Maine Written Exam Samples – 30 Test Questions and Answers



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#1. After passing a vehicle, it is safe to return to your lane when:

Before you return to the driving lane, be sure to leave enough room between yourself and the car you have passed. One way to do this is to wait until you see the car in the rearview mirror. When you can see the car, you have enough time to return to the driving lane.

You should be several car lengths ahead before pulling back into the right lane.


#2. Which is true about the combined effect of alcohol together with other drugs?

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.


#3. Which traffic signs are almost always yellow, and diamond shaped?

Warning signs are almost always yellow and shaped like a diamond. These signs warn you of danger ahead. If you see these signs, you should reduce your speed. Then you will have time to react if there is trouble.


#4. Signaling well ahead of a turn helps other drivers to understand your intentions and gives you the right-of-way:

Signal your intent when you are going to change direction or suddenly stop or slow down. This will give other drivers time to react.

Signaling does not give you the right-of-way.


#5. When a person convicted of OUI applies for reinstatement of their license, they are issued a license under what condition?

When a person convicted of OUI applies for reinstatement of their license, they are issued a license under the condition that they do not operate a vehicle with any amount of alcohol.


#6. 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.


#7. What does this sign mean?

Reduction of lanes.

There will be fewer lanes ahead. The right lane ends and traffic in this lane must merge left. Drivers in the left lane should allow others to merge smoothly.


#8. What does this sign mean?

There is a crossroad/intersection ahead. A road crosses the main highway ahead. Look in all directions for other traffic.


#9. At intersections, crosswalks, and railroad crossings, you should always:

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.


#10. You must always stop at a railroad crossing when:

If you have to stop in heavy traffic, stop before the tracks, not on them.

Never start across tracks unless there is room on the other side for your vehicle.


#11. Which is the best rule to remember when it comes to turning on your headlights?

The best rule is to turn on the headlights whenever you have trouble seeing other cars. If you cannot see them, they cannot see you.


#12. Whenever possible, children 12 years old and younger should be secured:

Whenever possible, children 12 years or younger should ride in the rear seat.

Remember, the driver must ensure that a child who is less than 12 years of age and who weighs less than 100 pounds is properly secured in the rear seat of a vehicle, if possible.


#13. When arriving at an uncontrolled through street:

If you are entering a through street or highway you must do so without interfering with other traffic. Yield to vehicles on the through street.


#14. If you see this sign in front of you, it tells you that:

You may find red with white signs at exit ramps and the beginning of one-way streets. The Do Not Enter sign tells you not to enter in that direction.


#15. The Motorist Handbook and Study Guide lists three distinct types of driving distractions. What are they?

To manage or eliminate distractions, it is important to understand the three distinct types: Visual distractions, manual distractions, and cognitive distractions.


#16. You are approaching a stopped school bus on your side of an undivided highway with two lanes. The bus is flashing its red lights. You must:

It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus with red lights flashing on school property, on any undivided highway or parking area in Maine.

If you are approaching a stopped school bus from either direction, with its red lights flashing, you must bring your vehicle to a complete stop in front or rear of the school bus and wait while children are getting on or off the bus. You must not proceed until the bus resumes motion or until signaled by the school bus driver to do so. Violations carry severe penalties.


#17. On a road with yellow center lines:

Yellow road markings divide lanes of traffic going in opposite directions. Many roads have lane markings that tell when you cannot see far enough to pass.

You should not pass when there is a solid center line on your side of the road.

You may pass if there is a broken center line on your side of the road. Pass only if there are no oncoming cars in the passing lanes.


#18. Which signal means you must come to a complete stop, yield to cross traffic or pedestrians, and then proceed when it is safe?

A flashing red traffic light means the same as a stop sign. Come to a complete stop and go only when the way is clear.

A green signal will not appear.


#19. If you can only see 125 feet ahead, your speed on dry pavement should be:

At 40 mph, your reaction distance is approximately 44 feet (3/4 second), braking distance 81 feet, and total stopping distance 125 feet. If you drive faster than about 40 mph, you are driving blind and may not be able to stop in time if there is a road hazard.


#20. If you have a tire blowout while driving, you can easily lose control of your vehicle by:

Remember, do not overreact. Do not slam on the brakes. Do not use the brakes until you are going very slowly.


#21. If you are involved in a traffic accident where someone is injured, you must always:

Stay at the scene until the police have arrived and questioned everyone involved. You must identify yourself. You should also get the names and addresses of all people involved in the accident and any witnesses. Make sure to get the names and addresses of any injured persons.


#22. The holder of a learner's permit must complete 70 hours of supervised driving. Who must certify the person's driving time?

The parent, stepparent, guardian, or spouse must certify the person’s driving time on a form prescribed by the Secretary of State. When the person has no parent, stepparent, guardian or spouse, an employer may certify the driving time.


#23. When approaching work zones, you must:

The most important thing to do when you are approaching a work zone is to be alert and slow down. This helps protect you as the driver and the workers who are working in a dangerous location.

Keep a safe following distance to vehicles ahead. The most common type of accidents in work zones is rear-end crashes.


#24. Which is true about turn signals?

Signal as early as you can – at least 100 feet before any change or turn.


#25. If your power steering fails:

If your power steering fails:

  • If going straight, grip the wheel with both hands to keep control. If turning, pull hard with both hands to make it around the corner.
  • Stop the car. You may have to push hard if your car has power brakes.
  • Restart the engine.

#26. You are over 21 and have been drinking at a party. On your way home, you are stopped by an officer. To be arrested and convicted of OUI your BrAC level:

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.

However, any amount of alcohol is likely to impair your driving ability. A testimony of the arresting police officer regarding your driving performance can result in an OUI conviction even without the alcohol test results to back it up. This means that your alcohol level can be less than .08 and you can still be convicted.


#27. True or false? A cold shower is the best way to sober up quickly.

Because everyone’s liver oxidizes alcohol at a constant rate, nothing but time will sober you up. Drinking black coffee, taking a cold shower, or exercising will only result in a wide awake, wet, or sweating drunk!


#28. The basic speed rule in this state allows you to drive over the speed limit when it is reasonable under current conditions:

It is illegal to exceed the posted speed limit.


#29. Unmarked crosswalks are crosswalks not marked by painted lines. They exist:

There is basically a crosswalk at every intersection, even if it is not marked by painted lines.

Remember, you must yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk, marked or unmarked.


#30. A vehicle carrying this sign:

Some vehicles have trouble keeping up with the speed of traffic. When you see these vehicles ahead, adjust your speed before you reach them. Slowing suddenly is one cause of traffic accidents.

Vehicles that go 25 mph or less have a red-edged orange triangle (slow-moving vehicle sign) on the back. These vehicles include: farm tractors, animal-drawn carts, and roadway maintenance vehicles.

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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.

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

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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