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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. Vertical rectangles tell drivers:
vertical rectangle
the direction they should travel.
what is not allowed.
that there's a school zone ahead.
the law.
2. This sign indicates:
cross road sign
a side road.
a no passing zone.
a cross road.
a church zone ahead.
3. This sign means drivers should:
yield sign
come to a complete stop and check for oncoming traffic before proceeding.
not drive in this lane.
proceed at normal speed through the upcoming intersection.
give the right-of-way to traffic on the road they wish to enter.
4. Highway hypnosis is a driving condition that can result from:
heavy traffic.
staring at the roadway for long periods of time.
travelling on HOV lanes.
frequent rest stops.
5. When a ‘Road Closed’ sign is displayed, drivers must:
remove the sign and move forward.
come to a complete stop and wait for the lights to turn green.
look for a detour or another route.
make a U-turn.
6. What should you do if your brakes fail?
Turn on your cruise control.
Try pumping the brake pedal to increase pressure.
Hook your shoe under the pedal and see if you can free it.
Pull the steering wheel back.
7. This sign means:
u turn only
You must make a U-turn.
Hairpin corner ahead.
You may make a U-turn.
Warning: sharp left turn ahead.
8. When they see this sign, drivers should:
right curve sign
increase their speed and keep well to the right.
slow down and keep well to the right.
not turn right.
slow down and keep well to the left.
9. What does the pictured signal indicate?
A pedestrian may not not begin crossing the street.
Pedestrians may turn right.
Drivers should walk more and drive less.
A pedestrian may begin crossing the street.
10. You may park or stop along the shoulder of the freeway:
only if you have an emergency.
as long as you turn on your emergency flashers.
if you need to check your smartphone for directions.
if no part of your vehicle is on the road.
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MA DMV Written Test Facts

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