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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. When you see this sign, you must:

Keep right. A traffic island, median or obstruction is ahead.


#2. If your car starts to hydroplane or skid, what is the most common cause?

Skids are caused by drivers traveling too fast for conditions. By judging weather and road conditions and knowing where skids are likely to occur, such as on curves or bridges, most skids can be avoided.


#3. If you are stopped by a police officer and cited for a traffic law violation, you should do all the following except:

If the officer gives you a ticket, do not argue. Once a citation is issued, the officer is required to file it and cannot take it back. You have the right to challenge the citation in court.

This question asked what you should not do.


#4. You should pass a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motor vehicle:

You should pass a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motor vehicle only when it is necessary and safe to do so.


#5. On roads with broken white lines, the lines can be crossed over:

A broken white line separates two lanes traveling in the same direction. Once you have signaled, and it is safe to do so, you may cross this line when changing lanes.


#6. When driving on wet winter roads, you should:

Bridges and highway overpasses freeze before the rest of the road and can be very slippery. This is because the ground does not insulate them.


#7. On which side should you pass a barricade with this panel?

Road work crews use panels and barricades to keep traffic in lanes and away from hazards. The diagonal stripes on the barricade or vertical panel guide the driver toward the direction to which traffic is to pass. Stripes sloping downward to the right mean the driver should bear to the right. Conversely, stripes sloping downward to the left mean bear to the left.


#8. If your vehicle stalls in the path of an oncoming train, why should you stay clear of the tracks and run towards the train?

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.


#9. A yield sign in your lane:

Remember, it is your responsibility to slow down and give vehicles crossing your path the right-of-way. If the way is clear, you may move forward slowly without stopping. Yield signs are usually placed where auxiliary roads lead into major roads.


#10. What does this sign mean?

The road curves to the right. Note the difference between road curves and road turns signs.


#11. If you have a Massachusetts driver's license, change of address must be reported within:

If you hold a Massachusetts learner’s permit or driver’s license or ID, the law requires you to notify the RMV in writing of any address change within 30 days of the change.


#12. If you are convicted of vehicular manslaughter, you will face a minimum license suspension of:

If you are convicted of vehicular manslaughter, you will face a license suspension of 15 years to lifetime.


#13. To prepare for unpredictable events, you should always:

Always keep enough space between your vehicle and others to give yourself room to stop safely or avoid hazards. Be aware of road conditions and possible hazards in front, to the sides, and behind you.


#14. The most effective thing you can do to reduce your risk of getting injured or killed in a traffic crash is:

Safety belts stop you from being thrown around or out of your vehicle in a crash. It is best to wear both lap and shoulder belts. When worn correctly, safety belts lower the chance of death or serious injury in a crash by about 50 percent.


#15. When facing a traffic signal showing a steady green arrow, you:

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.


#16. When should you use your high-beam headlights?

Only use high beams in dark areas where you cannot see the road surface ahead. Do not use high beams in fog, heavy rain, or snow, and when there is oncoming traffic.

You must lower your high beam headlights to low beam when you are within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle or within 200 feet of a vehicle traveling ahead of you.


#17. 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.


#18. When making a turn at an intersection:

Do not swing your vehicle out of your lane when making a turn or swing wide through the intersection. If you need to change lanes, do so after you turn.


#19. If you were parking your car next to the curb here, which way should you turn your wheels?

You must turn your front wheels in the proper direction to stop it from rolling downhill if the brake fails.

  • No curb: turn your wheels inward, toward the edge of the road.
  • Uphill against a curb: turn your wheels outward, toward the travel lane.
  • Downhill against a curb: turn your wheels inward, toward the curb.

#20. You should yield your right-of-way:

Remember that right-of-way is something you give. A big part of driving defensively is giving the right-of-way to prevent unsafe traffic situations.


#21. What does this sign mean?

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


#22. Vehicle stopping distances depend on:

Your total stopping distance depends on road, weather, and vehicle conditions. Vehicles that carry more weight need much more space to stop safely. Higher speeds require both more reaction distance and braking distance.


#23. A driver who has been drinking alcoholic beverages will usually:

Alcohol is a depressant that affects your vision, reaction time, coordination, and judgment. Alcohol also often makes you feel more confident. This can cause you to take chances while driving that you normally would not take. This is a dangerous combination that often leads to serious motor vehicle accidents and tragic deaths.


#24. Which shape is a regulation sign telling you to keep right?

Vertical signs, including square signs, are generally used for regulatory signs. They give instructions or tell you the rules of the road. Some warning signs may also have this shape.

In the horizontal position, the signs generally give directions or information.


#25. Which is true about the use of a handheld wireless phone while driving?

Drivers under 18 cannot use any mobile electronic device for any reason while driving. The only exception is for reporting an emergency.

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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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