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New Hampshire DMV Test & Practice Questions – 2021

This New Hampshire DMV Practice Test
  Questions per test: 20
  Question pool: 500+
  Type of test: Random multiple-choice



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#1. Being tired when driving causes you to:

Drowsy driving is quickly becoming one of the nation’s largest problems. A motorist who has been awake for an extended period of time will likely experience performance traits similar to that of someone who has been drinking. Drowsy driving is quickly becoming one of the nation’s largest problems. A motorist who has been awake for an extended period of time will likely experience performance traits similar to that of someone who has been drinking.


#2. If you run off the pavement, you should:

Uneven surface drop-offs can cause serious crashes if a driver reacts improperly. Drivers should avoid panic steering back onto the pavement. If the vehicle leaves the paved road surface, drivers should slow down gradually and turn back onto the pavement at low speed and when it is safe to do so.


#3. This sign means:

Left lane ends, merge right.


#4. You should look carefully for bicyclists, especially when:

Check mirrors and do head checks before opening a vehicle door, backing out of a driveway or into a roadway as bicyclists could be approaching.


#5. If you see a pedestrian in an unmarked crosswalk, you should:

Pedestrians are difficult to see, and it is difficult to determine their intentions. As a driver:

  • Always be prepared to yield to pedestrians even if they are not in a crosswalk.
  • You must yield when a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, even if it is unmarked, including mid-block crosswalks marked by warning signs and pavement markings.
  • You must yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians in the intersection even if the traffic light is green.

#6. If a school bus with flashing red lights has stopped on your side of an undivided highway with four lanes, you must:

Drivers must stop at least 25-feet in any direction for a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and/or the stop arm extended at all times unless the roadway is separated by a physical barrier. Drivers shall remain stopped until the school bus resumes motion or until the flashing red lights cease to operate. Proceed slowly while always watching for children.


#7. This sign tells you:

This is a regulatory speed limit sign. It shows the maximum speed you are allowed to travel.


#8. In this picture, car A may pass the vehicle ahead:

Yellow lines mean the lanes of traffic are moving in opposite directions. You may pass over any broken (dotted) lines when it is safe to do so. You must not pass if the line on your side is solid.


#9. Before turning left in front of an oncoming motorcyclist who signals a right turn, you should:

Turn signals don’t automatically cancel out on most motorcycles. At times, the rider may forget to turn the signal off. Before you make a turn in front of a motorcyclist, be sure the rider is turning and not continuing straight ahead into your path with a forgotten turn signal still blinking.


#10. If your car is equipped with air bags, you should:

Air bags are supplemental restraints and are designed to work best in combination with safety belts. In a crash, air bags and safety belts reduce the chance that a head and upper body will strike some part of the vehicles interior. It is extremely important that safety belts always be worn, even in air-bag equipped vehicles.


#11. Driving a vehicle equipped with anti-lock brakes allows you to:

Vehicles equipped with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) will allow a driver to stop the vehicle without skidding and keep steering control. Be sure to read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to use the ABS. Drivers should press on the brake pedal and keep applying pressure. ABS will work only if the driver keeps the pressure on the brake pedal. A driver may feel the pedal vibrate and hear a clicking noise, which is normal.


#12. When driving at night use your high beams if:

Use the high beams whenever there are no oncoming vehicles and dim the high beams for all approaching traffic.


#13. When following a large truck that blocks your view ahead, you should:

There are certain situations when you need more space in front of your vehicle. Drivers should increase the following distance:

  • On slippery roads.
  • When following large vehicles like trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, and vehicles pulling a trailer.
  • At night, in fog, or in bad weather.
  • When following vehicles required to stop at railroad crossings, like transit buses, school buses or vehicles carrying hazardous materials.

#14. Which of the following results from drinking alcohol?

Alcohol and other impairing drugs reduce a driver’s vision, reaction time, and ability to make clear and quick judgments while driving.


#15. Which road signs have an eight-sided shape?

Octagon (8 sides) shape means stop.

The shapes and colors of highway signs have special meanings. This helps you pick out signs quickly.


#16. When a traffic signal is showing a solid red light and there are no pedestrian crossing signals:

A steady red signal means stop.

You may make a right turn on a red signal only if:

  • there is no sign prohibiting a right turn on red and
  • (if the intersection is equipped) a steady DON’T WALK signal is being displayed.

Remember, it is a violation of the law to make a right turn on red when a steady or flashing walk signal is being displayed even if there are no pedestrians in the crosswalk.


#17. When being passed by another vehicle, you should:

When you are being passed, you must help the other driver to pass. Move to the right edge of the lane and keep your speed. If necessary, slow down to make the pass easier. Never increase your speed.


#18. When stopped by a law enforcement officer at night:

If an approaching police vehicle with lights and/or sirens engaged pulls in behind a vehicle pulling off to the side of the road, a driver must:

  • Come to a complete stop and place the vehicle in park.
  • Remain in the vehicle unless requested to get out.
  • Turn off the engine and turn on the hazard flashers and if at night, the interior lights to help the officer see that everything is in order inside the vehicle.
  • Remain calm and keep the safety belt fastened. Ask any passenger(s) to do so as well. Place hands on the steering wheel and limit movements.
  • When requested, locate and provide their driver license, and vehicle registration. If the officer asks the driver for these documents, tell the officer where they are located and reach for them slowly with one hand on the wheel. Answer the officer’s questions fully and clearly.

#19. This flagger signal means:

To let traffic proceed, the free hand is swinging in an upward arc from below the horizontal arm toward the flagger’s head.

Remember, motorists are responsible for knowing how to read and react to these directions.


#20. After passing a large truck, you should:

It is essential not to enter a roadway in front of a large vehicle or change lanes in front of a large vehicle. When passing a large vehicle look for the whole front of the vehicle in the rear-view mirror before pulling in front and maintaining speed.

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The Official New Hampshire Written DMV Test
  Questions on real exam: 40 questions
  Passing score: 80%
  Correct answers to pass: 32
  Allotted time to complete test: 40 minutes
  Wait time before retest: 10 days

New Hampshire DMV knowledge test - Photo by Buro Millennial

What is the NH Practice Test?

This DMV practice test for New Hampshire has 20 random questions to help you prepare for the written knowledge test. It is designed specifically for New Hampshire and available without any hidden costs or gimmicks. You have access to a pool of more than 500 DMV test questions with complete answers.

You can take the test as many times as you need or want. Since the test is randomized, not two tests will be exactly the same.

After each question, there is an instant feedback which tells you if your answer is correct or not. Should you miss a question, you will also see a brief explanation to help you understand the correct answer. When you don’t understand the answers, you should have the driver’s manual handy and look up more information about the subject.

All answers are found in the New Hampshire Driver’s Manual.

The practice test is not timed.

You should also be aware that a practice will not be exactly the same as your DMV test. Every test has random questions from a large pool of exam questions. You never know which questions you will get.

How Should I Study for the NH DMV Test?

Before you start practicing you should get the latest version of the New Hampshire Driver’s Manual . Visit a local DMV office or download it online.

New Hampshire DMV Driver's Manual

Everything you must learn for your examination is in this manual. Even if you find it boring to read the manual, you should know that it is hard to pass the examination without a good understanding of the contents of the manual.

The practice tests on this website works best as a supplement to the manual, not as a replacement. By using the manual and practice test in combination during each study session, you will have a good chance of passing the test the first time.

Read more about our study tips: Best Way to Study

How Many Questions are on the NH DMV Test?

There are 40 exam questions on the New Hampshire knowledge test. The passing score is 80 percent, which means you must answer at least 32 of the 40 questions correctly. You can only miss 8 questions.

When you use the practice tests at Driver’s Prep, you should aim for a full score. It is a good idea to truly understand all questions and answers before you take on the real thing.

Who Must Take the Written Knowledge Test?

  First-time applicants
  Drivers with an expired license (one year)
  Drivers with a foreign license (other than Canada and France)
  When a NH license was revoked
  When a NH license was suspended for three years or more

For your first driver’s license, you must take the written, vision, and road tests.

If you want to upgrade your license to a different class, you must take the written test for that class of vehicle and a road test.

When moving to New Hampshire and transferring a valid out-of-state driver license, DMV will normally waive the written test. If your out-of-state license expired more than a year ago, a written and road test is required. Please note that DMV will not waive the knowledge if you hold a license from Puerto Rico.

When you want to transfer an out-of-country license from a country other than Canada or France, you must take both a written knowledge test and road skills test.

A revocation of your license means that your privilege to drive is terminated. This means that, after the revocation period, you must submit to an investigation and apply for a new driver’s license.

You must also pass all tests if your license was suspended for a period of three years or more.

Where Can I Take the Written Knowledge Test?

All license examinations are conducted by at DMV service centers by their personnel.

New Hampshire does not offer third-party testing or online testing.

Is the Test Available in Spanish?

The test is available in several languages, including:

American Sign Language (ASL)

What to Expect at the Test Station

You take the test on a touch screen monitor. You don’t need any special knowledge of computers. Each question has four possible answers (unlike this practice test which only has three alternatives). Identify your choice by touching the letter on the screen which corresponds to your choice.

DMV Test - Touch Screen

New Hampshire written tests have a time limit based upon the number of questions. In general, you have one minute per question. Expect 40 questions on the knowledge exam and 40 minutes to complete the test. The allotted time is usually more than enough. Most test-takers finish in 15-20 minutes.

If you exceed the time limit or have too many incorrect answers, the test will automatically end.

Should you fail your test, you must wait at least 10 days before you can try again.

The test station has an optional audio feature which can be accessed by using headphones. Let the licensing representative know if you have trouble reading and want to use headphones.

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