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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. Green and white signs:
are mainly used at intersections and driveways.
give information about directions and distances.
warn drivers of unexpected road conditions.
2. When you see this sign you should stop and:
check traffic in all direction before proceeding.
yield the right-of way to all vehicles coming from the left, then proceed.
check for vehicles in the opposite direction, then proceed.
3. What should you do in case of a steering failure?
Leave the road immediately.
Pump your gas pedal a few times to increase the pressure.
Don't panic. Turn on your emergency lights to let other drivers know you are having car problems. Move toward the side of the road and bring the car to a gradual stop.
4. This sign means:
traffic signal ahead sign
No traffic signal ahead
Open intersection ahead
Traffic signal ahead
5. This road sign means:
yield sign
Look both ways before crossing the intersection
Crossroad ahead
6. When they see this sign, drivers should:
hill sign
yield to trucks coming from the hill on the right.
be ready to shift to lower gear.
be ready to brake sharply and stop.
7. This sign indicates:
slippery road sign
Warning: drunk drivers.
The road may be slippery when wet. Drive slowly.
Winding road. Drive with caution.
8. If your car goes into water, you should:
wait for water to rush in and let it out in small breaths through your nose.
remove yourself before it starts to sink.
call the fire department immediately.
9. This road sign means:
do not enter
Do not enter
Lane ends
No left turn
10. The shape of a route sign tells you:
the type of route you are on.
the speed limit on that route.
that the route you are on might be dangerous.
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SD DMV Practice Test Facts

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