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Anyone who operates a motor vehicle on the public roads in Massachusetts must have a valid driver's license or driving permit. An RMV clerk will screen your vision when you apply for a learner's permit or driver's license. A learner's permit gives you permission to drive while you practice your driving skills and prepare for your road test. The MA RMV written knowledge test measures your understanding of Massachusetts road signs, road rules and safe driving practices. Everything you need to know is covered in the Massachusetts Driver's Manual. The MA RMV knowledge test consists of 25 questions, and you'll need 18 correct answers to pass (72%).
1. At a stop sign there is no stop line or crosswalk. You must stop:
at the next crosswalk.
before you enter the intersection.
only if the traffic signal turns red.
after you enter the intersection, if you have a clear view of traffic on the intersecting roadway.
2. One broken line indicates:
You cannot pass other vehicles or go across the line.
You can change lanes, but only when traffic conditions or obstructions in the road make it necessary.
You can pass other vehicles and change lanes, if it is safe.
None of the above.
3. When driving behind a motorcycle, drivers must:
drive on the shoulder beside the motorcycle.
pass the motorcycle in the same lane.
remembers that motorcyclists have the right to use a complete traffic lane.
share the lane with the motorcycle.
4. This road sign means:
no u turn sign
No U-turn
Detour ahead
Road curves ahead
No left turn
5. If your front wheels start to skid, the first thing you should do is:
Take your foot off the gas pedal and shift to neutral.
Immediately turn in the direction you want to go.
Speed up, pump your brakes and steer in the direction the vehicle is trying to go.
None of the above.
6. What is the first thing you should do if your wheels move off the pavement?
Pull the steering wheel back.
Try pumping the gas pedal to increase pressure.
Ease your foot off the gas pedal and brake gently.
Pull over to the right and sound your horn to warn the other drivers.
7. This sign indicates the _______________ vehicles can safely travel in this area.
speed limit sign
suggested speed
maximum speed
minimum speed
reaction speed
8. If you stop at a railroad crossing with more than one track:
proceed with caution until you see a train.
go through when one of the tracks is free.
go through as soon as the first train passes.
wait until you have a clear view of both tracks.
9. Smoking while driving:
does not affect driving abilities.
is not distracting.
helps increase driver alertness.
is distracting.
10. Regulatory signs are ____ rectangles with ____ letters or symbols.
yellow; black
black; white
green; white
white; black
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MA RMV Permit Practice Test

Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:18
Passing score:72%
Minimum age to apply: 16
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