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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. Before turning left, it is important to:

When making a left turn at an intersection, a motorist must yield to oncoming traffic and to stop for pedestrians within the crosswalk.


#2. Passing another vehicle on the right on a two-lane, two-way roadway is only allowed if:

You may pass on the right (but not on the shoulder), when you have enough room on a two-lane roadway, and when the vehicle you are passing is making or is about to make a left turn.


#3. 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

#4. New Jersey law requires all motorists to restrict vehicle idling to:

New Jersey law requires all motorists to restrict vehicle idling to three minutes or less.

Among the exceptions for this prohibition include motor vehicles stopped in the line of traffic, motor vehicles being repaired, motor vehicles waiting to be inspected, emergency vehicles in emergency situations and buses while discharging or picking up passengers.


#5. If you have a New Jersey driver's license, change of name must be reported within:

A motorist who legally changes his or her name (marriage, divorce, adoption) must report the change to the MVC within two weeks.


#6. To see vehicles in your blind spots you must:

Blind spots are areas where you cannot see behind your vehicle (on both sides) through the mirrors.

Inside and outside mirrors should be adjusted to reduce blind spots.

You can check blind spots by turning your head and look over your shoulder.

When a lane change must be made, look at the rearview mirror. Then, glance behind by turning your head to check blind spots. Always signal lane changes.

Check blind spots twice before changing lanes or making turns.


#7. You want to turn right at an intersection when you see this sign at the corner. What should you do?

No right turn. You cannot make a right turn at this intersection.

Remember, regulatory signs with a red circle with a red slash over a symbol prohibit certain actions.


#8. When you proceed straight ahead on a solid green light, you must:

A motorist should proceed through the intersection. Yield to pedestrians and vehicles still in the intersection and when turning left or right. Before making a left turn, yield to approaching vehicles.

Do not block the intersection.


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

Stopping distance depends on:

  • Motorist perception and reaction time
  • Weather and visibility conditions
  • Vehicle weight
  • Brake conditions
  • Condition and type of tires
  • Roadway conditions
  • Speed

Posted speed limit does not affect your stopping distance, only your actual speed does.


#10. What is true about child car safety seats?

When riding in a vehicle, children should be held in place by a restraint system that meets all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

Using the car seat every time a child rides in the vehicle – and using it correctly each time – is very important for the safety of the child. Always read the instructions that come with the seat and follow them very carefully. Correct use of the car seat is the best protection a motorist can offer a child.

Always check the label on a car seat to find out the size and weight of the child the seat is designed to protect.


#11. You must never park within how many feet of a crosswalk at an intersection?

Never park within 25 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection, or sideline of a street or intersection highway, except at alleys.


#12. You see this sign on a vehicle ahead. What does it mean?

A fluorescent and reflective orange triangular sign indicates slow-moving vehicles, such as farm and construction equipment operating on public highways.


#13. Which of the following lane markings indicates that passing is allowed?

Dashed or broken lines on a motorist’s side of the center line of the road mean that passing is permitted when safe.


#14. The New Jersey the Safe Corridors Program means:

In an effort to improve highway safety, New Jersey initiated the Safe Corridors Program, which was signed into law in July 2003. The Safe Corridors law doubles fines on various state highways for a variety of driving offenses, including speeding and aggressive driving.


#15. When you are in a line of traffic at a railroad crossing that has no signals or gates:

Never try to pass other vehicles as you approach or enter a railroad crossing. Always make sure you have enough room to get all the way across before you drive onto the tracks.


#16. Traffic signs that warn a driver of temporary traffic conditions due to road works are:

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.


#17. What does this sign mean?

Cattle crossing.

This sign tells you that you are near an area where cattle might cross the street. Slow down and be prepared to stop.


#18. Which is a good advice when dealing with driving and social drinking situations?

The best way to avoid drinking and driving is to arrange for a designated driver, use public transportation or call a cab.


#19. 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.


#20. What does this sign mean?

Yield ahead. This sign warns of a yield sign ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop at yield sign or adjust speed to traffic.


#21. How long can it take for a motorist to recover from the glare of approaching high-beam headlights?

It can take three to five seconds for a motorist to recover from the glare of approaching high-beam headlights. At a speed of 50 mph, a motorist will have traveled the length of a football field while being unable to see.


#22. 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 B 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.


#23. The chance of hydroplaning and skidding increase:

Hydroplaning is caused by road conditions, water, and speed. It happens when your tires are riding on water and have no contact with the road. If your vehicle starts to hydroplane, you are driving too fast. Slowly step off the gas pedal. Never hit the brakes or turn suddenly. You may lose control and skid.


#24. What is the meaning of this sign?

Winding road. There are several curves ahead. Drive slowly and carefully.


#25. When must you use your headlights?

Headlights must be used between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise. Headlights must also be used when visibility is 500 feet or less, when using windshield wipers (during rain, snow, and ice) or when encountering fog, mist, smoke, or other factors that reduce visibility

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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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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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