so make sure to look for spots of ice on the road ahead!

What does this sign mean?


The ‘NO PEDESTRIAN CROSSING’ regulatory sign prohibits pedestrians from crossing the street.

You are parallel parked on the side of the road. When pulling out into traffic:


Make sure that you check the mirrors and blind spot for approaching vehicles. Wait until safe to enter.

Where should you look to avoid being temporarily blinded by an oncoming vehicle's high-beam headlights?


Look toward the right edge of the road to prevent being blinded by the oncoming vehicle's headlights, while still being able to see the road ahead. Remember to check the position of the oncoming vehicle every few seconds.

Should you assume that other drivers will leave you enough space to return to your lane after passing on a two-lane road with oncoming traffic?


You can never be sure that other drivers will slow down in time to let you back into your lane. Never pass unless certain that you have enough time and distance to complete the maneuver safely.

A 4-wheel-drive vehicle has ____ compared to a 2-wheel drive.


4-wheel-drive maximizes the grip on the road, which is especially beneficial when driving on slippery roads and uneven surfaces.

You’re driving on a steep and narrow road uphill. An oncoming car is approaching from the top of the hill and there isn’t enough space for the both of you. Who has the right-of-way?


The vehicle traveling uphill has the right-of-way when two vehicles meet on a steep and narrow road. This applies even if the vehicle traveling downhill has to back up in order for the other vehicle to pass, as the vehicle going downhill has greater control when backing up.

What should you keep in mind when it’s raining?


While you should decrease your speed in bad conditions such as rain, there is no legal limit stating how much. Rain makes it more difficult to see approaching vehicles, and pedestrians tend to hurry across the roads without looking for approaching traffic.

You press the brake pedal and it sinks all the way to the floor. What action should you take?


If you press the brake pedal and it drops all the way to the floor, it may not have enough pressure to work effectively. You should pump the pedal rapidly to build braking pressure, and downshift your vehicle into a lower gear to slow down. You may even have to use the parking brake to stop if necessary.

When exiting an interstate highway, you need to:


When driving at high speeds for longer periods of time, you’ll get used to the high speeds. This can be very dangerous when exiting high-speed roads as you’re likely to think that you’re driving much slower than you actually are. Make sure to check the speedometer so you can exit safely.

What does this sign mean?


Slow down to prepare for the reverse curve ahead. The road will curve to the left and then to the right. The sign varies depending on the direction of the first curve.

Is it generally recommended to gesture at other drivers that you think did something wrong in traffic?


Gestures can be misunderstood or interpreted as hostile. Avoid gesturing at other drivers even if you think they did something wrong.

In which lane should you enter the roundabout if you intend to make a U-turn or turn left?


When making a U-turn or turning left:

  1. Signal left as you approach the roundabout
  2. Enter in the left lane and keep close to the central island
  3. Signal right before exiting

You drive past a sign with this shape on the highway. Which statement is true?


‘No Passing Zone’ signs have the shape of a pennant. Do NOT attempt to pass in this zone for any reason.

Try Our FREE Practice Permit Tests Today

Go ahead and select your state now to find a free DMV practice test that will allow you to test what you think you already know. If you want a more robust course, sign up to Zutobi today.