Tennessee Written Test Practice – 2021 – 500 Questions



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#1. When taking any medicine, you should:

If your doctor prescribes a tranquilizer or sedative, make a point to discuss how the drug will affect your ability to drive safely. Just because a drug is prescribed, it is NO defense for driving under the influence of it. Even some over-the-counter medicines can affect driving. Read labels and pay attention to warnings. If you have questions about a particular drug or combination of drugs, check with your doctor or pharmacist.


#2. When parking uphill on a two-way street with no curbs, your front wheels should be:

Headed either uphill or downhill and there is no curb, turn the wheels so the car will roll away from the center of the road if the brakes fail.


#3. You are following a school bus and there is a railroad crossing ahead. You must slow down and be prepared to stop because the bus:

Tennessee law requires certain vehicles to stop at all railroad grade/highway crossings, whether or not any signs or signals are activated when the vehicle approaches the crossing. As a driver, you must be aware of this requirement so you will be prepared to meet or follow these vehicles when they have stopped at the crossing.

The vehicles listed below are required by law to stop before crossing ANY railroad grade crossing:

  • Church or school buses, regardless of whether such buses are carrying any passengers at the time of crossing.
  • Common carriers, such as taxis or other vehicles transporting passengers for hire.
  • Vehicles transporting flammables, explosives or other dangerous articles as cargo or part of a cargo.

#4. The amount of alcohol in the blood is generally referred to as:

The amount of alcohol in the blood is referred to as BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration).


#5. When approaching another vehicle from behind at night, at what distance should you dim your headlights?

When your vehicle’s high beam headlights are on, you must dim or lower the beam when an oncoming vehicle is within 500 feet or when you are following another vehicle within 500 feet. Dimming headlights when following other vehicles is an important safety step. The glare from your headlights in a rear-view mirror can blind another driver including a motorcyclist.


#6. If you approach a stopped school bus with flashing red lights on this roadway, you must:

A turn lane in the middle of a four-lane highway is NOT considered a barrier, but a fifth lane that is suitable for vehicular traffic. Drivers meeting a stopped school bus on this type of road would be required to stop in both directions.


#7. When making a left turn on a two-way street with multiple lanes, you should:

Remember the first rule of turning: turn from the closest lane in the direction you are traveling to the closest legal lane in the direction you want to go. Once you have completed the turn, change to another lane if you need to, and if traffic is clear.


#8. On a road with lanes separated by white lines:

Solid white lines are used to mark both edges of two-way roads and the right edge of one-way roads. White lines also separate lanes of traffic flowing in the same direction.

A dashed white line between lanes of traffic means that you may cross it to change lanes if it is safe. A solid white line between lanes of traffic means that you should stay in your lane unless a special situation requires you to change lanes.


#9. On an interstate with several lanes traveling in the same direction, the right lane should be used for:

On a road with three or more lanes, use the right lane for slower speeds, the middle lanes for higher speeds, and the left-hand lane for passing only.


#10. During what time of day are wildlife, such as deer, usually most active?

Be particularly alert at dusk and dawn when these animals venture out to feed. Scan the sides of the road to watch for the reflection of your vehicle headlights in the eyes of deer.


#11. The main reason why drinking alcohol and then driving is so dangerous is that it affects your:

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.


#12. If you have a Tennessee driver's license, change of address must be reported within:

If your residence address changes you are required by state law to notify the Department of Safety within 10 days of this change.


#13. When you proceed straight ahead on a solid green light, you must:

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.


#14. Your lane ends ahead and there is a large truck in the lane beside you. What is the best thing to do?

Slow down and merge behind the truck.

Cutting into the open space in front of a truck is dangerous. Trucks and buses take much longer to stop in comparison to cars. If you force a larger vehicle to stop quickly this could cause a serious, even fatal accident.


#15. Penalties for a first conviction of DUI include a revocation of your driver's license for:

Penalties for a first DUI conviction include a license revocation period of one year.


#16. If you drive past this sign on an interstate, you must:

Driving the wrong way on a one-way road or street is illegal. If you are on the wrong side of an interstate or highway ramp, you must pull over immediately. Do not continue driving.


#17. If you run off the pavement, you should:

Ease off the gas pedal. Maintain a firm grip on the steering wheel, but do not jerk the wheel back toward the pavement. Brake lightly and briefly. Do not slam on the brakes. Gradually slow the vehicle. Keep steering the vehicle straight. Once oncoming traffic is clear, and you have slowed the speed of your vehicle you can turn back onto the pavement.


#18. Fluorescent yellow-green road signs indicate:

Fluorescent yellow-green is used for high emphasis warning of school, pedestrian, and bicycling activity.


#19. What does this sign mean?

Winding Road. There are several curves ahead. Slow down and drive carefully.


#20. The Implied Consent Law means that you:

By law, when you drive in Tennessee, you have given your consent to be tested to determine the alcohol or drug content of your blood. This test must be administered at the request of a law enforcement officer who has reasonable grounds to believe you have been driving under the influence of an intoxicant or drug.

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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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