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This Tennessee DMV Practice Test
  Questions on each test:20
  Question pool:800+
  Type of test:Random multiple-choice



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#1. Select the statement below that is false:

Drinking three drinks in one hour will affect you more than drinking three drinks in three hours. Spacing the drinks over a longer period of time will slow the rate at which you become intoxicated and indicates responsible drinking habits.

This question asked what is not true (you need to select the statement that is false).


#2. If an intersection is blocked and you cannot drive through without stopping in the intersection:

A steady green circular signal means go – but only if the intersection is clear. You must yield to pedestrians and vehicles still in the intersection at light change. The green signal gives permission to proceed, BUT you must still observe the laws of the right-of-way. Yield to oncoming vehicles if you are turning left. Never start through the intersection early or make a quick left turn in front of oncoming traffic. This is extremely dangerous.


#3. This sign means:

This sign tells you that you are approaching an intersection. The black lines show just what kind of intersection this is. This sign tells you it is a crossroad. Look in all directions for other traffic.


#4. Road marking with a white diamond means:

High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes are designated on highways by a diamond-shaped marking in the center of the lane. HOV lanes may also be special lanes separated by a barrier. During heavy traffic periods, HOV lanes are reserved for buses, vanpools, motorcycles, carpools, and other high occupancy vehicles.


#5. Which season has the highest number of car/deer crashes?

Fall is the peak season for deer-car crashes. That’s mainly because Autumn is both mating season and hunting season, so deer are more active and more likely to roam beyond their normal territory.


#6. What is the main cause of car skids?

Skids are caused by drivers traveling too fast for conditions. The best way to prevent hydroplaning is to keep your speed down, avoid fast turns and quick stops, and have good tire tread.


#7. If you miss your exit when trying to leave an interstate highway:

It is illegal to back up or make a U-turn on interstate highways. If you miss your exit, you must proceed to the next exit. It is also illegal to cross the median on the interstate.


#8. When you park on a hill headed downhill and there is no curb, you should turn your front wheels:

Headed downhill with no curb, turn the wheels to the right or side of the road, so the car will roll away from the center of the road if the brakes fail.


#9. Drinking just one drink of alcohol:

If you drink alcohol, even a little, your chances of being in a crash are much greater than if you did not drink any alcohol.


#10. Signs that warn you of possible dangers ahead are:

Yellow is used for general warning and advisory of unexpected roadway conditions.


#11. The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level at which it is illegal for any person under 21 years to drive is:

In addition to the standard penalties for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, there are special laws that apply to people under the age of 21. If you are under 21 and found driving with a BAC of .02 percent or more, you will be convicted of underage driving while impaired.


#12. When stopping behind a school bus with red lights flashing, you must stop:

You must stop no closer than 25 feet from the bus.


#13. Two persons weigh the same and drink the same amount of alcohol. Which person will generally raise his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) faster?

If people weigh the same, the one with more body fat will show signs of intoxication first.

Alcohol is able to be absorbed in water, not fat. This simply means that people with less body fat have more water in which to dilute the alcohol.


#14. How does smoking marijuana affect a driver?

Studies indicate that marijuana and other drugs affect judgment and motor functions. In Tennessee, it is unlawful for any person to drive under the influence of any intoxicant, marijuana, narcotic drug, or drugs producing stimulating effects on the central nervous system.


#15. The blind spot behind a large truck can stretch up to:

Blind spots are immediate in front, on either side of the truck and up to 200 feet in the rear.

Remember that a trucker may not be able to see the road directly in front of the cab. If the tractor has a long hood, the trucker may not be able to see the first 10-20 feet in front of the bumper, plenty of room for a motorcycle or car to slip unnoticed into a dangerous position.


#16. When two vehicles from different directions arrive at the same time at a four-way stop, which one must yield?

The vehicle approaching from the left must yield.

At intersections marked as 4-way or all-way stops, the vehicle reaching the intersection first gets to go first. If more than one vehicle arrives at the same time, yield the right of way to the vehicle on the right.


#17. When making a left turn, do not:

You should not keep close to the right edge pavement marking.

The first rule of turning is to turn from the closest lane in the direction you are traveling to the closest legal lane in the direction you want to go.

Reduce speed and get into the lane just to the right of the center line well ahead of time. Prior to turning, signal your intentions for at least 50 feet and approach the turn with the left side of the vehicle as close to the center line as possible. Yield to any oncoming cars or pedestrians. Keep the wheels straight until you can turn.

(Remember to read all questions carefully, this one asked what you should not do).


#18. This is an example of:

This is a state primary route sign.


#19. By law, headlights must be used:

Your car headlights must be turned on 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise.


#20. Always look carefully for motorcycles before you turn at an intersection because:

The profile of a motorcycle is narrow, and the body is short, making it harder to see and making it harder for a driver to estimate the cycle’s distance and speed. Drivers also tend to look for other cars and trucks, not for motorcycles. Motorcyclists riding alongside a lane of cars are often out of view of the car driver. An unsuspecting driver may change lanes and clip or hit a motorcycle.

Research shows that two-thirds of car-motorcycle collisions are caused, not by the motorcyclist, but by the driver who turned in front of the motorcycle.

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Tennessee DMV Written Knowledge Test
  Questions on exam:30
  Passing score:80%
  Correct answers to pass:24
  Allotted time to complete test:No limit
  Wait time before retest:1 day

About This Tennessee Practice Test

This practice test for the Tennessee permit test or knowledge exam has 20 questions. It is slightly shorter than the real exam, but cover the same items as the real exam.

25% of the questions (5 out of 20) relates to alcohol, drugs, and the consequences of impaired driving.

Test questions are designed to help drivers study and prepare for the required knowledge examination if they are new drivers and applying for their first permit or if they are forced to reapply for a license and pass the examination again.

It is a randomized test, which means that it draws questions from a larger bank of questions. You can expect new questions whenever you restart the test. This also means that you can take the test as many times as you need to prepare for your Tennessee exam.

You will get instant feedback after each question and when your answer is incorrect, there is also a short description of the correct answer. Your final score is revealed at the end.

The test is free and does not required any registration.

Please be aware that this is not an official test that qualifies you for a permit. is not affiliated with Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOSHS) or Driver Services in Tennessee. The test should be used only as a learning tool.

How Many Questions are on the Real Permit Test in Tennessee?

The real knowledge examination in Tennessee consists of 30 questions. The passing score is 80%, which means you must answer 24 questions correctly to pass.

What is on the Permit Test in Tennessee?

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.

The purpose of the knowledge exam is to verify:

“…the applicant’s ability to read and/or understand highway signs regulating, warning, and directing traffic, the applicant’s knowledge of the traffic laws of this state…”

The state of Tennessee has also decided that:

“…all examinations administered to applicants for a driver license or intermediate driver license shall include questions concerning drugs and alcohol, the effects of those substances on a person’s ability to operate a vehicle and the applicable Tennessee laws pertaining to operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and the alcohol and drug related questions shall constitute one-fourth (ΒΌ) of the written examination…”

How Should I Study for the Tennessee DMV Knowledge Exam?

Always start by getting the latest copy of the Tennessee Comprehensive Driver Manual. You can get a hard copy at TN Driver Services or download a PDF-version online .

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?

Who Must Take the Tennessee Knowledge Test?

  All new drivers.

If you haven’t been licensed before, you must always pass the Tennessee vision screening, knowledge test, and a road test. To qualify for a first-time Tennessee class D license, you must be at least 16 years. All new drivers under 18 years, must also meet special qualifications set in Graduated Driver License Program (GDL) .

  Drivers with a license expired more than one renewal cycle.

Your Tennessee license is valid for 8 years when you are 21 years or older. When your license expires, you are no longer entitled to drive a motor vehicle. Tennessee does not have a grace period.

If you wait 30 days after the expiration date to renew your license, you must pay a late fee, which doubles if you wait as long as six months to renew. If you wait more than one renewal cycle (8 years), you must apply for a new license and take all tests again.

  Drivers with a foreign license.

Drivers who move permanently to Tennessee and wish to drive must convert their foreign license to a Tennessee Driver License. Knowledge test and road skills test are generally required for all foreign drivers except holders of a valid license from Canada or Germany.

New residents with a valid out-of-state license are also exempt from the examinations. A new resident who holds an out-of-state license which expired more than six months must, however, take all applicable tests again.

The Official Knowledge Examination

The official knowledge examination covers everything you need to know to drive safely on Tennessee roadways. You can take the test at a Driver Services Center or through a driving school.

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.

Permit Test - Touch Screen

Available Languages

The computerized testing stations have the knowledge test in English, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.

Is the Tennessee Permit Test Hard?

Tennessee Driver Services estimates that one out of two test takers fail the written knowledge exam, which is a failure rate of 50%.

The more you practice with these practice test, the better your chances of passing the examination the first time.

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 the written test and road skills exam.

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 eight years.

After you turn 21, 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.

Alcohol Questions on Your TN Test

By law, 25% of the questions on your knowledge test will address alcohol/drugs and impaired driving. Here are more resources to help you learn more about alcohol and drugs:

Tennessee Graduated Driver License (GDL) Program

The purpose of the Tennessee Graduated Driver License Program is to help young drivers under 18 years gain driving experience in a safe environment. It places certain restrictions on learner permits and intermediate driver licenses. The program requires parent/legal guardian involvement, and emphasizes the importance of a good driving record.

You can get your first Tennessee learner’s permit when you are 15 years. You must provide proof of school attendance/progress and have a sponsoring adult who signs the affidavit form.

In Tennessee, you don’t have to pass a driver’s education course to get your permit or intermediate license. It may still be a good idea to enroll since they provide professional help and discounts on insurance. In most classes, you can start even without having your first permit.

Learner Permit
Minimum age: 15 years
Hold period: 180 days
Intermediate Restricted License
Minimum age: 16 years
Hold period: One year
Intermediate Unrestricted License
Minimum age: 17 years
Hold period: Until 18 years or graduated from school

You can get your Class D regular and unrestricted driver license when you are 18 years, or when you graduate from high school or receive a GED, whichever is sooner.

When you move on to get your regular license, the word “Intermediate” will be removed from the license.

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