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800+ North Carolina DMV Test Questions

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Our North Carolina DMV practice tests have 800+ unique driver's license and permit questions and answers. The DMV practice tests are based on the latest Driver Handbook from North Carolina DMV. They cover all areas of the official NC DMV examination, including safe driving and North Carolina laws, rules of the road, and road signs.

With the license and permit practice tests at Driver's Prep, you will get instant feedback and explanations. When you take the real the real North Carolina DMV test, it will feel like you have already seen all questions beforehand.

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North Carolina Learner's Permit

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A legal privilege and responsibility

Getting a North Carolina Learner permit or driver's license is a legal privilege and responsibility. It is not a right. To qualify for a North Carolina learner permit or driver's license you will be tested on your knowledge of motor vehicle laws and traffic signs.

The real DMV written tests

The pass rate on the real DMV written tests in North Carolina is among the lowest in the country. That is why you should spare no effort in your preparations for this important step in life. Detailed information regarding laws, signs and testing can be found in the Driver's Handbook. Many of these details are necessary to know.

Speed up learning with practice tests

Just reading the driver's handbook is usually not enough to pass the DMV examination. You should speed up learning and gain confidence by taking online practice tests. They have many DMV questions from the official knowledge test. Everything you need to learn fast and easy.

What You Need to Know about Road Signs

Road Signs - Know the Basic Shapes

Learn to decode road signs by shape and color

Being able to decode road signs by just looking at shapes and colors is important for your DMV written test, but also for your safety on the road. A question about the shapes or colors of road signs is likely to appear on your permit practice test, and may also appear your real examination. The idea is that you should be able to recognize signs from a distance and to act correctly, even if the sign is barely visible.

Two important shapes

Diamond shaped signs are perhaps most important. They warn you of possible hazards on or close to the road. If you aren't sure about the message on the sign, the shape and the colors yellow (for general warning) or orange (indicates a work zone) should tell you to slow down and be alert.

A circular shaped sign is placed on the side of the road when you approach a railroad crossing. It is the only circular sign in United States. Slow down and be prepared to stop, if necessary.

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North Carolina DMV Written Test

Who Must Take the Written Test?

- For an original NC learner's permit or driver license of any type, you need to pass the written knowledge test.

- New North Carolina residents who are replacing an out-of-state or out-of-country license to a North Carolina driver's license must also complete the written knowledge exam.

- Passing the knowledge test is also required for anyone who lets the driver's license expire for more than one year.

North Carolina DMV Written Tests

The North Carolina DMV written test has two parts. On the road sign recognition test you must identify the traffic signs by color and shape and explain what each sign means. The second part covers North Carolina traffic laws and safe driving practices.

How many questions are on the North Carolina DMV test? The test has 25 questions. To pass, you must successfully answer 20 of the 25 questions, which means a passing score of 80%.

Knowledge tests can be taken in English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Spanish. Manuals in these languages should be available from your local DMV office as well.

For those who have difficulty reading, oral tests are available upon request. Make sure you contact your local DMV office in advance.


Be Well Prepared

Make sure you get the latest version of the North Carolina Driver's Handbook from ND DMV. All permit practice tests at and questions on your NC knowledge test are drawn from the material in this handbook. Make sure you get familiar with all areas covered in the handbook. You need to know the facts for the knowledge exam and to be a safe licensed driver. Pay special attention to facts that are bolded or highlighted in the handbook.

Give yourself plenty of time. Start preparing at least two weeks before the real test.

Applicants who start less than a week before the knowledge test and spend less than 10 hours practicing have a failure rate of more than 50%.

Practice permit tests help you get familiar with the type of questions asked and will boost your confidence. A permit practice test has 25 questions. You must correctly answer 20 questions to pass (80%). This is the same passing score as the real knowledge test. You should, however, aim for a score of 92% or more on a permit practice test.

Pay Careful Attention to Questions and Answers

Read all questions and choices carefully. Practice test questions may be repeated with different wording and different choices. Remember, questions on each practice test and on the real test are randomly drawn from a large pool of questions. Don't count on covering every single question on the practice tests, even if you take a handful tests every day. There are just too many questions in the database.

All questions are multiple-choice or true/false. Only one alternative is correct. If you see All of the above, None of the above as one alternative on the practice test, make sure you evaluate all choices.


Passing scores on State DMV tests

What is the passing score in other states?

See a list of passing scores on the DMV test here. Where the DMV knowledge test consist of two parts with a separate road sign test, the average passing scores from both parts are used. (Road signs tests usually have a higher passing scores, like Virginia where you must correctly answer all 10 road sign questions.)

Some states have multiple passing scores

As an example, California has three different tests, depending on your age and if you are a first-time applicant or not. The passing scores vary slightly depending on which test you need to take.

Higher passing scores does not necessarily mean that the DMV test is more difficult.

How many questions?

The number of questions on the real DMV written test usually vary between 20 and 50, depending on State.

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DMV Test: Back Up Your Car

What you need to know before visiting North Carolina DMV

For your road test, it is important that you know how to back up your car or drive it in reverse. Questions about backing up may also show up on your written DMVtest. We tell you what to expect.

The North Carolina DMV test, and then what?

If you still have your DMV written challenge ahead you, there are some important points you should remember before getting in front of the computer screen and take your test. Afterwards, when you have your learner's permit, make sure that you go through them again and practice driving in reverse until you feel comfortable with it. Do you have a backup camera? Then, learn how to back up both with it and without it.

Quick North Carolina safety reminders

Know what to do before you get behind the wheel and put the gear in reverse. Know how to start, how look behind you, and which speed to use. All of those things are very important for your test and to back up safely.

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Driver's Prep was created in 2007. At the time, there were no websites offering free licenseor permit practice tests to the public in United States.

Driver's Prep was a game changer. For the first time, any applicant for a permit or driver's license could access online tests without signing up with a driving school or driving class, and without paying a fee. Driver's Prep was also unique by not requiring users to create an account.

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