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South Dakota Free DMV Test Questions Updated

The free DMV test questions for South Dakota has been updated. The online sample tests are now based on more than 1,000 questions from our extensive database. All our DMV practice tests are randomly generated, which means that you have hundreds of different tests at your fingertips. You will find questions on everything from pavement markings to dealing with accidents. Everything is designed to challenge your knowledge of rules of the road and safe driving practices. By using our practice tests as a study guide, you can prepare for and pass the South Dakota DMV knowledge test without problems.

Start by Reading the South Dakota DMV Driver’s Manual

As always, you should start by reading the South Dakota DMV Driver’s Manual. This booklet gives you a summary of state laws, common rules, and safe driving practices to follow. You can download a pdf version of the SD Driver’s Manual from Remember, anything in this manual may show up on your test and all information you need is in this manual. Our DMV practice questions are also based on this manual.

Use Our Free DMV Practice Tests

Taking DMV practice tests over a longer period of time is the most effective ways to study. Discussing questions, rules and driving techniques with friends, parents, or a teacher will improve your knowledge even more.

A main key to pass the DMV exam successfully is to read all questions carefully. Try not to add your information or read anything into a questions that isn’t there. Read the comments and verify that the information is correct by looking up the chapter in the driver’s manual. Make sure you understand the answers. Even if you are likely to recognize questions on the real test from our practice test, you will not become a safe driver by just memorizing answers. You must fully understand rules, road signs and signals, and safe driving techniques.

Make Sure You are Ready for the Real Test

The passing score in South Dakota is 80%, based on 25 questions. We recommend that you aim for at least 90% correct answers on our free DMV tests before you take on the real knowledge test. Ideally, you should try to get 100%. This will boast your confidence and make the real thing easy.

In South Dakota, you are allowed a total of three attempts to pass your DMV tests. This includes both the written knowledge test and the behind-the-wheel test. If you pass your written test on the second attempt, you only have one try to pass the road test. If you haven’t passed after three attempts, you must apply again and pay all the fees to get three more chances.

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Why DMV Practice Tests are the Best Way to Study

A recent survey revealed that first-time applicants using online DMV practice tests to prepare for their DMV written test had a real exam pass rate of 93.2%.

This means that less than one out 10 failed their first attempt at the DMV written knowledge test. This should compared with numbers released by different state departments that show an average pass rate of 50% or less for first-time applicants.

Old-school Study Habits are Less Effective

Old methods don’t always work for new challenges. Most students still use highlighting (or underlining) text and rereading the driver’s manual several times. Researchers behind a study called “Improving Students’ Learning with Effective Learning Technique” (2013), showed that these two techniques are ineffective.

Summarization, imagery use for text-based learning, and keyword mnemonics were also found less effective.

Old-school study habits could be the main reason why so many students fail their first attempt at the DMV written knowledge exam.

Two Better Techniques for the DMV Test

Students using critical reading and self-explanation do better on any type of exam.

Critical reading is when you recognize not only what a text says, but also why statements or facts are true (or false). You ask questions and look up other sources.

Self-explanation is when you provide your own explanation and use your own words.

These two methods promote a deeper understanding and is often recommended by driving school experts, as well as this website.

DMV Practice Tests More Efficient than All Other Techniques

The most efficient study techniques, researchers say, is distributed practice and practice testing.

It is easier to learn, if you spread your studies over time. Split a larger subject, like the DMV driver’s manual, into smaller chunks. Do not cram everything in just a day or two. Then, take a practice test at the end of each a study session. If there are study questions, at the end of each chapter in the driver’s manual, use them.

When you use our practice tests for your final DMV test you will find comments after each DMV question. These comments will let you know what you have learned and what you still need to study. In most cases, it will also boost your confidence. With confidence, it will be easier to take on the next session.

The Best Way to Study for Your DMV Test

This what we suggest to be by far the best method to pass you DMV written knowledge test if you are a first-time applicant:

  • Start early (give yourself at least a month)
  • Divide the manual into several small study sessions
  • Use critical reading and ask yourself questions.
  • Take a daily practice test
  • Aim for a 95% passing score before taking the real DMV written test

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Owning a Car is Not All Roses and Sunshine

If you are tired of taking the bus, you probably watch with envy as each shiny new car rolls by. There is no doubt that having your own set of wheels comes with a host of benefits, from greater freedom and flexibility in your daily schedule to a faster commute to work.

Owning a car is not all roses and sunshine, however. Before you trade in your bus pass for a hefty car payment, you need to take a look at the dark side of car ownership. Understanding the risks, the costs and the rewards of car ownership is the best way to make a smart transportation decision.

Personal Liability

Driving a car might provide freedom, but it also exposes you to personal liability. Driving a car is a big responsibility, and the risk of hurting someone in an accident is always present. Even if you carry insurance, you could be held liable for any injuries you cause. That is especially true if you can only afford the minimum your state requires; that state-mandated minimum may not be enough to pay for serious injuries or property damage.

If you do move from bus passenger to driver, you will want to have sufficient liability coverage in place to protect your personal assets. Talk to a good insurance agent, get recommendations and shop around to get the most coverage for the least amount of money.

Increased Debt

Owning a car may sound appealing, but unless you have a fat bank account you probably cannot afford to buy a new or late-model used car for cash. For most drivers, buying a car means taking out a loan, and that can increase your debt load substantially.

If you are in the market for a new car, you need to look at your finances carefully and make sure you can really afford your own set of wheels. The cost of the vehicle is only the beginning. You will also need to budget for things like insurance, maintenance, repairs and parking fees. If you fail to take these factors into account, you could end up with more debt than you can really afford.

Repair Woes

No matter what kind of car you buy, it is bound to break down eventually. That means you will need to find a good mechanic, and that can be a tough job. Finding a mechanic you can trust is a daunting task, and making the wrong decision could cost you dearly.

If you do end up buying a car, you may want to ask your driving friends for recommendations and find out which mechanics they use. You can also check ratings and reviews and talk to other people who use the shop you are considering. Doing your due diligence ahead of time can save you a lot of money later on.

Parking Problems

In some cities, a car is a liability instead of an asset. With thousands of cars plying the streets and a limited number of parking spaces, finding a place to stow your car while you work, shop or go to school can be a real challenge.

You will also need to factor in the cost of parking when deciding how much you can afford to spend on a new car or truck. Look at the price of monthly permits, garage fees and other expenses. Those costs can really add up, and in the end you may find you are better off waiting at the bus stop than circling the block in search of that elusive parking spot.

Increased Carbon Footprint

Unless your new ride is an all-electric model, every mile you drive is putting more carbon into the air. If you are concerned about the environment, you might be better off sticking to your spot on the bus. Public transportation carries a much lower carbon footprint per person, and that could mean a greener future for you and your children.

Owning a car can be a good thing, but it is not always the right choice. Before you plunk down tens of thousands of dollars on a new ride, you need to take a look at the dark side of car ownership. If you decide that a car is still the best choice, you can rest easy knowing you have taken all the contingencies into account. If not, you will know that car ownership is not the right choice for everyone.

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Improved DMV Written Test Practice

The Delaware online practice tests at have been improved. You now have hundreds of random tests at your fingertips. The database currently consists of more than 1,300 questions with everything from parking rules to the meaning of road signs. Everything is designed to help you prepare for and pass the challenges of Delaware DMV written test.

DMV Written Test Questions Are Based on the Manual

To pass your test and become a safe driver, we strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations contained in the Delaware Driver’s Manual. It provides a summary of state laws, rules, and safe driving techniques to follow. You can download a pdf version of the Delaware Driver’s Manual from

All questions on the DMV Written Test are based on the information in the Delaware Driver’s Manual. The Class D written test consists of 30 questions. The passing grade is 80%, which means six or fewer errors. One of the main keys to success is to read each question completely and carefully. Don’t add read anything into the questions that isn’t there.

How to Study

The main purpose of the online practice tests at Driver’s Prep is to help you verify your knowledge, but they can also be used as a study guide. Using the information in the Driver’s Manual together with our practice questions is one of the most effective ways to reach your goal. Discussing questions, rules and driving techniques with peers, parents, or a driving instructor will strengthen your knowledge even more.

Young students often cram before a test, no doubt a habit picked up from school. All research, however, shows that distributed practice results in more solid knowledge. This means that you should study over many sessions. Break up the driver’s manual in smaller parts. Take practice tests over a longer period of time.

How Many Practice Tests Should You Take?

There is great variation in how long it take for users to get ready for the DMV written test. The value of test practice is, however, well documented. You will understand test content, see typical test questions, and get familiar with the test format. Test practice also helps you see things from different perspectives, organize information, and activate related knowledge.

This does not mean that all users will see large score gains after just a few practice tests. You should continue study the manual and verify your knowledge with our practice tests until you clearly understand why a test answer is correct. Read the comments and don’t focus too much on your practice score.

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What about Cheat Sheets?

Don’t buy the hype. Too often, users assume because something costs money, it must be worth it. Nobody can guarantee that you will pass the DMV written test based on a cheat sheet with a limited number of questions.

There really is no short-cut to prepare for a DMV written test“, driver instructor Thomas Davies says. “The best way to get ready is to realize that you need to study. Becoming a good driver doesn’t happen overnight“.


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How to Master the DMV Knowledge Test

You have been studying for weeks. Maybe months. The day is here. You are waiting at the DMV office for your turn. You are a bit nervous. You know that others have failed the first time. Is the DMV knowledge test hard? Can you do this?

You are not sure…

Relax. We will show you how to master the DMV knowledge test and you will pass with ease.

Attitude and Confidence

Keep a good attitude. It is normal to have jitters and being stressed before any kind of important test. Don’t add to the subconscious idea of this exam as a threat or that it is hard. Remind yourself that you did well on our free practice tests. Our practice test questions are actually harder than the real thing! Tell yourself that you will do your best and that your best is good enough. If you find yourself panicking and feeling sick, take a few deep breaths, but keep the good thoughts!

Your Turn!

One of the biggest mistakes is to not manage your time. In most states there is no time limit. Use this to your advantage.

Make sure you understand the instructions. If anything is just the slightest unclear, don’t be afraid to ask before you start your test. Read everything on the screen twice. Yes, it might sound like overkill. But better safe than sorry.

First Question

When you get the first question, you feel that you have seen it before. After all, you been taking the permit practice tests on this site for weeks, right? No wonder, you recognize it.

Don’t go with your first impulse to immediately answer the question. Read the entire question and alternatives again. Questions can be put in many different ways, just because it looks familiar, it might not ask what you think it is asking. Choose an answer only on the basis of the information provided within the question. Don’t read anything into the question that isn’t there!

Read all choices or alternatives. Perhaps you can eliminate some of them before choosing the best answer? After all, tests are constructed in a way that only one answer can be correct. The others are irrelevant or totally wrong.

Be Careful with Qualifiers

Qualifiers are words that qualify or intensify a question being asked. They are often very helpful when picking the correct answer. Words that strengthen the statement in a question, such as “never” or “always”, should raise a red flag! Why? Well, because statements with words like this are rarely true.

Look at this question: True or false? It is always safe and legal to drive at the posted speed limit. The first instinct may tell you that it is true. Words like safe and legal tend to stick in your mind more than the word always. And, why else would they have speed limits? Right?

Or like Bethany wrote to us a while back:

You have the right to go that speed on that particular road if you are whiling to risk your life. It means it is up to me to go at that speed under all condition if I can get through and or keep control of my car.

Which, of course, isn’t true. All states have a basic speed rule. This law overrides a posted speed limit. The basic speed law basically says that you must never drive faster than is safe for present conditions, regardless of the posted speed limit. In other words, the qualifier here ignores the fact that there are situations when the posted speed limit does not apply (icy roads for example). Look at the question again. The word “always” requires posted speed limit to be safe at all time. Which it isn’t. Pretty obvious, if you take your time and think critically.

Don’t Know the Answer?

Even if you are well prepared, it is not unlikely that you will get one or two questions that are difficult and that you don’t really know the answer to. Read the question again and make sure you don’t misunderstand or have missed something. Then stick with you first thought. It is usually the correct one.

Don’t Read Too Much into Questions

There is a difference between reading things carefully and reading too much into the questions on your DMV knowledge test. Once you have picked your answer, do not continue to change it based on “what if”.

Using your own experience or imagination can help you sometimes, but it can also trick you into seeing something in the question that isn’t there. Don’t add your own information.

Stay Relaxed

Stay relaxed and focused throughout the written knowledge test. Missing a question isn’t the end of everything, not even if it is the first exam question! Plenty of easy questions will follow. You will recognize several of them. Keep the good attitude and remind yourself that you are well prepared. You can do this.