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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. When you change lanes, you should:

Blind spots are areas where your view is obstructed. Adjust outside mirrors to reduce blind spots and to provide maximum visibility to the sides and rear of the vehicle. Check a blind spot by looking over your shoulder.


#2. You have stopped your car. Before opening your door, you should always:

When parked on the street, check to the sides and rear of the vehicle for bicyclists before you open your vehicle door.


#3. What does this road sign mean?

The sign warns of a roundabout or traffic circle ahead.


#4. The Implied Consent Law means that you:

South Carolina has an implied consent law. The implied consent law is based on the principle that when you get your driver’s license, you have implicitly consented to a lawfully requested test to determine the alcohol content of your blood, breath, or urine if suspected of impaired driving. You can lose your driver’s license or driving privileges if you refuse to take a BAC test.


#5. A regulation sign is normally:

Vertical signs, including square signs, are generally used for regulatory signs. They give instructions or tell you the rules of the road. Some warning signs may also have this shape.

In the horizontal position, the signs generally give directions or information.


#6. Pedestrians crossing at street corners should be given the right-of-way:

Pedestrians are difficult to see, and it is difficult to determine their intentions. As a driver:

  • Always be prepared to yield to pedestrians even if they are not in a crosswalk.
  • You must yield when a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, even if it is unmarked, including mid-block crosswalks marked by warning signs and pavement markings.
  • You must yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians in the intersection even if the traffic light is green.

#7. Pavement in a shared center left turn lane is marked on both sides with:

A special type of yellow barrier line is used to mark a median as a refuge area where vehicles may safely wait to turn left, out of the way of other traffic. Each side of the median area is marked with a yellow line and a broken yellow line.

Remember, when a shared center left-turn lane is provided, a left turn may be made only from this lane. You may only drive in this lane when preparing for and making a left turn or into the roadway or when preparing for or making a U turn when otherwise permitted by law.


#8. When you park on a hill headed uphill and there is no curb, you should turn your front wheels:

Headed either uphill or downhill and there is no curb, turn the wheels to the right so the car will roll away from the center of the road if the brakes fail.

Remember, when you park on a hill, the general rule is to turn your wheels sharply towards the side of the road or curb. This way, if your vehicle starts to roll downhill, it will roll away from traffic. However, when headed uphill at a curb, you should turn the front wheels in the opposite direction, away from the curb and towards the road. Then, let your vehicle roll backwards until the back of your front wheel touches the curb. The curb will stop your car from rolling into traffic.

Study the diagram provided in your driver’s handbook.


#9. Which is the best way to keep traction on a wet road and avoid hydroplaning?

If you drive too fast on wet roads you may start hydroplaning. Chances of hydroplaning increase as speeds increase.


#10. Before turning left or right, you must signal during the last:

Turn signals must be given at least 100 feet in advance.


#11. When stopped by law enforcement, it is important that you:

You should not exit your vehicle. Remember to always remain in the vehicle unless asked to get out.

This question asked what you should not do.


#12. When is the pavement marked with the letter R on each side of a large X?

Pavement markings consisting of an RXR followed by a stop line closer to the tracks tell you there is a railroad crossing.


#13. If a school bus with flashing red lights has stopped on the opposite side of a highway with two traffic lanes in each direction, you must:

You must stop for a stopped school bus with flashing lights that is loading or unloading passengers. This is required by law whether you are meeting the bus or traveling behind it on any two-lane highway.

On any other highway you must always stop when you are behind the bus.

When you have stopped, you must not proceed until the bus moves or the driver signals to you that the way is clear, or the red lights are no longer flashing.

You do not need to stop when traveling in the opposite direction on a multilane highway or multi-lane private road. A multi-lane highway or multi-lane private road is defined as a highway or private road that consists of four lanes, having at least two traffic lanes in each direction.


#14. Which is true about large trucks?

Large vehicles do not maneuver like a car. It takes longer to stop and accelerate a large vehicle and they need more room to turn. Large vehicles also have much larger blind spots than cars even though a truck driver sits higher above the road than a person driving a car.

The No-Zone is areas around large trucks and buses where cars cannot be seen. These blind spots are found on the sides, rear and front of a large vehicle.

Remember that large vehicles generally:

  • Accelerate more slowly.
  • Need more room to maneuver safely.
  • Require greater stopping distances.
  • Have larger blind spots.
  • Make wide right turns.

#15. When driving in foggy conditions, high beams will:

In fog, rain, or snow, use your low beams. Light from your high beams may cause glare and make it more difficult to see ahead.

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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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