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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. What is the meaning of this sign?

A warning sign using a symbol shaped like a traffic light and the black arrow indicates there is a traffic signal ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop, if necessary.


#2. What is true about Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)?

Anti-lock braking system (ABS) allows you to stop without skidding.

With ABS, you brake and steer. Keep your foot firmly on the brake pedal until the car comes to a stop. Do not take your foot off the pedal or pump the brakes because that will disengage the anti-lock system.

Expect noise and vibration in the brake pedal when your ABS is in use. This tell you ABS is working.


#3. The level of intoxication which is always illegal for drivers in Tennessee is:

In most states, including Tennessee, .08 is the level of intoxication which is always illegal.


#4. If you are stopped behind a truck on an uphill grade:

If you are stopped behind a truck on an uphill grade, stay to the left in your lane so the driver can see you. Leave extra space in front of your car in case the truck rolls back when it starts to move.


#5. You approach this vehicle from behind. It is keeping an exceptionally low speed. What should you do?

A broken yellow line indicates that passing on the left is permitted when the way ahead is clear. Overtaking and passing should be done with care because of oncoming traffic.


#6. Lane control signals most often indicate lanes:

Lane control signals may appear as single or multiple units over each lane of the road. They are most often used when the direction of the flow of traffic changes during different hours of the day. Also, these signals indicate whether toll plaza lanes are open or closed. Green arrow means driving in this lane is permitted and you must also obey all other signs and signals. A steady yellow X means that the direction of lane is changing (prepare to change lanes). A flashing yellow X means that the lane is for turning only. Never drive in a lane under the red X. A red X means that driving in this lane is NOT permitted.


#7. When a traffic signal is showing a steady yellow light:

A steady yellow traffic light means caution. The red stop signal will be exhibited immediately after the yellow light appears. Adjust speed immediately to come to a smooth stop.

Remember, you must stop if it is safe to do so. Do not speed up to beat the light.

If you are already in the intersection when the yellow light comes on, do not stop, but continue cautiously through the intersection.


#8. If gates rise at a railroad crossing, but the red light is still flashing, you should:

Do not go under lowering gates or around lowered gates. Flashing red lights indicate you must stop and wait. Do not proceed over the crossing until the red lights stop flashing, even if the gate rises.


#9. The percentage of all traffic deaths in United States caused by alcohol is approximately:

In 2015, 10,265 deaths nationwide, (29% of all traffic fatalities) were alcohol-related. In Tennessee, 34% of all traffic fatalities for 2015 were alcohol-related. 88 of 324 deaths also involved a driver who used drugs.

In 2016, the percentage of alcohol-related fatalities was approximately 27%. The percentage of fatalities involving an impaired (drug or alcohol) driver in 2016 was approximately 38%.


#10. On which side should you pass a barricade with this panel?

Work zone channelizing device: vertical panel. Stripes sloping downward to the left mean pass to the left.

Compare with a yellow and black object marker.


#11. What is true about safety belts?

In a collision, seat belts reduce the force of impact against the interior. They also keep you inside the car, and help you stay in position to control your car.

Remember, ejection greatly increases the chance of death or serious injury. The chance of being killed in a crash by being ejected from a vehicle is one in eight. Safety belts virtually eliminate ejection. The belted driver stays inside the car and is better protected from injury.


#12. When taking drugs that are likely to affect your driving, you should:

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.

If you have any doubt about your ability to drive, don’t get behind the wheel. The penalties for a DUI conviction are the same whether the driver was drinking alcohol or taking drugs (even prescription or over-the-counter drugs).


#13. What does this sign mean?

Slippery when wet. In wet weather, drive slowly. Do not speed up or brake hard. Make sharp turns at a very slow speed.


#14. When passing a bicycle, the distance between you and the bicycle must be:

When passing and overtaking a bicyclist proceeding in the same direction, do so slowly and leave at least a distance between you and the bicycle of not less than 3 feet. It is the law in Tennessee! Also be sure to maintain this clearance until safely past the overtaken bicycle.


#15. You should always yield the right-of-way to:

You should always give a funeral procession the right-of-way. No operator of a vehicle shall drive between vehicles in a properly identified funeral procession except when directed to do so by a traffic officer.


#16. When driving in fog, you should:

In fog or mist, never put your headlights on high beam because the light will be reflected back into your eyes.


#17. Which of the following results from drinking alcohol?

The two abilities most important to the driving task are judgment and vision, both of which are affected by small amounts of alcohol. Your ability to judge speed, time and distance are altered after only one drink. Each extra drink greatly affects your driving ability.


#18. If you have been drinking alcohol, what will help you sober up?

Contrary to popular belief, the alcohol concentration in your blood cannot be reduced by drinking coffee, exercising, taking a cold shower or anything else. Only time can sober a person who has been drinking.


#19. If there is an oncoming vehicle in your lane, you should:

Use your horn to attract attention and brake firmly. If the other driver does not move over, try to escape to the right, if possible. If you swerve left and the other driver corrects at the last instant, you will still crash.

Generally, it is better to turn off the road than to crash head-on into another vehicle.


#20. When approaching a stationary highway maintenance vehicle on a four-lane roadway, you must:

When approaching any stationary vehicles, you must make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the vehicle, or proceed with caution by reducing the speed of the vehicle and maintaining a safe speed for the current road conditions.

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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.


  1. Khalid khawar November 12, 2021

    Dear sir or madam I need license and I am new in Nashville just 10 days ago from Afghanistan and I have parole visa and also work authorization latter and my social security card is under process what should I do for Tennessee driving permit
    Thanks you

    • You should contact your local Tennessee DMV service center; they will help you.

      You need to bring proof of identity and proof of Tennessee residence. If you have a passport stamped with “Processed for I-55I” or a Form I-94, you must bring them.

      Start studying for the knowledge test, since that will be the first step after DMV has accepted your documents.

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