New Jersey Knowledge Test
Who Must Take the Test?
All first-time applicants are required to pass knowledge, vision, and road tests.
If you are under 21 years old you must pass the NJ MVC's Graduated Driver License (GDL) program.
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 is usually waived.
All out-of-country applicants, including U.S. possessions and territories, must pass the knowledge test and may be required to pass a road test.
New Jersey Knowledge Test
The knowledge test is based on information in the New Jersey driver manual and includes questions on traffic laws, rules and regulations. You will be given 50 multiple-choice questions. To pass you must correctly answer 40 of the 50 questions (80%).
The test is administered on a computer-based system.
New Jersey written knowledge tests are offered in the following languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Japanese.
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.
Oral tests are only offered in English and Spanish.
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.
The interpreter's fee for hearing-impaired applicants will be paid by MVC.
Are You Ready for Your Drivers Permit Test?
Read the state Driver's Manual or Handbook. All real permit test questions are based on the material in this manual. Get familiar with all areas and learn the laws and rules presented. Pay special attention to facts that are bolded or highlighted.
Give yourself plenty of time. Start preparing at least two weeks before the real test.
Take several of our driver permit practice tests to make sure you are ready for the real examination.
Our Practice Tests
Our permit and license practice tests contain 25 questions. You must correctly answer 20 questions to pass (80%). This is a common passing score in most states. You should, however, aim for a score of 90% or more on a permit practice test.
Read all questions and answers carefully. You will see many DMV test answers, but do NOT focus on memorizing exact phrases - focus on understanding! The practice permit test questions may be repeated with several different alternatives and different wording. Real DMV permit test questions are created the same way.
All questions are multiple-choice or true/false. Only one alternative is correct and acceptable. If you see All of the above, None of the above, or similar as one alternative, make sure you evaluate all alternatives carefully.
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