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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. Which statement about driving and drugs is true?
Only illegals drugs can impair your driving.
Prescription drugs are safe to use if they don't make you feel drowsy.
Even over the counter drugs can impair your driving.
2. This sign tells drivers:
no turn on red sign
they may not turn right or left during the red light.
they must wait for the traffic signal to turn green before turning right or left.
All of the above.
3. What is the first thing to do when you make a three-point turn?
Signal with your left turn signal, then check carefully for traffic coming toward you.
Signal with your right turn signal, then pull over to the right and stop.
Turn left, go across the road so you come to a stop while you face the edge of the road.
4. You face a green light, but traffic on the other side of the intersection does not allow you to travel all the way through the intersection. What must you do?
Wait for the next green light.
Enter the intersection and wait until traffic ahead clears.
Wait until traffic ahead clears, so you do not block the intersection.
5. If weather requires you to have your lights on, you should use your:
low beams.
high beams.
parking lights.
6. This sign tells drivers that:
must turn sign
a divided highway is ahead.
they cannot go straight ahead.
left and right turns are not allowed.
7. Signs with orange backgrounds mean:
construction signs
side road ahead.
railroad crossing.
road construction site.
8. Directions given by traffic officers ___________ signs, signals or pavement markings.
take precedence over
must obey
are less important than
9. This road sign means:
hill sign
Intersection ahead
Merging traffic
Steep grade ahead
10. This sign tells drivers that:
stay right sign
they must stay on the right side of the divider.
a divided highway ends ahead.
there is a right turn ahead.
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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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