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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. The percentage of all traffic deaths in United States caused by alcohol is about:

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.


#2. If it feels like your tires have lost contact with the road you should:

Hydroplaning is caused by road conditions, water, and speed. It happens when your tires are riding on water and have no contact with the road. If your vehicle starts to hydroplane, you are driving too fast. Slowly step off the gas pedal. Never hit the brakes or turn suddenly. You may lose control and skid.


#3. A road sign shaped like this means:

This three-sided sign is shaped like a pennant. The sign indicates the start of a no passing zone.


#4. Vehicles entering a roundabout or rotary must yield to:

There are yield signs at the entrance to a rotary. Always yield the right-of-way to vehicles already in a rotary or roundabout (unless told differently by signs or police officers). You must also yield to pedestrians and bicyclists who are legally crossing the road.


#5. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway ahead (divided highway begins).

The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways. Keep to the right.


#6. Driving a single vehicle with GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or more requires:

A Class D license allows you to operate any vehicle or small truck less than 26,001 pounds. Driving a single vehicle with GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or more requires a commercial driver’s license (Class B or A).


#7. Which is true about signaling?

When you are driving on a roadway, you are expected to drive straight ahead, unless you show otherwise. This is why you must use signals whenever you make any move in traffic. By law, you must signal before stopping or making any turning movement which would affect the operation of any other vehicle.

Remember, you must use signals. If the electronic signals on your vehicle are not working, you must use the hand signals.


#8. When children are nearby, what should you do before backing out of a driveway or parking lot?

Check behind your vehicle by walking behind it before you back up. Children or small objects cannot be seen from the driver’s seat.


#9. You carry two children under 12 years in your car. Who is responsible for making sure that the children wear child restraints or seat belts?

It is the driver’s responsibility to see that the law is obeyed.

Children at least eight years old or at least fifty-seven inches tall must wear safety belts. The safety belts must be used correctly. You can be fined $25 for breaking this law.


#10. What does this sign mean?

A One-Way sign tells you that traffic on that particular road flows in the direction of the arrow only. You may only drive in the direction of the arrow. Never turn against the arrow.


#11. At this intersection you may:

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


#12. You want to make a right turn against a steady red light. You should:

A steady red light means stop. Do not go until the light turns green. You can make a right turn on a red light only after you come to a complete stop and yield to pedestrians or other vehicles in your path. You may not turn on red if a No Turn on Red sign is posted.

You can turn left on a red light when driving on a one-way street and turning left onto another one-way street. Stop and yield to pedestrians and other vehicles before turning.


#13. When being passed by another vehicle, you must:

If you are being passed by another vehicle, slow down and stay to the right. Allow the other driver to pass safely. Do not speed up.


#14. When is a double solid white line used as pavement marking?

A double solid white line separates two lanes of traffic going in the same direction. Crossing a double solid white line is not allowed.


#15. Upon hearing a siren of an emergency vehicle, you must:

Always yield the right-of-way to fire engines, ambulances, police cars, and other emergency vehicles that are using a siren and/or emergency flashing lights. If an emergency vehicle is coming from any direction, you must pull as close as possible to the right side of the road. Stop until the vehicle has passed.


#16. You are driving in heavy traffic. The highway is posted for 65 mph, but traffic is moving at 35 mph. What should your speed be?

Posted speed limits do not tell you at what speed to drive. 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.


#17. After you are told by the RMV that you have three or more surchargeable events:

After you are told by the RMV that you have three or more surchargeable events, you will be sent a driver retraining information packet. You must complete the Massachusetts Driver Retraining Course. If you do not, your license will be suspended. This course does not teach driving skills. It helps you learn to change your driving behavior.


#18. Before changing lanes, it is important to:

Use your rearview mirror, check your blind spots, and use your directional signals when changing lanes. Remember these three steps: (1) look, (2) signal, (3) move.

Your blind spots are the area of the road you cannot see without moving your head and looking over your shoulder.


#19. What is generally true about large trucks?

Trucks must perform certain maneuvers that drivers of passenger vehicles are generally not familiar with. They make wide turns, and sometimes they must move to the left before making a wide turn to the right.


#20. True or false? On a roadway separated by a physical barrier, you must stop for a school bus that is displaying flashing red lights and has stopped on the other side of the roadway.

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. It does not matter which side of the road you are traveling on.

The only exception to this law is if a school bus has stopped on the other side of a divided highway with a barrier between travel directions. In this case, you do not have to stop.


#21. When driving in fog, you should turn on:

In fog, use your low beam headlights to reduce glare. Light from high beams will reflect back, causing glare and making it more difficult to see ahead.


#22. What can help to reduce the amount of glare from oncoming vehicles at night?

Looking to the right side of the road, away from the glare, can help.


#23. Parking your car in front of a driveway is:

You may not park in front of a driveway.


#24. A vehicle's stopping distance depends on:

Your total stopping distance is a direct result of your speed. See diagram in your driver’s manual.


#25. This sign added to a stop sign means:

When you see the 4-way or all-way sign all approaching traffic to this intersection must stop.

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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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