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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. Poor visibility conditions greatly affects your:

The total distance it takes to stop your vehicle is the sum of: perception distance, reaction distance and braking distance. Poor visibility may require more response time.


#2. With an examination permit you may drive alone:

With a permit you cannot drive alone.

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.


#3. You are driving the children of a good friend. The children are 12 years old. Who is responsible for making sure that they wear seat belts?

The driver is responsible for all passengers under age 18.


#4. When approach this road sign. You should:

Road narrows. The road ahead is not as wide as the road you are on. There is, however, room to meet and pass.


#5. Driving over an unprotected fire hose on the road is allowed:

Never drive over a fire hose unless directed to do so by a fire, emergency rescue or police official.


#6. When should a traffic light be treated as a 4-way stop sign?

Stop if a signal does not have any of its bulbs working and no one is directing traffic. It is considered a four-way stop sign. Look left and right. Yield to traffic coming from the right or left. Be careful and go only when safe.


#7. You may use a handheld cell phone while driving:

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

#8. What does this sign mean?

Side road. Another road enters the highway from the direction shown. Watch for traffic from that direction


#9. When should you use your horn?

The horn is a warning signal. You should use your horn when it is reasonably necessary to ensure safe operation. Meaning, use your horn to avoid accidents and when coming out of a blind alley, curve, or driveway. You may also sound the horn when passing another vehicle when not in a business or residential zone.

Do not use your horn:

  • If a driver is going slowly, and you want him or her to drive faster. The driver may be ill, lost, or having problems with the vehicle.
  • If slowing or stopping your car is enough to prevent an accident. It is safer to use the brakes than honk the horn.
  • To show other drivers that they made a mistake. Your honking may cause them to make more mistakes.
  • Because you are angry or upset.
  • When passing bicyclists, unless to avoid an accident
  • When passing a horse-drawn vehicle or horseback rider.

#10. Which provide better traction on ice:

Snow tires help driving during the winter months by providing better traction for more controlled starting, steering and stopping. Snow tires do not provide good traction on ice. Tire chains are the best traction on ice and in hard-packed or deep snow.


#11. What does this sign mean?

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


#12. What is the No-Zone in terms of driving?

No-zones are danger areas around large vehicles where crashes are more likely to occur. No-zones on the side, front and rear also include blind spots where your car disappears from the driver’s view. Learning the No-zones can save your life!


#13. When driving past this sign:

The wrong way sign is a supplement to the Do not enter sign. It is placed along the exit ramp or the one-way roadway farther from the crossroad. It tells you that you have already entered a one-way road and are driving in the wrong direction.


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

Keep your wheels pointed straight ahead until it is safe to turn.


#15. To give yourself time to react to emergencies and the mistakes of others, you should:

There should be plenty of space between a motorist’s vehicle and others on all sides. A cushion of space ahead, behind, and to the sides gives you time to react to emergencies.


#16. Which pavement marking separates lanes with traffic going in the same direction?

White lines are used as right edge lines on roadways and to delineate the separation of traffic flow in the same direction


#17. When two vehicles arrive at a 4-way stop at the same time, which one should be given the right-of-way?

At a multiway stop or stop intersection, you must yield to the motorist on the right if you get there at the same time. You must also yield to another motorist already stopped at the intersection. At an intersection controlled by a yield sign, you must slow down and yield to traffic on the intersecting roadway, even if you have to stop.


#18. You can park and leave your car:

Never park on a sidewalk, on a crosswalk or on a bridge. The distance you must keep from a fire hydrant is more than 10 feet. Parking 30 feet from a fire hydrant is allowed.


#19. Taking a cold shower after drinking alcohol:

The only thing that can make a person sober is time. Alcohol is removed slowly by the body. The majority of the alcohol is oxidized by the liver. Only 10 percent is eliminated in breath, urine and sweat. This fact is the prime reason why sober-up-quick methods do not work.


#20. To avoid hydroplaning on wet roads with heavy rain, standing water or slush, you should reduce your speed to:

Reduce your speed to less than 35 mph. 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.

Remember, to avoid hydroplaning, do not drive on bald or badly worn tires, and slow down when heavy rain, standing water or slush is present.


#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. Why should you slow down and be prepared to stop when following a truck with hazardous load and there is a railroad crossing ahead?

Some vehicles, such as school buses or vehicles carrying hazardous materials, must always stop at railroad crossings. When driving behind one of these vehicles, a motorist must be prepared to stop, even if signals do not indicate a train is coming.


#23. Traffic signs with orange background show:

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.


#24. Proof of liability insurance is needed:

Motor vehicle liability insurance is mandatory in the State of New Jersey. Every vehicle registered in New Jersey must have liability insurance. A New Jersey Insurance Identification Card will be provided and must remain in the vehicle with the driver. It must be shown prior to inspection, when involved in an accident and when stopped by law enforcement for a traffic violation or roadside spot check.


#25. For normal driving, a motorist should grip the steering wheel by:

Your grip on the steering wheel is important. The steering wheel can be thought of as the face of a clock. For normal driving, you should grip the steering wheel by the outside rim at the 9 and 3 o’clock positions, keeping your thumb along the face of the wheel. Gripping the steering wheel as described diminishes the risk of hand, wrist, or arm injury if the airbag is deployed.

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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.

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