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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. When you make a left turn from a two-way road into a four-lane highway, you must:
turn left two way
enter the right lane, to the left of the center line.
enter the right lane. When traffic permits, you can move out of the left lane.
enter the left lane, to the right of the center line.
go straight through the intersection, and then make the turn.
2. This road sign means:
sharp right turn
Construction zone ahead
Side road
Sharp turn, slow down
School zone ahead
3. What shape is a speed limit sign?
Vertical rectangle
4. This road sign means:
low ground railroad crossing
Winding road ahead
Pedestrian crossing
No-passing zone
Low ground railroad crossing
5. Diamond-shaped signs:
typically provide guidance to drivers.
are used to warn drivers of hazards on roadways.
indicate no pass zones.
All of the above.
6. If you are blinded by the headlights of an approaching vehicle, you should:
avoid looking directly at the bright lights.
glance toward the side of the road, then look quickly ahead to determine the other vehicle’s position.
use the road edge as a guide until the approaching vehicle passes by.
All of the above.
7. What should you do if a vehicle is approaching head-on in your lane?
Turn off the ignition if your vehicle has power steering.
Come to a complete stop and use your horn to warn the vehicles behind you.
Decrease speed, pull over to the right and sound your horn to warn the other driver.
Pull over to the left and use your emergency lights to stop the other driver.
8. What should drivers do when they see this sign?
one lane bridge
Allow others to merge smoothly.
Merge left.
Look to the left and right for other traffic.
Make sure the bridge is clear of oncoming traffic before they cross.
9. If your car goes into water, you should:
call the fire department immediately.
wait for water to rush in and let it out in small breaths through your nose.
remove yourself before it starts to sink.
None of the above.
10. Are bicyclists required to obey traffic laws and signs?
No, bicyclists are considered pedestrians when it comes to the rules of the road.
Yes, but only if they are riding in a bicycle lane.
Yes, but only if they are licensed bicyclists.
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MA DMV Permit Test Facts

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