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Nebraska Knowledge Exam – Driver License Written Test – 2021

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#1. When you see a truck preparing for a right turn ahead, you should:

Because of the size, trucks sometimes need to swing wide to manage their turns.

When they do, truck drivers cannot see cars directly behind or beside them. Give them plenty of room and never try to squeeze around them.

When following a tractor-trailer, observe its turn signals before trying to pass. If it appears to be starting a left turn, wait a moment to check and see which way the driver is going to turn before passing on the right.

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#2. Proof of financial responsibility is needed:

All motor vehicles operated on public roadways must have financial responsibility (insurance)

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#3. You approach an intersection. Where should you stop if there is a stop sign, but no stop line or crosswalk?

When required to stop because of a sign or signal, you must stop before your vehicle reaches the stop line. If there is no stop line, stop before entering a crosswalk, painted or unpainted. If there is no crosswalk, stop at the safest point nearest the intersecting roadway to obtain a clear view of approaching traffic.

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#4. This sign tells you:

This is an advisory speed sign.

Advisory speed signs have black letters on a yellow or orange background and often are shown under a warning sign.

Advisory speed signs are posted along portions of highways to warn you that conditions may often make it unsafe to drive faster.

Although an advisory speed sign does not have the force of law, if you exceed it and have an accident, it may be concluded that you violated the general speed restriction and are subject to a ticket.

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#5. When you see this road sign, you should slow down and:

T-Intersection. Your roadway ends ahead. You must signal before turning right or left.

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#6. A shared center turn lane must be used for:

A center lane separated with solid and broken yellow lines reserves a lane for left turns shared with traffic from the opposite direction.

Motorists entering this lane should use caution and may only turn left. Using this lane to pass is prohibited.

Signs and arrow markings on the pavement will assist drivers in recognizing this useful turning lane.

Note: curved arrows pointing in different directions do NOT indicate that the lane should be used for right turns, they indicate left turns from opposite directions.

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#7. Parking your car in front of a driveway is:

Parking is not allowed in front of a public or private driveway.

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#8. Children up to age eighteen are prohibited from riding in cargo areas.

Children up to age eighteen are prohibited from riding in cargo areas.

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#9. Which of the following convictions carries the highest number of points on your driving record?

Six points will be assessed for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Violate school bus crossing is three points. Using a handheld wireless communication device to read, type or send written communication while operating a motor vehicle will result in three points. Careless (inattentive, forgetful, inconsiderate) driving adds four points to your record.

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#10. The three-second rule is a way for you to determine:

Keep a cushion of space from other vehicles to have time to react to emergencies and avoid collisions. Stay in the middle of the lane and make sure there is enough room ahead and behind to pass or stop safely. Use the three-second rule to determine safe following distance.

The three-second rule is a minimum requirement and should be increased by one-second for each adversity factor encountered (rain, heavy traffic, etc.).

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#11. When making a left turn into a two-way street, you should:

If a center lane is not marked, a left turn shall be made from the left lane lawfully available and the left turn shall be made into the left lane that is lawfully available.

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#12. If you strike an unattended vehicle and are unable to find the owner, you must:

If you hit an unattended vehicle, contact the proper authorities and provide written information where the owner can find it.

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#13. A HAWK signal is showing alternating flashing red lights. What will follow next?

Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon signal (also known as HAWK signal) is a special type of device used to warn and control traffic at an unsignalized location to assist pedestrians in crossing a street or highway at a marked crosswalk. There are six steps to the HAWK signal sequence.

  • Dark: The signal stays dark until activated by a pedestrian. Proceed with caution when the signal is dark.
  • Flashing Yellow: The signal will flash yellow once it is activated. Slow down and be prepared to stop.
  • Steady Yellow: Stop. If it is unsafe to stop, proceed with caution.
  • Solid Red: Both red lights are illuminated. The driver must stop and remain stopped.
  • Alternately Flashing Red: Stop and proceed only when clear.
  • Dark: Signal sequence is completed, and HAWK signal turns dark until activated again.
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#14. When may you drive faster than a maximum speed limit?

You must comply with speed limits.

Remember, Nebraska’s speed law requires driving at a speed that is reasonable and safe under existing conditions. The maximum limit should be driven only in ideal driving conditions. Reduce your speed when conditions require it. For example, you should reduce your speed when the roadway is slippery, during rain, snow, icy conditions, or when it is foggy and difficult to see clearly down the road.

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#15. At a railroad crossing, trains must be given the right-of-way:

You must yield to trains and always be prepared to stop if a train is approaching. Never try to beat a train across the tracks.

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#16. A sign showing information about nearby motels is an example of a traffic sign with:

Motorist services signs are white on blue. They direct you to services, such as gas, food, motels, and hospitals. Blue is also used to identify parking spaces for disabled drivers.

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#17. What should you do when you see this sign?

Large flashing or sequencing arrow panels may be used in work zones to guide drivers into certain traffic lanes and to inform them that part of the road ahead is closed.

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#18. When should you use your horn?

Sound a sharp blast on the horn to alert another of an immediate danger of a collision.

Use your horn whenever it will help prevent an accident.

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#19. You are approaching a roundabout when an emergency vehicle with flashing lights is approaching on another leg. What should you do?

Do not enter a roundabout when an emergency vehicle is approaching on another leg. This will enable traffic already in the roundabout to clear in front of the emergency vehicle.

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#20. When there is an oncoming car to your left and a child on a bicycle to your right on a two-way road, you should:

When possible, take potential hazards one at a time. If there is oncoming traffic, reduce speed and follow the bicycle until oncoming traffic clears.

You may pass a bicyclist only when safe and legal to do so.

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#21. What should you do at the first sign of rain, snow, or sleet?

Slow down at the first sign of rain, snow, or sleet. Increase the distance from the car ahead of you. Turn on your windshield wipers, headlights, and defroster, as needed.

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#22. This sign means:

Stop sign ahead. When you come to this sign, slow down to be ready to stop at the stop sign.

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#23. What is true about intersections with four-way stops?

All drivers have a duty to stop followed by a duty to use ordinary care as they proceed through the intersection. Common courtesy is that the driver who stops first should be permitted to go first. If in doubt, yield to the driver on your right. Never insist on the right-of way and risk a collision.

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#24. Which is a good advice when dealing with driving and social drinking situations?

If you plan to consume alcohol beverages, always make arrangements for a designated driver or alternative transportation.

A person who has been drinking should not drive. Things like coffee, fresh air, exercise, or cold showers will not help. Only time can reduce the alcohol level and the effects from the body.

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#25. This sign tells you there is an intersection ahead. You should:

Side road. Another road enters the highway from the direction shown. Watch for traffic from that direction

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Facts about Your Nebraska DMV Written Test

Nebraska Written Knowledge Test for a Permit or Driver License
  Number of questions on exam: 25 questions
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 20
  Allotted time to complete test: No limit
  Wait time before retest: 1 day

The Purpose of the Nebraska Practice Test

These practice tests are designed to help you study and ultimately pass the written knowledge exam for a permit or Nebraska driver license.

Each test is randomized, which means that questions are randomly drawn from a larger pool of questions. This makes each test slightly different from the previous.

You can take the tests as often as you like and as often you need to get comfortable with everything you need to learn for the written examination.

The tests are intended as a learning tool. Use them together with the Nebraska Driver’s Manual, not as an alternative to reading the manual.



Nebraska Driver's Manual

Nebraska Driver’s Manual

Make sure you get the latest version of the official Nebraska Driver’s Manual. The manual is usually provided as part of your driver education. You can also get a copy from any DMV office or download a copy online from dmv.nebraska.gov.

All questions on you written exam is drawn from the information in this manual. Read it carefully. Understanding Nebraska traffic laws, rules of the road, and other information in this manual is an important first step towards successfully passing the exam.

How to Use the Nebraska Practice Test

After reading the manual, take a few practice tests to check how much you have learned.

You will get instant feedback after each question. Should you make a mistake, there is also a brief explanation to help you understand the correct answer. If you don’t fully understand the correct answers, use the manual to look up more information. Being active during a study session is a proven way of learning faster.

At the end of the practice test, you will see your score. This is a rough indication of your level of readiness. You need 20 correct answers to pass your official written test, but when you practice you should not be satisfied until you reach 24 or 25 correct answers.

It is a good idea to read questions and choices all the way through, even if it is just a practice test. The most common mistake on the real exam is rushing through the test without carefully reading questions and answers.

Use the practice to also learn how to pace yourself during a test. You have plenty of time to complete your written test.

We help you pass your Nebraska DMV exam

It also helps to discuss common rules and safe driving practices with a friend, teacher, parent, or any licensed driver. Being active helps you learn better, and the more you know, the easier it will be to pass the examination.

Is the Written Nebraska Examination Hard?

The Nebraska written test is known to be difficult. More than 50 percent of all first-time applicants fail the Nebraska written test. So, you should prepare well.

Read more about How to Ace the DMV Test.



Who Must Take the Written Test?

There is a separate written test for each class of license. You can find more information about different tests in the driver’s manual.

  First-time applicant

As a first-time applicant, you must always take and pass a written knowledge test.

  • Learner’s Permit – Type LPE: must pass vision and written tests.
  • Learner’s Permit – Type LPD: must pass vision and written tests. DMV will waive the written test if a school learner’s permit (LPE), school permit (SCP) or learner’s permit (LPD) is valid or not expired for more than one year.
  • School Permit – Type SCP: waived if the applicant has completed a DMV approved driver safety course.
  • Provisional Operator’s Permit – POP: DMV waives the test if the applicant has completed a DMV approved driver safety course.
  • Operator’s License (Class O): waived if the applicant held a POP.

  Drivers with an expired out-of-state license

If you have an expired out-of-state driver’s license, you must also take the test before you can get a Nebraska license.

  Drivers with a Nebraska license expired more than one year

If you are renewing a valid Nebraska operator’s license, DMV will waive the written test if you renew within one year after expiration. When your license is expired more than one year, you must take the written test again.

  Drivers with a revoked license

After a license revocation, you must apply for a new license and take all test again.

  Drivers with a foreign driver license

Drivers who move to Nebraska and hold a license from a foreign country other than Canada, Germany, or Mexico must pass all tests before DMV issues a Nebraska driver license.

Girl behind the wheel - Courtesy: dmv.nebraska.gov

What You Must Know about the Exam

The Nebraska written test is a closed book test. You cannot use your driver’s manual or any other books during the test. The use of any electronic devices, such as your cell phone, is also banned.

If you are caught cheating, your examination will be postponed.

You typically take the test as part of your driver education, but you can also take the test at a DMV office. Nebraska DMV does not offer online testing from home.

The test has 25 multiple-choice and true-or-false questions. The passing score is 80%. You must be aware that there can be questions where more than one answer is correct. This can be the case when you see “All of the above” as the last choice. Carefully read all the choices before answering.

The written test is not timed. You can take as much time you need to complete the test. Normally, you will finish in less than 15 minutes.

Should you fail your exam, you cannot take it again the same day.

Nebraska Graduated Licensing Laws

Nebraska GDL Schema

If you are between 14 and 16 years, you can apply for a School Learner’s Permit (LPE). This permit allows a student to legally practice driving for a School Permit (SCP). The School Permit can be issued if you live outside a city of 5,000 or more or attend a school outside a city of 5,000 or more. With a school permit you can drive unsupervised to and from your school.

The other route to your full driver’s license starts with a standard Learner’s Permit (Type LPD). You must be at least 15 years to apply for the LPD.

The Learner’s Permit allows you to practice driving for a Provisional Operator’s Permit (POP), Operator’s (Class O) or Motorcycle (Class M) License.

A Provisional Operator’s Permit (POP) is the intermediate step between your first learner’s permit and a full unrestricted driver license. You must be at least 16 years before DMV issues the provisional permit and you must have held a LPE, LPD, or SCP for at least six months.


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