New Jersey MVC Written Knowledge Test for 2021



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#1. What does a solid yellow line on a two-lane road indicate?

A solid yellow line marks a No Passing zone. If the solid yellow line is on your side of the road, do not pass. Pass only if there is a broken line on your side.


#2. If red lights are flashing at a railroad crossing, you should:

A motorist must stop within fifty feet but not less than fifteen feet from the nearest rail, when there are flashing lights, ringing bells or flag signals. Descending gates or gates that have already been lowered indicate that a train is coming, and a motorist must stop. A motorist should never attempt to cross until the gates have been raised and the lights have stopped flashing.


#3. You see this sign beside the road, you should:

Yield ahead. This sign warns of a yield sign ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop at yield sign.

Although the yield sign may not yet be visible, the sign is close enough to require you to start slowing down.


#4. Which of the following is true about driving on wet road surfaces?

The faster you drive on a wet roadway, the less effective your tires become at wiping the water from the road.


#5. You can park and leave your car:

Never park on a sidewalk, on a crosswalk or on a bridge. The distance you must keep from a fire hydrant is more than 10 feet. Parking 30 feet from a fire hydrant is allowed.


#6. What should you do if you approach a fire scene and there is an unprotected fire hose on the road?

Never drive over a fire hose unless directed to do so by a fire, emergency rescue or police official.


#7. When passing another vehicle on a two-lane highway, you must:

Look ahead and behind to determine when it is safe to pass. Give a left-turn signal so the driver behind you will know that you are about to pull out and pass.


#8. Which is true about large trucks?

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


#9. A federally approved rear facing child passenger restraint system that is equipped with a five-point harness must be used by children:

Children under age two who weigh less than 30 pounds must ride in a federally approved rear facing child passenger restraint system that is equipped with a five-point harness.


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

Blind spots are areas where you cannot see behind your vehicle (on both sides) through the mirrors.

Inside and outside mirrors should be adjusted to reduce blind spots.

You can check blind spots by turning your head and look over your shoulder.

When a lane change must be made, look at the rearview mirror. Then, glance behind by turning your head to check blind spots. Always signal lane changes.

Check blind spots twice before changing lanes or making turns.


#11. When passing another vehicle, you may exceed the speed limit:

You must comply with speed limits. If you have to speed to pass, you probably do not need to pass.


#12. A sign with this shape means:

Three-sided red yield signs mean you must slow down and be ready to stop, if necessary, to let any vehicle, bicyclist, or pedestrian pass before you proceed.


#13. You approach an intersection. Where should you stop if there is a stop sign, but no stop line or crosswalk?

When a stop sign, traffic light, flashing light or other traffic-control device requires a vehicle to stop at an intersection, the driver must stop at the appropriately marked stop line. If there is no stop line or marked crosswalk, the driver must stop before entering the intersection where he/she has a view of the intersecting street.


#14. This sign means:

Divided highway ahead. The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways.

Divided highways have a center strip that separates traffic going in opposite directions. The first sign is posted before a divided highway begins.


#15. You must use your headlights:

By law, you must use your lights during darkness, or inclement weather, or both. Inclement weather means a condition that prevents you from discerning a person or another motor vehicle on the highway from a distance of 1,000 feet, or a condition requiring the windshield wipers. The time of darkness is from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise.


#16. When driving on wet winter roads, you should:

Reduce your speed. Allow extra space between your car and the car ahead. Do not brake or turn suddenly. Your car might skid if you accelerate too quickly, turn too fast or brake improperly. Use a low gear when going down steep hills. Be careful on bridges and overpasses. These areas freeze first and dry out last.


#17. Which is one factor that greatly affects your stopping distance?

Stopping distance depends on:

  • Motorist perception and reaction time
  • Weather and visibility conditions
  • Vehicle weight
  • Brake conditions
  • Condition and type of tires
  • Roadway conditions
  • Speed

Posted speed limit does not affect your stopping distance, only your actual speed does.


#18. When making a safe left turn, you should do all the following except:

To make a left turn, drive close to the center divider line or into the left turn lane. You should not keep close to the right edge pavement marking.


#19. If you have been drinking alcohol, what is a significant factor in reducing alcohol levels in your blood?

The only thing that can make a person sober is time. Alcohol is removed slowly by the body. The majority of the alcohol is oxidized by the liver. Only 10 percent is eliminated in breath, urine and sweat. This fact is the prime reason why sober-up-quick methods do not work.


#20. When you see this sign, you are NOT allowed to:

Do not pass. You must not pass any vehicles going in the same direction as you are while you are in this area.

Passing signs tell you where it is safe to pass another vehicle and where you cannot. Passing areas are based on how far you can see ahead. Where it is permitted to pass, you may do so only if it is safe.


#21. Which is true about the Safe Corridors law?

The Safe Corridors law doubles fines on various state highways for a variety of driving offenses, including speeding and aggressive driving. Highways are designated as safe corridors based on statistics showing crash rates 50 percent over the state rate and 1,000 or more crashes reported over a three-year period.


#22. After stopping and yielding, you may turn right at a red light unless:

Unless a No Turn on Red sign is posted, New Jersey law authorizes a right turn on a red light after a motorist comes to a full stop and checks for traffic. A motorist must yield to all oncoming traffic and pedestrians before turning right at a red light.


#23. This sign means:

Sharp Turn Ahead. The road will make a sharp turn to the right.

The sign marks turns with a recommended speed of 30 mph or less.


#24. If you accumulate between 12 and 14 points in a 24-month period, you may avoid a license suspension:

Motorists who accumulate between 12 and 14 points in a 24-month period will receive a Notice of Scheduled Suspension by mail from the MVC. Upon receiving the notice, a motorist can do one of the following:

  • Attend a New Jersey Driver Improvement Program.
  • Request a hearing.
  • Surrender his/her driver license for the suspension period.

A motorist who successfully completes a Driver Improvement Program will have three points removed from his/her record.


#25. When are you allowed to use a cell phone without a hands-free device while driving?

State law prohibits the use of handheld electronic devices (e.g., cellular telephones) while driving a motor vehicle on any public road or highway. A handheld cellular telephone may be used only in certain emergency situations, which include:

  • Fire
  • Traffic accident
  • Serious road hazard
  • Medical emergency
  • Hazardous material emergency
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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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6 months ago

Where can I get the NJ drivers written test questions

8 months ago

I will pass!