DMV Practice Tests in South Carolina
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Practice tests are offered for various topics and driver's license types and are a great way to prepare for your DMV written test. You can also get ready for the test with an online prep course or printable study guide.
Keep reading for more information about DMV practice tests in South Carolina.
Benefits of Practice Tests
When you apply for a learner's permit, driver's license, or special license from the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), you don't want anything holding you back.
Practice tests and other preparation tools get you ready for the test by helping you:
- Learn and review information from the SC DMV Handbook.
- Answer questions in a format similar to the DMV test.
- Measure your knowledge of traffic laws, safe driving techniques, and alcohol and drug regulations.
Online practice tests, prep courses, and printable study guides can reduce your test anxiety and give you the confidence you need to pass your SC DMV written test.
Types of South Carolina Practice Tests
In SC, you must pass a written knowledge test to obtain your learner's permit or driver's license.
Online practice tests are available for several types of tests, with questions tailored to the specific knowledge and information you need.
Permit & Driver's License Practice Tests
If you're getting your SC learner's permit or your first driver's license, online practice tests can help you review material you learned in Driver's Ed or learn about driving laws and practices that you may not already know.
Online learner's permit practice tests are designed for teen drivers who are getting their permits.
Driver's license practice tests are available if you're an adult driver applying for your first driver's license. Practice tests are also available in Spanish. See our Examen De Practica Para La Licencia page for more information.
NOTE: If you're an out-of-state driver and your driver's license has been expired for 9 months or longer, you'll have to take the written test and road test.
You can order a set of 50 or 100 questions that will be used to create countless different practice tests.
Special Topic Practice Tests
Online practice tests are also available for those who need practice in specific topics before taking an SC DMV knowledge test.
If you need more help recognizing and identifying road signs, you'll find a road signs practice test helpful.
If you're getting your motorcycle permit or motorcycle license, you'll benefit from a motorcycle license practice test.
Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Practice Tests
If you're studying for your South Carolina commercial driver's license (CDL), you'll take a basic CDL test and, if applicable, tests for various endorsements.
Online practice tests are available to help you with both types of test.
If you're applying for your CDL, you'll find the CDL practice test most useful. If you're getting specific endorsements, learn more about practice test option on our CDL Endorsements page.
Other Study Materials
If you know you need more preparation for the test, or if your practice test score is lower than expected, using a variety of study methods can be helpful.
In addition to online practice tests, you can also benefit from:
- Online test preparation course:
- This 1-hour course presents South Carolina traffic laws in an interactive, multimedia format.
- Printable study guides:
- Compact printable guides present laws, regulations, and road signs in an organized, easy-to-read layout.
Studying the material in several different ways can enhance your preparation and improve your chances for passing the South Carolina DMV written test.
Testing at the SC DMV
Part of the application process for most permits and driver's licenses is passing the written knowledge test.
The fee for a knowledge test is $2 IN ADDITION to any other licensing and service fees.
If you pass the knowledge test, you'll move on to the next step of the licensing process. If you fail the test, you'll pay $2 to retake it.
Avoid extra time and expense by preparing for the written test with a practice test or other study tool.