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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. Drinking any amount of alcohol is likely to:

People under the influence of alcohol take unnecessary and dangerous risks. Examples are driving too fast, passing cars without enough clear distance, and speeding around curves. Showing off is another example of impaired judgment.


#2. Which is true about worn or bald tires?

Worn or bald tires can increase your stopping distance and make turning more difficult when the road is wet. Worn tires also increase the effect of hydroplaning and increase the chance of having a flat tire.


#3. When driving in foggy conditions, high beams will:

If you must drive in foggy weather, drive with your lights on low beam. High beams will impair your visibility. They will also create glare and reflect back into your eyes.


#4. What is the No-Zone in terms of driving?

No-zones are danger areas around large vehicles where crashes are more likely to occur. No-zones on the side, front and rear also include blind spots where your car disappears from the driver’s view. Learning the No-zones can save your life!


#5. When a traffic signal is showing a flashing yellow light, you must:

A flashing yellow traffic light means slow down and proceed with caution.


#6. Drinking coffee after drinking alcohol:

The liver can only oxidize about one drink per hour. Contrary to popular belief, this rate cannot be increased by drinking coffee, exercising, taking a cold shower or anything else. Only time can sober a person who’s been drinking. And remember, it is a slow process.


#7. When are you allowed to cross the median of an interstate highway?

Do not drive across the median strip of an interstate highway, as this maneuver is illegal.

Emergency crossovers are for the use of emergency vehicles and highway maintenance crews only. It is extremely dangerous and illegal to use them to turn around in the event you missed an exit or are in a traffic jam. Drive on to the next exit ramp.


#8. One of the most frequent causes of collisions between motorcycles and other motor vehicles is:

Most collisions and injuries occur at intersections. 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. The drivers didn’t see the motorcycles at all or didn’t see them until it was too late to avoid the collision.


#9. A broken yellow center line:

Broken yellow lines mean that you may cross the line to pass when there is no oncoming traffic and safe to do so.


#10. This is the shape and color of a:

This three-sided sign means that you are approaching an intersection and must stop and wait when other vehicles are approaching from the right or left on the other roadway. If you are sure no other cars are coming you need not come to a complete stop, but you must slow down and enter the intersection with caution. Always stop when traffic is heavy.


#11. To be convicted of DUI (Driving Under the Influence) if you are 21 or older, your BAC level:

A driver can register a BAC of .00 percent and still be convicted of a DUI. The level of BAC does not clear a driver when it is below .08 percent.


#12. When approaching a stopped school bus with flashing red lights traveling in the opposite direction on an undivided roadway, you must:

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


#13. How is driving affected by acute marijuana use?

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.


#14. There are three things you can do to avoid or minimize the impact of a crash:

In avoiding a collision, drivers have three options:
1. Stop
2. Turn
3. Speed Up

When it looks like a collision may happen, many drivers panic and fail to act. In some cases they do act, but do something that does not help to reduce the chance of the collision. There almost always is something you can do to avoid the crash, or reduce the results of the crash.


#15. A child must be secured in an appropriate child safety seat (car seat or booster seat) when:

  • A child weighing less than 20 pounds: car seat facing the rear.
  • A child under one year old: car seat facing the rear.
  • A child one – three years old: car seat facing forward.
  • A child four – eight years old and less than four feet and nine inches: child booster car seat with safety belt.
  • A child taller than four feet and nine inches: safety belt

#16. Instructions from highway construction personnel:

Traffic control can be provided by law enforcement, firefighters, highway construction personnel or school crossing guards. Drivers must obey directions from these individuals, even if the directions are different than what the traffic lights and signs indicate.


#17. Which lane is marked as unavailable or closed?

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.


#18. Driving between vehicles in an organized funeral procession is allowed:

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.


#19. You approach this road sign. What must you do ahead?

Pedestrian Crossing. This sign tells you that you are near an area where a large number of pedestrians cross the street. Slow down and watch for people crossing the street on foot. Pedestrians in crosswalks must be given the right-of-way at all times.


#20. The legal drinking age for alcohol is:

The legal drinking age in Tennessee, and all states, is 21.

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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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