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Anyone operating a motor vehicle or motorcycle on public roadways in South Carolina must have a driver license or learner’s permit. To apply for a learner’s permit, you must be 15 years of age or older. You must provide a birth certificate, proof of residency, social security card or equivalent, and must pass the vision and knowledge tests. The South Carolina written knowledge test covers the contents of the SC DMV Driver’s Manual, and includes questions on road signs, road rules and safe driving practices. The SC DMV written test consists of 30 questions, and you need at least 24 correct answers to pass (80% or higher). Practice with this sample DMV test to get ready for the official South Carolina driver's license test.
1. You are driving on a roadway with a single broken white line. Which of the following is true?
You may change lanes only if you are in the right lane.
You must stay within your lane.
You may cross the broken white line to change lanes.
2. This regulatory sign tells drivers that:
left lane turns left
all vehicles must turn left immediately.
traffic in the left lane must turn left at the intersection ahead.
traffic in the right lane must go straight.
3. Which signs have black letters on a white background?
Regulatory signs (vertical rectangle)
Warning signs (diamond)
Guide signs (horizontal rectangle)
4. Alcohol is:
A stimulant.
A depressant.
A antihistamine.
5. The presence of double yellow lines means you may pass another vehicle from either direction.
6. When they see this sign, drivers should:
hill sign
be ready to shift to lower gear.
yield to trucks coming from the hill on the right.
be ready to brake sharply and stop.
7. Which statement about side zones and commercial vehicles is true?
Always avoid driving beside a large vehicle for long periods of time.
Trucks have a larger blind spot on the right side starting behind the cab and extending the length of the truck.
All of the above.
8. When they see this road sign, drivers should:
animal crossing sign
park in the zoo area.
watch for this species crossing the road.
drive carefully because the animal pictured on the sign is extremely rare in the area.
9. Who is most at risk?
Drivers who have overslept.
Drivers who are driving long distances without rest breaks.
Experienced drivers.
10. When driving in fog or mist, never put your headlights on high beam because:
approaching vehicles might not see you.
the light will reflect back into your eyes.
vehicles behind you may follow too closely.
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SC DMV Written Test Facts

Number of questions: 30
Correct answers to pass:24
Passing score:80%
Minimum age to apply: 15
Number of questions: 30
Correct answers to pass:24
Passing score:80%
Minimum age to apply: 15
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