South Carolina Written Practice Test – FREE DMV Permit Test



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#1. When should you use your horn?

The horn of your vehicle should be used for warning purposes. Use your horn only when necessary. You may want to give your horn a light tap when:

  • Pedestrians or bicyclists appear to be moving into your lane of travel
  • Passing a driver who starts to turn into your lane
  • A driver is not paying attention or may have trouble seeing you

Do not use your horn when near blind pedestrians, horses, or bicyclists.


#2. When passing another vehicle, pass the vehicle:

When passing another vehicle, pass the vehicle as quickly and safely as possible. The longer your vehicle stays alongside the other vehicle, the longer you are in danger of being in the blind spot of the other vehicle moving toward your lane.


#3. You have a green light at an intersection and a blind pedestrian is preparing to cross. Who must yield?

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.


#4. Which is true about safety belts?

Studies have shown that if you are in a collision while using safety belts, your chances of injury or death are greatly reduced. Safety belts keep you from being thrown from the vehicle and helps the driver keep control of the vehicle.


#5. This sign means:

Chevron sign. A sharp change in the direction of the road is at the sign.


#6. If you have a tire blowout, 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.

#7. Under South Carolina point system how many points are required for a license suspension if you hold beginner's permit, conditional provisional or special restricted driver's license?

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.


#8. This sign tells you:

No Left Turn.

Remember, anytime you see a sign bearing a red circle with a slash mark across a black arrow (or another symbol), it means do not do whatever is shown by the arrow (or other symbol).


#9. Driving under the influence of a drug that impairs your ability to drive safely is:

Besides alcohol, many other drugs can affect your ability to drive safely. These drugs can have effects similar to, or worse than, those of alcohol. This is true of many prescription drugs and many of the drugs you can buy over the counter without a prescription.


#10. On a highway with two-way traffic, you may cross a broken yellow center line:

Yellow lines mark the center of a road used for traffic going in opposite directions. Dashed or broken yellow lines mean that passing is allowed from either direction if safe.


#11. When leaving a multi-lane highway with a deceleration lane, you should:

Plan to move to the lane closest to your existing point early to avoid a quick lane change. Maintain your vehicle speed as long as you are on the main roadway. Signal your intention, move to the deceleration lane, check for the posted speed, and adjust your speed accordingly. The deceleration lane is to the right of the roadway and before you reach the ramp.


#12. When stopped by a police vehicle:

Remain in the vehicle at all times unless requested by the officer to get out. If the officer asks for your driver’s license, proof of insurance and/or vehicle registration tell the officer where it is located and slowly reach for them.


#13. If you cannot get in the clear on the other side of a railroad crossing, you should:

Do not move forward across tracks until you can do so safely. In heavy traffic make sure there is room for your vehicle on the other side before starting to cross.


#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. Which signs have a four-sided diamond shape?

Four-sided diamond-shaped signs warn you of existing or possible hazards on roadways or adjacent areas.

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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.

Easy - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

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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