Maine Written Exam Samples – 30 Test Questions and Answers

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#1. What effect might alcohol and another drug have when combined in your blood?

Many times worse than alcohol or drugs used alone is the use of alcohol and drugs at the same time. The combined influence of these two substances can produce dangerous effects on the mind and body, often resulting in death.

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#2. Which of the following violations will result in the highest number of demerit points on a driver's record?

Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Property Damage) will result in six points.

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#3. When driving at night in heavy traffic, you should use:

Use low beams when following other vehicles, when meeting oncoming vehicles, and when driving in town with other vehicles nearby.

Use high beams when there are no oncoming vehicles nor vehicle close ahead.

Do not drive at any time with only your parking lights on.

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#4. Which is true about signaling before making a sudden stop?

You may not stop or suddenly decrease a vehicle’s speed without first giving an appropriate signal to the operator of a vehicle immediately to the rear.

Your brake lights let people know that you are slowing down. If you are going to stop or slow down at a place where another driver does not expect it, tap your brake pedal three or four times quickly.

Use hand signals if the signal lights are not working or are hard to see.

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#5. What should you do when you approach a railroad crossing and see a vehicle with this sign ahead?

Be alert for buses, school buses, tank trucks, etc. that must stop at all railroad crossings.

Buses transporting passengers, including school buses, and tank trucks carrying flammable liquids must always stop at railroad crossings. So expect the stops and slow down early to allow plenty of room.

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#6. You should always wear your lap belt:

The shoulder strap should cross the collarbone, and the lap belt should fit low and tight.

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#7. At this intersection, cars in the left lane must:

Many streets have signs that show what each of the lanes is to be used for. Cars in left lane may turn left or go straight. Cars in center lane must go straight. Cars in right lane must turn right.

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#8. On a highway with two-way traffic, you may cross a broken yellow center line:

Keep to the right of a yellow center line. You may cross the broken line when turning left, passing another vehicle or when the right half of the roadway is closed to traffic. You may only cross when it is safe to do so.

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#9. The Breath Alcohol Concentration (BrAC) level at which it is illegal for any person 21 years or older to drive is:

If you are the operator of a motor vehicle and are driving with an alcohol level of 0.08 grams per 100 milliliters of blood or 210 liters of breath, you are guilty of a criminal offense of operating under the influence.

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#10. Dirty windshields will usually:

Keep the windshield glass clear, inside, and out, to reduce glare and ensure good visibility.

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#11. What should you do when you see this sign?

Move or merge right. Large flashing or sequencing arrow panels may be used in work zones to guide drivers into certain traffic lanes and to inform them that part of the road or street ahead is closed.

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#12. If you see a pedestrian with a white cane at a crosswalk, you should:

A person who is blind or visually impaired may use a white cane as a means for safe and independent travel. This person may also be led by a guide dog. In either case, this person must always be given the right-of-way.

If you see anyone in the roadway with a white cane or guide dog, stop at least 10 feet away and wait until the person is out of danger.

An operator who fails to yield the right-of-way to a visually impaired pedestrian is liable for a traffic infraction with a minimum $50 and maximum $1,000 fine.

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#13. If an advisory speed sign isn't posted before a curve:

If a speed limit is not posted before a curve, you must judge how sharp the curve is and change your speed. If the curve is too sharp, or if you are going too fast, the tires can lose their grip and cause a skid.

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#14. When parking parallel to a curb you should NOT park:

If there is a curb, park as close to it as you can (and no more than 18 inches away).

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#15. You are involved in a crash and your vehicle has entered deep water. It is sinking and you cannot open the door. What should you do?

If your car drives into water, unfasten your safety belt and escape through a window.

A car with windows and door closed may float from 3 to 10 minutes. The best escape route is through a window, because water pressure makes it hard to open a door. If your car has power windows, open them as soon as possible, because the water will cause a short circuit in the electrical system.

Opening a door would cause water to rush in quicker and your vehicle could flip over.

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#16. A child who weighs at least 40 pounds but less than 80 pounds and who is less than 8 years of age, must:

The operator shall ensure that a child who weighs at least 40 pounds but less than 80 pounds and who is less than 8 years of age is properly secured in a federally approved child restraint system.

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#17. What are the two most important times to look to the sides to make sure no one is coming?

Any time you come to a place where other vehicles or pedestrians may cross or enter your path, look to the sides to make sure no one is coming. These places include: intersections, roadside areas, crosswalks, and railroad crossings.

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#18. Three vehicles approach an uncontrolled intersection. Car A is on the right of Car B. Car C is on the left of Car B. In which order should they proceed through the intersection?

Car A goes first.

Car B must yield to car A.

Car C must yield to both car A and B.

When approaching an intersection, yield the right-of-way to vehicles which have already entered the intersection. If two cars enter an uncontrolled intersection at about the same time, yield to the car on your right.

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#19. A left turn against a traffic light showing a red arrow:

A steady red arrow means traffic making the turn indicated by the arrow must stop until the arrow changes to green.

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#20. When you want to pass a motorcycle from behind, you must:

When you pass a motorcycle, give it a whole lane. Do not try to squeeze past in the same lane.

Maine law states: A motor vehicle may not be driven in such a manner as to deprive a motorcycle of the full use of a lane.

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#21. You are driving on a highway posted for 60 mph. Traffic around you is traveling at 70 mph. You may legally drive:

Your speed should be no faster than 65 mph. Never drive faster than the posted speed limit. Remember, speed limits say you cannot go faster than the speed shown.

You may NOT exceed the speed limit when passing.

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#22. If you have been drinking alcohol, what will help you to sober up?

Some myths about drinking alcohol say that taking cold showers, drinking black coffee, or exercising will sober a person up. This is not true.

Because everyone’s liver oxidizes alcohol at a constant rate, nothing but time will sober you up.

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#23. The best way to increase visibility when backing up is to:

Check behind the car before you get in. Children or small objects are hard to see from the driver’s seat. Turn your shoulders and head to the right so that you can look directly through the rear window. Do not depend solely on your mirrors. Back slowly. Your car is much harder to control and to stop while you are backing. Back no faster than a slow walk.

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#24. What is the best advice to a driver who has been drinking alcohol?

Alcohol is a drug. It is the most used and abused drug in America today. Alcohol can and has ruined the lives of untold millions. If you have been drinking do not drive. If you are driving do not drink!

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#25. When you enter city traffic from a full stop (pulling away from the curb), you:

Whenever you cross or enter city traffic from a full stop, you will need a large enough gap (from cars approaching in either direction) to get up to the speed of other vehicles.

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#26. Certain restrictions are in place when a person under 18 years of age is issued a driver's license. These restrictions are in effect for a period of:

A person under 18 years of age who has been issued a driver’s license may not:

  • Drive between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Carry passengers other than immediate family members or a foreign exchange student living with the family unless accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 20 years of age, has held a valid driver’s license for two years and is sitting beside the driver.

These restrictions are in effect for a period of 270 days from passing the road test.

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#27. When a police officer is directing you to drive against a red light, you should:

You must obey any traffic direction, order, or signal by a law enforcement officer.

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#28. Which of the following will improve your fuel economy:

You can drive further on the same amount of gasoline if you drive at moderate speeds. (Automobiles get 20% better mileage at 55 mph than at 70 mph.)

Drive at a steady pace. Braking and accelerating frequently uses more energy.

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#29. If there is enough room for two vehicles on a two-way road with unmarked lanes, you may pass another vehicle on the right:

Never pass another motor vehicle on the right side except:

  • When the car you are passing is making a left turn and there is room for two or more lanes to move in the same direction.
  • When the car you are passing is in the left lane on a street or highway with two or more marked lanes for traffic to move in the same direction.
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#30. Which road signs have an eight-sided shape?

A stop sign is red with white letters and has eight sides (octagon).

When coming to one, stop before the crosswalk or stop line and do not cross it. If there is no crosswalk or stop line, stop at the point nearest the intersection to enable you to see approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway. The stop must be made before any portion of your vehicle has entered the intersection.

You should learn to recognize road signs by color and shape as well as the messages or symbols they carry.

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Maine Written Knowledge Exam

Quick facts for your written driver’s license exam in Maine:

  Number of Questions: 30
  Correct answers needed: 24
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Time limit: No
  Earliest retest upon failure: Same day

500+ Maine Test Questions

This sample test is a random test with 30 questions drawn from a bank of more than 500 exam questions.

It will help you study for your written exam and help you pass the first time, but remember to start by reading the manual.

Everything on your written exam is taken from the Motorist Handbook and Study Guide. Get a copy from your BMV service office or download a copy online .

You should read the manual at least 2-3 times over the course of a week or two. Pay special attention to Maine’s drinking and driving laws. There will always be questions about alcohol and impaired driving on your written test.

When you have a good understanding of the rules described in the handbook, use practice tests to verify your knowledge.

The Best Way to Use Practice Tests

Basically all experts agree that being active is the best way to learn and retain new knowledge.

Simply taking test after test and try to remember questions and answers is a less effective strategy. You will improve your chances on the real examination if you read carefully and also make a note of the incorrect choices. When you miss a question, you should look up the chapter in the handbook and read about. Note how facts are worded in the handbook. The same phrases will often appear on the knowledge exam.

If facts doesn’t make sense, discuss them with a parent, teacher, driving instructor, or a licensed friend. Keep an opened mind.

You can take the practice test as many times as you want. There will be a slightly different set of question and answer choices each time. Read carefully and try to reach a full score every time you take the test.

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What You Should Know about the Real Exam

The Maine BMV written exam has 30 questions. You need 24 correct answers to pass (a passing score of 80%).

The test is not timed. Most test takers finish in about 15 minutes.

It is a multiple-choice test that may also have some true or false questions.

The written exam is a closed book test, which means that you cannot use the handbook, notes, or any digital devices in the testing area.

Should you fail the test, you may be able to take the test again the same day (discretion of the examiner), but it is probably a good idea to wait a bit longer and study the handbook again. Try to remember which questions you missed and read up on these items.

If you aren’t fluent in English, the test is available in other languages, but you must contact your local branch to check if they have the test in your language.

Is the Maine Written Exam Hard?

The failure rate on the Maine BMV exam is about 30%. The difficulty level is graded “moderate”.

Expect one-third of the test questions to address common road signs and signals. The rest will check your knowledge of Maine traffic laws and regulations, safe driving techniques, and vehicle handling.

There is an emphasis on impaired driving and its consequences. So, be sure to study the chapter about Maine’s Operating Under the Influence (OUI) Law.

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Who Must Pass the Maine Written Exam?

You must take all tests, including vision screening, knowledge test, and driving test, if you haven’t had a driver’s license or permit before. You must also pass the tests if you move to Maine and hold a license from a country other than United States or Canada.

After a license revocation, you will be required to apply for a new license and pass all tests. Testing can also be required after certain serious suspensions.

If you let your license expire more than 5 years, you must also apply for a new license and pass all tests.

Your First Learner’s Permit

To get a learner’s permit in Maine, you must be at least 15 years old.

If you are under 18 years, you must complete a driver education course before applying for a learner’s permit.

You must pass the knowledge test and the vision screening.

When you get your permit, it allows you to drive a vehicle when accompanied by a person who:

  • Is licensed to drive the same class vehicle
  • Is at least 20 years
  • Has held a valid license for at least 2 years
  • Is occupying a seat beside you

When you drive, you cannot use a mobile telephone or any handheld electronic device.

Your first learner’s permit is normally valid for 2 years.


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