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Massachusetts RMV License Test & Permit Practice

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. You must avoid sounding your horn:

It is important to know how to use your vehicle’s safety equipment. Use your horn to:

  • Warn pedestrians or other drivers of possible trouble
  • Avoid crashes

Do not use your horn:

  • To show anger or complain about other drivers’ mistakes
  • To try to get a slower driver to move faster
  • To try to get other vehicles moving in a traffic jam
  • Around horses or horse-drawn vehicles
  • Around blind pedestrians
  • Around bicyclists, unless there is an immediate danger.

#2. What does the State's fundamental speed law mean?

Remember, speed limits are posted for ideal conditions. You must never travel so fast that it is not safe. That is the fundamental speed law. Even if the speed limit is higher, your speed must be based on the following.

  • Traffic conditions – the number of vehicles on the road and their speed
  • Road conditions – is the road surface rough or smooth, how much water, ice, or snow is on the road surface, and how wide is the roadway
  • Weather conditions and visibility – situations that make it hard to see, including rain, snow, ice, dust, and wind
  • Pedestrians or bicyclists – people who are traveling along or across the road

You must lower your speed if there are poor driving conditions or hazards.


#3. You drive defensively when you:

To prepare for unpredictable events, you should always drive defensively. Some examples:

  • Always keep good vision in front and around your vehicle.
  • Stay alert and prepared for the unexpected.
  • Keep a safe distance around your vehicle.
  • Drive at the right speed and know when to slow down and stop.
  • Always wear your safety belt.
  • Do not drive if you have been drinking, are on medication, or are very tired.
  • Keep your vehicle in good working order.
  • Obey the rules of the road and give the right-of-way when appropriate.

#4. To apply for a Class D or Class M learner's permit an applicant must be:

You must be at least 16 years old to apply for a Class D or Class M learner’s permit. A permit gives you permission to drive while you practice your driving skills and prepare for your road test. A permit is valid for two years.


#5. Shared lane markings (sharrows) mark:

Shared Lane Markings (also known as Sharrows) help bicyclists position themselves in the right location and in the right direction in a lane that is shared with motor vehicles. By following these markings, bicyclists can avoid being hit by the open door of a parked vehicle or getting squeezed next to a motor vehicle in a narrow lane.

When you see a Shared Lane Marking, you must look out for the presence of bicyclists and make sure that you leave them enough space when passing. Shared Lane Markings are not the same as the bicycle symbols that are used to mark bicycle lanes.


#6. What is the first thing you should do if your gas pedal sticks?

If your gas pedal sticks:

  • Put your car in neutral and press the brake pedal to slow down.
  • Try to free the gas pedal with your foot.
  • If the gas pedal does not release, reapply the brakes.
  • Keep your eyes on the road.
  • When safe, pull your vehicle to the side of the road and bring it to a stop.

Never turn your vehicle’s ignition to the lock position while it is still in motion. This will cause the steering to lock if you try to turn the steering wheel, and you will lose control of your vehicle.


#7. When are you required to stop at a railroad crossing?

A railroad crossing may have red flashing lights, a bell, and a red-and-white striped gate that lowers across the roadway when a train is passing. If the lights begin to flash, you must stop at least 15 feet before the light post or gate. You must then remain stopped until the gate raises, and the lights stop flashing.

Failure to stop is a violation that has a heavy fine. Even if you do not see a train coming, never drive around a lowered gate or ignore the flashing lights.


#8. If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes (ABS) and you need to stop quickly, you should:

If your vehicle has antilock brakes, never pump the brakes.

You should press on the brake pedal as hard as you can and keep pressing on it. You might feel the brake pedal pushing back when the ABS is working. Do not let up on the brake pedal. The ABS system will only work with the brake pedal pushed down.


#9. A traffic officer is directing you to do a U-turn against existing signs. What should you do?

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.


#10. Double parking is allowed:

It is against the law to park beside a parallel parked vehicle (double parking).


#11. In Massachusetts, all registered motor vehicles are required to be inspected for safety:

Registered motor vehicles are required to be inspected every year for safety.

New vehicles are exempt from emissions testing for one year, but must undergo the safety inspection. After the one-year period for new vehicles has passed, an emissions inspection is required every year for all light-duty (most cars, SUVs, and pick-up trucks) gasoline powered vehicles with a model year of 1996 or newer, and for light-duty diesel vehicles with a model year of 1997 or newer.


#12. This sign tells you:

Reduction of lanes. There will be fewer lanes ahead. Traffic must merge left. Drivers in the left lane should allow others to merge smoothly. Right lane ends.


#13. What does this sign mean?

Cross road. A road crosses the main highway ahead. Look to the left and right for other traffic.


#14. You must complete a Driver Retraining Course if you:

If you get three or more surchargeable events on your driving record within a two-year period, you must complete the Massachusetts Driver Retraining Course. If you do not, your license will be suspended until you complete the course.


#15. What does a flashing yellow light above this school sign mean?

You may not exceed the school zone speed limit when flashing.

The speed limit on roads near schools is 20 mph. This can be posted in various ways. Speed limit signs may have flashing yellow lights or be posted for certain hours of the day.


#16. To avoid highway hypnosis on a long trip, you should:

Avoid highway hypnosis. If you have been driving for a long time and feel tired, you should get off the highway at the next exit, rest stop, or service area. When driving far, stop and take regular breaks every two hours or every 100 miles.

Never drive if you are sleepy or drowsy.


#17. If you encounter an aggressive driver, you will likely make the situation worse if you:

When confronted by an aggressive driver control your anger and do not let the situation get worse.

  • Attempt to get out of his/her way.
  • Do not challenge that person.
  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Ignore rude gestures.
  • Wear your safety belt. It will keep you in control of your vehicle and protect you in a crash.

#18. Compared to cars, what is generally true about large trucks?

Large vehicles carry more weight and need much more space to stop safely. A large truck may need twice as much distance to stop as an automobile or a motorcycle, especially when roads are wet or icy.


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

If signals are blacked out and not functioning, be cautious and proceed as though there is a stop sign in all directions. Go when it is safe.


#20. Which shape is used for stop signs?

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


#21. You are on a two-lane highway. There is a bicyclist in front of you and a car approaching from the other direction. What is the best thing to do?

When possible, take potential hazards one at a time. If you do not have enough room to pass safely, wait for oncoming traffic to pass or for the lane to get wider. Remember to leave a lot of room between your vehicle and riders.


#22. Which is true about keeping a full, sealed, and unopened container of beer inside your vehicle:

If you are under 21, it is illegal to possess, carry, or transport any alcohol unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. It does not matter if the container is open or not.


#23. Which color are road signs that give distance and direction guidance?

Green and white signs give information about directions and distances. Guide signs on expressways show you which lanes to use to get where you want to go.


#24. When it starts to rain or snow:

Rain and snow reduces visibility and makes the road dangerous. Slow down. Increase the space between your vehicle and other vehicles. You need more distance to stop your vehicle. Even in light rain or drizzle, turn on your windshield wipers before visibility is blocked. You must also use your headlights whenever you are using your windshield wipers.


#25. When two vehicles from different directions arrive at an intersection not controlled by signs or signals, which vehicle must yield?

At an intersection where there is no stop sign, yield sign, or traffic signal, drivers should yield to vehicles coming from the right.

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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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