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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 Driver's Manual. The MVD written test consists of 25 questions, and you'll need at least 18 correct answers to pass (72%).
1. A pedestrian starts to cross in front of your vehicle. You should:
sound your horn and proceed with caution.
speed up and pass in front of the pedestrian.
slow down.
stop until the person is out of the crosswalk.
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.
turn off your emergency lights and leave your high beams on.
turn on your headlights only.
3. This road sign means:
yield sign
Lane reduction ahead
you must come to a complete stop and yield the 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 safe to do so.
stay in your lane and maintain your current speed.
drive onto the left shoulder to let the other driver pass.
5. To be able to turn quickly, your hands should be:
next to each other on the top of the steering wheel.
on the steering wheel, so they are at the 6 and 12 o'clock positions.
placed 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
indicates the minimum ramp speed at the highway exit point.
is a warning sign.
Is used to advise motorists of the maximum safe speed for an exit ramp on a highway.
Shows the recommended speed for the exit of an intersection.
8. Continuous hard braking on ice and snow often:
is the best option during winter.
keeps the brakes from freezing.
causes the front wheels to lock.
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 reaction time.
alertness and judgement.
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%
Minimum age to apply: 15
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