Massachusetts RMV Practice Test 2022

The Massachusetts RMV permit test consists of 25 questions, and you must answer at least 18 questions correctly to get a passing score (72%). The questions in our sample tests are nearly identical to those on the official MA exam.

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What to expect on the official MA permit test
Number of questions:
25
Correct answers needed to pass:
18
Passing score:
72%
Minimum age to apply:
16years
Minimum period between attempts:
1day
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Questions

Are headsets or earplugs prohibited while driving?

Yes, unless used to control the navigation system
BNo
CYes, at all times

Audio headsets or earplugs must not be used while driving in Massachusetts unless to control the navigation system. Some hearing aids are exempt from this rule.

When facing a green light at an intersection, you may proceed:

After yielding to traffic already in the intersection
BWithout yielding to traffic already in the intersection

Before proceeding at an intersection, you're always required to yield to traffic already in the intersection. This applies even if you're facing a green light.

What is the penalty for leaving the scene of a crash resulting in injury?

License revocation, fines & imprisonment
BVehicle impoundment, fines & imprisonment
CLicense suspension for 3 months, fines & imprisonment

Drivers in Massachusetts convicted of leaving a crash scene resulting in injury will have their license revoked, receive a fine of between $500-$1,000, and face imprisonment for up to 2 years. The sentence will be much harder if the accident results in death or serious injury.

What information should you exchange with other involved parties in a car accident?

Name, address, driver's license information, insurance information and phone number
BYour name only
CYou should not give out any information except to law enforcement

Exchange your name, address, driver's license information, insurance information and phone number with anyone else involved in the crash. After exchanging information, write down as much information about the crash as possible. This includes weather conditions, road conditions, time of the crash, and how the crash occurred. This will help determine who is at fault and help with insurance claims. Crashes in Massachusetts must be reported in incidents of injury, fatality, or vehicle- or property damage exceeding $1,000. The deadline to file the report is 5 days.

What do flashing yellow or amber lights on a school bus mean?

The bus is about to stop
BThe bus driver is signaling for you to pass
CThere is a hazard on the road ahead

Flashing amber lights are used by school buses in many states, including Massachusetts, to indicate that they are slowing down and preparing to stop. The amber lights are generally activated 100-300 feet before the bus will stop depending on the speed limit.

When may you turn right on a red light?

AAt all times
Unless signs prohibit
COnly if signs permit

If the turn can be made safely, you may turn right on a red light in Massachusetts after coming to a complete stop and yielding to any pedestrians/vehicles lawfully proceeding through the intersection. Look for signs that prohibit the turn.

What should you do if you crash into an unattended vehicle and you're unable to locate the owner?

AWait until the owner shows up
BLeave the scene
Leave a note with all the necessary details

If you crash into an unattended vehicle, you're expected to make a reasonable attempt to locate the owner of the vehicle. If unable to locate the owner, you should instead leave a note in a secure place with your contact information and details regarding the crash. In additon, you should take pictures of the scene (including damage to the other car and their license plate number), and notify your insurance company as well as the nearest police department about the accident. Crashes in Massachusetts must be reported in incidents of injury, fatality, or vehicle- or property damage exceeding $1,000. The deadline to file the report is 5 days.

What is the standard speed limit outside a thickly settled or business district?

A25 mph
B30 mph
40 mph

In Massachusetts, the standard speed limit outside a thickly settled or business district is 40 mph unless signs indicate otherwise. A thickly settled district is any area where buildings are placed within 200 feet of each other for a distance of 1/4 mile or more.

When may you turn left on a red light?

AFrom a one-way street onto another one-way street
BFrom a two-way street onto another two-way street
Never

Many states allow drivers to turn left from a one-way street onto another one-way street, but that is not the case in Massachusetts. In Massachusetts, you must not turn left on red under any circumstances.

Why must you be prepared to stop when driving behind a school bus and approaching a railroad crossing?

ABecause buses usually get stuck on the railroad tracks
Because school buses must stop before crossing the tracks
CBecause buses are prohibited from crossing railroad tracks

School buses and motor vehicles transporting hazardous materials (such as explosive substances or flammable liquids) must stop at all railroad crossings in Massachusetts. If you are driving behind any of these vehicles, you should be prepared to stop as well.

Texting while driving is:

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ANot recommended, but legal
Illegal

Texting or using a hand-held device while driving is prohibited for all drivers in Massachusetts. This is because any such use will severely distract you and increase the risk of a crash. In addition, school bus drivers and drivers under 18 are prohibited from using a cell phone at all while driving. It's recommended that you pull off the road and stop if you need to make a call. Never use a phone when driving in hazardous conditions as you must focus all your attention on driving.

What is the standard speed limit in a school zone?

A15 mph
20 mph
C25 mph

The standard speed limit in a school zone in Massachusetts is 20 mph unless signs indicate otherwise.

How far away from a school bus loading or unloading passengers do vehicles have to stop?

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Just before reaching the school bus
B10 feet
C15 feet
D20 feet

Vehicles from both directions have to stop for school buses loading or unloading passengers, it's the Massachusetts law. School buses use flashing red lights to indicate that the bus is stopped to load or unload school children. Do not proceed until the stop signs have been retracted or the lights have stopped flashing, and even then you should proceed slowly. A stop is not required when driving on the opposite side of a divided highway with a barrier between the travel directions.

Why should you keep well back before passing a truck?

To get the best view of the road ahead
BTo leave a safe gap in case the truck stops and rolls back
CTo provide a safe gap if other drivers want to pass you

Keep well back when following a large vehicle. You won’t be able to see the road ahead well enough to begin a passing maneuver.

What should you do when approaching an intersection with a flashing red traffic light?

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ASlow down and cross the intersection at a slow speed
BProceed as normal unless there’s an officer directing traffic
CTreat the traffic light as a green light
Treat the traffic light as a STOP sign

When facing a flashing red traffic light, you must come to a complete stop and yield according to the right-of-way rules. Only proceed if safe.

What does this sign mean?

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Winding road ahead
BSharp right turn ahead
CLeft curve ahead
DTraffic lights ahead

This is a ‘Winding Road’ sign. It warns you that there are a number of closely spaced curves on the road ahead, so slow down to an appropriate speed.

The sign varies depending on the situation. In this case, there will be several closely spaced curves for the next 2 miles with the first curve to the right.

You need to make a U-turn, but the road is too narrow. What should you do?

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ABack up until you have enough space to make the U-turn
Make a three-point turn
CYou’re not allowed to do anything - keep on driving

Three-point turns are used on roads that aren’t wide enough for a U-turn on. Only make a three-point turn when you have a clear view of the road to all sides and you know that it’s safe

When driving close to parked vehicles:

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Watch out for cars pulling out and car doors opening
BDrive as close to the parked vehicles as possible
CSound your horn to warn of your presence
DSpeed up to pass the parked vehicles quickly

Expect the unexpected - you can’t know how other persons will act.

You will have less time to react when driving close to parked cars, so slow down to a safe speed. A car may decide to pull out or open a car door without properly checking the mirrors or blind spot, or someone may suddenly step out onto the street from behind a vehicle.

You’re about to merge onto the freeway from an on ramp/acceleration lane. Who has the right-of-way?

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The freeway traffic
BYou

Traffic entering the freeway must yield to traffic already traveling on the freeway. Adjust your speed to the speed of the freeway traffic so that you can safely merge onto the freeway.

It is not unusual that the freeway traffic makes it easier for traffic to enter the freeway by changing lanes or slowing down. However, you shouldn’t expect this when entering the freeway. 

Which car is maintaining an appropriate following distance?

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Car A
BCar B

Car A is maintaining an appropriate following distance. When driving behind trucks, it can be hard to see the road ahead and that is why you should increase the following distance.

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