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South Carolina DMV Tests & Permit Practice – 2021

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South Carolina Practice Tests

The South Carolina permit practice tests have 30 random questions, just like the real knowledge examination. All answers to the test questions are found in the driver’s manual published by South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV).

After each question, you’ll see if your answer is correct or not. Should you miss a question there is a short comment. Use the comment to look up information in the driver’s manual and learn more.

Never 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, you’ll also be a less knowledgeable driver and risk more accidents.

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The passing score in South Carolina is 80 percent, which means you must answer at least 24 questions correctly. But aim much higher on your practice tests. Take enough tests to be comfortable with all questions and answers.

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.

Who Must Take the South Carolina Knowledge Test?

All applicants for an original South Carolina permit or license must pass a knowledge test.

If you are license and your South Carolina license expiration date passes and you don’t renew your license within nine months, you must pass the knowledge and road tests again.

If your license has been revoked, you must wait until the revocation period is passed, make a new application and take the complete examination just as if you never had a license.

For reinstatement of your driving privilege after a suspension period, you must take both the knowledge and road tests.

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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.

In general, applicants holding a valid license from a foreign country may retain the foreign country license but must pass the knowledge examination as well as the road test. The following countries have reciprocity with South Carolina for noncommercial vehicles and citizens are exempted from the exam: 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.

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.

More about the South Carolina Knowledge Examination

The knowledge test has a series of questions about your responsibility as a driver, including knowledge of South Carolina laws and safe driving techniques. You will also see questions about the meaning of standard road signs, pavement markings, and traffic signals.

Answers are available in the driver’s manual.

If you fail the examination, you must wait at least one day before you can take it again.

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We have prepared 50 practice tests with a random mix of questions. They should be all you need to pass the written tests.

Once you passed your exam, return and let us know how we did.


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