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Anyone operating a motor vehicle or motorcycle on public roadways in the State of New Mexico must have a driver license or learner’s permit. To get a license, you must pass a written and road test in addition to a vision screening. Practice with this sample test to familiarize yourself with the format of the New Mexico driver's license test. The NM MVD written test is designed to check your knowledge of road rules, road signs, traffic laws and safety rules. Everything you need to know is covered in the New Mexico MVD Driver’s Manual. The written test consists of 25 questions, and you need at least 18 correct answers to pass (72%).
1. When riding at night you should:
increase your following distance.
decrease your following distance.
2. This road sign means:
low clearance sign 2
A steep grade is ahead
Low clearance
No left turn
Divided highway begins
3. On slippery roads, drivers should:
leave more space in front of their vehicle.
come to a complete stop.
increase their speed to avoid hydroplaning.
reduce the reaction distance.
4. A yellow arrow on a traffic signal means:
You should prepare to stop and give the right of way to oncoming traffic
You should speed up so you can make the turn before the light changes
You do not need to signal to turn from that lane
5. When riding long distances, how often should you stop and stretch?
Every five hours
Every two hours
Once per trip
Every 50 miles
6. This road sign means:
bicycle crossing sign
Bicycles cross or ride beside traffic
Stop only if other cars approaching
Yield right-of-way
Soft shoulders for motorcycles
7. To avoid a collision, drivers should:
drive across the left lane to the left shoulder of the road.
stay in their lane and brace for the accident.
stop, turn, or speed up, depending on the situation.
move into the other vehicle’s lane.
8. Stop lines are solid white lines painted across the traffic lanes at ________________ and indicating the exact place at which to stop.
freeway on ramps; fire stations
curves; hills
intersections; pedestrian crosswalks
churches; schools
9. This road sign means:
slippery road sign
Series of curves
Winding road ahead
Warning, slippery when wet
Left curve ahead
10. When in travel lanes on the roadway:
you may stop to look up an address.
you may make a U-turn or back up if you get on the wrong entrance ramp of the freeway.
you may stop to let out passengers.
don’t stop for any reason. Keep moving until you can safely pull off the road.
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NM DMV Written Test Facts

Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:18
Passing score:72%
Minimum age to apply: 15
Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:18
Passing score:72%
Minimum age to apply: 15
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