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  Questions on each practice test: 25
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#1. Which traffic light has the same meaning as a stop sign?

A flashing red traffic light means the same as a stop sign. You must come to a full stop and then may proceed when it is safe to do so.

The signal does not change color, it stays red.

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#2. You should stop before railroad tracks and not cross them if:

Stop if you cannot pass the intersection without completely clearing the tracks. Wait until you have a clear view in both directions before you start across. Never stop on the tracks. Remember that a train cannot stop quickly or swerve out of the way. If you are on the tracks, you risk injury or death.

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#3. Anti-lock brakes reduce the chances of a skid occurring particularly when:

Anti-lock brakes prevent skidding and allow drivers to steer during an emergency braking situation.

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#4. You can park and leave your car:

You may not park in a tunnel or on a bridge, or within 30 feet of a traffic control signal at the side of a highway.

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#5. Which of the following statements is false about making a good right turn?

To make safe and legal turns you must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other traffic. Not only to pedestrians on a marked crosswalk (this was a false statement).

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#6. Nevada law prohibits all drivers from all use of a cell phone while driving.

There is no general prohibition on cell phone use while driving in Nevada.

The use is, however, prohibited unless a device is used with a hands-free accessory. Texting, electronic messaging and instant messaging is also prohibited.

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#7. There is an oncoming car to your left and a child on a bicycle to your right. What should you do?

Instead of driving between the car and the child, take one danger at a time. First, slow down and let the car pass. Then, move to the left to allow plenty of room before you pass the child (not less than three feet). You may not move back to the right until the vehicle is safely clear of the bicycle. Remember, the driver of a motor vehicle may only overtake and pass a bicyclist if he can safely do so without endangering the person riding the bicycle.

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#8. What is the best thing you can do if your wheels run off the pavement?

Running off the highway can result in an extremely serious single-vehicle crash. This type of accident accounts for a high number of fatalities in Nevada. Driver fatigue, inattention and speeding are all major factors in these crashes. If your vehicle drifts onto the shoulder or if you are forced off the road:

  • Stay calm.
  • Take your foot off the accelerator. If you brake, do so carefully./li>
  • Grip the steering wheel firmly.
  • Do not try to swerve back onto the pavement. Instead, stay on the shoulder until you have your vehicle completely under control and gently ease back onto the road.
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#9. If you are involved in a traffic accident where someone is injured, you must always:

If you are involved in a collision you must stop your vehicle at or near the crash scene.

What to do if you are involved in a crash:

  • Stop.
  • Get medical help for the injured.
  • Warn traffic.
  • Notify law enforcement.
  • Fender bender? Move to the shoulder.
  • Exchange your name, address, driver’s license number, registration and insurance information with other drivers involved.
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#10. This sign means:

No U-Turn. You cannot turn around to go in the opposite direction where this sign is posted. In Nevada, U-turns are generally allowed on any road when they can be made safely.

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#11. Before you make a turn in front of a motorcycle with its turn signal flashing, you should:

Do not assume a motorcycle is turning when you see its turn signal flashing. Turn signals are not self-canceling on most motorcycles. Before you make a lane change or turn that depends on what path a motorcycle is taking, be sure you know what the motorcyclist is doing.

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#12. The following is true about large commercial vehicles, except:

Large commercial vehicles take more time and space to slow down or stop.

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#13. To avoid getting tired on a long trip, you should:

One of the greatest dangers is fatigue. On long trips you can become sleepy or hypnotized by the constant hum of the wind, tires, and engine. It is a good idea to take regular rest stops, even if you are not tired.

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#14. Children over the age of six or who weigh more than 60 pounds, must:

Safety belts must be used if a child is 6 years of age or older, or is less than 6 years of age but weighs more than 60 pounds.

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#15. To avoid last minute moves, you should:

Scanning your surroundings (keeping your eyes moving) includes keeping a safe distance around your vehicle. To avoid last minute moves, look down the road at least 12 seconds ahead of your vehicle so you can see hazards early.

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#16. When two vehicles arrive at the same time at an intersection with no signs or signals, which one should be given the right-of-way?

At intersections where there are no stop signs, yield signs or other traffic signals, if two vehicles come to the intersection at the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left must yield to the driver of the vehicle on the right.

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#17. It is legal to drive with an alcoholic beverage container that has been opened if the container is:

Nevada’s open container law makes it illegal to have alcoholic beverages, which have been opened, in the driver or passenger areas when a vehicle is being driven.

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#18. True or false? When necessary, a bicyclist may occupy a full lane by riding toward the center.

Motorists and cyclists have an equal right to use our roadways and need to be mutually courteous and cooperative. Cyclists may ride in a traffic lane, staying as far to the right as practicable unless preparing to turn or overtake another vehicle.

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#19. The driver ahead signals:

Slowing or stop – left arm extended downward, with palm of hand to the rear.

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#20. A sign with this shape means:

Octagon (eight sides): this shape is reserved for stop signs. You must come to a complete stop.

Why should you learn shapes and colors? The shapes and colors of highway signs have special meanings. This helps you understand the message quickly.

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#21. Signs that warn you of possible dangers ahead are:

Yellow is used for general warning and advisory of unexpected roadway conditions.

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#22. Yellow or amber flashing lights near the top of a school bus mean:

Flashing yellow lights are a warning signal. It means that the bus is about to stop.

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#23. The criminal penalties for a second DUI conviction within seven years include a revocation of your driver's license for:

Second DUI offense within 7 years:

  • Driver’s license revoked for one year which may include the time served in the administrative revocation at the judge’s discretion.
  • Jail sentence or residential confinement of 10 days to 6 months
  • Fine of $750 to $1,000
  • 100 to 200 hours of community service
  • Possible vehicle registration suspension
  • May be ordered to attend a program of treatment or be placed under clinical supervision of a treatment facility for up to one year
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#24. You approach a stopped police vehicle on a multi-lane roadway. The vehicle has its emergency lights activated. What should you do?

You must slow to a speed that is reasonable and proper and less than the posted speed limit. Proceed with caution. Be prepared to stop.

If possible, drive in a lane that is not adjacent to the lane in which the emergency vehicle is stopped unless the roadway, traffic, weather, or other conditions make doing so unsafe or impossible.

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#25. White lines separate traffic:

White lines separate traffic going the same direction. When solid white lines separate lanes of traffic moving in the same direction, do not change lanes or pass. A solid white line is also used to mark the edge of the highway as well as the boundary between a travel lane and a highway shoulder.

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Facts about Your Nevada DMV Driver License Test

Nevada 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: No official wait time

The Official DMV Test in Nevada

The official DMV written test in Nevada is now limited to 25 questions. You need 20 correct answers to pass the test.

Normally, you will be asked to take the test on a computer with touch-screen. The computer system also offers audio-based testing if you need it.

If you have trouble reading or understanding a written test, you may also contact your local service office ahead of the test and ask for an oral examination.

There is no allotted time limit for the test, so you should proceed with care and carefully read questions and all answer alternatives. Be especially alert when the last option is “all of the above” or “None of the above”. Expect the test to take about 15 minutes to complete.

Should you fail the test, you can theoretically take it again the same day. Unfortunately, the booking system may not allow you to do that and taking the test on walk-in basis often means long waiting times. There is also a re-testing fee each time you take the test again. So, you should prepare well and try to pass the test the first time.

The test is only available in English and Spanish. If you have trouble understanding either of these languages, you may bring an interpreter. Interpreters must attest that they are approved by a governmental agency, court, educational institution, or non-profit advocacy group by presenting a letter from the approving agency. The cost of an interpreter must be paid by you (the applicant).

You take the test on a computer with touch-screen - Photo Courtesy of Maryland.gov

  Read more about the Knowledge Testing .

Is the Nevada DMV Test Hard?

About 40 percent of all first-time test takers fail the Nevada DMV test, which makes the test tougher than in states like Illinois and New York, but also easier than many other states.

The Nevada Driver’s Handbook

Answers to all questions on the official knowledge test are found in the Nevada Driver’s Handbook. We recommend that you start by reading this handbook. You can get a copy of the handbook at your nearest DMV office or download it from the DMV website .

The handbook covers the most important Nevada’s traffic laws, safe driving tips, road signs, signals, and pavement markings. It gives you information on driving under the influence and defensive driving recommendations. The handbook also gives you tips about handling your vehicle in any given situation.

The handbook is a must-read if you want to pass the knowledge test.

The Nevada Practice Test

This practice test is a randomized test. It draws random test question from a larger pool of questions.

After each question, you will get instant feedback that tells you if your answer is correct or not. If you miss a question, there is also a brief explanation to help you learn faster. Often, you will find the same information in the Nevada Driver’s Handbook and read up on things you don’t understand.

The passing score in Nevada is 80% (20 correct answers). On a practice test, you should aim higher, preferably a full score. This gives you a very good chance of passing the real exam the first time. Don’t attempt the real test too soon.

Studying for the Exam

The thought of taking a knowledge exam is stressful to most people. Some think that it doesn’t matter how much they study, read the handbook, or take practice tests, it still going to be difficult and even impossible to pass. But trust us – anyone can ace the exam . It is all about determination, confidence, and avoiding some risky study behaviors .



Who Must Take the Nevada Knowledge Test?

If you are a new driver, who has never been licensed in Nevada or the United States before, you must take and pass the written knowledge test.

The following drivers must also pass the knowledge test:

  • Licensed in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory or foreign country.
  • Licensed in the U.S. and less than 21 years of age.
  • Any driver licensed in the U.S. but without a license in their possession.
  • A driver with three or more moving violations in the last 4 years.
  • Any suspension, revocation, cancellation, or other disqualification in the last 4 years.
  • Any DUI conviction within the past 7 years.
  • License restrictions that require reevaluation of driving skills.
  • Renewing an instruction permit expired more than 30 days.
  • Renewing a license expired more than one year.
  • A driver with six or more moving violations within the last 4 years who wishes to reinstate the license.
  • Reinstatement when license was suspended, revoked, denied, or cancelled more than one year.
  • Reinstatement when the driver was at fault in any accident during the 1-year period immediately preceding the date of reinstatement.

Note that the DMV examiner can ask any driver to take all tests again, depending on factors such as driving history or medical conditions.


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