AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Secretary of State Matt Dunlap unveiled the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles new touch screen computer system that all drivers will be using from now on to take their written drivers test.
Dunlap says the computers, which were purchased using federal funds designated to improve the security of commercial testing process, represent the "largest, most progressive innovation done in our testing ever."
"It will give us a lot more flexibility and it will save us some resource money in terms of printing and how we devote our staff," he explained. "We started the improvements in our computer systems about 10 years ago, it has had some fits and starts - there have been some lurches here and there - but where we are right now is in a much, much better place."
The Secretary of State demonstrated how the system works by taking the test himself. Each applicant is given 30 questions to answer, which are randomly selected from a pool of 200 questions as a way to discourage people from cheating. You must answer 24 of the questions correctly in order to pass.
After a bumpy start, Dunlap breezed through the test, answering his 24 questions correctly with only 4 wrong answers. Test administrators say roughly 35% of people who take the test fail.