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The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security equips all residents, wishing to obtain a motorcycle license, with the tools they need to pass their tests. The Motorcycle Operator Manual is available at all driver service centers across the state free of charge. After you have reviewed all of the material, you can take this site’s Tennessee motorcycle practice test, which will help you to prepare. The knowledge test consists of 30 questions. You will need to answer at least 24 questions correctly, which is an 80% or higher. Click the "Start Test" button below to begin your motorcycle practice test.

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Shifting into a lower gear causes an effect similar to:

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To reduce your chances of being in a crash you should:

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When riding at night, your following distance should be:

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The best time to adjust your mirrors is:

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Going through a curve, you should look where you want to go by turning:

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Before going for a ride you should check all of the following except:

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A critical head injury is __________ times more likely when a motorcycle rider is not wearing a helmet during a crash.

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If you are going too fast when you downshift, you run the risk of:

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If you're stuck in a traffic jam on a freeway the best gear to be in is?

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How should the throttle respond when you release it?

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You should maintain a cushion of space around you to:

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In a motorcycle and car crash, the blame usually falls on:

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A side stand can be dangerous unless it:

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If you are riding in traffic and a small fox runs into your lane, you should:

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In ideal conditions, your following distance should be:

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Where will you usually find the fuel supply valve on a motorcycle?

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The gear shift lever is located:

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When approaching an intersection:

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As you ride you should monitor your path of travel up to where you will be in how many seconds?

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When should you reduce your following distance?

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As you go through a braking maneuver, the changes in traction tells you that you should:

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When riding with a passenger, you should inform the passenger to:

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Expand the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you when:

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A good way of 'bonding' with your motorcycle is to:

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What is the best position within the lane while riding a motorcycle?

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Motorcycle License

How To Get A Tennessee Motorcycle License

Getting on the streets in Tennessee and riding a motorcycle means you must be able to operate the vehicle and also understand the rules of the road. To earn a Class M Motorcycle Operator License, you'll need to take a road skills test and a knowledge test at one of Tennessee’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security Driver Services Center. Applicants must be 16 years or older to operate a motor-driven cycle over 50cc. People between 15-16 years old will be required to obtain a special permit in order to operate a motorcycle with restrictions. They will need to pass a written test, vision screening, and demonstrate the ability to operate a motorized bicycle, which is the only type of vehicle they can drive with the special permit. If you are new to Tennessee and are licensed to drive a motorcycle in another state that required a knowledge and skills test, you will be exempt from taking that again. However, you will still be required to take a Tennessee vision screening at a Driver Service Center. You can find more information on Page 11 of Tennessee’s Comprehensive Driver License Manual.

If you would rather take a class to prepare for your knowledge and on-cycle skills test, you can join the Tennessee Motorcycle Rider Education Program. You will learn how to safely operate a motorcycle, the rules of the road, and other motorcycle issues. If you successfully pass the course, you will receive a completion card and certificate. When you apply for a motorcycle license, having a certificate will waive the knowledge and skills test requirements. You can find a list of testing locations on their website.

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Tennessee Motorcycle License Test Tips

Tennessee’s Motorcycle Knowledge Test is a very important factor when it comes to obtaining your Class M Motorcycle Operator License. This is because it tests your understanding of safety and knowledge on a cycle. You will be tested on things such as best practices for carrying passengers and/or cargo, effective street strategies, and how to prepare for a safe ride. The knowledge test covers everything you need to ride safely and reduce your chances of experiencing a crash, whether you are operating a standard two-wheel motorcycle or a three-wheel motorcycle.

The Tennessee on-cycle skills test averages at around 20-25 minutes and will test your ability of how you drive and control a motorcycle to obeying traffic signals and posted signs. You also want to keep in mind that you will be tested on your pre-trip vehicle inspection. You will need less than 6 errors to pass the test. When you feel you are ready and have had enough practice, you can schedule your appointment at one of Tennessee’s Driver Service Centers.

Additional Information

Information on the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security

The DSHS is responsible for testing student drivers and licensing all drivers. To schedule your licensing examination or get more information contact them via:

Website:  https://www.tn.gov/safety/driver-services/classm.html
Phone:  615.251.5166
Email:  Email.Safety@tn.gov

To find the office hours and / or location nearest you, please visit:
https://www.tn.gov/safety/driver-services/locations/dllocationcity.html

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