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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. This is the shape and color of a:

Down pointed triangle means yield. Slow down and give vehicles crossing your path the right of way.

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


#2. Defensive driving means that you should:

To protect yourself, you must learn to drive defensively. This means you must watch for the illegal acts and driving errors of others. You must be willing to adjust your own driving so that you will not be involved in a crash. Also, you must always behave correctly and sensibly so that you do not confuse other drivers.


#3. When you are passing a truck and traffic ahead is stopping or slowing down, 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.


#4. A two-way left turn lane can be used for passing other traffic:

Two-way left turn lanes are shared center lanes marked on each side by a solid yellow and dashed yellow lines. Shared center lanes are for left turns only. They are not to be used for through traffic or passing other vehicles.


#5. Who must yield to other vehicles at a roundabout?

Approaching vehicles must always yield to pedestrians and bicyclists that are crossing the road. Vehicles must also yield to the traffic in the circle.


#6. Passing another vehicle to the right on an unpaved shoulder is:

Never pass on the shoulder, whether it is paved or not. The shoulder is a hard surface on the right side of the roadway that is to be used as an emergency stopping lane and not for through traffic.


#7. Emotions affect your driving. If you feel angry or excited, you should:

There are ways of dealing with emotions:

  • A driver should take time to calm down before getting behind the wheel. Taking a short walk or nap prior to getting behind the wheel may help.
  • Allow extra time for traffic or weather conditions.
  • Have someone else drive.

#8. When approaching a sharp curve, you should:

Always reduce speed prior to entering the curve to a safe speed (a speed that allows the driver to apply slight and constant acceleration through the curve). Reduce speed more when traction is poor, when following other vehicles or when the end of the curve cannot be seen. Hard braking after entry to a curve could cause the vehicle tires to lose traction.


#9. If you are pulled over by a police officer, you should:

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.

#10. You should adjust your seat and mirrors:

It is important that a driver adjusts the seat and mirrors before driving a vehicle so that the driver can see clearly, have full control of the steering wheel and foot pedals, and for proper airbag deployment.


#11. The four-second rule is a way for you to determine:

Drivers need time and space to adjust and react to other road users. The more space drivers allow between their vehicle and other roadway users, the more time the driver has time to react. Traffic, speed, along with light, weather and road conditions will impact the space needed between the vehicle being driven and potential hazards. In order to reduce the risk of a collision, drivers should maintain enough following distance space to allow time to safely stop or change the path of travel to avoid a collision.

Drivers should always try to keep a minimum following distance of at least four seconds between their car and the vehicle in front. 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.

#12. When you drive through a work zone, you should:

When approaching a work zone watch for signs, cones, barrels, large vehicles, and workers. While driving in a work zone, drivers should reduce speed, increase the following distance, watch the traffic, and be prepared to stop.


#13. Parking on a crosswalk in the middle of a block is:

Parking on a crosswalk is not allowed.


#14. Because motorcycles are smaller and more difficult to see than cars:

Motorcycles are not easily identified in traffic. Because of their size, they are easily hidden in the vehicle’s blind spot.

Even when seen, it is difficult for some drivers to judge how far away motorcyclists are. Finally, even when seen and the distance away is correctly judged, some drivers cannot tell how fast motorcycles are going.

Regardless of who is legally at fault in vehicle/cycle crashes, the motorcyclist usually is the loser. Your general awareness of motorcycles in traffic combined with your special attention in the situations described above can reduce motorcycle crashes, injuries, and deaths.


#15. When making a left turn on a two-way street with multiple lanes, you should complete the turn in:

Before turning, drivers should:

  • Search all corners for traffic controls, pedestrians, other vehicles, etc. and signal intentions.
  • Enter and maintain proper position in the lane that is closest to the direction they want to go.
  • Look through the turn to the farthest point possible along the intended path.
  • Accelerate smoothly to appropriate speed, make sure turn signal is cancelled and check traffic to the rear.

When making a left turn yield to oncoming traffic. Always turn left from the left-most portion of the lane.

Drivers should signal at least 100 feet before a turn.


#16. A broken yellow line alongside a solid yellow line means:

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.


#17. Driving around a lowered gate at a railroad crossing is:

Sometimes flashing red signals and gates are present at railroad crossings. It is against the law to go around lowered railroad gates at a crossing.

Do not move forward until the gates are raised and the lights stop flashing as there may be a train approaching on an adjacent track.


#18. This sign means:

Slippery when wet.

In wet weather, drive slowly. Do not speed up or brake hard. Make sharp turns at a very slow speed. This sign is often located near bridges and overpasses.


#19. Which is true about giving your horn a sharp blast?

Never use your horn around visually impaired pedestrians.


#20. A traffic light with a green arrow indicates that:

The green arrow allows you to make a protected turn. This means oncoming vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians are stopped by a red light as long as the green arrow is lighted.

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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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