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Massachusetts (MA) Practice Tests
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 use the practice tests.
Take Practice Tests after Studying the Manual
When you have studied all chapters in the manual, take as many practice tests as you want.
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.
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 .
Answering at least 18 questions correctly within 25 minutes is enough for you to pass on the examination, but it is a good idea to aim higher on the practice tests. It is best if you practice until you reach a score of 100 percent on each test.
That way you can feel confident that you will pass the real test.
What is on the Massachusetts RMV Test?
Who Must Take the MA Learner’s Permit Test?
All new drivers applying for an original Massachusetts driver license must take and pass the knowledge test, not just teenagers.
Applicants with license that expired more than a year ago or an out-of-country license must also pass the knowledge test. Serious suspensions and revocations may also require a re-test.
More about the MA Knowledge Test
All RMV branches offer computer-based testing stations. In addition to English and Spanish, automated tests are available in Arabic, Armenian, Burmese, Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian/Creole, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Serbo-Croatian (Latin), Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Audio support is also available.
Due to the Corona pandemic, RMV also offers convenient testing online from your home. These tests are currently available in English, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish.
When applying for your first permit you must start the application online .
To avoid additional hassle at the service center, make sure you have all the necessary documents. If you aren’t a U.S. citizen, you must prove your legal presence with a green card or VISA documents.
If you have any disability that may prevent you from taking a standard exam through an automated testing station or from 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.
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?
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 15 minutes.
Who Must Take the MA Learner’s Permit 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
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.
There are 50 practice tests waiting for you. Once you start a test, you will see a link to the next test. Questions on each test are drawn from a bank of more than 1,000 question – written specifically for the State of Massachusetts.
25 questions and answers for your Massachusetts knowledge test on video:
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)
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.