Massachusetts Permit Study Guide

Taking the RMV permit test in Massachusetts does not have to be intimidating.  Using this study guide, and taking the permit practice test will help make the process easy.

Getting your driver's license is an exciting milestone in life, but it requires some careful preparation. The first step in the process is to pass the permit test.   All of the information needed to pass the written test is printed in the Massachusetts Driver's Manual.  

Written Test Details

The learners permit test taken at the RMV on computer screens.  The test consists of 25 multiple-choice questions, and 18 correct answers are required for a passing score. The test will cover Massachusetts driving laws and rules of the road. You will also be asked to identify road signs by shape and color.  You can also expect questions specific to the rules and restrictions of the Junior Operators License, as well as questions about alcohol and alcohol.

What to study

The Massachusetts driver's written test questions are taken from the information found in the Massachusetts Driver's Manual. Therefore, it is important to carefully study this document before you sign up to take your test.  However there are some sections that are more likely to be found on the test than others.

The majority of the test questions are taken from the following chapters:

  • Chapter 3--Safety First
  • Chapter 4--Rules of the Road
  • Chapter 5--Special Driving Situations

While you are reading through the manual, it is a good idea to spend a little extra time on these chapters. The following pages are examples of the kinds of important information that is commonly found on the permit test.

  • Pages 80-85--Traffic Signs
  • Pages 87-89--Lane Markings
  • Pages 93-96--Intersections and Turns

When reading through the Manual also be sure to pay special attention to anything that refers to rules and restrictions for the permit specifically, or teen driving in general.  For example study the section on the Junior Operator License Law starting on page 21.  Likewise, information from the JOL suspension chart on page 52 may also be on the test.

Taking a Massachusetts permit practice test is a good way to gain familiarity with the format of the test and the types of questions that will be asked. You can access practice tests online.