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Nebraska Knowledge Exam – Driver License Written Test – 2021

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#1. It is a good idea to use your high-beam headlights in the following situations, except:

Remember, you should not use your high-beam headlights in fog.

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#2. What is true about driving in a no-zone?

No-Zones are areas around trucks where cars (1) disappear into blind spots, or (2) are so close that they restrict the truck driver’s ability to stop or maneuver safely. Both types of No-Zones greatly increase the potential for a crash.

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#3. Which of the following is true about driving on a wet roadway?

Chances of hydroplaning increase as speeds increase.

Hydroplaning occurs when tires ride on a thin film of water instead of the road. To prevent hydroplaning, slow down.

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#4. This sign tells you:

Regulatory speed limit sign. With the word minimum, it shows the minimum speed you are allowed to travel.

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#5. If gates rise at a railroad crossing, but the red light is still flashing, you should:

Never drive any vehicle through, around or under any gate or barrier. It is dangerous and against the law.

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#6. When should you use the three-second rule?

Keep a cushion of space from other vehicles to have time to react to emergencies and avoid collisions. 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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#7. When making a left turn into a two-way street with multiple lanes, it is generally wrong to:

When making a left turn, do not turn from or enter the right-hand lane. 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.

If there are signs or lane markings that allow for two or more turning lanes, stay in your lane during the turn.

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#8. Always signal to other drivers when you:

You must warn other drivers you are going to change direction or slow. This will give them time to react, if needed, or at least not to be surprised by what you do.

Always signal when:

  • Changing lanes.
  • Pulling in or out of a parking space.
  • Pulling into traffic from a parking area or alley.
  • Signal at least 100 feet before turning, or moving right or left.

The law requires that you signal when turning or moving right or left upon a roadway, or when stopping or suddenly decreasing the speed. (60-6,161)

Any stop signal or turn signal required by the Nebraska Rules of the Road must be given either by means of the hand and arm or by signal lights.

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#9. Penalties for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash include:

Persons who leave the scene of a motor vehicle crash may have their driver license revoked for up to one year upon conviction.

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#10. Parking is never allowed:

Never park within an intersection.

Parking in handicapped parking space is allowed when you display an authorized handicapped license plate or permit.

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#11. Who should be given the right-of-way at a roundabout?

You must yield to traffic approaching on your left already in the roundabout.

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#12. Traffic signs that warn a driver of hazards or changes in road conditions ahead are usually:

Yellow is used as background on general warning signs. Such signs warn you of hazards or changes in conditions ahead. The road layout may be changing, you may be coming to a school zone, or there may be a special situation ahead. Slow down and obey the sign.

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#13. This road sign marks:

Low clearance. The overpass has a low clearance. Do not proceed if the vehicle height exceeds the dimensions indicated.

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#14. When another vehicle is passing you:

When another vehicle is passing, stay in the lane and maintain speed unless there is an emergency.

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#15. Which road signs have the shape of an upside-down triangle?

The upside-down triangle shape is exclusively used for yield signs. Slow down and, if necessary, stop to give the right of way to vehicles and pedestrians.

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#16. The blood alcohol level at which it is illegal for any person 21 years or older to drive is:

If the tests show an alcohol concentration of .08 or more, you are legally intoxicated. For drivers under the age of 21, it is against the law to drive if your BAC is .02% or higher.

Remember, it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle on Nebraska roadways if the driver has a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of:

  • .02 percent or higher and the driver is under 21.
  • .04 percent or higher when operating a commercial motor vehicle.
  • .08 percent or higher regardless of driver’s age or vehicle type.

You can be convicted of DUI even if your BAC is lower.

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#17. What does the markings in center lane (B) mean?

When a lane is marked with both a curved and straight arrow, turning or proceeding straight ahead is allowed.

When a lane is marked with a curved arrow and the word ONLY, you must turn in the direction of the arrow.

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#18. If there is enough room in a traffic lane for your car and a motorcycle, you should:

Allow the motorcyclist a full lane width. Although it may seem as though there is enough room in the traffic lane for an automobile and a motorcycle, remember the motorcycle needs the room to maneuver safely. Do not share the lane. It is illegal and unsafe.

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#19. Windshields that are dirty, foggy, or icy at night will usually:

A clean windshield, inside and out, helps reduce the glare from oncoming vehicles.

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#20. When a police officer is directing you to drive against a red light, you should:

Always obey a police officer when the officer is directing traffic.

Traffic control can be provided by law enforcement, highway personnel or school crossing guards. You must obey directions from these people.

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#21. What does this sign mean?

Road curves gradually to the right. Be prepared for the change in direction. Check your speed.

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#22. Symptoms of fatigue may include:

Know the signs of driving fatigue, like: drifting in your lane, repeated yawning, difficulty focusing, tailgating, or missing road signs.

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#23. When the driver holds an unrestricted operator's license, adult passengers in a car must always wear safety belts:

State law requires all front-seat occupants to be restrained. Occupants up to 18 must be restrained regardless of seat position.

Even when the law requires only adult front seat passengers to wear safety belts, it is still a good idea to encourage everyone to buckle up.

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#24. When approaching an intersection with a flashing red light:

A flashing red traffic light means the same as a stop sign. A complete stop is required, yielding to oncoming traffic or pedestrians, before proceeding when the way is clear.

The signal does not change color, it stays red.

A flashing red light at a railroad crossing requires a complete stop even if a train is not visible.

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#25. 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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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.

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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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