New Jersey MVC Written Knowledge Test for 2021



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#1. Which is true about alcohol?

Alcohol is a depressant drug that affects reaction time, coordination, judgment, perception, and emotional state.


#2. This sign means:

Slippery when wet. In wet weather, drive slowly. Do not speed up or brake hard. Make sharp turns at a very slow speed.


#3. If you see an orange road sign on the highway, what should you expect ahead?

Orange is used for construction and maintenance warning. The signs are usually diamond shaped. They notify drivers of unusual or potentially dangerous conditions near work areas.


#4. 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.


#5. What is the meaning of this sign?

The Left Turn Only sign tells you that you can only turn left from this lane.


#6. What does this sign mean?

Lane reduction ahead. There will be fewer lanes ahead. Traffic must merge left. Drivers in the left lane should allow others to merge smoothly. Right lane ends.


#7. You may drive on public or private property to avoid a traffic sign or signal:

You may not drive a motor vehicle through a public or private property to avoid a traffic signal or sign. It is a motor vehicle violation to avoid obeying the requirements of a traffic control device.

Operating a motor vehicle on public or private property to avoid a traffic control signal or sign will result in two points on your driving record.


#8. If you have a tire blowout while driving, it is generally wrong to:

Remember, do not overreact. Do not slam on the brakes.

If a motorist experiences a flat tire or blowout, he/she should hold the steering wheel firmly and keep the vehicle straight while gradually slowing down. The motorist should remove his/her foot from the gas pedal but not use the brakes. The vehicle should coast to a stop on its own as the motorist pulls to a safe area off the roadway.

This question asked what is generally wrong.


#9. Normal dashed white lines is used as pavement marking between lanes:

White dashed lines separate traffic lanes on multi-lane highways.

Dashed lines are permissive in character.


#10. Your total stopping distance is the sum of your braking distance, reaction distance, and:

The total distance it takes to stop your vehicle is the sum of: perception distance, reaction distance and braking distance.


#11. A pedestrian is crossing your lane at an intersection, but there is no marked crosswalk. You should:

Always yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk, or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.


#12. A vehicle suddenly cuts in front of you. What is the first thing you should do?

You should always keep a safe distance from other vehicles on the road so that you have plenty of time to react to emergencies. Watch for changing conditions and adjust speed and position accordingly.


#13. If you get angry or excited, you should:

Emotions can greatly affect a motorist’s ability to drive. If a motorist is angry or excited, he/she should take time to cool off.


#14. When driving on a clear night with a steady stream of oncoming traffic, you should use:

The dim (low) beams are used for city driving and driving in traffic on roadways. Always turn on your low beam lights when you encounter fog, dust, heavy rain, or snow. Bright beams will be reflected back into your eyes. You must also dim your lights when traveling behind other vehicles or when another vehicle is approaching.


#15. Upon completion of a defensive driving course, the following number of points may be removed from your driving record:

Upon completion of the defensive driving course two points will be removed from the accumulated points currently on your record. The MVC will only recognize a defensive driving course once every five years for point reduction.


#16. A highway deceleration lane should be used for:

Exit ramps or deceleration lanes are extra lanes at a highway exit. In most cases, they are located on the right-hand side of the roadway. Start slowing down when entering a deceleration lane. Obey the posted advisory speed limit of the deceleration lane.


#17. To fight glare at night:

To fight glare at night, colored lenses should be avoided as they distort color. Anti-reflective coatings should be used on lenses. This will help eliminate internal reflections in eyeglasses and may help night driving.


#18. Properly inflated tires:

Properly inflated tires save money in fuel consumption.

They do NOT eliminate the chances of hydroplaning.


#19. A holder of a special learner's permit may use a cell phone while driving:

A holder of the special learner’s permit must not use handheld or hands-free cell phones or any other electronic devices, except in an emergency.

‘Use’ include, but is not limited to, talking, or listening on any handheld or hands-free interactive wireless communication device or operating its keys, buttons, or other controls.


#20. When making a safe right turn, you should do the following EXCEPT:

Do not swing outward or into another lane while making the right turn.


#21. When you park on a hill headed uphill and there is no curb, you should turn your front wheels:

Headed either uphill or downhill and there is no curb, turn the wheels so the car will roll away from the center of the road if the brakes fail.


#22. Are you allowed to drive faster than the speed limit when overtaking another vehicle?

You may NOT exceed the speed limit when passing. It is always unlawful to drive at a speed exceeding a posted speed limit.


#23. Which is true about large trucks?

Generally speaking, the bigger trucks are the longer it takes them to stop.


#24. A firefighter is directing you to do an illegal turn. What should you do?

You must obey the orders of a police officer, firefighter or uniformed adult school crossing guard who is directing traffic or performing official duties.


#25. When is it allowed to drive around or under a lowered gate at a railroad crossing?

It is never allowed to drive around or under a lowered gate at a railroad crossing

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New Jersey MVC Written Test

Quick facts about your MVC driver’s license and learner’s permit test in New Jersey:

  Number of Questions: 50
  Correct answers needed: 40
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Time limit: None
  Earliest retest upon failure:

500+ New Jersey MVC Written Test Questions

With practice tests you can pass your written NJ knowledge exam on your first try. Appointments for the written test is in high demand and waiting times can be long at some locations, so it is a good idea to prepare well for your written test.

This practice test is a random multiple-choice test with 25 questions. You can take it as many times as you need to prepare. The database holds more than 500 questions to help you cover all important facts in the New Jersey Driver Manual.

The real exam has 50 questions, and the passing score is 80%, which means that you must correctly answer at least 40 questions to pass. On this practice test, you should aim for a higher score to make sure you can pass the real thing.

New Jersey MVC Practice Test

What is on the New Jersey Written Knowledge Test?

The main purpose of the NJ written test is to check that you have read and understood the information in the Driver Manual.

It is difficult to pass the examination without reading the manual, so we really recommend you to start by getting a copy.

If you are enrolled in a driver education class, the driver manual should be provided as part of the course. Otherwise, you can get a hard copy from any NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) location or download a PDF-version from › mvc

New Jersey Driver Manual

The written test covers most of the items described in the Driver Manual with a focus on New Jersey traffic laws, safe driving, and common rules of the road, including road signs and signals.

You should expect questions about the dangers of driving a vehicle in an aggressive manner, including:

  • unexpectedly altering the speed of a vehicle,
  • making improper or erratic traffic lane changes,
  • disregarding traffic control devices,
  • failing to yield the right of way, and
  • following another vehicle too closely.

There will also be questions about how to safely share the roadway with pedestrians, cyclists, skaters, riders of motorized-scooters, and other non-motorized vehicles.

These questions include, but are not be limited to, passing a cyclist on the roadway, recognizing bicycle lanes, navigating intersections with pedestrians and cyclists, and exiting a vehicle without endangering pedestrians and cyclists.

You should also expect questions about the effects alcohol or drugs has on a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle and the legal consequences of impaired driving.

The dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning from motor vehicles is also one of the subjects on the test. Proper maintenance of a motor vehicle is an important knowledge for safe driving. Don’t skip this part.

Teenagers should expect questions related to the dangers of impaired driving and the New Jersey’s Graduated Driver License program including driving restrictions placed on permits and the probationary license.

Is the NJ MVC Test hard?

According to MVC, about 30% of all first-time test takers fail the written part of the driver examination.

The test is not timed, but 50 questions will take you about 20 – 25 minutes to answer. Many test takers rate the test as hard.

Hard - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

What Happens if You Fail the Test?

There is no official wait time to take the test again, but appointments are in high demand and a retest is at the discretion of the examiner. You may not be allowed to take the test again the same day.

There is no additional fee for retesting.

Understand New Jersey Graduated Driver License (GDL) Law

If you apply for your firs New Jersey Driver License and never had a driver license or permit before, you must follow the New Jersey’s Graduated Driver License program to get your first unrestricted basic driver license.

  • 16 years old follow the Early Bird Road program
  • 17-21 years old follow the Young Adult Road program
  • 21 years and older follow the Adult Road program

The GDL law affects all new drivers, regardless of age. The purpose is to give first-time drivers increased, step-by-step instruction and driving experience.

Regardless of age, you must pass the knowledge and vision test before you can practice driving. After passing the tests, MVC issues a permit that lets you get behind the wheel with a supervising driver who is at least 21 years old and has been licensed to drive for at least 3 years. The supervising driver must sit beside you in the front seat.

The initial learner’s permit must be obtained in person at any open Licensing Center.

If you are enrolled in a behind the wheel driver training course, you can get your first special learner’s permit when you are 16 years.

Stop for Nikhil Safety Pledge

Safety Pledge to Nikhil

In August of 2015, “Nikhil’s Law” was signed into law. The law reinforces the dangers of failing to comply with New Jersey’s motor vehicle traffic laws.

With Nikhil’s Law, NJ MVC has included awareness questions on the driver’s license test. After the law was passed, the test asks new drivers if they are aware of the dangers of failing to follow the states motor vehicle traffic laws and if they are aware that they have the option to take the “STOP for Nikhil Safety Pledge”.

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5 days ago

I will pass!