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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. A yellow arrow means:
If you intend to turn in the direction of the arrow, be prepared to stop.
Do not go in the direction of the arrow.
The same as a steady yellow light.
None of the above.
2. Drivers approaching a flashing red traffic signal must:
merge to the left.
stop before the intersection.
carefully drive through the intersection without stopping.
slow down at the traffic signal.
3. You reach an intersection that is not controlled at the same time as a driver on your right, and both of you prepare to go straight. Who has the right-of-way?
No one.
The other driver.
4. The driver of an emergency vehicle that uses lights and a siren can legally:
go the wrong way.
pass red lights.
exceed the speed limit.
All of the above.
5. In case of skidding, drivers should NOT:
take their foot off the gas pedal.
tap the gas pedal with their foot.
steer the car into the direction of the skid.
pump the brakes gently if they are about to hit something.
6. Which of the following is true about the Anti-Locking Brake System?
It allows drivers to steer during an emergency braking situation.
It prevents skidding.
Can help improve vehicle stability.
All of the above.
7. What is the meaning of red traffic signs?
High emphasis warning.
School ahead.
Stop, do not enter or wrong way.
8. This sign means:
slippery road sign
The road will curve to the right, then to the left.
Winding road ahead. Drive with caution.
Double curve ahead.
Road slippery when wet. Drive slowly.
9. Never make a U-turn from:
the right lane.
the left lane.
the lane you’re in.
the left part of the lane nearest to the centerline of the roadway.
10. This road sign means:
divided highway ahead sign
Merging traffic
Watch for vehicles entering from the side
The right lane ends soon
Divided highway ahead
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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
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