Illinois DMV Practice Test 2023

The Illinois DMV permit test consists of 35 questions, and you must answer at least 28 questions correctly to get a passing score (80%). The questions in our sample tests are nearly identical to those on the official IL exam.

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In Illinois, the standard speed limit in rural areas is 55 mph if there aren’t any speed limit signs that indicate otherwise.

You see another driver turn left across double yellow lines to enter a driveway. Is this permitted?

While you are generally not allowed to cross double solid yellow lines, you are permitted to make a left turn across double solid yellow lines to enter/leave a driveway, private road, or alley.

You approach a railroad crossing with lowered crossing gates. Where must you stop?

Stop within 15-50 feet from the crossing when arriving at a railroad crossing with (1) lowered crossing gates, (2) flashing warning lights, or (3) a STOP sign.

You accidentally crash into an unattended vehicle. Which statement is true?

If you cannot locate the owner, leave a note with personal details (i.e. name, phone number and address) and your license plate number. Illinois law further states that you must notify law enforcement of the accident.

Which statement is true regarding cell phones and driving?

In Illinois, texting, reading texts, or using a hand-held phone is strictly prohibited for all drivers regardless of age. Hands-free and voice-operated devices may be used by drivers 19 years or older.

Are you permitted to use a headset while driving?

Headsets over both ears greatly will reduce your ability to know what’s happening around you. It's illegal to use a headset while driving in Illinois.

Driving with a BAC of 0.08 or more is:

The legal BAC limit is 0.08 in Illinois. Remember that if your driving ability is impaired, you can be convicted of DUI even if you have a BAC of less than 0.08.

A second DUI conviction within 20 years will result in at least:

In Illinois, a first DUI conviction will result in license revocation for at least 1 year. If you are convicted of DUI a second time within 20 years, your license will be revoked for at least 5 years.

When parallel parking on a level street, your wheels must be within:

Your vehicle must be within 12 inches of the curb when parallel parking on a level street in Illinois.

Parking is prohibited within:

Do NOT park within 50 feet of any railroad crossing - it’s prohibited.

In which direction should you steer in case of rear-wheel skid? 


In case of a rear-wheel skid, you should turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid (i.e. in the direction your rear wheels slide). The picture illustrates how to get out of a rear-wheel skid.

Car A approaches an intersection where Car B has stopped at a crosswalk. Which statement is true? 


Don’t attempt to pass a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk even if unable to see any nearby pedestrians. Pedestrians may be blocked from view by the stopped vehicle while crossing the road.

What happens if you turn off the ignition while driving?


If your car has electric or hydraulic steering, turning off the ignition will also turn off power steering. Without power steering, it will be very difficult to steer.

The main cause of skidding is:


Driver error is the most common cause of skidding. Adjust your driving to the road and weather conditions.

What does the warning sign on the right side of the road mean?


This sign warns you that there is a sharp turn to the right ahead. The advisory speed limit is 30 mph in ideal conditions. The sign varies depending on the direction of the turn.

Which of the following are examples of safe and responsible driving?

“Jerky” driving leads to higher fuel consumption as you will have to break and accelerate more. It also increases the probability of a collision as your behavior will be unpredictable for other drivers.

This is primarily when driving on medium- to high-speed roads, as it can be difficult to maintain a steady speed in urban areas.

You want to overtake another vehicle in the situation shown in the picture. Is it safe to overtake?


You never want to overtake a vehicle that has stopped at an intersection. Assume that a pedestrian is crossing the road even when you are unable to see anyone. The pedestrian could be hidden from view behind the stopped vehicle.

You’re driving on a well-lit road at night. How will using low-beam headlights help?


On well-lit roads, low-beam headlights will often not help you see further. However, other drivers may be able to see you more easily.

How much is the stopping distance affected when driving in heavy rain?


In wet weather, the tire grip will be reduced, which increases the stopping distance.

Should you check your vehicle’s cooling system before driving in mountains? If so, why?


Check your brakes and the cooling system before driving on mountain roads. Having defective brakes, for example, can be extremely dangerous when driving down/up a steep ascent or descent.

Is Passing the Illinois DMV Written Test Hard?

It all depends on your level of preparation. Across the country, around 50% of people fail their permit test. This could be because they either didn’t study or didn’t study effectively.

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