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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. What does this sign mean?

This sign warns you of a crosswalk for school children (school crosswalk.)

Signs may be fluorescent yellow-green or standard yellow in color. Signs may also have a separate downward-pointing arrow plaque, which indicates the actual location of the crosswalk.


#2. The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level at which it is illegal for any person 21 years or older to drive is:

In New Jersey, it is illegal for an individual who is 21 years of age or older to drive with a BAC of .08 percent or higher. For individuals younger than 21, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .01 percent or higher.


#3. When are you required to stop at a railroad grade crossing?

A motorist must stop within fifty feet but not less than fifteen feet from the nearest rail, when there are flashing lights, ringing bells or flag signals. Descending gates or gates that have already been lowered indicate that a train is coming, and a motorist must stop. A motorist should never attempt to cross until the gates have been raised and the lights have stopped flashing.


#4. When turning right, you must:

When turning right, you must be in the extreme right-hand travel lane or a lane designated for right turns. Signal your turn at least 100 feet ahead. Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists.


#5. If you see orange construction signs and cones on a highway, you must:

When you drive through a construction zone, you should watch for workers and moving construction machinery on the highway and be prepared to slow down or stop.


#6. Driving at night with parking lights instead of headlights is:

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


#7. Road signs with the triangle shape are used for:

Three-sided red yield signs mean you must slow down and be ready to stop, if necessary, to let any vehicle, bicyclist, or pedestrian pass before you proceed.


#8. A federally approved rear facing child passenger restraint system that is equipped with a five-point harness must be used by children:

Children under age two who weigh less than 30 pounds must ride in a federally approved rear facing child passenger restraint system that is equipped with a five-point harness.


#9. Normal dashed white lines is used as pavement marking between lanes:

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

Dashed lines are permissive in character.


#10. A traffic signal showing a steady red light means:

A steady red circular signal means stop. Unless there is a sign indicating No Turn on Red, a right turn can be made after coming to a complete stop. All vehicles turning right shall yield the right of way to other traffic and pedestrians using the intersection and to pedestrians in reasonably close proximity to the intersection and who are starting to cross in front of the traffic that is required to stop at the red light.


#11. You see this sign ahead. What should you do?

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


#12. You are driving on a city street and see an emergency vehicle with flashing lights behind you. What should you do?

You must yield the right-of-way to any police car, fire engine, ambulance, or other emergency vehicle using a siren and red or blue emergency lights. Drive as close to the right edge of the road as possible and stop until the emergency vehicle has passed.


#13. Which of the following acts could be driving behaviors related to aggression rather than inexperience?

Aggressive driving is a progression of unlawful driving actions including, but not limited to, unexpectedly altering the speed of a vehicle, making improper or erratic traffic lane changes, disregarding traffic control devices, failing to yield the right of way and following another vehicle too closely.

New Jersey is waging a campaign against road rage. The state has specially trained enforcement patrols to help stop aggressive motorists. To report an aggressive motorist call (888) SAF-ROAD or cell phone #77.


#14. 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.


#15. Always turn your front wheels toward the curb when you are parked on a grade and facing:

Headed downhill, turn your front wheels into the curb or toward the side of the road. Set the parking brake.


#16. You approach an intersection. Where should you stop if there is a stop sign, but no stop line or crosswalk?

When a stop sign, traffic light, flashing light or other traffic-control device requires a vehicle to stop at an intersection, the driver must stop at the appropriately marked stop line. If there is no stop line or marked crosswalk, the driver must stop before entering the intersection where he/she has a view of the intersecting street.


#17. Whenever you drive, you should adjust your speed based on:

Posted speed limits do not tell you at what speed to drive.

Never drive faster than weather, road or other conditions safely allow, regardless of the posted speed limit. A motorist should judge his/her speed control by existing conditions.


#18. In a heavy rainstorm, you should slow down and try to:

In a heavy rainstorm, try to drive on the highest point of the road. For example, use the center lane on a multiple lane highway, when available.


#19. When you see a truck preparing for a right turn ahead, you should:

Stay behind trucks making right turns. Trucks often make wide right turns. Never try to pass on the right-hand side or you might get squeezed between the truck and the side of the road.


#20. To give yourself time to react to hazards, you should:

You should always be on the lookout for signs that warn of road hazards.

You should look at least 12 seconds ahead of your vehicle. This means that you should be able to see an object far enough ahead so that it takes at least 12 seconds to get to it. While driving at 25 mph on a clear road in a city, you should be able to see about a block ahead. When traffic is heavy, extra time to react is necessary, which means driving more slowly. By reducing speed, you gain time.


#21. A conviction of leaving the scene of an accident where someone was injured will result in the following number of points on your driving record:

Eight points will be assessed for leaving the scene of an accident when someone was injured.


#22. What does this sign mean?

A sign with a wheelchair symbol means a facility or parking area is accessible to a person with a disability.


#23. 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.


#24. 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.


#25. You should avoid passing another vehicle:

Do not pass another vehicle:

  • On a hill or a curve or at any time you cannot see far enough ahead.
  • At a street crossing or intersection.
  • At a railroad crossing.
  • On narrow bridges or in underpasses or tunnels.
  • When a sign prohibits passing or center lines restrict passing.
  • When behind a vehicle that has stopped to let a pedestrian cross.
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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.

How many questions are on the  New Jersey MVC Test?

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.

Read more about acing the MVC test .


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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