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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. To enter a gap in traffic while driving on a highway:
check behind, then watch the vehicle ahead.
speed up and let vehicles make way.
watch only the vehicles behind the gap.
2. When they see a crossbuck sign, drivers:
are legally required to yield the right of way to trains.
must slow down and wait for the red lights to flash.
must always come to a complete stop.
3. If you meet a stopped school bus with the lights flashing and the signal arm extended, you should:
watch for children and proceed at normal speed.
proceed at 15 MPH or less, if no children are present.
4. If you are feeling tired while driving, you should:
stop and get some rest.
drink coffee.
open a window.
5. If a vehicle is coming toward you at night with its high beams on, making it hard to see the road ahead, you should:
look ahead toward the left edge of your lane.
look straight ahead toward the middle of the lane.
look ahead toward the right edge of your lane.
6. The sign in the picture:
maximum recommended speed sign
Shows the recommended speed for the exit of an intersection.
indicates the minimum ramp speed at the highway exit point.
Is used to advise motorists of the maximum safe speed for an exit ramp on a highway.
7. To make a proper right turn:
slow down and get into the lane nearest the centerline.
give the proper signal and get into the lane nearest the right curb.
swing to the left before turning right.
8. When the road is slippery, drivers should _________ their following distance.
9. What does the pictured signal indicate?
Pedestrians may begin crossing the street.
Pedestrians may turn right.
Pedestrians may not begin crossing the street.
10. This road sign means:
yield sign
No Passing Zone
You have the right of way
Yield the right-of-way
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SD DMV Permit Test

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