How Many Questions are on the Driver License test in Tennessee?
The knowledge test in Tennessee has 30 questions. The passing score is 80 percent, which means you must answer 24 questions correctly to pass.
The main areas covered by the exam questions are traffic signs and signals (25%), safe driving techniques (25%), rules of the road and Tennessee laws (25%), and drugs and alcohol (25%). Percentage is a rough estimate of the number of questions on the test. Each test is random and will differ from person to person. There is, however, a clear focus on drugs and alcohol on the Tennessee exam.
Tennessee Practice Tests at Driver’s Prep
Just like the real thing, our practice tests now have 30 random questions drawn from a large database. After each question, you will see the correct answer. When you make a mistake, there is also a brief comment. Use the comment to look up more information in the Driver License Manual.
Make sure you read the manual. Answers to all questions are found in this manual.
When you have read the manual and think you have learned everything you need to know, use the practice tests to verify your knowledge. The practice tests will show you what areas you need to focus more on. So, don’t get rid of the manual just yet.
While most new applicants fail the knowledge test the first time, it is possible to ace the test with just a little effort. Learn how to do it: How to Ace the Test.
Who Must Take the Tennessee Knowledge Test?
To qualify for a first-time Tennessee class D license, you must be at least 16 years of age. You must pass a vision screening, knowledge test, and a road test. If you are under age 18, you must also meet special qualifications set in Graduated Driver License Program (GDL).
New residents with a valid out-of-state license don’t need to take the knowledge exam. A new resident who let the out-of-state license expire for more than six months must, however, must take all applicable tests.
A holder of an out-of-country licenses must also take all the tests.
If you don’t renew your Tennessee license and let five years go by, you must start over with a new application and pass all tests again.
The Official Knowledge Examination
The official knowledge examination covers everything you need to know to drive safely on Tennessee roadways.
Tests are administered using computerized testing machines. In some rare situations, you can be offered a written test on paper, but this is very unlikely to happen.
For applicants who have a learning disability or cannot read, oral tests are available by appointment at some of the Driver License Service Centers. Remember to call ahead.
If you are hearing-impaired, you can ask for a certified sign language interpreter to help with the administration of the exam.
The computerized testing stations have the knowledge test in English, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.
Cheating on the DMV Test
Any form of cheating will result in an automatic failure and you must wait at least 30 days before you can re-take the test.
Forms of cheating include, but are not limited to the following:
- Use of any form of written notes (including notes on paper, clothing, body, digital pagers, etc.)
- Talking during the examination (including cell phone use.)
- Attempting to allow another person to take the examination.
Remember, you must turn off all cell phones, pagers or text messaging devices during both written and road test administration.
More Practice Test Questions to Help You Pass
100 random practice tests with questions from a large database are waiting for you. Make sure you don’t miss this opportunity.
Will I be Tested When I Renew My Tennessee License?
No, the Tennessee law does not require re-testing when you renew your driver license – regardless of age. Just make sure you don’t let your license expire for more than five years.
After you turn 21 years, your Tennessee driver’s license will every eight years from the date it was issued. Approximately 2 months before your license expires, TN Driver Services mails you a courtesy renewal notice. The renewal notice tells you how to renew your license.
If it is the first time you renew your license, you must visit a Driver Service Center and provide proof that you are a United States Citizen or a lawful permanent resident.
After that, and if you have a current valid photo license, you may renew by mail or online. If you do, this new license will feature your old photo. To get a license with a new photo, you must visit a Driver Service Center.
Please note that this doesn’t apply to holders of a Class A, B or C Commercial Driver License (CDL). They must appear in person to renew their CDL license. They must also show their current valid DOT medical card at the time of renewal.
Road Sign Questions on You Tube
Remember, about your official test has 7-8 questions about road signs and signals. These videos can help you verify that you know enough to pass that part of the test.
Another YouTube video: Tennessee Driver License Test – Road Signs #1
Alcohol Questions on Your TN Test
25% of the questions on your test deal with alcohol/drugs and driving. Here are more resources to help you learn about alcohol and drugs: