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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. When should you use the three-second rule?

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.


#2. A Crossbuck sign at a railroad crossing has the same meaning as:

A white X-shaped sign (crossbuck) is found at railroad crossings. This sign has the same meaning as a yield sign.

If there is more than one track, the sign below tells you the number of tracks.

Make sure all the tracks are clear and no trains are approaching before you cross.


#3. Which 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.


#4. If you are less than 21 years and driving, you may carry a full, sealed, and unopened container of wine:

It is illegal for anyone, driver, or passenger, to drink alcoholic beverages in or on a motor vehicle. You cannot legally have an open container in your vehicle. The seal cannot be broken. Any open containers must be placed in the trunk of the vehicle. If the car is not equipped with a trunk, containers must be kept in a place where passengers do not normally sit.

Persons under 21 years of age are prohibited from possessing alcoholic beverages.


#5. If you need to use arm signals, how would you signal a slowdown and stop?

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

Even though vehicles are equipped with electrical turn and brake lights, you must know the basic hand signals as well.


#6. What is true about a shared center lane?

Shared center lanes are reserved for making left turns by vehicles traveling in both directions. On the pavement, left-turn arrows for traffic in one direction alternate with left-turn arrows for traffic coming from the other direction.

These lanes are marked on each side by a solid yellow and dashed yellow line.

Passing or overtaking is not permitted in the center lane.


#7. On which side should you pass a barricade like this?

If the stripes slant down to the right, go to the right. If the stripes slant to the left, go to the left.


#8. What does this sign mean?

Sharp turn. There is a sharp turn to the right in the road ahead.

The sign gives you time to reduce your speed before you enter the turn. The sign is sometimes supplemented with an advisory speed sign showing the maximum recommended speed to negotiate the turn.


#9. An oncoming vehicle steers head-on in your lane and comes close enough to pose a hazard. What should you do?

Should an oncoming vehicle cross into your lane, slow down and try to warn the oncoming driver by flashing your headlights. If the vehicle keeps coming, pull as far to the right as possible. If there could be a collision, steer off the road to the right when conditions permit, or stop on the far-right shoulder of the road.


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

Many things affect your stopping distance. Perception and reaction is affected by human factors such as tiredness, alcohol, fatigue, and concentration levels. The braking distance is affected by speed, tires, brakes, and road conditions.

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


#11. Leaving a sleeping baby alone inside a car is:

It is never okay to leave a child alone in a vehicle for any amount of time, as it can lead to tragedy. These deaths, while accidental, are always preventable. Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of non-crash-related fatalities among children. Vehicle heatstroke occurs when a child is left in a vehicle, allowing for the child’s body temperature to rise in a quick and deadly manner.


#12. Road signs with a white background are usually:

Black and white signs are generally regulatory signs and must be obeyed. Other black and white signs are used as route markers.


#13. On a multi-lane highway like this, the far-left lane should be used for:

You should use the left lane to drive faster, pass, or turn left. Keep to the right if you are traveling slowly.


#14. You near an intersection. The traffic light changes from the green to yellow. What would your best action be?

A steady yellow light means caution. If you are driving toward an intersection and a yellow light appears, slow down and prepare to stop. The light will change from green to red. If you are within the intersection or cannot stop safely before entering the intersection, continue through carefully.

Some states require you to always stop if a stop can be made safely.


#15. 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.


#16. What does this sign mean?

A yield sign is a downward pointing triangle. It is red and white with red letters. You will see no other signs of this shape on the highway.

Slow down and give vehicles crossing your path the right-of-way. If the way is clear, you may move forward slowly without stopping. Yield signs are usually placed where auxiliary roads lead into major roads.


#17. You must use extra caution when approaching a pedestrian using a white cane because:

Pedestrians carrying white canes or with guide dogs are blind or have greatly reduced vision. Just as in other pedestrian situations, motorists are required to yield or stop for anyone who may have begun crossing a street. When stopping at an intersection, be sure to stop behind the crosswalk to allow the visually-impaired traveler an unobstructed path. At times, the person who is blind may choose to wait for optimal traffic conditions.

The key to safety is based on careful observance of the pedestrian and common courtesy. Motorists and pedestrians should not distract a guide dog in any way. These friendly, intelligent dogs must focus on the commands of their owner.


#18. When passing a truck, it is dangerous to:

Cutting into the open space in front of a truck removes the truck driver’s cushion of safety. Remember, trucks take longer to stop.

Never cut off a truck in traffic or on the highway to reach your exit or turn. Trying to beat a truck to a single-lane construction zone represents a particularly dangerous situation. Take a moment to slow down and exit behind a truck, it will only take you a few extra seconds.


#19. Proof of financial responsibility is needed:

No person shall drive a motor vehicle in the state of North Dakota without a valid policy of liability insurance in effect. The name of the motor vehicle insurance policy carrier and the policy number of the driver must be furnished to a law enforcement officer upon request. The fine for operating an uninsured motor vehicle is a minimum of $300 and may result in a license suspension.


#20. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway begins (divided highway ahead).

The traffic lanes ahead are divided by a median or divider and each lane is one-way. Keep to the right.


#21. Backing a vehicle on interstate highways:

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


#22. Windshields that are dirty, foggy, or icy at night will usually:

A clean windshield, inside and out, helps reduce the glare from oncoming vehicles.

Clean headlights on your vehicle will give more light and help you see vehicles and other night hazards better.


#23. When parking close to a stop sign you must keep what distance?

The distance you must keep from a stop sign is more than 15 feet. Parking is not allowed within 15 feet of a flashing beacon, a stop sign, or a traffic control signal placed on the side of the roadway.


#24. You should always turn on your headlights when:

Turn on your headlights whenever you have trouble seeing others. If you have trouble seeing them, they may be having trouble seeing you.

Remember, you must use your headlights when necessary for safe driving.


#25. What does this sign mean?

This is a regulatory no trucks sign. It means that no trucks are allowed on the road.

Remember, a red circle with a slash means NO. The symbol indicates what is prohibited.

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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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