Tennessee Written Test Practice – 2021 – 500 Questions



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#1. When you approach a bicyclist in a multi-lane roundabout, you should:

In a multi-lane roundabout, do not overtake or pass any vehicles. Remember the roundabout is a low-speed traffic control device.


#2. On average, how long does it take for your body to cancel the effects of one drink?

Once in the bloodstream, the alcohol is distributed to all parts of the body, including the brain and liver. Upon reaching the liver, the alcohol immediately begins to be oxidized. However, the liver can only oxidize about one drink per hour.

In other words, it takes about one hour to cancel the effects of one drink, and it takes about three hours to cancel the effects of three drinks.


#3. This road sign warns of:

School Zone.

You will see this sign near school grounds or buildings. It warns you to slow down, drive with caution and watch for children. This sign is placed as you approach a school.


#4. An arrow panel displaying this message means:

Move or merge right. Begin your merge well in advance of the sign.


#5. When a traffic signal turns green, you:

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.


#6. Which road signs have a round shape?

A circular sign is used to warn that there is a railroad crossing ahead.


#7. Under Tennessee's DUI Law, a second conviction of DUI will result in jail time of not less than:

A second DUI conviction will result in jail time between 45 days – 11 months, 29 days.


#8. Because eye muscles are relaxed by alcohol:

Eye muscles are relaxed by alcohol and cannot focus properly. You cannot see better at night. Alcohol reduces the ability to see clearly at night by more than half. Glare recovery is also slowed by alcohol.


#9. The most effective means of reducing serious injuries in a traffic crash is:

The most effective safety restraints are lap/shoulder belt and air bag.


#10. A truck or bus driver has serious blind spots in which a small car can disappear from view:

Many motorists falsely assume that drivers of trucks and buses can see the road better because they sit twice as high as the driver of a small vehicle. While trucks and buses do enjoy a better forward view and have bigger mirrors, they have serious blind spots into which a small vehicle can disappear from view.


#11. Driving under the influence of typical marijuana is:

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.


#12. Using the shoulder to pass another vehicle on the right is:

Passing on the right by driving off the pavement of the roadway is never permitted.


#13. One primary factor that affects your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is:

BAC primarily changes with body weight, time spent drinking, and the amount of alcohol that is consumed. BAC does not depend on what kind of alcoholic beverage you drink, how physically fit you are, or how well you can hold your liquor.


#14. Red and blue signs in the shape of a shield mark:

This is an example of an Interstate route sign.

Blue and red signs indicate that the route is part of the national system of interstate and defense highways. These highways join centers of population and defense establishments. They also join with the major international highways at the Mexican and Canadian borders. They are part of a nationwide network of the most important highways.


#15. Which pavement marking separates traffic traveling in opposite directions?

Yellow lines mark the center of a road used for two-way traffic. Broken yellow lines indicate that passing is permitted.

Yellow lines are also used to mark a boundary or barrier of the travel path at the location of a particular hazard, such as bridge supports, etc.


#16. When can you drive beside and share a lane with a motorcyclist?

Motorcycles have the right to the use of the full lane. You must never try to share a lane with a motorcycle, and you should always respect the cycle’s space and position in traffic. Riders need the lane’s full width to respond to and handle hazards such as potholes, shifting traffic blocking them from being seen or strong winds or blasts of air from passing vehicles.


#17. When backing up or reversing your car:

Grip the steering wheel at 12 o’clock position with left hand. Turn to the right and place right arm over the back of the seat. Look over your shoulder through the rear window for a safe, clear path. Accelerate gently and smoothly, keeping a slow speed.


#18. If you have stopped at a red light at an intersection when an emergency vehicle with flashing lights approaches from behind, you should:

If the traffic light is red, stay where you are. If the light turns green before the emergency vehicle has passed, do not proceed on green. Wait until the emergency vehicle has passed or turned onto a different street. Make sure you can hear any instructions or directions given out over a loudspeaker. Your immediate reaction to such directions may be critically needed.


#19. A driver basically has three options to avoid a collision or to reduce its impact:

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.


#20. 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.

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The Tennessee Written Knowledge Test

Key numbers for the official permit and driver license test in Tennessee:

Test Questions: 30
Correct answers needed: 24
Passing score: 80 percent
Time limit: No
Earliest retest if you fail: Next day

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How to Pass the Tennessee DMV Permit Test

There are a few simple steps you can take to make sure you will pass the Tennessee Permit or Driver License exam the first time. This way you will avoid additional and unnecessary trips to the Driver Services office.

  Start by getting a copy of the Tennessee Comprehensive Driver Manual. This manual is available at every Driver Services Center across the state. You can also download the PDF-version online .

  Read the manual to get an understanding of what is required for your permit examination. Pay special attention to specific state rules and laws. You should also remember that a large part of the knowledge exam focuses on alcohol, drugs, and the consequences of impaired driving.

  Take a handful practice tests to check your current knowledge and progress. Practice tests are your best learning tool.

  Discuss difficult questions with friends, family, teachers, or driver instructors. Be careful not to rely solely on the online practice tests. Work actively to ensure better understanding. Remember, active learning and true understanding of the rules of the road is your key to success.

  Recheck facts in the Tennessee Driver Manual whenever you are uncertain about answers on this practice test. Everything on this test is designed to help you with the Tennessee written test, not to check everything there is to know about safe driving and traffic rules.

  Practice with the online tests until you reach a score well above 80 percent, which is the passing score in Tennessee. The higher you can score on the practice test, the better your margin on the real examination.

  Remember, the best way to learn is to alternate between checking the handbook and practice with a DMV written practice test.

Is the Tennessee DMV Permit Test Hard?

Yes, the permit test in Tennessee is hard. Driver Services (DMV) estimate that about 50% of all first-time test takers fail the exam and are forced to take the test again.

With enough practice you can easily avoid taking the test a second time.

Hard - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

The Official DMV Test

The purpose of the Tennessee DMV test is to verify that you have learned everything you need to know to drive safely on Tennessee roadways.

Tests are administered on a computer that pulls random tests for each user. You’ll never know which question you will get on your test.

For applicants who have a learning disability or cannot read, oral tests can be available at your Driver Services Center. Check before you make your appointment.

The test is available in four languages: English, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.

If you are hearing-impaired, you you can get a certified sign language interpreter to help with the administration of the exam.

If you fail the test, you can generally take it again the next business day.

You cannot use books, notes, or digital devices (including your phone) on the test. Any kind of cheating on the test will result in an automatic failure. You must also wait at least 30 days before you can try again.

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