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What You Need to Know for Your New Mexico DMV Test

Your real MVD driver license exam has 40 questions. You must answer 28 questions correctly. This means that you must reach a passing score of 70 percent or more.

Read the following article to learn about passing scores in other states: Permit and License Passing Scores in United States.

What Should You Expect on the MVD Exam

Many of the details in the state driver manual might seem irrelevant or insignificant for your driving skills. However, laws and New Mexico rules of the road are an important part of the driver examination.

Unexpected details on the driving tests may deal with speed limits (check the speed limit in school zones in New Mexico, proper parking distance to intersections and fire hydrants, use of headlights, and the length of a license suspension after certain convictions. Sometimes, you can figure out many of these numbers by trying to think like lawmakers. The best strategy, however, is to simply learn them from the handbook.

Signs, Signals, and Markings

Safe driving also means you must learn the meaning of traffic signs, signal lights, lane-use control signals, and pavement markings. There are several articles on that can help you learn more.

Know When to Yield

You should also expect questions about right-of-way and when you are expected to yield to pedestrians and other vehicles. Remember that blind pedestrians often have an absolute "right-of-way".

Handle Emergencies

It is also important that you know what to do in case of emergencies, like a skid, oncoming vehicle in your lane, a tire blowout, or if you drift off the pavement.

You must also know what to do in case you are involved in a crash.

Everyday Driving Situations

You should special pay attention to some everyday driving situations that may pose a higher risk, such as driving at night, in fog, in winter weather, through work zones and school zones, when there are emergency vehicles around, and when you approach railroad crossings.

Passing Score

Study all chapters in the New Mexico driver's manual carefully. Questions on your final New Mexico MVD test are drawn from all parts of your state driver's guide.

No matter what the official passing score is, you should always aim for at least 92 percent on the practice tests. If you get a question wrong, make sure you understand why.