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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. If you want to avoid hydroplaning when driving in rain, the most important thing to check is your:

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.


#2. Compared to adults, the chances of a driver under age 21 being involved in an alcohol related accident is:

Drivers under age 21 are twice as likely as other drivers to be involved in alcohol related accidents. This is one reason why laws are stronger for under-21 drivers.


#3. If your vehicle is not working properly and you need to stop, it is important to:

Never park on a hill or a curve where others cannot see you.


#4. When you see a sign with this shape and color, you must:

Stop signs are always octagonal (8-sided). A stop sign means that you must bring your vehicle to a complete halt at the marked stop line. If there is no marked stop line, stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. If there is no crosswalk, stop at a point nearest the intersecting roadway where you have a clear view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the intersection.


#5. What does this sign mean?

School Zone.

You are nearing a school area with a crossing. Watch for children and the marked school crossing.


#6. Following closely behind another vehicle:

Never tailgate a vehicle in front of you. Tailgating is illegal and the main cause of rear-end crashes. The fine for tailgating can be as high as $100.


#7. When following a truck and there is a single-lane construction zone ahead, you should:

Slow down and merge behind the truck.

Drivers of large vehicles try to keep a safety cushion of space around them. Do not drive into the space immediately surrounding a large vehicle. Do not pull in front of a large vehicle and slow down or stop suddenly. The driver will have too little room to stop and will crash into you or may risk jackknifing by trying to stop suddenly at highway speeds


#8. The fundamental speed rule allows you to drive over the speed limit when it is reasonable under current 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 current conditions.


#9. Changing lanes is prohibited when the line dividing two lanes is:

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


#10. After passing another vehicle and before returning to the proper lane, it is a good rule to:

Make sure there is enough distance between you and the other vehicle before moving back into the right lane. Wait at least until you can see the vehicle’s headlights in your mirror.


#11. Which is the background color of a reference post marker like this?

Green signs are guide information, such as distance or direction.


#12. Is it true that you can only get a fine for the safety belt law when you are stopped for another traffic violation?

It is a secondary offense. You can only get a fine for the safety belt law when you are stopped for a traffic violation.


#13. If you are in a left turn lane and facing a traffic signal with a steady green arrow, oncoming traffic has:

A green arrow means you can make a protected turn in the direction of the arrow. When a green arrow displays for your turn, pedestrians and oncoming vehicles should be stopped for red lights. Look for signs saying the lane is only for turns in the direction of the arrow.

The green arrow does not mean that ALL other traffic is stopped by a red light.


#14. Never back your car:

Backing up on any controlled-access highway is dangerous and illegal.


#15. What does this sign mean?

Double Arrow. Traffic is permitted to pass on either side of an island, obstruction, or gore in the roadway. Traffic separated by this sign may either rejoin or change directions.


#16. If your car stalls on railroad tracks and a train is approaching, you should leave your vehicle and move quickly:

If your car stalls on the tracks and a train is approaching, do not hesitate. Get out of the car right away and run diagonally away from the tracks in the direction of the oncoming train.

You must run in the direction of the oncoming train to avoid being struck by the debris from the accident.


#17. This red and white sign means:

When you see this sign, do not drive onto the street or ramp in the direction you are heading. The road or street ahead is for one-way traffic traveling in the opposite direction.


#18. Why should you keep more space between your vehicle and others during hard rain?

Wet roads make it harder to start, stop, and turn.

Do not turn on your high beams in a hard rain, always use low beams.


#19. Turn on your headlights when:

Use your headlights:

  • From one-half hour after sunset until one-half hour before sunrise
  • When you cannot clearly see people or vehicles 500 feet ahead due to insufficient light or weather conditions
  • Whenever you use your windshield wipers
  • In rain, snow, fog, or other weather that makes it hard to see
  • Anytime you have trouble seeing other vehicles
  • To alert another driver to turn on his/her headlights
  • While driving through a tunnel

#20. 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.


#21. When you drive at night, you should:

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.


#22. Where is it illegal to park?

You may not park in front of a driveway.


#23. 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.


#24. When arriving at an uncontrolled throughway:

At throughways (T-intersections), you must yield the right-of-way to traffic on the throughway before you turn.


#25. If you sell your vehicle and want to transfer the plates to another vehicle you own, you must do so:

Whenever you sell a motor vehicle, you must sign the Certificate of Title over to the new owner and either:

  • Turn in the plates and cancel the registration, or
  • Transfer the plates to another vehicle you own according to the seven-day registration transfer law

You may also Submit a signed statement that the plate was destroyed, lost, stolen, or mutilated.

If you do not have at least one plate in your possession, or if you have reported your plate(s) stolen to law enforcement, you must complete an Affidavit for Cancellation of Registration for Lost Plate(s).

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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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