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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. To drive defensively, you must:
avoid scanning the road ahead.
keep your eyes moving.
use the vehicle ahead as your only points of focus.
keep one hand on the steering wheel.
2. The yield sign is ___ and white, with ___ letters.
red; red
blue; white
red; white
yellow; black
3. If a bus has signaled and is pulling back onto the roadway, you must:
honk to let them know you’re there.
speed up to pass.
move to the left lane.
4. The effects of alcohol on driving include:
None of the above.
Improved judgement.
Improved coordination.
Better reflexes.
5. What happens if two vehicles reach at the same time an intersection with four-way stop signs?
Rounabout rules apply.
The driver on the right yields to the driver on the left.
The first vehicle to reach the intersection must yield.
The driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.
6. When you approach this sign, you must:
school crossing sign
watch for workers crossing the road.
go to work.
stop if necessary.
None of the above.
7. ___________ normally are white rectangles with black letters or symbols.
Destination signs (guide signs)
Service signs
Warning signs
Regulatory signs
8. When driving at night, you should slow down and:
use high beams whenever possible, but never when there's oncoming traffic.
use high beams until other drivers dim their lights.
follow the vehicle ahead more closely to avoid glare from oncoming headlights.
come to a complete stop whenever there's oncoming traffic.
9. Air bags are meant to _________ seat belts.
work with
10. You are driving and you are feeling drowsy. You should:
turn on the radio to keep you awake.
have a beer or two to keep you awake.
find a safe place to stop for a break.
avoid drinking coffee.
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MA RMV Permit Test

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