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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:
assume that a driver who approaches a STOP sign on a side road is actually going to stop.
anticipate errors by other drivers.
use only one hand on the wheel.
not check behind you through your mirrors.
2. What does this sign indicate?
divided highway ends sign
Drivers will soon be on a roadway with two-way traffic.
Roundabout ahead.
The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways.
Winding road ahead. Drive with caution.
3. When exiting a highway, you should slow down:
Once you have moved into the exit lane.
before moving into the exit lane.
when you first see the exit sign.
once you see the toll booth.
4. Regulatory signs are:
5. When driving in heavy rain, drivers should use:
high beam headlights.
emergency flashers.
parking lights.
low beam headlights.
6. What is a likely effect when you take another drug while you drink alcohol?
The effects of alcohol are reduced by the drug.
If the drug is over-the-counter, there are no effects.
The effects of the alcohol and the drug are enhanced.
There are no effects, unless the drug is prescription only.
7. When approaching a stop sign that is not marked by a crosswalk, drivers should stop their vehicles as close to the sign as possible.
8. A large vehicle is backing up to unload goods. You should:
try to pass close behind.
be patient and wait until the large vehicle has completed its backup maneuver.
enter one of the blind spots and wait.
None of the above.
9. A 4-way stop sign means:
4 way stop sign
Traffic from all four directions must stop.
There are four stop signs at the intersection.
The first vehicle to reach the intersection should move forward first.
All of the above.
10. If traffic on the other side of an intersection is backed up and you cannot get completely through, you must:
turn right instead of going straight through the intersection.
enter the intersection and proceed with caution.
enter the intersection and try to avoid blocking it.
wait until traffic ahead is clear.
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MA DMV Practice Test Facts

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