South Carolina Written Practice Test – FREE DMV Permit Test



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#1. You may cross a double solid yellow line:

Double solid yellow lines prohibit vehicles moving in either direction from crossing the lines. You may not cross these lines unless turning left when it is safe to do so.


#2. Which is the proper way to enter a multi-lane highway from the entrance ramp?

When entering an expressway watch for an opening, activate your turn signal, and merge smoothly with the other traffic. Do not forget to check your blind spot by looking over your shoulder.


#3. A Crossbuck sign at a railroad crossing has the same meaning as:

When you approach a railroad crossing, you should slow down, look, and listen for a train or railroad vehicle, and be prepared to stop if a train is approaching. The white, X-shaped sign with Railroad Crossing printed on it is located at all highway-railroad grade crossings. The crossbuck sign has the same meaning as a yield sign. When a train or railroad vehicle is approaching the intersection, you must stop behind the stop line or before the intersection until the intersection is clear.


#4. After passing a car and before returning to your lane, you should:

Continue to pass until the complete front of the passed vehicle is visible in your rearview mirror.


#5. If you are pulled over by a police officer, you should:

If you are pulled over by a police officer, pull over to the right side of the roadway and stop. Turn off the engine, radio, CD player or any other device which may get in the way of communication with the officer. Roll down your window. It is important that you and your passengers remain calm and keep your safety belt fastened. Keep your hands on the steering wheel and limit movements.


#6. For safety reasons, the distance between your chest and the steering wheel should be:

The biggest risk with air bags is that you are sitting too close to the air bag. It is recommended that drivers sit with at least 10 inches between the center of their breastbone and the center of the steering wheel.


#7. The main reason why drinking alcohol and then driving is so dangerous is that it affects your:

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. Which road signs have an eight-sided shape?

Octagon shape is used for stop signs.

This sign means you must come to a complete stop. Yield to pedestrians and other vehicles. When it is safe, you may enter the intersection.

Signs often use symbols or pictures rather than words. Each type of sign has a special color and shape to help you easily recognize the sign at a glance.


#9. Which is true about South Carolina point system and any reduction of points?

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.


#10. To prepare for hazards on the road ahead, you should:

You must know what is happening around your vehicle before you start a vehicle and while driving. You must look ahead, to the sides, and behind the vehicle. You should develop a searching pattern and use it every time you drive.

Searching helps you see situations that could cause a problem and gives you time to change your actions such as speed or roadway position. Avoid staring at any one thing. Keep your eyes moving and searching for possible problems.


#11. 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.

#12. This sign tells you:

Regulatory Speed Limit sign. It indicates the maximum legal speed allowed in ideal conditions.


#13. You see this road sign. What should you expect ahead?

Divided Highway / Divided Highway Begins. Two-way traffic will be divided by a center strip ahead. Each roadway is one-way. Stay to the right.


#14. When you approach a roundabout or traffic circle, you must:

When using roundabouts or traffic circles:

  • Slow down to enter the roundabout or traffic circle.
  • Yield to the traffic in the roundabout or circle.
  • Enter a roundabout or traffic circle in a counterclockwise direction.
  • Proceed to the appropriate exit, signal intent, and exit.

#15. You need to drive more slowly at night because:

Your driving speed needs to be lower at night than it is in the daytime because the distance you can see is limited by your headlight beams.

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South Carolina DMV Written Test

Key numbers for the official South Carolina DMV knowledge test:

Number of Questions: 30
Correct answers needed: 24
Passing score: 80 percent
Time limit: n/a
Earliest retest upon failure: Next business day

South Carolina DMV Test Photo by Andrea Piacquadio

Test Your Knowledge before the SCDMV Test

This practice test is designed to help you test your knowledge before you take the South Carolina written test for a beginner’s permit or a full unrestricted driver’s license.

There are 15 questions on this practice test, covering important parts of the Driver’s Manual published by South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) and showing you what kind of questions that will show up on your real examination.

We strongly recommend that you get a copy of the Driver’s Manual an read it before you take the practice test, it will improve your result on the practice test as well as the real written knowledge exam.

The SCDMV Practice Test is Easy to Use

There are no strings attached to our practice test and it is easy to use.

After each question there is an instant feedback that tells you if your answer is correct or not. If your answer is marked as incorrect, there is also a brief comment to help you understand the correct answer.

All answers are based on the information in the Driver’s Manual, which is why it is so important for you to start your learning process by reading the manual.

At the end of the practice test, you will see your final score.

The passing score in South Carolina is 80%. Since the real test has 30 questions, you can only miss 6 of these exam questions.

On the practice exam, you should aim higher than 80%. Try to reach a score of 100% and make sure that you are comfortable with all answers.

Is the SCDMV Knowledge Test Hard?

South Carolina DMV does not release failure rates on the knowledge test.

It is, however, estimated that less than one out of three first-time applicants fail the exam, making the test among the easier in United States.

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We still recommend you to carefully read the manual. Everything in the manual is there for a reason.

Exam questions will mainly focus on traffic control devices, such as road signs, signals and pavement markings, and safe driving practices. You must also know how to use vehicle equipment, like your headlights and your horn. Sharing the road with pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, trucks, and school buses is also something you should pay special attention to.

Who Must Take the SCDMV Knowledge Test?

All new drivers who haven’t been licensed before must take the SCDMV knowledge exam. The exam is also required for drivers who let their license expire more than nine months or who had their license revoked.

New residents with a foreign license must, in general, also pass the exam. It does not apply to drivers with a valid license from Canada, Germany, or France. Drivers with a valid license from another state or territory are also exempt.

You are, in general, not required to pass a written test when you renew your license.

What Happens if You Fail the Test?

Under normal circumstances, you can take the test again the next day.

Note that there is a new testing fee each time you take the test.

If you get more than 7 questions wrong, you should probably consider waiting more than one day before you try again.

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How Should You Study for the Beginner’s Permit Test?

Effective Strategies
Reading and taking notes
Reciting and reviewing
Study with others
Think of examples and create own quizzes
Less Effective Strategies
Rereading several times
Underlining text
Study late at night
Last-minute cramming

There are several reasons why people fail the written test.

Poor test preparation is, obviously, one of them. As a first-time applicant, it is a mistake to start studying a Wednesday night if your examination is on Friday morning. Start early and avoid last-minute cramming if you want to pass.

Your study behaviors play an important role for your test performance. Simply reading the manual over and over again, may seem to be a good strategy, but it isn’t.

Try to focus on quality. Read a small section, then close the manual and recite (speak with your own word) everything you can remember about what you have just read. Finally, review the section by reading it again. This is known as the three-R strategy (Read, Recite, and Review).

After you have worked your way through the manual, you should move on to quiz yourself about the content. Take the practice test here at licenseroute and/or predict test questions by yourself.

Every time you aren’t sure about the answer, go back and review the item in the manual.

This way, you will be much better prepared.

Retest for the Experienced Driver

If you have had a license before, you will most likely be better positioned than a first-time test taker, but you should not ignore the importance of reading the manual.

Road rules and recommendations change over time, so does specific traffic laws. In later years laws have been introduced that restrict the use of cell phones while driving, require seat belt use in all seats, improve safety for child passengers, and crack down harder on impaired driving – just to mention a few. Signs and signals have also changed over time. Today, word messages on road signs are often replaced by symbols. You may see the new yellow flashing arrow on a traffic signal.

You have probably also forgotten some important rules if you don’t encounter them regularly. And perhaps, more importantly, some of your old driving habits may no longer be best practice.

So, take some time and read the manual before the test, and check out the study strategies above.

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