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New Jersey MVC Driver License & Permit Practice – 2021

This New Jersey MVC Sample Test
  Questions on each practice test: 25
  Question pool: 1,000+
  Type of test: Random multiple-choice



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#1. Three vehicles arrive at an intersection where there are no signs or signals. Vehicle A is turning left. Vehicles B and C are going straight. Vehicle A should:

Vehicle C goes first. Vehicle A must yield to both B and C. Vehicle B must yield to vehicle C.

An intersection is uncontrolled when two or more roads join and there is no traffic signal or regulatory device. As a general rule, the vehicle on the left should yield to the vehicle on the right.


#2. Which color are signs that warn you of specific road conditions?

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


#3. This hand signal means:

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


#4. You are on a two-way street and have stopped at a red light. An emergency vehicle with flashing lights approaches from behind. You should:

If the traffic light is red, stay where you are. Make room, if possible, but do not proceed into the intersection, unless directed to do so. Make sure you can hear any instructions or directions given.


#5. All New Jersey gasoline-fueled vehicles, except new vehicles, must pass state emissions inspections:

All gasoline-fueled vehicles, except new vehicles, registered in New Jersey must pass state emissions inspections every two years at a state inspection facility or a state-licensed private inspection facility.


#6. This sign shows:

This is an advisory speed sign. It shows the recommended speed, at which the exit ramp may be traveled safely.


#7. Poor roadway or weather conditions require you to:

Poor roadway or weather conditions require motorists to increase following distance because rough, wet, or snow-covered roads may require more response time.


#8. Which light indicates that you must always come to a complete stop at an intersection?

A steady red light means stop. Do not go until the light turns green. You can make a right turn on a red light only after you come to a complete stop and yield to pedestrians or other vehicles in your path. You may not turn on red if a No Turn on Red sign is posted.

You can turn left on a red light when driving on a one-way street and turning left onto another one-way street. Stop and yield to pedestrians and other vehicles before turning.


#9. Which is true about using colored lenses when driving at night?

To fight glare at night, colored lenses should be avoided as they distort color. Anti-reflective coatings should be used on lenses. This will help eliminate internal reflections in eyeglasses and may help night driving.


#10. A motorist who operates a motor vehicle in the State of New Jersey must carry:

A motorist who operates a motor vehicle in the State of New Jersey must carry a valid driver license, a valid probationary license, or a validated New Jersey permit. The motorist must also carry valid insurance and vehicle registration cards.


#11. You may change lane and pass when the line dividing two lanes is:

White dashed lines separate traffic lanes on multi-lane highways.

Dashed lines are permissive in character.


#12. If the road is wet when you see this sign, which is most likely to cause a problem?

Slippery when wet. In wet weather, drive slowly. Do not speed up or brake quickly. Make sharp turns at a slow speed.


#13. In New Jersey, the use of a handheld cell phone is:

State law prohibits the use of handheld electronic devices (e.g., cellular telephones) while driving a motor vehicle on any public road or highway. A handheld cellular telephone may be used only in certain emergency situations, which include:

  • Fire
  • Traffic accident
  • Serious road hazard
  • Medical emergency
  • Hazardous material emergency

#14. What is the main cause of car skids?

Unsafe speed is the most common cause of skidding accidents.

Wet road surfaces can cause tires to hydroplane, or ride upon a film of water, starting at about 35 mph. Chances of hydroplaning increase as speeds increase. After 55 mph, tires may totally leave the road surface.


#15. If you park facing uphill on a street with a curb and turn the front wheels to the left:

Headed uphill, turn your front wheels away from the curb and let your vehicle roll back a few inches. The curb will stop the car from rolling anywhere.


#16. You are driving in the right-hand lane and approach this sign. What should you do?

Reduction of Lanes. There will be fewer lanes ahead. Traffic must merge left. Drivers in the left lane should allow others to merge smoothly. Right lane ends.


#17. To back your vehicle safely:

To drive in reverse, your head and body should be turned to the right until you can see clearly through the back window of the vehicle without the use of mirrors. Your right hand and arm should be placed over the back of the front passenger seat and the left hand should grasp the top of the steering wheel. Do not depend on your mirrors. Do not turn forward until the vehicle is totally stopped. A vehicle should be driven slowly in reverse.


#18. A permit holder must be accompanied in the front seat by an adult supervising driver who possesses valid New Jersey driver license and has:

Permit holder must be accompanied in the front seat by an adult supervising driver who is at least 21 years of age and who possesses a valid New Jersey driver license and has a minimum of three years’ driving experience.


#19. Which car or cars are not driving in the truck's blind spots?

The blue (C) car. It is important to remember that there are several no-zones (blind spots) in which a truck driver cannot see other vehicles. Trucks have bigger blind spots than most passenger vehicles. These areas include both sides, rear, and front of the truck.


#20. Driving skills are often impaired by:

Alcohol affects the judgment. It may make you overconfident and unable to think clearly. After two, three or four drinks, alcohol begins to impair reaction time, coordination, and balance. Vision and the ability to judge distance is affected, making it more difficult to react and to drive safely.


#21. Using the right shoulder to pass another vehicle is:

Never pass on the right shoulder of the road. This is against the law.


#22. A federally approved car seat with a five-point harness or booster seat must be used for:

Children under age eight who are less than 57 inches (4 feet 9 inches) tall must ride in:

  • A federally approved forward facing child passenger restraint system that is equipped with a five-point harness in a rear seat of the motor vehicle.
  • A federally approved booster seat (in a rear seat of the motor vehicle).

Failure to comply with this law can subject a person to a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $75, plus fees and court costs.


#23. If you see this sign beside the road, you should:

Traffic signal ahead. This sign warns of traffic signals at the intersection ahead. Slow down. Poor visibility is likely.


#24. A school bus with flashing red lights is stopped on the other side of a four-lane roadway with a center turning lane. What should you do?

State law requires you to stop at least 25 feet away if traveling on a two-lane road or on a multi-lane highway where lanes are only separated by lines or on a privately maintained road. When traveling on a dual-lane highway, a motorist should slow to 10 mph if on the other side of a safety island or raised median.


#25. When headlights are required, can you drive with just your parking lights on?

Parking or auxiliary lights cannot legally be used in place of headlights when headlights are required.

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Facts about Your New Jersey Driver License Test

New Jersey Written Knowledge Test for a Permit or Driver License
  Number of questions on exam: 50 questions
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 40
  Allotted time to complete test: No limit
  Wait time before retest: No official wait time

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New Jersey Knowledge Test at

Each practice test has 25 sample questions based on the handbook and real NJ MVC tests. After each question, you will get instant feedback that tells you if your answer was correct or not. Should you get it wrong, there is also a short explanation that can help you understand the correct answer. You can also use this to look up the correct facts in the New Jersey Driver Manual.

It is a good idea to keep the manual handy when you take the practice tests. This way you will learn everything faster.

Normally, you can get the latest version of the New Jersey Driver Manual from your nearest MVC office or download it online .

Do not use practice tests instead of the manual. Practice tests are a supplement to the manual, not a replacement.

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The Real New Jersey Knowledge Test

On the real examination, you will get 50 questions. The passing score is 80 percent, which means you can’t miss more than 10 questions out of the 50 exam questions. On practice tests, you should aim for perfection, which means you should try to answer all 50 questions correctly.

Read every question and all choices carefully. Make sure you fully understand everything before answering. A single word can make a choice wrong, even if it looks like it could be the correct answer. Look out for words like “unless”, “not”, and “only”.

You should also be careful with questions that has “All of the above” or “None of the above” as an option. Today, these alternatives are not considered best testing practice, but New Jersey still use them (you will also see them on this practice test).

All question on the knowledge test are from the New Jersey Driver Manual. Expect questions about road signs and signals, traffic laws, and specific New Jersey rules and regulations.

Questions on the test are random multiple-choice questions, where only one answer is the acceptable answer.

You take the test on a computer-based system with touch screens. Paper tests are no longer available.

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Is the New Jersey Knowledge Test Hard?

About 30% of all first-time applicants fail the New Jersey knowledge examination for a permit or driver’s license. With a high demand of testing appointments, you should try to pass the test the first time to avoid unnecessary waiting times.

Who Must Take the Knowledge Examination?

  First-time applicant

All first-time applicants must pass all three tests; the written knowledge test, the vision test, and the road test.

They must also successfully complete the NJ MVC’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) program.

The program has different requirements depending on the applicant’s age.

  Expired license (more than 3 years)

If you let your New Jersey Driver License expire after a three-year grace period, you must apply for a new license. Like any new applicant, you must pass all tests, including the knowledge test and skills test.

  Licensed drivers from another country

All out-of-country applicants, including U.S. possessions and territories, must pass the knowledge test and the vision test.

In some situations, MVC can also ask a driver with an out-of-country license to complete the road test.

  Exception: Out-of-State Licenses

If you move to New Jersey and have a valid out-of-state non-provisional driver license issued by any of the 50 states or District of Columbia, the knowledge test and skills tests are normally waived.

  Exception: Suspensions

After a license suspension in New Jersey, MVC does not require new tests, unless your ability to drive can be questioned.

Unlike states with a revocation policy, you don’t have to apply for a new license when your New Jersey license has been taken away.

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More about the New Jersey Knowledge Test

Besides English, the New Jersey written knowledge test is also offered in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. There is also a test using sign language visuals available.

For other languages, you may use an approved interpreter. The interpreter can be a full-time faculty member of a state-accredited college or university with proper identification, a priest, minister, rabbi, or other religious leader of a recognized organization with proper credentials, or an approved Department of State interpreter. Interpreters can be scheduled and paid for by MVC.

If you have trouble reading, you can ask for headphones. All tests have audio support.

If you are hearing-impaired you can take the knowledge test with an MVC approved Department of State interpreter. The interpreter must be certified by the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and listed with the New Jersey Division of the Deaf or evaluated by the Division of the Deaf and on the approved list of that division’s interpreters. MVC pays the interpreter’s fee for hearing-impaired applicants.

What Happens if I Fail the New Jersey Knowledge Test?

New Jersey has no specific rules about re-testing but due to current service limitations you may not be able to retest the same day. So, it is important that you prepare well and don’t waste time on re-testing.


Understanding New Jersey’s Graduated Driver License Program

New Jersey Graduated Driver License Law

All New Jersey residents who have never had a driver license must follow New Jersey’s Graduated Driver License program to get their first unrestricted basic driver license.

  16 years old follow The Early Bird Road
  17-21 years old follow The Young Adult Road
  21 years and older follow The Adult Road

The law is designed to give new drivers increased, step-by-step instruction and driving experience on the road.

Regardless of age, you must pass the knowledge and vision test before you can practice driving. After passing the tests, MVC issues a permit that lets you get behind the wheel with a supervising driver who is at least 21 years old and has been licensed to drive for at least 3 years. The supervising driver must sit beside you in the front seat.

The Early Bird Road (16 Years Old)

To get the Special Learner Permit for young drivers, you must be at least 16 years old.

You must also:

  Have a signed parent or guardian consent
  Be enrolled in approved behind-the-wheel driver training course
  Have an approved instructor purchase the permit
  Pass the MVC’s knowledge and vision tests
  Pay required fee

Your Learner Permit has the following restrictions:

  You cannot drive alone
  No driving between 11:01 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
  No more than 1 passenger
  Must have red GDL decals attached to vehicle when driving
  No use of cell phones (handheld or hands-free), iPods etc.
  Seat belts are required

The night curfew has an exemption when driving to and from work or a religious event. To qualify for the work or religious exemption, drivers must carry legible documentation on letterhead signed by the employer, organization or religious institution stating the reasons for the exempt from the curfew restriction. The letter must include signature, title, address, and telephone number of the designated official.

There is also an exempt from the passenger restriction when a teen is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or the passengers are the driver’s dependents (children).

Note: You cannot get behind the wheel and start driving until you have completed the behind-the-wheel driver training course and got the permit validated at an MVC Driver Testing Center.

After practicing driving skills, MVC can issue a Probationary License after you have completed at least six months of supervised training and turned 17.

To be eligible for the Probationary License you must pass the road test.

With the Probationary License you can continue practice driving without a supervising driver.

Your Probationary License has the same restrictions as the permit, except that you are now allowed to drive alone.

You must hold your Probationary License for one year and you must be 18 years old before MVC issues a basic and unrestricted Driver’s License.

The Young Adult Road (17-21 Years Old)

If you are between 17 and 21 years old, you can apply for the Examination Permit.

You must be at least 17 years old, pass the knowledge and vision tests, and pay the required fee.

If you are under 18 years, you must also obtain parent or guardian consent.

With the Examination Permit you are not required to complete a behind-the-wheel driver training course.

Restrictions are the same as on the NJ Learner Permit.

  You cannot drive alone
  No driving between 11:01 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
  No more than 1 passenger
  Must have red GDL decals attached to vehicle when driving
  No use of cell phones (handheld or hands-free), iPods etc.
  Seat belts are required

MVC may issue the Probationary License after you have completed at least six months of supervised driving.

You must hold your Probationary License for one year and you must be 18 years old before MVC issues a basic and unrestricted Driver’s License.

The Adult Road (21 Years Old)

As an adult, MVC issues the Examination Permit after you have passed the knowledge and vision tests and paid the required fee.

You must practice driving with a supervising driver who is at least 21 years old and has been licensed to drive for at least 3 years. You must practice for at least three months.

There are no passenger restrictions and no night curfew when you are 21 years old.

But use of electronic devices are still prohibited and you must have red GDL decals and use seat belts.

After three months of training and passing the road skills test, MVC issues a Probationary License. With the Probationary License you can drive alone.

You must hold the Probationary License for at least one year before applying for the basic license.

New Jersey Test Questions on Video

This video shows 25 road signs you must recognize for your New Jersey Driver License exam. Remember, road signs are an important part of your MVC Test.

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