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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. ABS is the acronym for:
Anti-Braking System.
Anti-lock Brake System.
Asphalt-Braking System.
2. What should drivers do when the red lights begin to flash?
crossbuck sign red lights
Slow down.
Turn off the ignition.
3. Who has a greater risk of being involved in a traffic crash?
Shift workers.
Drivers who are driving alone.
Young people.
All of the above.
4. When driving in heavy traffic, you should:
drive with the flow of traffic.
drive faster than the flow of traffic.
maintain a constant speed.
drive slower than the flow of traffic.
5. When a stop is required at an intersection with no stop line or crosswalk:
Drivers are not required to stop.
Drivers are required to slow down to make sure crossing traffic is clear.
Drivers should stop at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before actually entering the roadway.
Drivers should stop only at a place where the driver can see at least 100 feet on either side.
6. This road sign means:
traffic signal ahead sign
There is a traffic signal ahead
4-way stop ahead
Lane closed for traffic
Stop before turning right
7. What is the only effective method to reduce your BAC?
Eating before or while you drink.
Not drinking over a period of time.
Drinking coffee.
8. This sign means:
low clearance sign
Do not enter if your vehicle is taller than the height listed on the sign.
Narrow bridge ahead. Slow down and drive with caution.
No passing zone ahead.
None of the above.
9. When driving in bad weather, drivers should:
increase their speed to get to their destination more quickly.
decrease the following distance.
increase the following distance.
None of the above.
10. This road sign means:
yield sign
You must come to a complete stop
Do not enter
Slow down, stop if necessary and yield the right-of-way
Merging traffic
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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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