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South Carolina DMV Tests & Permit Practice – 2021

This South Carolina DMV Practice Test
  Number of questions on each test: 15
  Question pool: 500+
  Type of test: Random multiple-choice



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#1. At a railroad crossing, trains must be given the right-of-way:

You are legally required to yield the right of way to trains. Slow down, look and listen for a train, and stop if a train approach. Remember, trains cannot stop quickly.


#2. If you have a tire blowout while driving, you can lose control if you:

Remember, do not overreact. Do not slam on the brakes. Slow down gradually. Take your foot off the accelerator pedal and allow the vehicle to slow by itself.


#3. When stopped by a law enforcement officer at night:

If it is nighttime turn on your hazard flashers and interior lights to help the officer see. Stay in your vehicle and keep your hands on the steering wheel. Obtain your driver license and registration only when requested.


#4. You must turn on your headlights:

Turning on your headlights helps other roadway users see you. This is especially important:

  • On rainy, snowy, or foggy days, use your low-beam lights and slow down
  • When it begins to get dark or when driving away from a rising or setting sun

South Carolina law requires use of headlights from a half hour after sunset to a half hour before sunrise, and at any other time when windshield wipers are in use as a result of rain, sleet, or snow, or when inclement weather or environmental factors severely reduce the ability to clearly see others at a distance of 500 feet ahead.


#5. Traffic signs that show construction and maintenance warnings are:

Orange is used for construction and maintenance warning. The signs are usually diamond shaped. They notify drivers of unusual or potentially dangerous conditions near work areas.


#6. Bicyclists must ride:

Bicyclists must ride in the same direction as other traffic, not against it.


#7. You should always wear your lap belt:

A shoulder harness is worn across the shoulder and chest with minimal, if any, slack. Do not wear the shoulder harness under the arm or behind the back. Wearing the harness the wrong way could result in serious internal injuries in a collision. Adjust the lap belt so it is snug and lies low across your hips after fastening. Otherwise, in a collision, you could slide out of the belt, resulting in possible injury or death.


#8. A solid green signal means:

A circular green signal means you may go through the intersection if it is clear to do so, with caution. Remember that left turning traffic is unprotected and must yield the right of way to oncoming traffic.


#9. This hand signal means:

Slowing or stop – left arm extended downward, with palm of hand to the rear.


#10. When you drive a vehicle with air bags, this hand position on the steering wheel is:

The proper grip on the steering wheel of a vehicle is extremely important. Think of the steering wheel as the face of a clock. Place your left hand at the 7 to 9 o’clock position and your right hand at the 3 to 5 o’clock position. 2 and 10 o’clock is not recommended because it can be dangerous in vehicles equipped with air bags.


#11. What is the meaning of this sign?

Traffic signal ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop, if necessary.


#12. What does this sign tell you?

One Way. These signs tell you that traffic flows only in the direction of the arrow. Do not turn in the opposite direction of the arrow. Never drive the wrong way on a one-way street.


#13. The amount of alcohol in the blood is often referred to as:

The amount of alcohol in the blood is often referred to as Blood Alcohol Content (BAC), also called Blood Alcohol Concentration. It is used as a metric of alcohol intoxication for legal or medical purposes.


#14. If two drivers arrive at an uncontrolled intersection, which one should yield?

Drivers arriving at an intersection without traffic control signs or signals must yield the right of way to drivers who arrived before them, waiting their turn to enter the intersection. This is known as the first car rule.

If two motorists arrive at the same time, the driver on the left should yield to the driver on the right.


#15. How often can you complete of an approved defensive driving course and have points removed from your driving record?

A provision in the law provides for reducing a driver’s points by four upon successful completion of an approved defensive driving course. Only one such reduction in a three-year period is permitted under this provision.

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North Carolina DMV Written Knowledge Test
  Number of questions on exam: 30 questions
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 24
  Allotted time to complete test: No limit
  Wait time before retest: 1 day

South Carolina DMV Test & Permit Practice at Driver's Prep

Practice South Carolina Permit Knowledge Test

This South Carolina permit practice is an alternative to the sample test offered by South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV). It has more questions, immediate feedback, and quick explanations when you miss a question. Your score is revealed at the end of the test.

It is a random knowledge test with questions drawn from a larger question bank.

The practice test covers all important items described in the SCDMV Driver’s Manual.

All answers to the test questions are found in the driver’s manual published by SCDMV .

Don’t skip the manual and think you can pass the test just by memorizing questions and answers from the practice tests. Not only are you likely to fail, but you will also be a less knowledgeable driver and probably risk more accidents.

Get the latest version of the Driver’s Manual from your nearest SCDMV location or download a free PDF-version online at .

SC DMV Driver's Manual

What You Must Know about the South Carolina Knowledge Exam

There are 30 questions on the South Carolina Knowledge Exam. The passing score is 80 percent, which means you must answer at least 24 questions correctly.

On each practice test, there are only 15 questions, but you can take the practice test over and over again. Each test will be slightly different and most like have new questions.

Take enough tests to be comfortable with all questions and answers.

If you fail your first attempt on the test, you can normally try again the next business day.

Remember, many test takers fail their first attempt. Prepare well before the exam. Make a study plan. Set aside multiple shorter study blocks during a period of several weeks. Underestimating the time you need to study for your exam is risky study tactics and a very common mistake.

You can take the knowledge tests at any SCDMV branch or at an authorized Auto School.

Is the South Carolina Permit Test Hard?

In recent years, SCDMV has adopted the AAMVA Model Driver’s License Manual and corresponding test questions.

This has made the knowledge examination slightly easier, and South Carolina now appears to have a lower failure rate than before.

It also means that you must make sure that you have the latest version of the manual. Old manuals will NOT have the same information and are not good if you want to prepare for the knowledge test.

Remember, test questions are always drawn from the information in the new manual.

Who Must Take the South Carolina Knowledge Test?

  New drivers.

If you apply for an original South Carolina permit or driver’s license and haven’t been licensed before, you must always pass the knowledge test.

  Drivers who let their license expire more than nine months.

If you don’t renew your SC driver license within nine months of the expiration date, you must pass start over and apply for a new license, which means that you must pass both the knowledge test and the road skills test again.

  Drivers who had their license revoked.

If your license has been revoked, you must wait until the revocation period has passed, make a new application, and take the complete examination just as if you never had a license before.

  Drivers with a foreign license.

Drivers who move to South Carolina and hold a license from a foreign country other than Canada, Germany, or France must pass all tests.

Note that international customers must apply for a license at designated locations. Not all branches offer this service.

South Carolina border - Credit: Versageek

New Residents

If you have a valid out-of-state permit, it can be transferred to a beginner’s permit in South Carolina. The time you held the out-of-state permit counts toward the 180-day requirement. An expired out-of-state permit means you must take the vision and knowledge tests again.

When you have a valid driver’s license from another state, you only need to pass the vision test and surrender your out-of-state driver’s license. If your out-of-state driver’s license has expired by nine months, you must pass the vision test and successfully complete the knowledge and road tests.

To be exempt from the knowledge test, drivers from Canada, France, Germany, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau must hold a valid driver license.

If the out-of-country license has expired, an applicant must successfully complete all the necessary tests.

Note that you will be allowed to keep an out-of-country license, but you cannot use it when you have a S.C. license. If you use that license, SCDMV will revoke your South Carolina license.


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