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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. This road sign means:
sharp right turn
No right turn
One way
Sharp right turn ahead
2. This sign means:
detour right
Detour to the right
Stay on the main highway if possible
The road to the right is for one-way traffic only
Do not enter
3. Two motorcyclists are allowed to:
race on empty roads.
share the lane with another vehicle.
exceed the posted speed limit when driving on expressways.
ride side-by-side in a single lane.
4. The octagonal shape is used:
to warn drivers of existing or possible hazards on roadways.
for stop signs and railroad advance warning signs.
for yield signs.
exclusively for stop signs.
5. If an intersection has crosswalk lines but no STOP line, where must you stop for a red light?
Before the crosswalk.
After the crosswalk.
On the crosswalk.
Before the stop line.
6. What does this road sign indicate?
yield to bikes sign
Vehicles entering a right turn lane may encounter bicyclists traveling straight, and must yield to the bicyclists.
Drivers have the right of way over bicyclists turning left.
Vehicles traveling straight must yield to bicyclists entering a right turn lane.
None of the above.
7. This road sign tells drivers that:
must turn sign
they must change lane immediately.
the one-way street or roadway ahead ends.
they must turn either to the right or left.
None of the above.
8. Regulatory signs are:
white rectangles.
green rectangles.
white triangles.
blue rectangles.
9. When you see this sign you should:
double curve sign
prepare to slow down and possibly yield to oncoming traffic.
increase your speed and try to pass other vehicles.
slow down and do not pass other vehicles.
slow your speed and be prepared to stop.
10. When children are close, what should you do before you back out of a driveway?
Look through your back window for children.
Rely on your mirrors.
Get out of the car and check behind the car.
None of the above.
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Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:18
Passing score:72%
Minimum age to apply: 16
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