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Rhode Island Permit Test

Rhode Island Permit Test 2013

If you are applying for a Rhode Island drivers license or learners permit, you will be required to take a learners permit test that covers the state driving rules, traffic signs and safe driving practices. If you are under 18 years of age, you may take the 2013 Rhode Island permit test through the same agency that provides your drivers education program, the Community College of Rhode Island. Everyone else takes the RI permit test at the testing station in Pawtucket that is administered by the Rhode Island Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You have to be at least 16 years of age in order to be eligible for taking the Rhode Island permit test in 2013.

Rhode Island Permit Test Questions

The questions on the Rhode Island permit test cover the state driving rules, traffic signs and safe driving habits. There are 30 multiple choice questions on the test that cover these subjects. Although the questions aren't especially difficult and all answers are contained in the official Rhode Island permit test book, more than half of all first time test takers fail the exam. The reason for this is very simple - people tend to overestimate their knowledge of driving rules. The DMV wants to make sure that you know all of the driving rules, not just the basics, and that is why your Rhode Island permit test questions covers the rules very thoroughly.

Just so you understand what the real test is like, here is a sample practice question that can help you decide whether you are ready for the real deal.

“You may not park within ____ feet of a fire hydrant. “

A. 6
B. 8
C. 10
D. 12
E. 14

You can find the answer to this permit question either in the drivers handbook or at the bottom of the page.

When you are taking the real Rhode Island permit test either at the DMV or at the CCRI, you will be presented with 30 questions like the one above and you won't be able to guess your way through all of them. Of course, you may guess the answer to one or two of these questions, but the failure rates show us that guessing doesn't cut it for the majority. If you want to pass the Rhode Island learners permit test the first time you take it, you have to invest time into learning the driving rules.

Preparing for The Rhode Island Learners Permit Test

There are many ways to prepare for the driver knowledge exam and most of these options are completely free. Although there is a lot of information available on the Internet, the official state drivers handbook should be your primary study guide. The book is published by the DMV and that ensures that the information contained there is accurate and up to date. Furthermore, all of the permit test questions are based on the information available in the book, so theoretically, this manual is all you need for passing the exam. You can either download the handbook from the DMV website or pick up a copy of the manual at one of the DMV offices.

Practice permit tests are a good supplement for those who already went through the handbook. Taking a Rhode Island permit practice test can help you identify the driving rules you may have missed while reading the book. Permit practice tests are available through multiple sources on the Internet and you can find both free and paid versions. Make sure that practice tests that you take are state-specific, there is no point in you taking practice permit test for California if you are planning to get a license in Rhode Island. Keep in mind: we also offer a free Rhode Island DMV practice test and the RI drivers permit practice test, both of them feature unlimited sample questions you can take over and over again.

Drivers education classes are also an option for everyone applying for a drivers permit in Rhode Island. In fact, if you are under 18 years of age, completion of a Rhode Island drivers education program is mandatory and you have to contact the CCRI for making an appointment for the class (this can be done online through the CCRI website or you may reach the company at 825-2182).If you are 18 years of age and older, you don't have to take the class, but you may do so for your own benefit. Apart from giving you a sound knowledge of the state driving rules and preparing you for the Rhode Island drivers permit test, the course will also make you a safer driver and may make you eligible for a car insurance discount with your insurance provider.

Taking the Rhode Island Permit Test

If you are 16 to 17 years of age, you are subject to the Rhode Island graduated drivers license program and you must complete a drivers education class with the CCRI before you become eligible for an instruction permit. According to the same program, your Rhode Island permit test will be conducted by the CCRI as part of the drivers education curriculum, at the end of the class. Once you are done with the test, you will have to visit one of the DMV offices and apply for a Rhode Island drivers permit.

If you are 18 years of age or older, your permit test will be conducted by the DMV at the Pawtucket testing station. You do not have to make an appointment for the Rhode Island DMV permit test and you can show up any time during the business hours to be tested. At the time of your application, please be prepared to do the following:

  • provide proof of identification
  • provide proof of age
  • provide proof of Rhode Island residency
  • provide your Social Security Number
  • present a drivers education certificate (if you are under 18 years of age)
  • pay the application fee
  • take a vision exam
  • take a permit test (if you have not taken it through CCRI)

If you are under 18 years of age, you must also have a parent or legal guardian to be present at the time of the application and have one of them sign your application for a learners permit form.

The permit test is computerized and it is not timed, so you can take as long as you wish to answer the questions. For most of the applicants, 25-30 minutes is enough for answering all of the questions. Usage of study aids of any kind is strictly prohibited and if you are suspected of cheating, your test will be failed immediately.

Testing is available in languages other than English. Special assistance is also available for those unable to read in English. If you would like to take a Rhode Island permit test in a different language or require special assistance, please let the DMV clerk know before the test begins.

Once you pass the permit test, you are issued with an instruction permit that allows you to start practice driving. Remember that your permit is not a full license yet and multiple Rhode Island permit restrictions apply.

Answer to The Sample Practice Question

The correct answer to the sample permit question provided above is B. You may not park within 8 feet of a fire hydrant.

Although we provide you with the correct answer to the question, we urge you to go ahead and research the official driver handbook for the answer to this and any other questions you may have about driving. After all, once you receive your Rhode Island drivers license, you will hold responsibility for all your actions. Driving is a serious matter, make sure to treat it accordingly.