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Massachusetts Learner's Permit Exam

Who Must Take the Test?

All new drivers applying for an original Massachusetts license must take the knowledge test.

Applicants with an expired license or an out-of-county license must also pass the knowledge test.

All passing knowledge test scores are only valid for a maximum of six months.

Massachusetts Learner's Permit Exam

Each test has 25 multiple-choice questions. All questions are based on the information in the driver's manual and cover topics like alcohol misuse, suspensions, and violations, as well as rules of the road and identification of road signs.

To pass, you must correctly answer 18 questions (72%) within the allotted time. You have about one minute to answer each question.

Most RMV branches offer computer-based testing stations. The exam is available in both English and Spanish through these testing stations.

Audio exams are also available. If you have any disability that may prevent you from taking a standard exam through an automated testing station, 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.

Class D exams on paper are available in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Czech, Farsi (Iranian), Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Obviously, manuals or other reference materials are not allowed in the testing area. If you are caught cheating on an exam, you will fail and must wait for 60 days. In some cases, you may also be subject to further investigation.

Are You Ready for Your Drivers Permit Test?


Read the state Driver's Manual or Handbook. All real permit test questions are based on the material in this manual. Get familiar with all areas and learn the laws and rules presented. Pay special attention to facts that are bolded or highlighted.

Give yourself plenty of time. Start preparing at least two weeks before the real test.

Take several of our driver permit practice tests to make sure you are ready for the real examination.

Our Practice Tests

Our permit and license practice tests contain 25 questions. You must correctly answer 20 questions to pass (80%). This is a common passing score in most states. You should, however, aim for a score of 90% or more on a permit practice test.

Read Carefully

Read all questions and answers carefully. You will see many DMV test answers, but do NOT focus on memorizing exact phrases - focus on understanding! The practice permit test questions may be repeated with several different alternatives and different wording. Real DMV permit test questions are created the same way.

All questions are multiple-choice or true/false. Only one alternative is correct and acceptable. If you see All of the above, None of the above, or similar as one alternative, make sure you evaluate all alternatives carefully.


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