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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. 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.


#2. If you see an orange road sign on the highway, what should you expect ahead?

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.


#3. A four-second rule is used for:

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.


#4. 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.


#5. When is it allowed to drive around or under a lowered gate at a railroad crossing?

Sometimes flashing red signals and gates are present at railroad crossings. It is against the law to go around lowered railroad gates at a crossing.

Do not move forward until the gates are raised and the lights stop flashing as there may be a train approaching on an adjacent track.


#6. What does this sign mean?

Side Road Ahead.

The sign tells you it is a branch intersection with traffic entering from one side. Be prepared to slow down, and observe any special speed limit instructions, in the event a car enters or crosses the highway from the side road.


#7. When you have a green light and a blind pedestrian enters the intersection in front of your car, you should:

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.


#8. Passing another vehicle to the right on an unpaved shoulder is:

Never pass on the shoulder, whether it is paved or not. The shoulder is a hard surface on the right side of the roadway that is to be used as an emergency stopping lane and not for through traffic.


#9. If your car starts to skid, which is the most common cause?

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.

#10. Which is true about air bags?

Even if the vehicle is equipped with air bags, they are not a substitute for wearing a seat belt.

It is recommended that drivers sit with at least 10 inches between the center of their breastbone and the center of the steering wheel.

Parents are encouraged to seat all children ages 12 and younger in the rear seat of the vehicle to avoid potential injury from an air bag in the event of a crash.


#11. Driving safely means that you must:

Driving safely means adjusting your vehicle speed for roadway and traffic conditions, providing an adequate following distance, and obeying the appropriate speed limits.

South Carolina law sets absolute top speed limits at which you may travel on a given road, street, highway, or freeway. This does not mean that you have the right to travel at that top speed under any and all conditions.

The law continues to say that no matter what the posted speed limit, you must never drive at a speed faster than is safe for conditions.

This is known as the basic (or general) speed law.


#12. You see this sign on a vehicle ahead. What does it mean?

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. How many points can be removed from your driving record by completing an approved defensive driving course?

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.


#14. 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.


#15. At a circular green signal, left turning traffic:

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.

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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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