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#1. The legal drinking age for alcohol is:

The legal drinking age for alcohol is 21 in all states.

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#2. Which shape is used for stop signs?

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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#3. Motorcycle operators:

Motorcycle operators have the right to use a complete traffic lane. Don’t pass a motorcycle in the same lane. The motorcycle needs space to react to other traffic. Motorcycles are small and, therefore, more difficult to see and determine what they will do.

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#4. Which statement is true about checking your blind spots?

Check blind spots by looking over your shoulder and change lanes when traffic is clear.

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#5. When should you use your parking lights?

Never use parking lights instead of your headlights.

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#6. Which is one factor that greatly affects your stopping distance?

The process of stopping your car has three main components: perception, reaction, and braking. This is usually referred to as stopping distance. The first two components can be affected by human factors such as tiredness, alcohol, fatigue, and concentration levels. The last component depends on factors such as: tires, brakes, road, and weather conditions.

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#7. You should always fasten your seat belts and make sure all passengers are using seat belts or child restraints:

Before you start the engine: buckle up! And make sure your passengers do, too.

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#8. When is a good time to adjust your seat so you can reach all controls and see the road?

Before you start the engine

  • Adjust the seat so you can reach the controls comfortably and can see.
  • Make sure the windshield and windows are clean.
  • Buckle up! And make sure your passengers do, too.
  • Check your attitude. Are you calm and in control of yourself?
  • Check the rear and side mirrors and make sure they are properly adjusted.
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#9. A conviction of reckless driving will result in the following number of points on your driving record:

Eight points will be assessed for reckless driving.

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#10. At an uncontrolled intersection, a pedestrian has entered the crosswalk. In this situation, you should:

Pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections have the right-of-way over vehicles. A crosswalk exists anywhere two streets intersect, even at a T intersection. A crosswalk exists even if it is not painted or marked.

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#11. While driving your wheels slip off the road edge. What is the best thing to do?

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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#12. Orange road signs are used:

Orange is used for construction and maintenance warning. The signs are usually diamond shaped. They notify drivers of unusual or potentially dangerous conditions near work areas.

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#13. You have a green light and there are vehicles blocking your way in the intersection. What should you do?

A green light means GO. You may proceed through an intersection in the direction indicated by the signal if the road is clear. You must yield to vehicles already in the intersection. Don’t enter the intersection if it is blocked. Make sure you look right and left for oncoming traffic.

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#14. Always signal to other drivers when you:

Always signal before you slow down, stop, make a turn, or change lanes. It is important that other highway users know your intentions. Signals may be given by hand-and-arm positions or by using the vehicle’s signal lights the law requires you to signal a turn or lane change with your directional lights or hand signals at least 100 feet ahead.

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#15. In this situation (approaching the bicyclist from behind), you should:

Be patient when passing a bicyclist. Slow down and pass only when it is safe. Do not squeeze the bicyclist off the road. In this situation passing is not allowed. On two-lane roads where traffic moves in opposite directions you may pass only when there is a broken yellow line on your left.

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#16. When stopping before a left turn, your front tires should be turned:

When turning left, keep your wheels pointed straight ahead until you actually start to turn.

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#17. Can you make a U-turn on a one-way street?

Never make a U-turn on a one-way street.

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#18. If an official police vehicle approaches from behind and signals you to stop, you should:

Pull over and stop!

  • Stop your vehicle as far out of the lane of traffic as possible.
  • Stay in your vehicle.
  • If you are stopped at night, turn on the interior light.
  • Keep your hands in plain view at all times.
  • Refrain from making any sudden movements.
  • Wait for the officer to request your documents.
  • Officers are trained to ask for identification first and provide an explanation of why you were stopped second.
  • Don’t argue a citation with the officer.
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#19. When are broken white lines used as pavement marking between lanes?

Broken lines indicate passing or lane changing is permitted if the way is clear.

Broken or dashed white lines are used to mark traffic lanes on roads which have more than one lane moving in the same direction. You should drive within these lanes and not straddle the lines.

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#20. You can park your vehicle in a bicycle lane:

Motorists may not stop, park, or drive on a designated bicycle path or lane unless they are entering or leaving an alley or driveway, performing official duties, are directed by a police officer or an emergency situation exists.

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#21. You approach a stopped school bus on your side of a divided highway. Red lights are flashing. In this situation, you must:

When the bus flashes red lights, you must stop until the children are safely across the street and the bus resumes motions or the red lights are no longer flashing.

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#22. The criminal penalties for first offense of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) include a revocation of your driver's license for:

First DUI offense:

  • Driver’s license revoked for a minimum of 185 days which may include the time served in the administrative revocation at the judge’s discretion.
  • Jail sentence of two days to six months or 96 hours of community service
  • Fine of $400 to $1,000
  • Payment of tuition for DUI school (average cost $150)
  • May be ordered to attend a program of treatment when the concentration of alcohol in your blood or breath is .08% or more.

See chapter 9 in Nevada Driver’s Handbook.

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#23. After a train has passed at a railroad crossing with more than one track, you should:

If you are stopped at a railroad crossing with more than one track, do not start as soon as the train passes. Wait until you have a clear view down both tracks before you start across.

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#24. You should expect to be in a large truck's blind spot if you:

If you cannot see the driver’s face in the side view mirror, he or she cannot see you. If that driver needs to swerve or change lanes for any reason, the chances of a collision are greatly increased.

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#25. When driving on a slippery surface such as snow or ice, you should:

The most important thing you need to do when driving in bad weather is slow down. Avoid sudden changes in speed or direction. Give other drivers plenty of space and pay special attention to the taillights on vehicles in front of you. Keep windows and windshield clear.

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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

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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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