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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 SD DMV Driver’s Manual, and includes questions on safe driving practices, road rules, road signs and signals. The 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. Which shape is a stop sign?
Upside-down triangle
3. The best way to avoid a dangerous situation when driving is to:
always keep your eyes focused ahead of your car.
turn off the radio.
know what is happening around your vehicle.
4. Make room for cars entering freeways by:
moving over a lane if there is no one next to you.
slowing down.
maintaining your speed and position.
5. Drivers should use high beam headlights:
when they come within 50 feet of an oncoming vehicle.
when there are no oncoming vehicles approaching.
when they are 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.
cautiously drive around the pedestrian.
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. If you have trouble seeing other vehicles because of dust or smoke blowing across the roadway, you should drive slower and turn on your:
parking lights.
emergency flashers.
10. This sign is used to warn drivers about:
reduction of lanes sign
road curves ahead.
lane ends, merge left.
road construction.
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SD DMV Written Test Facts

Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:20
Passing score:80%
Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:20
Passing score:80%
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