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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. If the pavement is wet when you see this sign, which is most likely to cause a problem?

Slippery when wet. The road on which you are traveling can be slippery when wet and you should reduce speed.


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

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


#3. What is the best advice to a driver who has been drinking alcohol?

The best advice is not to drive a vehicle of any kind if you have consumed alcohol or other drugs. Never get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or using other impairing drugs.


#4. 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


#5. Which is true about the right of way at a 4-way stop?

At a four-way intersection controlled by stop signs, you must yield the right-of-way to the driver on your right if both of you arrive at the intersection at the same time (Same Time Rule).


#6. 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.


#7. You should always fasten your seat belts and make sure all passengers are using seat belts or child restraints:

When getting into your car, make certain the seat is adjusted properly for your comfort and safety. Adjust your mirrors. Always fasten your safety belt and shoulder harness if you have one. Make sure they are both firm and comfortable to you. The head restraint on newer cars is an important safety addition. It should be in a correct position so that in the event someone runs into your vehicle from the rear your chances of a neck injury are cut down considerably.


#8. When changing lanes, it is important to:

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.


#9. A large truck is turning right onto a street with two lanes in each direction. The truck:

Truck drivers must make wide turns in order for the rear of the truck can clear corners and curbs. It is very important to pay close attention when a large vehicle uses turn signals. Do not pass a truck until it has completed turning as sometimes it uses space from other lanes to clear corners.


#10. What parts of a road might hold frost and ice while the rest of the road is dry?

Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses, and infrequently traveled roadways because they tend to freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges. Be aware that road conditions are constantly changing.


#11. If you hold beginner's permit, conditional provisional or special restricted driver's license and receive six points under South Carolina point system, your driver's license will be suspended for:

If you hold a beginner’s permit, conditional provisional or special restricted driver’s license and you accumulate six or more points, your driving privileges will be suspended for six months for Excessive Points.

If you are suspended for Excessive Points, completing the National Safety Defensive Driver Course, or its equivalent, will not reinstate the suspension.

The points that resulted in the Excessive Points suspension can also be used in a Point System suspension.


#12. A vehicle carrying this sign:

A fluorescent or reflective orange and red triangle displayed on the rear of a vehicle means the vehicle is traveling less than 25 mph. Use caution when approaching a slow-moving vehicle, and be sure it is safe before you pass.


#13. If a school bus with flashing red lights has stopped on your side of an undivided highway with four lanes, 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. If you have a tire blowout while driving, you should:

If a tire blows out or suddenly goes flat:

  1. Grip the steering wheel firmly and keep the vehicle going straight.
  2. Slow down gradually. Take your foot off the accelerator pedal.
  3. Do not brake. Allow the vehicle to slow by itself or brake gently if necessary.
  4. Do not stop on the road if at all possible. Pull off the road in a safe place and turn on emergency flashers.
  5. Have the tire changed and replaced.

#15. Traffic in this lane:

Lane use control signs tell you where you can go or where you can turn. This sign means you may turn right or go straight.

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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.


  1. Noah Johnson July 25, 2021

    Passed without any errors. Recommend for everyyone.

  2. Ravish Bash March 23, 2021

    Thank you for this. Just what I needed.

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