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Montana Permit Test

Montana Permit Test 2013

When you finally choose to apply for a drivers license in the state of Montana, you will have to take the 2013 Montana permit test. The drivers permit test covers the state driving laws, traffic signs and safe driving habits and is mandatory for all first time license applicants. The 2013 Montana learners permit test is conducted by the Motor Vehicle Division on the appointment-only basis, so you should schedule the test well in advance. Keep in mind that more than a half of all first time permit test takers fail the exam, so you should spend some time preparing for it. Taking a free Montana permit practice test can help you decide whether you are ready for the real thing.

Montana Permit Test Questions

The real Montana permit test contains 33 multiple choice questions and you need to answer at least 27 of them correctly. This makes the passing score for the test just over 80%. All of the permit test questions are based on the materials put forth in the official Montana drivers manual, which is freely available from the Motor Vehicle Division. Taking this into account, the fact that more than a half of the Montana drivers license applicants fail their MVD test the first time they take it sounds incredible. If you are told what you need to study and the study materials are available free of charge, what would prevent you from learning the required things?

The reason why the failure rates are so high is because many people underestimate the level of the questions that are asked on the test and think that general everyday knowledge of driving rules should suffice. Fortunately, this is not the case. The MVD wants to make sure that you know virtually every driving rule there is before allowing you to get behind the wheel. Hence, the questions on the Montana permit test will be difficult.

Just to give you an idea of what you will be up against, here is a sample practice question similar to the ones you will get on your real Montana permit test.

“Montana law requires that a lamp installed on a front of a bicycle, emits white light visible for at least a distance of _____ feet to the front.”

A. 100
B. 200
C. 300
D. 400
E. 500

We know that this does not look like a question a motorist should know, but it is. You are required to learn the basic rules that concern sharing the roads with bicycles, motorcycles and large vehicles and you will need to know the basic regulations that apply to them as well as the rules that apply to regular vehicles. At the MVD, you will have to answer 33 questions like this and it is highly unlikely that you guess the answers to all 33 questions.

Although you may find the correct answer to this question at the bottom of the page, we advise that you research the driver handbook for the answer.

Preparing for The Montana Permit Test

There are plenty of free study resources that can help you get prepared for your Montana MVD permit test, so not being able to find one is not an excuse for not studying. You can get started by reading the state drivers manual, it is completely free and is available through the MVD website. If you don't like reading off the screen or don't have a printer to have the manual printed out, visit your nearest MVD office and pick up a copy that was already printed for you (if you pick up a copy from the drivers office, please return it when you have no further need of it).

The handbook can be complimented with practice permit tests, but you have to use those with care. First of all, if you are taking a Montana practice permit test, make sure that it is state specific and that it reflects the driving rules that are in place in Montana. Second, you should check when was the last time these drivers practice tests were updated. Of course, if you are using free practice tests, this won't be an option, as they are usually provided “as is”, with no additional support, but if you purchased practice tests from a driving school, you have every right to depend that your tests are current. Remember that we offer a free Montana drivers permit practice test and the Montana DMV practice test. Both exams are free and feature unlimited sample question on road rules and traffic signs.

Finally, there are also Montana drivers education classes. Drivers ed classes is a great way to learn the state driving rules, road signs and safe driving practices and in addition to providing you with the same materials as the drivers handbook does, they also contain a lot of useful information on defensive driving techniques and ways to avoid trouble on the road. If you want to achieve a drivers license before the age of 16, taking a drivers education class is mandatory, as stated by the Montana graduated drivers license law.

Taking the Montana Permit Test

The minimum age at which you will be able to take a learners permit test depends on the type of a permit you are applying for. There are two different Montana learners permits available at the moment - a Traffic Education Learner License (TELL) and just the regular Learner License. The minimum age for applying for the TELL is 14 ½ years and you must be currently taking or have completed a drivers education class. The minimum age for a regular learners permit is 15 if you have already completed a drivers education class and 16 if you have not taken drivers ed.

Please remember that you have to make an appointment for your Montana permit test, you cannot just show up any time you want. You can make an appointment for the permit test either through the MVD website or by phone.

When you arrive at the drivers license testing station for your test appointment, please be prepared to do the following:

  • provide proof of authorized presence
  • provide proof of identity
  • provide proof of age
  • provide proof of Montana residency
  • provide your Social Security Number
  • provide proof of enrollment or completion of drivers education (if under 16 years of age)
  • fill in the application for a learners permit
  • pay the application fee
  • take a vision exam
  • take the permit test

If you are under 18 years of age, you will need to have a parent or legal guardian to be present and to sign the consent form. Your application is not valid without parental consent.

Once you successfully pass the permit test and receive your learners permit, you can start your driving practice. Please remember that you don't have full driving privileges yet and you must observe all Montana permit restrictions until you receive a full unrestricted drivers license.

Sample Question Answer

The correct answer to the sample question is E. Montana law requires that a lamp installed on a front of a bicycle, emits white light visible for at least a distance of 500 feet to the front.