North Dakota Written Test for ND Driver License & Permit



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#1. A yield sign in your lane:

Remember, it is your responsibility to slow down and give vehicles crossing your path the right-of-way. If the way is clear, you may move forward slowly without stopping. Yield signs are usually placed where auxiliary roads lead into major roads.


#2. Alcohol is generally categorized as:

Alcohol is a depressant, not a stimulant. It depresses the central nervous system and slows down brain activity.


#3. A pedestrian has entered a crosswalk where there are no signs or signals. Who should be given the right-of-way?

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


#4. You are driving in the right-hand lane and approach this sign. What should you do?

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.


#5. You should always be especially alert for motorcycles because:

Motorcycles are small and may be difficult to see. Their smaller profile can also make it more difficult to judge the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle.

Approximately one-half of all motorcycle crashes involve another motor vehicle. Nearly 40 percent were caused by the other vehicle turning left in front of the motorcyclist.


#6. If you have accumulated 12 points under the North Dakota point system, your license will be suspended:

When you have accumulated 12 points your license will be suspended for seven days. The suspension period is seven days for each point over 11.


#7. Why should you slow down and be prepared to stop when following a truck with hazardous load and there is a railroad crossing ahead?

School buses, vehicles carrying explosives or flammable liquids such as gasoline trucks, and buses carrying passengers must stop at railroad crossings. These vehicles must stop within 50 feet and not less than 15 feet from the tracks. Watch out for them and do not pass them when they are stopped at the crossing.


#8. When you see this sign, what should you expect ahead?

Reverse curve. This sign tells you there is a gradual curve to right, and then left. It gives you time to reduce your speed before you enter the curves. The sign is sometimes supplemented with an advisory speed sign showing the maximum recommended speed to negotiate the curves.


#9. If your car starts to skid, you should ease off the gas and:

If you start to skid ease off the gas pedal, stop braking, and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid. If your rear wheels start going to the right, turn your front wheels to the right.

Steering into a skid is the same as steering in the direction you want to go, or simply steering down the road.


#10. Anti-lock brakes prevent wheels from locking. This means your tires are less likely to:

Anti-lock brakes prevent skidding and allow drivers to steer during an emergency braking situation.

ABS can help improve vehicle stability (avoiding spin-outs), steering ability (directing the car where the driver wants it to go) and stopping capability (distance needed to stop the vehicle).


#11. What shape is a regulatory speed limit sign?

Vertical rectangles and square signs are generally used for regulatory signs. A speed limit sign is generally a vertical rectangle.


#12. A shared center turn lane must be 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.


#13. A rule of thumb is to leave a three-second gap between your vehicle and the one in front when conditions are:

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.


#14. When you see a sign with this shape, color, and symbol, you must:

When you see this sign, do not drive onto the street or ramp in the direction you are heading. If you enter, you will be going against traffic and most likely see a wrong way sign farther from the crossroad.


#15. When merging onto a limited access highway:

Use your mirrors so that you know what is behind you as well as what is in front of you. When changing lanes or entering a main roadway, use your turn signals and make sure the lane is clear. Look to the rear over your shoulder as well as in the rear-view mirror.


#16. To back your vehicle safely:

Place your right arm on the back of the seat and turn around so that you can look directly through the rear window. Do not depend on your rearview or side mirrors, as you cannot see directly behind your vehicle.


#17. Which must you obey over the other two?

Directions given by traffic officers take precedence over signs, signals, or pavement markings.


#18. You can park your car:

It is not illegal to park on a hill.

Your car must be far enough from the street or highway to avoid interfering with traffic and visible to cars approaching from either direction.

Do not park on a bridge, on a crosswalk, or within 15 feet of a flashing beacon.


#19. If you encounter an aggressive driver, you can make the situation worse if you:

Do NOT return gestures.

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.

#20. When driving in fog, you should turn on:

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.


#21. What does drive within the range of your headlights mean?

The distance you can see ahead is greatly reduced at night. Therefore, your speed should be reduced in proportion.

A common term associated with light conditions that cause crashes is overdriving your headlights. Overdriving your headlights means driving too fast to stop safely within the distance clearly lit by your headlights.


#22. Bicyclists must ride:

Bicyclists are required to follow the same road rules as motorists. They must ride as near to the right side of the roadway as feasible, but may take the entire lane when hazards, road width, or traffic speed dictate.

Remember to reduce speed when encountering bicyclists.


#23. A traffic light showing a red arrow means:

North Dakota does not allow turning against a red arrow.

Come to a complete stop before reaching the intersection, stop line or crosswalk for the direction indicated by the arrow. Remain stopped as long as the arrow signal is red.

39-10-05 Vehicular traffic facing a steady red arrow indication may not enter the intersection to make the movement indicated by the arrow.

Note: This turn may be allowed in other states.


#24. A school bus is displaying amber flashing lights near the top. What do the lights 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.


#25. What is the meaning of North Dakota basic speed rule?

Speed limits are maximum limits to be traveled only when driving conditions are ideal. Sometimes conditions may require you to drive slower than the posted speed limit allows. Never drive faster than the posted speed limit or conditions allow.

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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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