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Maine Practice Tests for Permit and Full License
Each preparation test has 30 questions based on the Motorist Handbook & Study Guide and real BMV tests.
You get instant feedback after each question. If your answer is wrong, you will also see a brief explanation. If you keep the Motorist Handbook handy throughout your studies, you can compare answers with the information in the Handbook.
Make sure you get the latest version of the Study Guide from your BMV office or download it online.
The passing score is 80 percent, which means must answer at least 24 questions correctly.
Aim higher on the practice test. At a minimum, you should aim for 92 percent. But it is best to aim for the perfect score of 100%.
Read more about study tactics.
Who Must Pass the BMV Test?
In general, you must take the written BMV test:
If you are a first-time applicant.
You must take all tests, including vision screening, knowledge test, and driving test, when you never had a license or permit before.
When you let your driver’s license expire for more than 5 years.
If you had a driver’s license issued in Maine or another state and let that license expire for more than 5 years, you must take all tests again.
If you are a new U.S. resident with an out-of-country license.
New residents with an out-of-country license must take all tests to convert their license to a Maine driver’s license. Remember to show proof of address in Maine and documents that show your legal presence. BMV will normally waive tests for new residents with an out-of-state license.
When you reinstate your license after certain suspensions.
When your license is suspended, BMV may require a new knowledge test and driving test before your license is reinstated.
How Many Questions are on the Maine Knowledge Test?
Maine has recently updated their written examination. The test now has 30 questions and you can miss no more than 6 questions. This is a passing score of 80 percent.
What Questions are on the Test?
There are questions about traffic laws, regulations, driving skills and vehicle handling. Special emphasis is placed on understanding laws about drinking and driving. Expect at least two or three questions about alcohol and drugs.
You must also identify and understand the meaning of common road signs.
All questions are from the Motorist Handbook & Study Guide.
Don’t Forget Your Documents
Before you can pass the vision screening and the knowledge test, you must have all your paperwork in order. It is common that applicants are sent back home because they don’t have all the necessary documents.
You must show:
2 different proof of identity – at least one must indicate your date of birth and the other must have your written signature.
Proof that you are a Maine resident.
Proof that you are a U.S. citizen or are in the country lawfully (legal presence).