Maine Written Exam Samples – 30 Test Questions and Answers



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#1. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway ahead. The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways. Opposing flows of traffic are separated by a median or other physical barrier.


#2. Whenever you stop your car and go into a store to make a quick purchase, you:

Whenever you park and leave your vehicle, you must make sure your car cannot move. Set your parking brake and shift gears to park (first or reverse in a manual shift car). Turn off the engine and remove the key when you leave a car. If the car will be out of your sight, lock it.


#3. In Maine, headlights are required:

You must have headlights on:

  • When driving anytime from half an hour after sunset to half an hour before sunrise.
  • Whenever the light is too dim for you to see 1,000 feet ahead
  • At any time when windshield wipers are in constant use.

#4. Which is true about alcohol?

Though one or two drinks may make some people feel livelier, alcohol is a depressant and the more you take in, the more your brain is put to sleep.


#5. True or false? If you do not see a train, it is usually safe to drive around a closed gate at a railroad crossing.

Do not drive around any railroad crossing gate or barrier. A vehicle may proceed across the track only when the gates have been raised.


#6. You see this sign attached to the back of a vehicle ahead. What does it mean?

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.


#7. Drivers may be temporarily blinded at night by which of the following?

If a vehicle comes toward you with high beams on, and fails to dim the lights, slow down and look toward the right side of the road. This will keep you from being blinded by the other car’s headlights. You should also be able to see enough of the edge of the lane to stay on course until the car passes.

Remember, it normally takes about seven seconds for your eyes to recover from headlight glare. At 55 miles per hour, that is almost the length of two football fields! The eyes of drinking drivers take significantly longer to adjust.


#8. The two-second rule means, you should:

One of the easiest ways to tell if you have a large enough space cushion ahead is to use the two-second following distance rule. All you need to do is count off seconds. It is easier to use and is more accurate than trying to judge vehicle lengths. The two-second following distance rule is simple to use and works at all speed.

You must increase your following distance when the roads are wet, covered with snow and slush, or ice, when you are carrying a heavier than normal load, or at night.


#9. Which is true about sobering up after you have consumed too much alcohol?

Only time will rid you of the effects of alcohol. Only time will sober you up. There is no quick way to sober up or to get the alcohol out of your body. Drinking black coffee, taking a cold shower, exercising, or eating might make you feel more alert after drinking alcohol. However, none of these actions affect how quickly alcohol leaves your body.


#10. A combination of these two signs tells you:

Pedestrian crossing. A separate downward-pointing arrow plaque indicates the actual location of the crosswalk.


#11. Which is true about driving 40 mph in a heavy rainstorm on a highway with a speed limit of 50 mph?

Remember, speed limits are based on the condition of the road, how far you can see, and what typical traffic is like. Posted speed limits do not tell you at what speed to drive. They only say you cannot go faster than the speed shown. If road and weather conditions make the posted speed unsafe, you must slow down. This is known as the basic speed law.

An operator shall operate a vehicle at a careful and prudent speed not greater than is reasonable and proper having due regard to the traffic, surface, and width of the way and of other conditions then existing.


#12. Drinking just one drink of alcohol

Remember, any amount of alcohol is likely to impair your driving ability.

Driving is one of the most complex things that people do. To do it well takes a lot of skill and judgment. When you are a new driver, it takes all the ability you have. If anything happens to lower your ability, you cannot drive well.

It is okay to say no to alcohol.


#13. When entering a freeway, you must:

Any time you merge with other traffic, you must yield the right of way to the other cars. It is your job to allow enough space to keep from interfering with other vehicles.


#14. If you are convicted of vehicular manslaughter and if alcohol is involved, your driving privilege will be:

A typical offense requiring revocation is vehicular manslaughter. The revocation period is at least five years. If alcohol is involved revocation is permanent.


#15. If there is an oncoming car in your lane, you should warn the driver by:

If there is an oncoming car in your lane, blow your horn and flash your lights to warn the other driver. Brake quickly, but not so fast that you lock your wheels and lose control. Keep to the right. If necessary, quickly pull off into the right shoulder or ditch. Do not drive into the left lane.

Remember, if you swerve left and the other driver corrects at the last instant, you will still crash.


#16. The do not enter sign is an example of a regulatory sign and it is:

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.


#17. When a traffic signal turns green, you:

A steady green light means go.

When the way is clear of traffic and pedestrians, you may go straight ahead or turn left or right where permitted. Do not block the intersection.


#18. A pedestrian has entered a crosswalk where there are no signs or signals. Who should be given the right-of-way?

You must always yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk, marked or unmarked.


#19. 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.


#20. In this picture, car A may pass the vehicle ahead:

Broken lines indicate passing or lane changing is permitted if the way is clear.


#21. Why is it important not to drive with a defective muffler or exhaust system?

If you hear loud noises or rattles or notice rust on the muffler or tailpipe, you should have the exhaust system checked by a mechanic. A leaky muffler improperly discharges poisonous fumes. Carbon monoxide is a deadly, odorless gas found in the exhaust of all engines which causes weariness, headaches, dizziness, nausea and ringing in the ears. Prolonged inhalation of carbon monoxide is fatal.


#22. You are driving on a one-way street. You may turn left onto another one-way street only if:

When safe, turn into the nearest lane in which traffic moves the direction you want to go.

Do not turn against traffic.


#23. Under Maine Demerit Point System your driving privilege will be suspended if the point total reaches:

Once certain point levels are reached (currently 6 points), a warning is issued by the Secretary of State, and if the point total reaches 12 points or more the driver’s license will be suspended.


#24. Unless otherwise posted, what is the legal speed limit in a school zone?

Unless posted otherwise, the speed limit is 15 mph when passing a school during recess, or when children are going to or from school during the school’s opening or closing hours. It may be difficult to know just when these periods are. When in doubt, use extreme care.


#25. You are driving car B when three vehicles approach an uncontrolled intersection. You have car A on your right and car C on your left. You must yield to:

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.


#26. What is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash?

If you wear a lap belt your chances of coming out of a collision alive are about twice as good as if you do not. If you are wearing both lap belt and shoulder strap your chances are three to four times as good.

Regardless of the nature of the accident it is considerably more dangerous to be unrestrained in a crash.

Statistically, every citizen has a one in three chance of being in a serious accident in his or her life.


#27. How far ahead you should see to drive safely when traveling at 50 mph on dry pavement?

At 50 mph, your reaction distance is approximately 55 feet (3/4 second), braking distance 133 feet, and total stopping distance 188 feet.

This is with good tires and brakes, and on dry pavement.

Stopping distances will help to determine how far ahead you should see to drive safely when traveling at certain speeds.


#28. When are you required to report a motor vehicle accident to police?

If the accident involves any injuries, or property damage of $1,000 or more, the drivers must report it to the police or local sheriff. Failure to report an accident may result in criminal charges and a driver’s license suspension.


#29. You should NOT stop at the scene of an accident unless:

Do not stop at an accident unless you are involved or if emergency help has not yet arrived. If emergency medical assistance is already on the scene, follow instructions and pay attention to the road and traffic control officers – not the accident!


#30. What shape is the road sign that tells you there is a school crossing ahead?

A five-sided sign means you are in a school zone and must slow to 15 mph during recess, or when children are going to or leaving school, during school opening or closing hours, or when school speed limit signs are flashing during school opening or closing hours.

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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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