North Dakota Written Test for ND Driver License & Permit



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#1. What does this sign mean?

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.


#2. What light beam should you use when driving at night in a heavy fog?

Use the low beams in fog or when it is snowing or raining. Light from high beams will reflect back, causing glare and making it more difficult to see ahead.


#3. When driving at night, be sure that you can stop:

Never overdrive your headlights. Keep your speed low enough to be able to stop within the distance you can see ahead.


#4. What does this sign indicate?

A One-Way sign tells you that traffic on that particular road flows in the direction of the arrow only. You may only drive in the direction of the arrow. Never turn against the arrow.

The sign is placed parallel to the one-way street at all alleys and roadways that intersect one-way roadways.

Unless placed at a T-intersection, the sign does not indicate that turning is required.


#5. If you suddenly have a tire blowout while driving, you should immediately steer onto the shoulder.

Remember, do not overreact. The instinct may be to brake hard or immediately steer off the road. The steering wheel should be held tightly, and you should keep the vehicle going straight. Once the vehicle is under control, move slowly and safely off the road.


#6. At a four-way stop, a driver should always yield the right-of-way to:

At a four-way stop, the vehicle that stops first goes first. If one vehicle goes out of turn, yield to that vehicle so that you do not cause a crash.

If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.


#7. Compared to a passenger car, the stopping distance of a motorcycle is:

In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than a car.


#8. Before turning left, it is important to:

Vehicles turning left must yield to oncoming traffic.

Watch for vehicles passing on the right side of a vehicle turning left.


#9. Which of the following factors affect an individual's absorption of alcohol?

Three factors influence a person’s AC:

  1. The alcohol content. In the average drink the alcohol content is about the same whether it is a 12-ounce can of beer, a 4-ounce glass of wine, or a 1-ounce glass of scotch or whiskey. Remember that, in reality, mixed drinks at home or in a lounge vary a great degree. Drinks at a private party tend to be quite a bit stronger.
  2. The period of time over which the alcohol was consumed. The more alcohol you consume the longer it takes to sober up.
  3. The person’s lean body weight. Larger people have more blood and fluids which will dilute the alcohol consumed more than in a smaller person.

BAC does not depend on what kind of alcoholic beverage you drink, how physically fit you are, or how well you can hold your liquor. Food in the stomach causes alcohol to be absorbed more slowly, slowing down the rate and the amount of intoxication. The kind of food is not a primary factor.


#10. If you are angry or upset with another driver, you should:

When confronted by aggressive drivers:

  • First and foremost, make every attempt to get out of their way.
  • Put your pride in the back seat. Do not challenge them by speeding up or attempting to hold-your-own in your travel lane.
  • Wear your seat belt. It will hold you in your seat and behind the wheel in case you need to make an abrupt driving maneuver and it will protect you in a crash.
  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Ignore gestures and refuse to return them.
  • Report aggressive drivers to the appropriate authorities by providing a vehicle description, license number, location, and if possible, direction of travel.

#11. It is a hot day. You have a sleeping child under two years in the back seat. Can you park and leave the child alone in the car?

Even in cooler temperatures, your vehicle can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. An outside temperature in the mid- 60s can cause a vehicle’s inside temperature to rise above 110 degrees Fahrenheit. The inside temperature of a vehicle can rise almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit within the first 10 minutes.


#12. A traffic signal with a flashing yellow arrow means:

You may cautiously turn left after yielding to oncoming traffic and to pedestrians. Oncoming traffic will typically have a green light.

This is known as an unprotected turn.


#13. When you park on a hill headed downhill and there is a curb, you should turn your front wheels:

When parking on a hill you must make sure your car does not roll into traffic if the brakes do not hold. Headed downhill, turn your front wheels into the curb or toward the side of the road. Set the parking brake.

Remember, when you park on a hill, the general rule is to turn your wheels sharply towards the side of the road or curb. This way, if your vehicle starts to roll downhill, it will roll away from traffic. However, when headed uphill at a curb, you should turn the front wheels in the opposite direction, away from the curb and towards the road. Then, let your vehicle roll backwards until the back of your front wheel touches the curb. The curb will stop your car from rolling into traffic.

Study the diagram provided in your driver’s handbook.


#14. What does this sign mean?

Sharp turn. There is a sharp turn to the left in the road ahead.

The sign gives you time to reduce your speed before you enter the turn. The sign is sometimes supplemented with an advisory speed sign showing the maximum recommended speed to negotiate the turn.


#15. Which color is used as background color for cultural and recreation signs?

Brown is used for recreation and cultural interest areas.


#16. If many vehicles are passing you in the right lane of a freeway:

If many vehicles are passing you in the right lane of a multilane roadway, you are probably going slower than the rest of the traffic. Keep to the right if you are traveling slowly.


#17. Unless otherwise posted, what is the speed limit in business or residential areas?

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


#18. What is true about tractor-trailers and large trucks?

Trucks and tractor-trailers are not designed to be as maneuverable as cars. They have longer stopping and accelerating distances, wider turning radii, and weigh more. They also have serious blind spots.

Remember, a fully-loaded tractor-trailer may take more than 400 feet on dry pavement to come to a complete stop, or more than the length of a football field.


#19. When you see this sign, you should:

Yield ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop at the yield sign or adjust your speed to the flow of the traffic.


#20. When an emergency vehicle using flashing lights approaches you from a crossroad, you should:

When an emergency vehicle is flashing its red, white, or blue lights or using its siren, you must immediately come to a stop along the right-hand curb or edge of the road. You must remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed. Do not stop in the middle of the intersection or inside a roundabout. Drive through the intersection before you pull over.


#21. If you find yourself on a roadway marked with a yellow line on the right edge and a white line to your left:

If you ever find yourself with yellow to your right and white to your left, you are going the wrong way.

Remember, solid yellow lines are used on the left of the roadway edge of divided streets or roadways. When driving, a yellow line should always be to your left.


#22. Yellow or 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.


#23. If gates rise at a railroad crossing, but the red light is still flashing, you should:

Never drive any vehicle through, around or under any gate or barrier. It is dangerous and against the law.


#24. When driving at higher speeds, which method helps you determine a safe following distance between you and vehicle ahead?

The three-second rule is a way to measure the distance that you should use as a cushion when following another vehicle. Sometimes you need even more following distance, as much as four or more seconds. If you drive too fast or follow too close, you will not have enough time to stop in an emergency.


#25. You are on a two-lane road. There is an oncoming car to your left and a child on a bicycle to your right. What should you do?

Pass a bicyclist only when road and traffic conditions dictate that it is safe to do so.

Instead of driving between the car and the bicyclist, take one danger at a time. First, slow down and let the car pass. Then, move to the left to allow plenty of room before you pass.

Remember to reduce speed when encountering bicyclists.

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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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