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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 the road you're driving on:
double curve sign
turns only to the left
turns to the right and then the left
turns sharply to the left and then right
2. This sign means:
advance warning sign
The road ends ahead
No Passing Zone
Railroad crossing
3. A traffic sign with a red circle around and a slash over a symbol means:
the maneuver shown by the symbol is not allowed.
the maneuver shown on the sign should be executed with extreme caution.
Do not drive faster than the posted speed limit.
4. When the traffic light is green, but traffic is blocking the intersection, drivers should:
enter the intersection and wait for traffic to clear.
honk their horn to establish their right-of-way.
not enter the intersection until they can get completely across.
5. Motorcycles:
are easier to see than cars.
must share a traffic lane with another vehicle.
are entitled to use a complete traffic lane.
6. Drivers under the age of 21 are subject to a specific restriction prohibiting them from driving:
with alcohol in their system.
before consuming alcohol.
before midnight.
7. Which of the following is a defensive driving skill/technique?
Do not drive if you are very weary.
Maintain the correct speed.
All of the above.
8. What is the most important rule to remember in any emergency?
Run away.
Do not panic.
Call the police.
9. This sign means:
270 degree turn
Roundabout ahead.
270 degree turn ahead.
Wrong way; Turn around immediately.
10. If your gas pedal is stuck, you should:
turn off the ignition if your vehicle has power steering.
hook your shoe under the pedal and see if you can free it. If not, shift into neutral and use the brake to slow your vehicle and get off the road.
ease your foot off the gas pedal and brake gently.
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SD DMV Permit Test Facts

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