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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. A pedestrian starts to cross in front of your vehicle. You should:
honk your horn.
speed up and pass in front of the pedestrian.
slow down.
stop and let the pedestrian cross.
2. If you stop along the road at night:
turn on your emergency flashers and leave your low beams on.
turn off all your lights.
use your parking lights only.
use your headlights only.
3. This road sign means:
yield sign
Reduction in Lanes
You must come to a complete stop and yield right-of-way
Slow down and yield to traffic on main road when merging
Always come to a complete stop
4. There are two traffic lanes in your direction. You are driving in the left lane and many vehicles are passing you on the right. If the driver behind you wishes to drive faster, you should:
move over into the right lane when it is safe.
stay in your lane so you dont impede the traffic flow.
drive onto the left shoulder to let the other vehicles pass.
5. To be able to turn quickly, your hands must be:
next to each other on the top of the steering wheel.
on the top and bottom of the wheel.
on opposite sides of the steering wheel.
6. Where must a pedestrian walk when there are no sidewalks?
On the side of the road, in the same direction of traffic.
In the middle of the road, facing oncoming traffic.
On the left side of the road, behind slower vehicles.
On the side of the road, facing the traffic.
7. The sign in the picture:
maximum recommended speed sign
shows the minimum safe speed for an exit on an highway.
is a warning sign.
lists the maximum recommended safe speed for an exit on an expressway.
shows the highest speed drivers can travel at the exit of the intersection.
8. Continuous hard braking on ice and snow often:
helps you stop sooner.
keeps the brakes from freezing.
locks the front wheels causing loss of steering.
9. You can reduce the chance of a collision with a large vehicle if you:
cut abruptly in front of it.
pull in front of the large vehicle before you can see the whole front of the vehicle in your mirror.
delay near it.
pay close attention to the turn signals.
10. The use of alcohol and/or drugs affects:
concentration and coordination.
alertness and reaction time.
All of the above.
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NM DMV Written Test Facts

Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:18
Passing score:72%
Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:18
Passing score:72%
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