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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 does this sign mean?

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.


#2. When an emergency vehicle using flashing lights approaches you from a crossroad, you should:

When an emergency vehicle is flashing its red, white, or blue lights or using its siren, you must immediately come to a stop along the right-hand curb or edge of the road. You must remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed. Do not stop in the middle of the intersection or inside a roundabout. Drive through the intersection before you pull over.


#3. If you have a North Dakota driver's license, change of name must be reported within:

If you change your name or address, you must notify the Driver’s License Division within 10 days of the change.

A duplicate permit or license must be obtained in the event of a name change.


#4. 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.


#5. Which of the following is known to trigger aggressive driving or road rage?

The following attitudes and behaviors indicate that problem driving behaviors are related to aggression rather than inexperience:

  • Constant rushing, lane jumping, and the need to get ahead.
  • Ignoring road signs and regulations.
  • Constantly ridiculing and criticizing other drivers.
  • Denying entry into your lane or preventing passing.
  • Speeding past another car, revving engine.
  • Tailgating a driver to go faster or get out of their way.
  • Honking, yelling, or making visible insulting gestures.

#6. Does a posted speed limit of 65 mph mean that you may always drive 65 mph on that highway?

Speed limits are maximum limits to be traveled only when driving conditions are ideal. Sometimes conditions may require you to drive slower than the posted speed limit allows. Never drive faster than the posted speed limit or conditions allow.


#7. What does overdrive your headlights mean?

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


#8. Which of the following is not considered safe driving on a freeway?

The left lane on freeways is for passing. Do not tie up traffic in the left lane, keep to the right if you are traveling slowly.


#9. The do not enter sign is an example of a regulatory sign and it is:

This sign prohibits the driver from entering a restricted road section.

You will see the sign at roadway openings that you should not enter such has exit ramps where you would be going in the wrong direction, in crossovers on divided roadways and at numerous locations on one-way streets.

If you enter, you will be going against traffic and most likely see a wrong way sign farther from the crossroad.

The sign is square, not round.


#10. Which car or cars are best positioned for a left turn on this one-way street?

To turn left from a one-way street, begin the turn from the left lane.

Do not turn from another lane unless signs or lane markings indicate two or more turning lanes.


#11. What does a sign with this shape mean?

The upside-down triangle shape is exclusively used for yield signs. Slow down and, if necessary, stop to give the right of way to vehicles and pedestrians.


#12. When you are overtaking a bicyclist on a wet road you should leave plenty of room. What is the main reason for this?

Recognize situations that may be potentially dangerous to bicyclists and give them space. In inclement weather, give bicyclists extra room.


#13. You are approaching a work zone on an interstate. What should you do?

Slow down through construction and maintenance zones. Failure to comply with work zone speed limits carries an $80 minimum fee when work is in progress and workers are present.


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

Headed uphill, turn your front wheels away from the curb (toward the travel lane) and let your vehicle roll back a few inches. The curb will stop the car from rolling anywhere.

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.

Study the diagram provided in your driver’s handbook.


#15. What does this sign mean?

Merging traffic sign.

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


#16. If your car starts to skid, you should ease off the gas and:

If you start to skid ease off the gas pedal, stop braking, and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid. If your rear wheels start going to the right, turn your front wheels to the right.

Steering into a skid is the same as steering in the direction you want to go, or simply steering down the road.


#17. Which of the following factors affect an individual's absorption of alcohol?

Three factors influence a person’s AC:

  1. The alcohol content. In the average drink the alcohol content is about the same whether it is a 12-ounce can of beer, a 4-ounce glass of wine, or a 1-ounce glass of scotch or whiskey. Remember that, in reality, mixed drinks at home or in a lounge vary a great degree. Drinks at a private party tend to be quite a bit stronger.
  2. The period of time over which the alcohol was consumed. The more alcohol you consume the longer it takes to sober up.
  3. The person’s lean body weight. Larger people have more blood and fluids which will dilute the alcohol consumed more than in a smaller person.

BAC does not depend on what kind of alcoholic beverage you drink, how physically fit you are, or how well you can hold your liquor. Food in the stomach causes alcohol to be absorbed more slowly, slowing down the rate and the amount of intoxication. The kind of food is not a primary factor.


#18. A good rule of thumb for calculating safe distance between you and the car ahead is the:

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.


#19. Who should be given the right-of-way at a roundabout?

Vehicles in the roundabout must be given the right-of-way. (Drivers entering the roundabout must yield to pedestrians and traffic already in the circle.)


#20. When should you use your parking lights?

Whenever it is necessary to drive with your lights on, you must use your headlights. Do not drive with the parking lights on, parking lights are for parking only.


#21. You approach this intersection. Which lane must you use for a left turn?

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 curved arrow and the word ONLY, you must turn in the direction of the arrow.


#22. A traffic signal with a flashing yellow arrow means:

You may cautiously turn left after yielding to oncoming traffic and to pedestrians. Oncoming traffic will typically have a green light.

This is known as an unprotected turn.


#23. Which of the following vehicles must always stop before crossing railroad tracks?

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.


#24. Which background color is used for motorist service signs?

Motorist services signs are white on blue. They direct you to services, such as gas, food, motels, and hospitals. Blue is also used to identify parking spaces for disabled drivers.


#25. When a big trailer appears to be starting a left turn ahead, you should:

When following a large vehicle, observe its turn signals before trying to pass. If it appears to be starting a left turn, stay back and wait a moment to check and see which way the driver is signaling.

Remember, large vehicles often swing out to the left as the first step in making a right turn.

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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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