North Dakota Written Test for ND Driver License & Permit



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#1. A road sign with a round shape means:

A circular sign is used to warn that there is a railroad crossing ahead.


#2. A rear-facing infant car seat must:

Never place a rear-facing infant car seat in front of an airbag. Children under age 13 should ride in the back seat, even if the vehicle does not have an airbag.


#3. As a safe driving practice, you should check your rear-view mirrors every:

Keep your eyes moving. Use your mirrors to check around and behind the vehicle every 6 to 8 seconds.


#4. Which light indicates that you may make a protected turn (oncoming traffic is stopped by a red light)?

A green arrow means you may enter the intersection to make the movement indicated by the arrow. This is known as a protected turn. If the green arrow comes on at a red light, you may turn in the direction of the arrow. You must yield the right of way to all pedestrians and vehicles already in the intersection.

Remember, the green arrow does not mean that ALL other traffic is stopped by a red light. Traffic may turn from the opposing direction and vehicles going straight in your direction may also have a green light.


#5. To avoid getting tired on a long trip, you should:

Take breaks. Fatigue (being tired) increases the chance of a crash. If you are sleepy, the only safe cure is to get some sleep. If you don’t, you risk your life and the lives of others.

In order to be the best and safest driver, you must be well rested and alert. Tips from the National Sleep Foundation include scheduling a break every 100 miles (or every two hours) to take a quick rest.


#6. What do amber flashing lights near the top of a school bus mean?

When a school bus is equipped with yellow caution lights, these lights may be used as a warning that the school bus is about to stop and that the red flashing lights will soon come on. You should slow down and be prepared to stop.

When the school bus is stopped and flashing its red lights, you must stop.


#7. If red lights are flashing and gates are closing at a railroad crossing, you should:

If red lights are flashing at a railroad crossing, you must always stop. Do not cross the tracks when the red lights are flashing. And never drive around the gates when they are down.


#8. Night driving is more dangerous than daytime driving because:

Night driving tends to be more difficult than daytime driving. You can only see as far as your headlights, and this cuts down on your time to react. Glare from oncoming headlights, deer crossing the road, and eye strain can all combine to make night driving hazardous.

Slow down at night. You should be able to stop in the distance covered by your headlights.


#9. When overtaking another vehicle on a two-lane road, you must:

When passing another vehicle, make sure the lane is clear and signal your movement.

Do not drive up too closely.


#10. On what side of the road will a no-passing zone sign be placed?

The pennant-shaped, no-passing sign supplements the regulatory do not pass sign. The pennant is located on the left side of a roadway and points to the beginning of a no-passing zone.


#11. A truck's blind spots:

Large vehicles have serious blind spots or no-zones into which a car can disappear from view. These zones exist up to 20 feet in front of the cab, on either side of, particularly alongside the cab, and up to 200 feet in the rear.


#12. If you are 21 years or older, you may carry a full, sealed, and unopened container of wine:

It is illegal for anyone, driver, or passenger, to drink alcoholic beverages in or on a motor vehicle. You cannot legally have an open container in your vehicle. The seal cannot be broken. Any open containers must be placed in the trunk of the vehicle. If the car is not equipped with a trunk, containers must be kept in a place where passengers do not normally sit.

Persons under 21 years of age are prohibited from possessing alcoholic beverages.


#13. Which vehicle must yield when two vehicles arrive at the same time at an uncontrolled intersection?

When two vehicles approach an unsigned intersection at approximately the same time, the vehicle on the left side must yield to the vehicle on the right. When entering an intersection, it is recommended to look first to your left, then to your right and then left again. Be prepared to yield.


#14. When should you use your high-beam headlights?

Use high beams on open highways with no oncoming traffic. When meeting oncoming vehicles, you must dim your lights.

Do not use high beams in fog, rain, or snow. It will cause glare and reduce your visibility.


#15. This sign tells you:

This is an advisory speed sign.

Signs indicating curves or turns are often supplemented with an advisory speed sign showing the maximum recommended speed to negotiate the curve or turn.


#16. This sign tells you that:

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.


#17. When making a left from a two-lane highway, you should:

To turn left from a two-way road approach the turn with your left wheels close to the center line of the road. Do not turn wide.


#18. Why should you check over your shoulder after passing a bicyclist and before moving back to normal position?

You must glance over your shoulder to be sure no one is in the blind spot. Check over your shoulder after passing a bicyclist and before moving back to normal position.


#19. If you run off the pavement, it is often dangerous to:

If your tire drops off the edge of the pavement onto the shoulder, do not try to swerve back onto the pavement because you may lose control of your vehicle.

Grip the steering wheel and ease up on the accelerator. If you brake hard, you may go into a skid. After you have slowed down and are in complete control, look for traffic behind you, signal, and turn gently back onto the pavement.


#20. What does this sign mean?

Slippery when wet.

Road surface will be slick when wet. Slow and proceed with caution. Remember all pavements are slippery when wet, but this sign warns of extreme conditions.


#21. If you have mechanical trouble and must stop beside the road, you can show others you need assistance by doing what?

Lift the hood and tie a white cloth to the antenna, side mirror or door handle to signal an emergency. Do not stand on the roadway.


#22. At a fire hydrant, parking is not allowed:

Never park within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.


#23. Unless otherwise posted, what is the speed limit in residential areas?

Speed limit is 25 miles per hour in a business or residential district, unless otherwise posted.


#24. The area in the center of this road is used for:

Shared center lanes are reserved for making left turns by vehicles traveling in both directions. On the pavement, left-turn arrows for traffic in one direction alternate with left-turn arrows for traffic coming from the other direction.

These lanes are marked on each side by a solid yellow and dashed yellow line.

Passing or overtaking is not permitted in the center lane.


#25. An instruction permit allows you to drive unsupervised:

Instruction Permits allow you to legally practice driving. Any time you operate with an instruction permit, a person with a valid license for the class of vehicle being driven, who is at least 18 years of age and has had at least three years of driving experience, must ride in the seat beside you.

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North Dakota NDDOT Knowledge Test

Quick facts about your ND driver’s license and learner’s permit test:

  Number of Questions: 25
  Correct answers needed: 20
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Time limit:
  Earliest retest upon failure: Next day

This North Dakota NDDOT Written Practice Test

This sample test is designed to help you study for the North Dakota NDDOT permit test with written test questions you can trust. The test covers all the important items you must learn for your knowledge examination and will help you master the written test much quicker.

The practice test has 25 random questions, just like the real examination. With a large question bank you will new questions and new variations every time you start over. It will help you cover all important facts from the North Dakota Driver’s Manual.

Questions include an instant feedback that tells you if your answer is correct or not. In case of a wrong answer, there is also brief explanations to help you recognize the correct answers.

The Real NDDOT Knowledge Examination

The official written examination consists of 25 knowledge questions. They are drawn from all parts of the Driver’s License Manual.

The automated test picks 25 random questions from a pool of questions every time someone takes the exam. This means every student will get a different set of 25 questions when taking the same exam. This is why you should include many practice tests in your preparations. You never know which questions will show up on your test.

The passing score in North Dakota is 80%, which means you must have 20 correct answers to pass the exam.

There is no time limit, so you have plenty of time to read everything all the way through. Most mistakes are made when test takers answer too quickly without given questions and answers a second thought.

Should you fail the test, you must usually wait at least one day before you can take the test again.

You should also be aware that there is a new testing fee each time you take the exam.

North Dakota Written Test - photo by  Anna Shvets

The test is available in several languages, including:


The NDDOT test is a closed book test. You are not allowed to bring backpacks, purses, paper, pen, pencil, markers, cell phones, notebooks, and any other electronic devices inside the testing area.

Is the North Dakota NDDOT Test Hard?

The difficulty level on the test is rated moderate. North Dakota doesn’t record failure rates, but it is estimated that one out of three first-time test takers fail the exam (a failure rate around 30%).

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

What is on the North Dakota NDDOT Test?

The test will check your knowledge and understanding of safe driving techniques, common signs and signals, and North Dakota traffic laws.

There is a focus on the risks of impaired and distracted driving and how to safely share the road with pedestrians, bicyclists, and commercial vehicles.

Best Study Strategy for the North Dakota Permit Test

  Start by getting the manual.

You will not pass the written test unless you have a good understanding of the information in the ND Noncommercial Driver’s Manual. Get a copy from a Driver Licensing Office or download the PDF-version online

Make sure you read the manual a couple of times during the course of a few weeks.

  Use practice tests as a supplement.

By taking a handful of practice tests along with reading the manual, you will quickly find out your weaknesses and know what you must study some more. Always go back to the manual when see questions or answers that you don’t fully understand.

Research often shows that the “study-test-test-test” regime works best as a strategy before an important exam.

  Find people that you can discuss driving rules with.

Putting driving rules in a context and get thoughts from experienced drivers will take you beyond the text in the Driver’s Manual and help new knowledge to stick better.

Self-quizzing or letting somebody else ask you questions is also known to be a good strategy for learning faster.

Who Must Pass a Written Test?

The following must always pass the written knowledge test in North Dakota:

  • First-time non-licensed applicants
  • Drivers with a license expired more than one year
  • Drivers with a cancelled or revoked license
  • Holders of a foreign driver’s license

What You Should Know about the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Law

The North Dakota Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Law is a three-step program to grant young drivers full license privileges.

The three steps of the GDL program are:

  Step 1: Permit phase.

During this phase you must practice driving under the supervision of a licensed driver who is at least 18 years old and have at least three years of driving experience. The licensed driver must occupy a seat beside you.

You must always carry the permit with you while driving and you cannot use electronic devices to talk, compose, read, or send an electronic message (unless there is an emergency or need to prevent a crime).

  Step 2: Intermediate license.

With an intermediate license you can drive without supervision, but the license comes with some short-term restrictions, such as night driving or number of passengers.

  Step 3: Full license.

With the final, full driver’s license all restrictions are lifted.

North Dakota Age Requirements

Step Holding period Minimum Age
Learner’s Permit 6-12 months 14 years
Intermediate license Up to 12 months 15 years
Unrestricted license 16 years

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