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Frequently Asked Questions - Taking Your MA Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
- Are there any maneuvers I should expect to complete on my MA Driving Exam?
- Am I allowed to wear my contacts or glasses?
- Who is allowed to be in the car with me during my MA Driving Exam?
- What happens if I fail my MA Driving Exam?
- Do I have to parallel park on my MA Driving Exam?
- Does anyone need to accompany me to my MA Driving Exam?
- Are there any tips that I should follow to help me pass my MA Driving Exam?
- Are there any common mistakes that I should avoid making?
On your MA Driving Exam, you will have to demonstrate to your examiner that you know how to approach an intersection, parallel park, yield the right-of-way, back up effectively and safely and follow cars at a safe distance. The examiner will also want to make sure you maintain the proper posture for driving a vehicle.
Yes. If you wear contacts or glasses regularly to be able to see, you should most definitely wear your contacts or glasses for your MA Driving Exam.
In Massachusetts, your sponsor is allowed to be in the vehicle during your exam. Your qualifying sponsor is a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older. Your sponsor is the only other person, besides yourself and the examiner, who is allowed.
If you fail, you will not receive your license. You will be able to retake your exam as soon as the next day and up to 6 times in a 12 month period. You will have to pay the $20 testing fee each time. If you fail, do not rush retaking your exam. Pay attention to what your examiner identifies as your weaknesses and try to improve and develop better driving habits.
Yes. You will need to parallel park for your MA Driving Exam.
A qualifying sponsor should accompany you to your MA Permit Test. A qualifying sponsor can be a parent, legal guardian, driving instructor, spouse, driving instructor or a responsible licensed driver age 21 years old or older, who has held their license for more than one year.
Your examiner wants to see that you are capable of driving safely and effectively. During your MA Driving Exam, you want to make sure that you are not driving too quickly or too slowly; you want to accelerate smoothly and gradually. Obey all stop signs and traffic signals, do not tailgate other vehicles and stay in the correct lane.
You should avoid driving dangerously, driving too quickly, hitting other objects, forgetting to signal, rolling stops and parking incorrectly.