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Free Kentucky DMV Permit Practice Test (KY)

  • Perfect for learner’s permit, driver’s license, and Senior Refresher Test
  • Based on official Kentucky 2024 Driver's manual
  • Updated for July 2024
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6 min to complete
Available in EN, ES, RU

This Kentucky KSP 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 KY Driver Handbook. On the Kentucky written permit test, you must achieve a score of 80% to pass, which means that you must answer 32 questions correctly out of the 40 questions on the exam. The exam itself is available in several languages and can be administered as an oral exam for those who cannot read the exam in English. However, you must answer the section of the tests on road signs based on your “own knowledge and understanding,” according to the Kentucky Driver Manual. If you fail the test, you can try again on the next available test-taking day. There is a $10 fee for your Kentucky learner’s permit. In addition to normal requirements to receive your learner’s permit, such as passing your vision and knowledge tests, providing proof of identification, and Kentucky residency, if you are under 18 you must have parental consent. You must also have your school complete a School Compliance Verification Form, required due to Kentucky’s No Pass/No Drive Law.


Important FAQs for the Kentucky Learner’s Permit Test in 2024

How do I obtain my learner’s permit in Kentucky?

To get a learner’s permit in Kentucky, you must be at least 16 years old, provide required documentation for identity and residency, pass a vision test, and successfully complete the written knowledge test.

What are effective study methods for the permit test?

Studying for the Kentucky permit test involves thoroughly reviewing the Kentucky Driver’s Manual and taking multiple practice tests to become familiar with the test format and question styles.

How many questions are included in the Kentucky driver’s permit test?

The Kentucky driver’s permit test comprises 40 questions.

What score is required to pass the permit test?

To pass the Kentucky permit test, you must correctly answer at least 32 out of the 40 questions, which is an 80% passing score.

What is the waiting period for retaking the permit test?

If you fail the permit test in Kentucky, you must wait at least one week before retaking it.

Are there any age-specific restrictions for learner’s permit holders?

Learner’s permit holders in Kentucky under 18 must adhere to specific driving restrictions, such as no driving between midnight and 6 AM and no texting while driving, regardless of the vehicle’s movement status.


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List of questions (classic view)

  1. When passing a large vehicle, do not merge back in front of the vehicle until you can see its
  2. If you are already moving through an intersection when the traffic light changes from green to yellow, you must
  3. To guard against glare from the headlights of a vehicle behind you, you must use __________ and adjust it before you drive.
  4. This warning sign indicates
  5. You must dim your headlights whenever you come within _________ of an oncoming vehicle.
  6. If you plan to turn beyond an intersection, you must
  7. Before entering a curve, you should
  8. What does this sign mean?
  9. While driving, you should focus your eyes at least _________ ahead.
  10. When exiting an interstate highway, do not start to slow down until you have moved into
  11. When following a large vehicle that blocks your view ahead, you will need _________ to see around the vehicle.
  12. What does this symbol mean?
  13. When you come to a school bus or church bus that is stopped to load or unload passengers, you must
  14. According to Kentucky law, you must complete a pass when
  15. Hydroplaning may occur when your tires
  16. This sign indicates
  17. You must never turn your ignition key to the lock position while your vehicle is in motion, because it will cause
  18. When two cars reach an uncontrolled intersection at about the same time,
  19. In a skid, the most important vehicle control device is
  20. What does this sign mean?
  21. In Kentucky, you are considered intoxicated if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is at least
  22. In Kentucky, the legal speed limit on state highways is
  23. A flashing yellow arrow means
  24. This emblem on the rear of a vehicle means that
  25. You may only make a left turn on a red light
  26. What should you do if you miss your exit on an expressway?
  27. A turnabout is a legal way to turn your vehicle around. It is also known as
  28. What does this traffic signal mean?
  29. In bad weather when visibility is poor, you should use _________ to make it easier to see ahead.
  30. When an emergency vehicle is approaching you from either direction, displaying flashing red lights or sounding a siren, you must
  31. _________ are large areas around trucks or other large vehicles where cars may disappear into blind spots.
  32. What does this sign mean?
  33. In a roundabout, you must keep to the right of the central island and drive in
  34. If you are parallel parked on the right side of a street, you should _________ before you pull out into traffic.
  35. You are parking against the curb and facing uphill. Which way should you point your front wheels?
  36. What does this sign indicate?
  37. At railroad crossings that are only marked with a stop sign, you should stop and then proceed only when
  38. To avoid causing a rear-end collision, you must maintain at least a _________ following distance.
  39. According to Kentucky law, _________ must wear safety belts or suitable child restraints.
  40. What does this sign mean?