New Jersey Permit Study Guide

Taking the MVC permit test in New Jersey does not have to be intimidating.  Using this study guide, and taking the permit practice test will help make the process easy.

When preparing for the permit test in New Jersey, it is important to take time to study the important traffic laws and regulations in the state.  All of the questions from the test will come from information found in the New Jersey Driver Manual. There is also a special guide for parents of teen drivers, available only at MVC offices, which may be useful in getting ready for the permit test.

The permit test in New Jersey is fairly long, consisting of 50 multiple choice questions.  Following each question are four answer choices, with only one correct answer.  The good news is that with such a long test, you may miss up to 10 questions, since an 80% or better is required to pass.  The test is administered on a computer screen and you will get your results as soon as you finish.

While studying for the permit test, it is important to know that while a test question may come from anywhere in the manual, there are certain sections that might be more helpful to study than others.  For example, chapter 2 deals with primarily driver testing, which applies to the road test, not the knowledge test.  While this information may be good to know, the test designers are more concerned with your knowledge of specific traffic laws.

Your time is best spent studying the sections of the manual that deal with actual driving situations.  Here are some areas to spend extra time reviewing:

  • Chapter 1 The New Jersey Driver License System
  • Chapter 3 Driver Responsibility
  • Chapter 4 Safe Driving Rules and Regulations
  • Chapter 5 Defensive Driving Rules
  • Chapter 6 Drinking, Drugs and Health
  • Chapter 8 Sharing the Road with Others

Additionally, you might want to familiarize yourself with the DUI penalties starting on page 110, and the violation point system starting on page 123.  While New Jersey does not place a strong emphasis on road signs for the permit test, knowing the road signs on page 192 may be helpful.  The Driver Safety section on page 185 might serve as a helpful review before you go to take the test.

Lastly, you should be aware that the permit test closely resembles the knowledge test that you will take to get your basic driver license. However there may also be additional questions related to teen driving, permit restrictions, the probationary license and the graduated driver license program.  Therefore you should pay special attention for anything in the handbook that refers to these aspects of teen driving.  Understand the basic structure for the graduated driver license program starting on page 16.  

Finally, you should take a practice test.  The New Jersey permit practice test will help give you a general idea of what kinds of questions will be asked on the test and how they will be worded.