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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. What does this sign mean?

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.


#2. What is the first thing you should do when your car starts to skid?

Skids are caused when you are traveling too fast for the road conditions, when you stop suddenly, or when the tires can no longer grip the roadway. When you begin to skid, you have little control of your vehicle. If your vehicle begins to skid:

  • Release pressure from the brake or accelerator.
  • Look where you want to go and steer the vehicle in the direction you want to go.

#3. What does this sign mean?

School Crossing or School Zone.

When you see the picture sign with two children’s figures, you know you are approaching a school. Farther along, a second pentagon-shaped sign with the line representing a crosswalk tells you that children may be crossing the road at or near that point going to and from school. Drive slowly and carefully, and be prepared to stop.


#4. Which will help reduce the risk of neck injury in a collision?

Head restraints are designed to prevent whiplash and neck injuries. Adjust head restraints so the head restraint contacts the back of your head and not below the level of your ears.


#5. Which pavement marking separates lanes with traffic going in the same direction?

White lines are used as right edge lines on roadways and to delineate the separation of traffic flow in the same direction


#6. When you plan to exit a multi-lane highway, you should:

Plan to move to the lane closest to your existing point early to avoid a quick lane change. Maintain your vehicle speed as long as you are on the main roadway. Signal your intention, move to the deceleration lane, check for the posted speed, and adjust your speed accordingly. The deceleration lane is to the right of the roadway and before you reach the ramp.


#7. Which of the following is a likely effect of drinking alcohol?

Alcohol and other impairing drugs reduces things like your judgment, vision, color distinction, and reaction time. Judgment is a brain-centered activity that stores all of your experiences and knowledge so it can be used quickly when you face a new problem.


#8. To make sure you are not driving in a truck's blind spot, you should:

Avoid following too closely and position your vehicle so the truck driver can see you in his side mirrors. Look for the truck driver’s reflection in the side mirror. If you cannot see the truck driver in the truck’s mirror, the truck driver cannot see you.


#9. When driving at higher speeds, which method helps you determine a safe following distance between you and vehicle in front?

You will need time and space to adjust and react to other road users. The more space you allow between your vehicle and other roadway users, the more time you have to react. You should always try to keep a minimum following distance of 4 seconds between your vehicle and the vehicle in front.

Remember, there are certain situations when you need more space in front of your vehicle.


#10. This blue sign with an emergency telephone number is posted:

The Blue Emergency Notification System (ENS) sign is at every highway-rail grade crossing, and provides the public with a 24/7/365 telephone number to call to report problems or emergencies at these railroad locations. ENS signs may be located either on the black and white cross buck or near the actual crossing. If your vehicle ever gets stuck on a track, contact the emergency phone number listed on the blue sign and provide the crossing information.


#11. Anti-lock brakes will take effect when:

Most new vehicles are equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS). The ABS will allow you to stop your vehicle without skidding and keep steering control. Be sure to read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to use the ABS. The ABS system will allow you to stop without skidding. The general guidelines for using ABS are:

  • Press on the brake pedal as hard as you can and keep applying constant pressure. Do not pump the brakes because this will deactivate ABS.
  • ABS will work only if you keep the pressure on the brake pedal. You may feel the pedal vibrate and you may hear a clicking noise. This is normal.

#12. When approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with activated lights on a two-way two-lane roadway, you must:

When you approach a stopped authorized emergency vehicle, proceed with caution. Slow down and yield the right-of-way by making a lane change into a lane away from the authorized emergency vehicle if safety and traffic conditions permit. If a lane change is unsafe, slow down and proceed with caution while maintaining a safe speed for traffic conditions.


#13. Signs that warn you of possible dangers ahead are:

Yellow is used for general warning and advisory of unexpected roadway conditions.


#14. Night driving is more dangerous than daytime driving because:

Driving at night is more difficult and hazardous than daytime driving. The distance you can see in front is limited by light provided by your headlights.


#15. You have a green light at an intersection and a blind pedestrian is preparing to cross. Who must be given the right-of-way?

Blind pedestrians have special protection under the law. You must always yield the right-of-way to persons who are visually impaired. When a pedestrian is crossing a street guided by a dog or carrying a white cane, you must come to a complete stop.

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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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