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RMV Driver’s Permit Test Improvements

Feb 10, 2017 07:15AM ● Published by Theresa Gilman

Registry of Motor Vehicles

(Editor's Note: the following information was submitted by the RMV.) 

This winter, the RMV expanded and improved passenger vehicle (Class D) and motorcycle(Class M) learner's permit tests.

Customers can now take their learner’s permit test using a new automated and web-based system which randomly generates the test questions and answers. The new system features a user-friendly touch screen that saves customers time, allows for fast automated test scoring, prevents cheating and fraud through question randomization, and offers ample data capabilities to assist with identifying future business improvements.

These new permit test improvements also include a language expansion to 26 languages. Foreign language tests were previously offered in paper versions, but are now available on the web-based system. In addition to English and Spanish, the test is now available in Arabic, Armenian, Burmese, Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian/Creole, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Serbo-Croatian (Latin), Somali, Tagalog/Filipino, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese. These languages align with the statewide Language Access plan, which identifies those languages most commonly spoken by Massachusetts residents.

Additionally, the RMV will be offering an automated American Sign Language (ASL) test to customers in early 2017.

We hope all our permit test takers enjoy this new system. Good Luck! And don’t forget to review the driver's manual.
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