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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 parking close to a traffic signal beside the road you must keep this distance:

The distance you must keep from a traffic light 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.


#2. Which light indicates that you may make a protected turn (oncoming traffic is stopped by a red light)?

A green arrow means you may enter the intersection to make the movement indicated by the arrow. This is known as a protected turn. If the green arrow comes on at a red light, you may turn in the direction of the arrow. You must yield the right of way to all pedestrians and vehicles already in the intersection.

Remember, the green arrow does not mean that ALL other traffic is stopped by a red light. Traffic may turn from the opposing direction and vehicles going straight in your direction may also have a green light.


#3. Yellow lines separate traffic:

Broken yellow center lines are used on two-lane, two-way roads. You may cross them only to turn left or to pass another vehicle.

One solid line with one broken line means no passing when you are in the lane with the solid line. The solid line may be crossed only to turn left.

Two solid yellow lines on a two-lane road means no passing in either direction. Crossing the center line is permitted only as part of a left-turn maneuver.


#4. When you see a sign with this shape, color, and symbol, you must:

When you see this sign, do not drive onto the street or ramp in the direction you are heading. If you enter, you will be going against traffic and most likely see a wrong way sign farther from the crossroad.


#5. Before turning left, it is important to:

Vehicles turning left must yield to oncoming traffic.

Watch for vehicles passing on the right side of a vehicle turning left.


#6. What do the light gray areas in the picture mark?

Your blind spot is the area to the side of a vehicle which cannot be seen in mirrors. A blind spot exist on both sides of your vehicle.

When changing lanes or making a turn, you should look in both of your rear-view mirrors. You should also check over your shoulder. Make sure the lane is clear and signal your movement.


#7. When must you stop at a railroad crossing?

Remember to obey traffic control devices, crossing gates or barriers or the directions of an enforcement official at the crossing. You must stop when:

  • A signal indicates a train is coming.
  • A crossing gate is lowered.
  • A flagman signals a train is approaching.
  • Train is clearly visible, or train whistle is heard, and it would be hazardous for you to cross.

#8. On which side should you pass a barricade with this panel?

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


#9. You must yield the right-of-way:

A driver must yield the right-of-way for all vehicles which are part of a funeral procession.

Vehicles in a funeral procession have the right of way, except for emergency vehicles, when following an officer with their headlights and flashing lights on.


#10. What does drive within the range of your headlights mean?

The distance you can see ahead is greatly reduced at night. Therefore, your speed should be reduced in proportion.

A common term associated with light conditions that cause crashes is overdriving your headlights. Overdriving your headlights means driving too fast to stop safely within the distance clearly lit by your headlights.


#11. If you run off the pavement, it is generally wrong to:

If your tire drops off the edge of the pavement onto the shoulder, do not try to swerve back onto the pavement because you may lose control of your vehicle.

Grip the steering wheel and ease up on the accelerator. If you brake hard, you may go into a skid. After you have slowed down and are in complete control, look for traffic behind you, signal, and turn gently back onto the pavement.


#12. 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.


#13. What is true about tractor-trailers and large trucks?

Trucks and tractor-trailers are not designed to be as maneuverable as cars. They have longer stopping and accelerating distances, wider turning radii, and weigh more. They also have serious blind spots.


#14. If you agree to become an organ donor and have a fatal accident, your family will be charged for any costs arising from an organ or tissue donation.

The donation process does not prevent an open-casket funeral. Donors are treated with great care and dignity and there is no charge for donation to the donor’s family.


#15. What does this sign tell you?

Reduction of lanes. Right lane ends. Merge left.

Two lanes of traffic will soon become one lane of traffic. Right-lane traffic must yield when merging.


#16. When you see this sign:

Added lane sign. Traffic from another road will be entering the road. No merging is necessary because a lane has been added.


#17. When your car has an enabled front passenger air bag, a rear-facing infant seat must:

Never place a rear-facing infant car seat in front of an airbag. Children under age 13 should ride in the back seat, even if the vehicle does not have an airbag.


#18. The alcohol concentration (AC) limit where it is illegal for a person 21 years or older to drive is:

If a chemical test reveals that you have eight one-hundredths of one percent (.08%) or greater of alcohol in your blood, or .02% if under the age of 21, you are considered legally to be under the influence of alcohol. The penalties for driving in this dangerous condition are harsh.


#19. An emergency vehicle with flashing emergency lights has parked at the scene of a crash ahead. You may proceed carefully without stopping:

If there is a police officer directing traffic at the scene, you must obey the officer’s instructions.

If not directed to proceed, you must drive to the right-hand side of the roadway and stop. Once stopped, you may pass at your risk when the roadway is clear.


#20. Anti-lock brakes are most effective when you:

With ABS you need to press down hard on the brake pedal, hold it and steer out of danger. In an emergency situation, the ABS automatically pumps the brakes at a faster rate than you could.

With rear-wheel-only ABS the front wheels can still lock up. In this situation, let up on the brake pedal with just enough pressure to allow the front wheels to start rolling again


#21. When driving in fog, you should turn on:

Use the low beams in fog or when it is snowing or raining. Light from high beams will reflect back, causing glare and making it more difficult to see ahead.


#22. What does a sign with eight sides mean?

Stop signs are always octagonal (eight-sided). A stop sign means that you must bring your vehicle to a complete halt.


#23. Unless otherwise posted, what is the speed limit when approaching any railway crossing when your view of the track is obstructed?

Speed limit is 20 miles per hour when you pass by a school during school recess or while children are going to or leaving school during opening or closing hours of school, unless otherwise posted.


#24. A sign with this shape means:

The pentagon (five-sided) shape warns you of school zones and marks school crossings.


#25. You are preparing for a right turn. A bicyclist is approaching on the right. What should you do?

Most crashes involving a motor vehicle and a bicyclist occur at intersections. Allow bicyclists extra time to cross intersections.

When turning right and a bicyclist is approaching on the right, let the bicyclist go through the intersection first before making a right turn. Remember to check your blind spot before turning. Do not cut off or crowd the bicyclist.

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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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