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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. At times even driving 10 MPH is too fast for existing conditions.
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:
Be prepared to stop and give the right-of-way to oncoming vehicles.
Increase your speed to make the turn before the light changes.
Drivers are not required to signal before turning from that lane.
5. Service signs are ____ with ____ letters and symbols.
white; black
blue; white
white; green
green; white
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. In general, you should pass vehicles going in the same direction as you are going:
whenever you have the opportunity to do so.
only if the other driver signals it is safe.
on the left.
on the right.
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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