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Prior to applying for a Massachusetts Motorcycle License (“Class M”) you must obtain a learner’s permit. To obtain a learner’s permit, you must be at least sixteen 16, complete an application, present valid identification, pay a fee, and pass a knowledge test. The Massachusetts motorcycle test consists of 25 questions. To pass, you must get a score of 18 (72%) or more. The test will cover the information from the Massachusetts Motorcycle Manual. If you do not have a Class D license, you must pass both a Class D knowledge test and a Class M knowledge test.
1. Motorcyclists should ride in a staggered formation:
when entering highways.
on long stretches of road.
when leaving freeways.
through turns and curves.
2. The best way to prevent and overcome fatigue while riding is to:
drink coffee at least every two hours.
avoid using windshields.
take frequent rest breaks.
get used to riding more than eight hours a day.
3. When preparing to enter the roadway from the roadside, you should position your motorcycle:
with the rear wheel locked.
at an angle.
with your rear wheel touching the curb.
parallel to the roadside.
4. Which of the following is the least effective method of attaching cargo to your motorcycle?
Tank bags
Elastic cords
5. When preparing to pass the vehicle ahead, increase your line of sight by:
getting the tailgater in front of you.
riding in the left lane position.
increasing your speed.
staying in the center lane position.
6. When riding in traffic, motoryclists must not share the same lane with other vehicles because:
most roads are too narrow.
dirt and gravel collect along the sides of the road.
motorcycles need a full lane to operate safely.
cars are faster than motorcycles.
7. When you are being passed by large vehicles, you are especially in danger because:
large vehicles cannot accelerate as fast as motorcycles.
large blasts of wind can affect your control.
their drivers are often tired from working long hours.
large vehicles tend to swerve into your lane.
8. You can ride your motorcycle between lanes of traffic:
whenever it is better to do so.
only in designated lanes.
in heavy traffic.
9. If you need to brake and swerve to avoid hitting an obstacle, you should:
brake before or after swerving.
always brake before swerving.
never brake after swerving.
brake while swerving.
10. To help you keep your balance as the motorcycle turns:
decrease your speed.
ride in the center lane position.
keep your knees against the gas tank.
rise slightly off the seat.
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MA DMV Motorcycle Test

Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:18
Passing score:72%
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