North Dakota Written Test for ND Driver License & Permit

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#1. When being passed by another vehicle, you must:

When being passed, do not speed up. Stay in your lane and maintain speed or slow down.

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#2. You drink alcohol at a dinner. How many drinks does it generally take to affect your driving ability?

There is evidence proving that if you drink, even just a little, your chances of a crash are seven times greater than if you were completely sober.

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#3. Traffic signs with orange background show:

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.

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

Never park within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.

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#5. 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.

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#6. You must always stop at a railroad crossing when:

Stop if you cannot cross and completely clear the tracks. For safety, never stop or park on railroad tracks for any reason.

Make sure all the tracks are clear and no trains are approaching before you cross.

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#7. The use of a handheld cell phone while driving is:

Anyone, regardless of age who is operating a vehicle with an instruction permit and licensed drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using electronic communication devices while driving. This includes a device to talk, compose, read, or send electronic messages. The only exception is to obtain emergency assistance, to prevent a crime that appears to be committed, or in the reasonable belief that an individual’s life or safety is in danger.

Even if the law does not prohibit cell phone use for all drivers, driving requires your full attention. If must use a phone, find a safe place to stop before using it.

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#8. A center lane marked on both sides by a solid yellow line and a broken yellow line:

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.

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#9. What kind of sign is this?

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.

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#10. On which side should you pass a barricade with this panel?

If the stripes slant down to the right, go to the right. If the stripes slant to the left, go to the left.

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#11. When driving with an instruction permit you must be accompanied by and under the instruction of a driver who is:

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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#12. When a police officer is directing you to drive against a red light, you should:

You must obey any traffic direction, order, or signal by a law enforcement officer.

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

Your blind spot is the area to the side of a vehicle which cannot be seen in mirrors. A blind spot exist on both sides of your vehicle.

When changing lanes or making a turn, you should look in both of your rear-view mirrors. You should also check over your shoulder. Make sure the lane is clear and signal your movement.

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#14. Which factors are important for determining how fast you can drive?

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. These conditions include visibility, road conditions, and traffic.

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#15. 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.

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#16. Which of the following freeze first when wet?

Remember that on bridges and shaded spots, frost, and ice form quicker and are retained longer than on the rest of the roadway.

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#17. A flashing red traffic signal at an intersection has the same meaning as:

Flashing red means the same thing as a stop sign. Come to a full stop. Proceed when the intersection is clear of pedestrians and vehicles.

The signal does not change color, it stays red.

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#18. Eyestrain, fatigue, and lack of concentration is often brought on by:

Eyestrain, fatigue, and lack of concentration can be the result of reduced activity, like staring at the spot created by your headlights at night. Keep your eyes moving, especially at night. Always know what is happening around you. Scan for other vehicles, animals, pedestrians, and bicycle riders.

Always stop driving if you feel tired or drowsy.

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#19. Where is a U-turn always illegal?

U-turns are illegal on a one-way street (you will be driving against traffic).

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#20. What should you use your horn for?

You should use your horn when it is reasonably necessary to ensure safe operation. Meaning, use your horn if it is necessary to avoid accidents.

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#21. When driving on slick roads, you should:

Many skids are the result of driving too fast for the road conditions on slippery roadways. The key to safe vehicle operation is slower speeds. Be careful as you approach curves and intersections. Avoid fast turns and quick stops.

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#22. When passing a bicyclist:

The bicyclist has the same right to use the public road (except freeways) as any other driver. When passing, maintain a safe operating distance between your car and a bicyclist. Pass a bicyclist only when road and traffic conditions dictate that it is safe to do so. Check over your shoulder after passing a bicyclist and before moving back to normal position.

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#23. If you see a pedestrian with a white cane at a crosswalk, you should:

Pedestrians carrying white canes or with guide dogs are blind or have greatly reduced vision. Just as in other pedestrian situations, motorists are required to yield or stop for anyone who may have begun crossing a street. When stopping at an intersection, be sure to stop behind the crosswalk to allow the visually-impaired traveler an unobstructed path. At times, the person who is blind may choose to wait for optimal traffic conditions.

The key to safety is based on careful observance of the pedestrian and common courtesy. Motorists and pedestrians should not distract a guide dog in any way. These friendly, intelligent dogs must focus on the commands of their owner.

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

A roadway joins from the right. Be alert for vehicles entering the roadway.

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#25. What does this sign mean?

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

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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:

Arabic
Chinese
English
French
Nepali
Russian
Serbo-Croatian
Somali
Spanish
Swahili
Somali
Vietnamese

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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