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This Practice Test
  Number of questions on each practice test: 25
  Question pool: 1,000+
  This is a randomized practice test only for Massachusetts
The practice test is not timed.



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#1. Completing the Driver Retraining course:

Completing the Driver Retraining course does not remove offenses or surcharges from your driving record. It also does not replace any other requirements. For example, if you were convicted of drunk driving, you may also have to complete an alcohol treatment or education program.


#2. How far ahead will you generally see with your low beam headlights at night?

Low beam headlights normally let you see about 100 feet ahead. High beam headlights normally let you see about 350 feet ahead.


#3. Signals and directions from a flag person in a construction zone:

Civilian flaggers direct traffic in some work zones and construction sites. Police officers direct traffic in other sites. When a flag person or police officer directs traffic, you must obey his or her signals or directions.

Crossing guards also depend on drivers to be aware and obey their signals.


#4. When passing another vehicle, you may exceed the speed limit:

Always obey speed limit signs. You may not exceed the speed limit when passing.


#5. You are following a large vehicle. It approaches an intersection and signals left but moves out to the right. What is the best thing to do?

Stay behind trucks making right turns.

Large vehicles make wide turns, and sometimes they must move to the left before making a wide turn to the right. If you are next to a truck or bus, you are probably in a blind spot. Watch for possible right-hand turns and stay safely behind until you know what the driver is doing.


#6. When you see this sign, you should:

Side road. Another road enters the highway from the direction shown. Watch for traffic from that direction


#7. A solid yellow line next to a broken yellow line means that vehicles:

Broken lines indicate passing or lane changing is permitted if the way is clear.


#8. A sign with this shape means:

Stop signs are always octagonal (eight-sided). A stop sign means that you must bring your vehicle to a complete halt.


#9. What does this sign mean?

No left turn.

You cannot make a left turn at this intersection.

If a sign has a red circle with a red line through it, it always indicates NO. The picture inside the circle shows what you cannot do. The sign may be shown with or without words.


#10. If you have a flat tire or blowout while driving, you should take your foot off the gas pedal and:

If you get a flat tire, your tire blows out, or you lose a wheel:

  • Grip the steering wheel tightly and slowly remove your foot from the gas pedal.
  • Gently apply the brakes.
  • If you begin to skid, turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid.
  • Gently straighten the car. Do not use the brake until you have the vehicle under control.
  • Pull your car off the road as soon as it is safe.

#11. When you approach a school, you should:

If a school bus or a school pupil transport vehicle has its lights flashing and a stop sign extended, you must stop. It is the law. Remain stopped until the lights stop flashing or the stop sign folds back. Even after the warning signals have stopped, you should proceed slowly and continue to look for children.

Under special circumstances, an officer may be directing the flow of traffic. If so, obey the officer’s hand signals instead of the normal traffic signals or signs.


#12. A three-second rule is used for:

Always maintain enough distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. The three-second rule is a minimum safe distance for good road conditions and moderate traffic. Count more for added safety and when traffic allows.


#13. Traffic signs that display traffic regulations that drivers must obey are normally:

Regulatory signs have a red or white background and inform drivers of traffic laws or regulations. Some, such as SPEED LIMIT signs, may only include words. Others, such as NO U-TURN signs, use only images. Some are a combination of words and images.


#14. If you must use automatic transmission while driving, your driver's license will have restriction code:

Restriction letter E means automatic transmission.

Restrictions are limitations placed on your driving privileges. Your driver’s license may be issued with various restrictions, which are indicated by code letters on the front and back of your license.


#15. Which is true about bicycle lanes?

Bicycle lanes are portions of the roadway that are intended for use by bicyclists. Motor vehicles may only drive in these lanes when turning on or off the road.

Before crossing a bicycle lane, you must look carefully for bicyclists, and you must cross with care.


#16. You are driving on a highway posted for 60 mph. Traffic around you is traveling at 70 mph. You may legally drive:

Your speed should be no faster than 60 mph. Never drive faster than the posted speed limit. All speed limits are based on ideal driving conditions. If conditions are hazardous, you must drive slower.

Remember, speed laws in Massachusetts are strongly enforced.

You may NOT exceed the speed limit when passing.


#17. In Massachusetts, you must use your safety belt:

Drivers and passengers of vehicles made before July 1966 do not need to wear safety belts.


#18. You should always be more careful when driving at night because:

Night driving is more dangerous than daytime driving. Vehicles, pedestrians, and obstacles may be harder to see. Always be extra careful at night.

Drive slower at night. Keep a speed that will let you react and stop safely within the distance you can see ahead. Keep more space between your vehicle and other vehicles. Keep inside lights off.


#19. All of the following are dangerous while driving. Which is also illegal?

It is illegal to wear a radio headset or any headphones while driving. If you are 18 or older, you can use one earplug for use with a cell phone.


#20. Parking in the area marked by this sign is allowed:

You may not park your vehicle in a zone posted with a NO PARKING, NO STANDING, or NO STOPPING sign.


#21. What does this sign mean?

Two-way traffic ahead. The one-way street or roadway ahead ends. You will then be facing oncoming traffic.

Remember, you should drive in the right-hand lane and expect oncoming traffic in the left-hand lane.


#22. If a pedestrian is in a crosswalk between intersections:

You must yield to pedestrians entering or using a crosswalk in your travel path.


#23. For which of the following must you always stop your vehicle?

Flashing red signal light, red arrow, and steady red circular signal all mean stop.


#24. If arriving at the scene of an accident where no police or emergency vehicles have arrived, a driver should:

If you see a crash and there are no police or emergency vehicles:

  • Park your car off the road.
  • Check to see if anyone is injured.
  • Call the police.
  • Warn other drivers.
  • Give aid
  • If possible, move all vehicles to the side of the road.
  • Turn off the ignition of all vehicles.

#25. Of all traffic collisions in which someone is killed, alcohol is involved in nearly:

Each year in the United States, alcohol causes nearly 40 percent of all highway deaths. This does not include the thousands of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians who are seriously hurt or permanently disabled. It does not include the millions of dollars of damage. It does not include the tragedies that friends and families must face. All of this is caused by drivers operating under the influence (OUI) of alcohol or drugs.

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Facts about Your Massachusetts RMV Knowledge Test

DMV Knowledge Test for Learner’s Permit and Driver’s License
  Number of questions on exam: 25 questions
  Passing score: 72 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 18
  Allotted time to complete test: 25 minutes
  Wait time before retest: None (new fee required)

Massachusetts RMV License Test & Permit Practice - Driver's Prep

This Massachusetts (MA) Practice Test

Each practice test for the Massachusetts driver license or instruction permit at this website has 25 random questions taken from a large database.

The database has more than 1,000 questions and answers are available for you – at no cost! You don’t need an account or sign up to get all the test answers.

Our unlimited tests will help you cover all important areas of the RMV Driver’s Manual and learn much faster. It is a proven way of passing the MA RMV knowledge exam with a small effort.

Before you do anything else, you should get the latest version of the Massachusetts Driver’s Manual . Everything you need to know for your written test is in this manual. Make sure you read it.

It is also a good idea to keep the driver’s manual handy when you take these practice tests. Look up more facts as you go along.

Take Practice Tests after Studying the Manual

Start with the practice tests only after studying all chapters in the manual.

After each practice question, you will see the correct answer. If you miss a question, there will also be a short explanation. Use this information to learn more or look up the corresponding information in the manual.

When you aren’t sure about an answer, you should always use the manual as a cross reference.

You can take as many practice tests as you want and need to prepare. There is no limit. Each set of questions will be different from the previous.

Some more tips on how to study are found here: Study Tactics .

Aim for a High Score on the Practice Tests

The passing score in Massachusetts is 72 percent, which is lower than many other states . But it doesn’t mean that the test is easy.

You must answer 18 questions correctly within the allotted time of 25 minutes. 25 minutes is usually more than enough for you to pass on the examination, but if you have a cognitive or physical disability that would prevent you from finish a test within the allotted time, you may request an alternative test with extended time.

There may also be an opportunity to ask for a paper or person-to-person oral exam.

When you practice with these sample tests, it is a good idea to aim higher than 18 correct answers. It is best if you stay at it until you reach a score of 100 percent on each test.

That way you can feel confident that you will pass the real examination.

What is on the Massachusetts RMV Test?

Topics covered on the real permit exam include effects of alcohol and drugs, license suspensions, and JOL restrictions and violations .

You must also know common rules of the roads, traffic lights , pavement markings , and road signs. Make sure you fully understand these topics.

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Who Must Take the MA Written Knowledge Test?

  All first-time applicants.

If you haven’t been licensed before, you must always start with a MA learner’s permit, regardless of age.

  If you have a license that has been suspended/revoked for more than 2 years.

If your suspension period is 2 years or more, you must take a full exam (learner’s permit exam and road test) to reinstate your suspended/revoked learner’s permit or driver’s license.

  If you have a license that has been suspended/revoked for less than 2 years.

Even if your suspension period is less than 2 years, a RMV hearings officer may decide that you must take both the knowledge exam and the road test again.

  If you have a license from Massachusetts or another state that expired more than a year ago.

If you let your license expire more than a year, RMV will ask you to take all tests again.

  If you have a license from Canada, Mexico, or the U.S. Territories that expired more than a year ago.

If you hold an expired license from Canada, Mexico, or the U.S. Territories and that license expired more than a year ago, you must take all tests.

If the license is valid or expired less than a year ago, you must provide a certified driving record (not more than 30 days old) from the country or territory. You must also have a valid immigration status for at least 12 months. The knowledge test and the road test are waived.

  If you have a license from another foreign country.

If you have a valid license from another country, RMV will require that you take all tests.

Exceptions exist for licenses from France, Germany, South Korea, and Taiwan. Read more: Information for converting certain foreign driver’s licenses

When is the Knowledge Test Waived?

Applicants with a valid license from any other state, District of Columbia, a U.S. territory, Canada, or Mexico can have their license transferred to a Massachusetts license without taking the test.

Their license must be valid or expired less than a year ago.

More about the MA Knowledge Test

All RMV branches offer computer-based testing stations. The automated tests at a service center are available in the following languages:

Available Languages
  Chinese simplified
  Chinese traditional
  Chinese traditional
  Serbo-Croatian (Latin)


Audio support is also available.

You change your language setting when you start the test.

During the test you can skip questions if you aren’t sure about the answer. You can skip up to 7 questions. If you don’t reach the passing score (18 correct answers), the skipped questions will return at the end of the test. If you already have reached a passing score, the skipped questions will not return.

If you have any disability that may prevent you from taking the exam through an automated testing station or from your home, you may request an alternative extended time, paper, or person-to-person oral exam. Person-to-person oral exams are currently only available in English and may not be available at all centers.

Test questions usually have 4 choices, read them carefully all the way through. (These practice test usually have three choices.)

How to Apply for the MA Learner’s Permit

When applying for your first permit you must start the application online .

RMV will then inform you to bring required documents and completed application to a RMV Service Center .

If you aren’t a U.S. citizen, you must show proof of your legal presence with a green card or VISA documents.

To avoid additional hassle at the service center, make sure you have all the necessary documents.

What Happens if You Fail the Test?

Should you fail the online test at home, you will get instructions at the end of the test on how to pay for and take a new test online.

If you fail the test a service center, you can also re-test the same day, but these tests may be subject to availability.

Remember that if you must make a visit to service center, you must make an appointment online. RMV does not accept visits on a walk-in basis during the pandemic emergency alert.

Is the MA Knowledge Exam Timed?

As already mentioned, online tests and tests at a service center are timed. You have 25 minutes to complete the test. If you feel that 25 minutes isn’t enough, can rest assured that 25 minutes is usually more than enough. Most test takers finish the test in less than 15 minutes.

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WARNING: Don’t Cheat on Your Exam

Remember, if you are caught cheating on an exam, you must wait for 60 days before you can take re-test. In serious cases of cheating, you may also be subject to further investigation and denied a driver license or learner’s permit.

Manuals or other reference materials are not allowed in the testing area at a service center or when taking the test at home.

Focus on learning everything you need to pass the exam. It is not that hard. You will feel better and probably be a safer driver.

Even if the passing score on the MA test is among the lowest in the country, the test isn’t easy, so you must prepare well.

25 questions and answers for your Massachusetts knowledge test on video:


What should I do to pass my permit test in Massachusetts?

You should always start by reading the MA Driver’s Manual. Everything you need to learn is found in this manual.

An active learning strategy with practice tests, driver education classes, and sharing experiences with others will also help you.

After Passing the Knowledge Test

If you pass the knowledge test, your score is valid for a maximum of six months. You must complete your road test within these six months.

With the learner’s permit in your hand you can start practicing driving. When you practice driving you must always carry your learner’s permit with you.

When you are behind the wheel, you must always be accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years of age. Your supervising driver must also have at least one year of driving experience and occupy the seat beside you.

If you are under 18 years, you may not drive between midnight and 5:00 a.m. unless the supervising driver is your parent or legal guardian.

After six months and at least 40 hours of supervised driving (30 hours if you completed a driver skills development program), you are ready for your intermediate license, the Massachusetts Junior Operator License (JOL)

COVID-19 Alerts

COVID-19 Alerts

    When visiting a service center, you must have an appointment. No visits on walk-in basis.

    You must make an appointment online .

    You must show your appointment confirmation email when you arrive at the Service Center.

    Wear face coverings when you visit the Service Center.

    RMV practices social distancing, which means only a limited number of customers may enter the center. You may have to wait outside.

You should also know that all learner’s permits expiring between March and August 2020 have been extended until December 2020.


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