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This North Dakota Practice Test
  Questions on each practice test: 25
  Question pool: 500+
  Type of test: Random multiple-choice test



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

Most skids are the result of driving too fast for the road conditions on slippery roadways. The key to safe vehicle operation is slower speeds.


#2. When you approach a roundabout, you must:

The purpose of roundabouts is to slow vehicle speed, give drivers more time to judge and react to other vehicles or pedestrians. When approaching a roundabout, reduce your speed. Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists. When entering the roundabout, yield to circulating traffic.


#3. A sign with this shape and color is used for:

Diamond shaped signs warn you of special conditions or hazards ahead. Slow and proceed with caution.


#4. A vehicle is entering an interstate from an entrance ramp. Who should be given the right-of-way?

Unless posted signs indicate otherwise, any vehicle entering from an entrance ramp must yield the right of way to vehicles on the main roadway.


#5. To avoid glare from high-beam headlights of an approaching car:

If you meet a vehicle that does not dim its lights, look to the right edge of the road to avoid being blinded. Remember, it takes time for your eyes to adjust after meeting a vehicle at night.

Do not try to get back at other driver by keeping your headlights turned to the high-beam setting. If you do, both of you may be blinded.


#6. If you approach traffic signal with a steady yellow light, you should:

A yellow indication means warning or caution. The light is changing to red. If you have not entered the intersection, you should stop if you can do so safely. If you have already entered the intersection, continue moving and clear it safely. Speeding up to beat the light is dangerous and unlawful.

Remember, some states require you to always stop if you can do so safely.


#7. What does this road sign mean?

Roundabout intersection is ahead. Slow down to recommended speed and yield to drivers already in the roundabout.


#8. To become an organ and tissue donor you must at least:

Licensed drivers, or those at least 14 years of age and applying for their driver’s license permit in the state of North Dakota, can make a personal commitment to organ, tissue, and eye donation by checking the Yes box on the application form. If you are under the age of 18, your parents will be asked to affirm your decision.


#9. Bicyclists must ride:

Bicyclists are required to follow the same road rules as motorists. They must ride as near to the right side of the roadway as feasible, but may take the entire lane when hazards, road width, or traffic speed dictate.

Remember to reduce speed when encountering bicyclists.


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

School buses, vehicles carrying explosives or flammable liquids such as gasoline trucks, and buses carrying passengers must stop at railroad crossings. These vehicles must stop within 50 feet and not less than 15 feet from the tracks. Watch out for them and do not pass them when they are stopped at the crossing.


#11. This sign means

No Turn on Red.

This sign prohibits a right turn on a red light at selected intersections. Some intersections display this sign electronically. You must wait for the signal to turn green.


#12. What is true about seat belts?

Most of the traffic deaths and serious injuries occur when the driver and passengers are ejected or are thrown onto the dashboard. Your chances of being killed are four times greater if you are thrown from the vehicle. Seat belts help keep vehicle occupants in place, reducing the chance of death or injury.


#13. Why is it important to know what kind of braking system your vehicle has?

Conventional and anti-lock brakes (ABS) are used differently, so it is important to know what kind of braking system your vehicle has. Knowing how to apply your brakes in an emergency situation may save your life.


#14. When you see this sign:

Merging traffic sign.

Traffic may be moving into your lane from the right side.


#15. When driving at higher speeds, which method helps you determine a safe following distance between you and vehicle ahead?

The three-second rule is a way to measure the distance that you should use as a cushion when following another vehicle. Sometimes you need even more following distance, as much as four or more seconds. If you drive too fast or follow too close, you will not have enough time to stop in an emergency.


#16. When you park on a hill headed downhill and there is a curb, you should turn your front wheels:

When parking on a hill you must make sure your car does not roll into traffic if the brakes do not hold. Headed downhill, turn your front wheels into the curb or toward the side of the road. Set the parking brake.

Remember, when you park on a hill, the general rule is to turn your wheels sharply towards the side of the road or curb. This way, if your vehicle starts to roll downhill, it will roll away from traffic. However, when headed uphill at a curb, you should turn the front wheels in the opposite direction, away from the curb and towards the road. Then, let your vehicle roll backwards until the back of your front wheel touches the curb. The curb will stop your car from rolling into traffic.

Study the diagram provided in your driver’s handbook.


#17. Backing a vehicle on interstate highways:

Never back up on the Interstate or on an access ramp.


#18. You should expect to be in a large truck's blind spot if you:

An excellent rule of thumb for drivers sharing the road with a tractor-trailer is, if you cannot see the truck driver in his or her side mirror, he or she cannot see you.

Never tailgate a truck and never linger alongside a truck when passing. Always pass completely and always on the left side. If you linger when passing, your position makes it impossible for the trucker to take evasive action if an obstacle appears on the road ahead.


#19. When may you drive slower than a minimum speed limit?

Authorities may post minimum speed limits if deemed necessary for the safe movement of traffic. You must not drive below that posted minimum limit unless necessary for safe operation.


#20. If you have mechanical trouble and must stop beside the road, you can show others you need assistance by doing what?

Lift the hood and tie a white cloth to the antenna, side mirror or door handle to signal an emergency. Do not stand on the roadway.


#21. When you see this sign, you should:

Yield ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop at the yield sign or adjust your speed to the flow of the traffic.


#22. At night, where is it acceptable to drive with your lights on high beam?

Use high beams on open highways with no oncoming traffic. High beams let you see twice as far as low beams.

Dim your lights when necessary. Do not use high beams in fog or when it is snowing or raining hard.


#23. Drinking just one drink of alcohol

There is evidence proving that if you drink, even just a little, your chances of a crash are seven times greater than if you were completely sober.


#24. This flagger signal means:

Flag persons are often provided in highway and street work zones to stop, slow, or guide traffic safely through the area. To let traffic proceed, the flagger is holding the flag down next to the body. The free hand is swinging in an upward arc from below the horizontal arm toward the flagger’s head.


#25. What does the markings in center lane (B) mean?

Many streets have signs or pavement markings indicating a particular lane is to be used for a particular traffic movement. When a lane is marked with a straight arrow and the word ONLY, you must proceed straight ahead.

When a lane is marked with both a curved and straight arrow, turning or proceeding straight ahead is allowed.

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Facts about Your NDDOT Test

North Dakota Written Knowledge Test for Permit and Driver License
  Number of questions on exam: 25 questions
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 20
  Allotted time to complete test: No limit
  Wait time before retest: 1 day

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North Dakota Practice Tests

This practice test has 25 random multiple-choice questions based on the information in North Dakota Noncommercial Driver’s License Manual and real exam questions.

After each practice question, you will get immediate feedback that tells you if your answer is correct or not. If your answer is wrong, there is also a short explanation that helps you understand the correct answer.

Questions are drawn from a large pool of questions which basically makes each practice test unique. Use this in your favor and practice until you can reach a full score with ease. It will help on the real knowledge examination.

Practice questions cover all important items that may appear on your exam, but it is not inclusive of all possible questions. Since tests are random, they will never be an exact match.

You should also be aware that is not affiliated with any North Dakota or Government Entity. This is not an official test and it will not generate a certificate of completion if you pass.

North Dakota Official Knowledge Test

The official knowledge test in North Dakota has 25 questions. The passing score is 80 percent, which means you can only miss 5 out of the 25 questions.

Questions are multiple-choice with a possibility of a few true-or-false questions.

There is no allotted time for the test, which means you should have plenty of time to read all questions and answer alternatives. Try not to rush through the test. Most mistakes are made because test takers don’t take enough time to read questions all the way through.

You will not be allowed to start the test one hour before closing for lunch or closing at the end of the day.

Should you fail the knowledge exam, there is no official wait time to retake the test, but examiners will usually not allow you to retake the test the same day.

You must pay a new testing fee each time you take the knowledge test.

The automated test is available in several languages, including:



Automated American Sign Language and Audio testing is available at the Fargo, Jamestown, Bismarck, Dickinson, Williston, Minot, Devils Lake, and Grand Forks driver’s license offices.

NDDOT does not offer convenient knowledge testing from home or third-party knowledge testing.

North Dakota Driver Manual

1   Start by Reading the Manual

Always get the latest version of the North Dakota Noncommercial Driver’s License Manual. You can get it from your nearest Driver’s License Site or download it online .

Read it from first page to the last. You should also use it as a reference when you take the practice tests. Everything in the manual is there for a reason. NDDOT draws questions to your final test from all parts of this manual.

It is difficult to pass the knowledge test unless you have studied the manual.

2   Use Practice Tests Wisely

This practice test is a learning tool. It should be used together with the Driver’s License Manual, not instead of it.

A common mistake is to try to memorize all questions and answers. It is proven to be a poor strategy. You’ll never know which questions and answers you will get on your test and wordings may differ.

To pass the test and become a safe driver, your best strategy is to simply learn the important rules of the road and common ND traffic laws.

Get some more study tips from Joni stark .

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Who Must Take North Dakota Knowledge Test?

  First-time Drivers

If you apply for your first original North Dakota driver license and never been licensed before, you must always pass a vision screening and the written knowledge test.

  Drivers who let their license expire more than one year

There is no test when you renew your North Dakota license, unless you let it expire more than one year.

  Drivers with a revoked license

If your driving privileges have been revoked, you wait for the revocation period to end, meet all reinstatement requirements, and take the written and road tests again before having your driver license issued again.

After a suspension, you will get driving privileges back after the suspension period has ended and all reinstatement requirements have been met. No tests are necessary.

  Drivers with a foreign driver’s license

If move to North Dakota and hold a driver’s license issued by a country other than United States or Canada, you must apply for an original North Dakota license and pass all tests.

Drivers Who Wish to Transfer an Out-of-State License

If you move to North Dakota and want to transfer your valid out-of-state license, the written knowledge test is normally waived.

Should you let your out-of-state license expiry for more than one year, you must apply for a new ND license and take all necessary tests as a first-time applicant.

If your out-of-state license is or in the process of being revoked, suspended, or canceled, you cannot transfer to a North Dakota license.

Your First Permit

If you are at least 14 years old, you can apply for an instruction Class D permit.

Before NDDOT issues the permit, you must pass a vision and written test. If you are under the age of 18, your parent or legal guardian must sign and approve your application.

Until you are 16 years, you can only drive a vehicle that is owned by your parents, legal guardians, grandparents, siblings, aunts, or uncles.

If you are under 16 years, you must hold the instruction permit for 12 months or until you are 16 years, whichever comes first. A minimum holding period of six months always apply.

If you are 16 or 17 years, you must hold the instruction permit for six months or until you turn 18, whichever comes first.

Applicants who are under 16 years must complete at least 50 hours of supervised driving during the permit phase. Your parent/legal guardian must accompany you to the road skills test and sign
that you have completed this requirement.

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