SC Practice Tests
Our permit practice tests in learning mode have 25 random questions based on the handbook and real SC DMV tests. After each question, you have access to instant feedback with detailed explanations.
How should you study? Well, your first step is to get the latest version of the South Carolina Driver’s Manual. When you’ve studied the handbook, you can use these practice tests to check your progress and level of readiness.
The passing score in South Carolina is 80 percent, which means you should be able to answer at least 20 questions correctly. It is a good idea to aim a little higher on a practice test. Take enough tests to make sure you can reach a score of 92 percent with ease.
Who Must Take the South Carolina Knowledge Test?
All applicants for an original South Carolina permit or license must pass a knowledge test.
If your South Carolina license expiration date passes and you have not renewed 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If your license has been revoked, you must wait until the revocation period is passed, make a new application and take the complete examination just as if you never had a license.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.
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 will require you to take the vision and knowledge tests again.
If 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 the use of that license may result in the South Carolina license being revoked.
South Carolina Knowledge Test
The SC knowledge test consists of a series of questions about your responsibility as a driver, including knowledge of laws and safe driving practices. It will also contain questions about the meaning of standard road signs.
All questions are based on the information available in the driver’s manual.
You must correctly answer 20 out of 25 questions.
If you fail any of your tests, you must wait at least one day or return at a time set by the examiner.