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All residents who operate a motor vehicle on any South Dakota street or highway must have an South Dakota driver’s license or learner's permit. To obtain an instruction permit, you must be at least 14 years of age and pass the vision and knowledge test. The South Dakota written test covers the contents of the South Dakota Driver's Manual, and includes questions on safe driving practices, road rules, road signs and signals. The SD DMV knowledge test consists of 25 questions, and you must score 80% or higher (at least 20 correct answers) to pass. Practice with this sample DMV test to get ready for the official South Dakota written test.
1. Pentagonal signs are used to indicate:
possible hazards on roadways.
school crossings.
no passing zones.
2. What shape is a stop sign?
Upside-down triangle
3. The best way to deal with tailgaters is to:
always keep your eyes focused ahead of your car.
flash your brake lights.
let them pass if it's safe to do so.
4. Drivers should make room for cars entering freeways by:
moving over a lane if there is no other vehicle next to them.
slowing down.
maintaining their speed and position.
5. Drivers should use high beam headlights when:
they come within 50 feet of an oncoming vehicle.
there are no oncoming vehicles approaching.
following another vehicle.
6. If there is no crosswalk and you see a pedestrian crossing your lane, you should:
make sure the pedestrian can see you before proceeding.
honk your horn and proceed with caution.
stop and let the pedestrian finish crossing.
7. When they see this road sign, drivers should:
animal crossing sign
drive carefully because the animal pictured on the sign is extremely rare in the area.
watch for this species crossing the road.
park in the zoo area.
8. This sign indicates:
slow moving vehicle sign
A no-passing zone
A slow-moving vehicle
9. When dust is blowing across the roadway making it difficult to see other vehicles, you should drive slower and turn on your:
parking lights.
emergency flashers.
10. This sign means:
reduction of lanes sign
narrow bridge ahead.
lane ends, merge left.
road construction.
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SD DMV Written Test

Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:20
Passing score:80%
Minimum age to apply: 14
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