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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:
cross road sign
Hospital parking ahead
2. A steady green light at intersections means:
You must increase your speed
You may not turn right
You may drive through the intersection if the road is clear
3. A red traffic sign means?
Construction warning.
Railroad crossing.
4. Drivers cannot pass a vehicle on the left if:
they cannot safely return to the right lane before any oncoming vehicle comes within 200 feet of them.
their lane has a solid yellow center line.
All of the above.
5. What should you do if your headlights suddenly go out?
Brake immediately and activate your emergency lights.
Ease your foot off the gas pedal and brake gently.
Use your emergency lights, parking lights or directional signals.
6. You are approaching an intersection with a traffic signal indicating a steady yellow light. If you have not already entered the intersection, you should:
speed up to cross the intersection before the light turns red.
stop before entering the intersection if it is safe to do so.
slow down and proceed with caution through the intersection.
7. What does BAC stand for?
Blood Alcohol Concentration
Blood Alcohol Content
Blood Alcohol Commission
8. Never make a U-turn from:
the right lane.
the lane you’re in.
the left part of the lane nearest to the centerline of the roadway.
9. What does this sign indicate?
divided highway ends sign
Winding road ahead. Drive with caution.
Drivers will soon be on a roadway with two-way traffic.
The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways.
10. A good rule of thumb for drivers sharing the road with a truck is:
if you can’t see the truck driver in their side mirror, they can’t see you.
always try to stay alongside a truck, but never drive right behind it.
it is better to drive to the immediate right of the cab.
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SD DMV Knowledge Test

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