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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. This road sign means:
divided highway ahead sign
Divided highway begins
Lane ends
Keep left
2. What should you do in case of a brake failure?
Apply the parking brake slowly.
Pull off the road into an open space, if available.
All of the above.
3. If the vehicle is equipped with air bags, seat belts:
should still be worn.
are optional.
should not be worn.
4. What is the first thing you should do if your wheels move off the pavement?
Pull the steering wheel back.
Ease your foot off the gas pedal and brake gently.
Pull over to the right and sound your horn to warn the other drivers.
5. If you hear a thumping sound while driving, you should:
try your emergency lights.
hook your shoe under the gas pedal and see if you can free it.
get off the road and check your tires.
6. In 55 MPH traffic you are least likely to be involved in a collision if you:
stay within that speed range.
drive a few MPH slower than most.
drive a few MPH faster than most.
7. A yellow arrow means:
The same as a steady yellow light.
If you intend to turn in the direction of the arrow, be prepared to stop.
Do not go in the direction of the arrow.
8. This road sign means:
cross road sign
A steep grade is ahead
Do not pass
A four-way intersection is ahead
9. After you have parallel parked, are you allowed to open a door on the road side of your vehicle?
Yes, but only if it does not interfere with bicyclists and other traffic.
Yes, always.
No, never.
10. To reduce their chances of colliding with an animal, drivers should:
Look well down the road and far off to each side.
Scan the sides of the road to watch for the reflection of vehicle headlights in the eyes of animals.
All of the above.
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SD Knowledge Test Facts

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