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South Dakota Permit Test

South Dakota Permit Test 2013

The first step towards achieving a South Dakota driver's license it taking a learners permit test at any DMV exam station. The 2013 South Dakota permit test covers the state driving rules, traffic signs and safe driving practices and requires an in-depth knowledge of the state driving law. More than a half of the first time license applicants fail their South Dakota drivers permit test the first time they take it. Test yourself with a South Dakota permit practice test before you go in for the real thing.

South Dakota Permit Test Questions

The real permit test in South Dakota has 25 questions and you need to answer at least 20 of them correctly, which makes the passing score 80%. All questions on the test are either multiple choice or true or false questions. The questions are based on the materials put forth in the South Dakota permit test book, which is available for download from the Division of Motor Vehicle website.

More than a half of the driver's license applicants fail the permit test the first time they take it. This is quite amazing, considering the fact that the DMV provides a book for you to study before you take the exam. The reason why so many people fail the permit test is because many of them underestimate the level of questions that are asked on the exam. General knowledge of driving rules will not get you through the test, the DMV wants to make sure that you have an in-depth knowledge of the driving law.

To give you an idea of what kind of questions you may expect on the South Dakota permit test, here is a sample practice question you may try to answer:

“When parking in the vicinity of a fire hydrant, your vehicle must be at least ____ feet away from it.”

A. 5
B. 10
C. 15
D. 20
E. 25

Although you may find the correct answer to this practice permit question at the end of the page, we advise that you go ahead and research the driver's handbook for this information.

Keep in mind that your real South Dakota permit test will have 25 questions like this and, in most cases, you will not be able to guess the right answer, you have to know it. Too many people failed their permit exam just because they thought they can guess the right answers. The only way for you to guarantee that you pass the permit test the first time you take it is to study.

Preparing for The Permit Test

There is no problem with locating permit test study materials today and you should be able to pull up quite a few study sites just by running a search on the Internet. However, we advise that you start your introduction to the world of driving by reading the official state driver's handbook. This book was specifically designed to contain everything a South Dakota driver's license applicant needs to know. Not only will you be able to learn the state driving rules, but you will also get a detailed account of the licensing procedures you will need to follow, so it is a very good idea to start with the manual.

Once you are done with the book and think that you are fully prepared, you may wish to test yourself before you go in for the real driver's permit test. You can do so with the South Dakota practice permit test. You can usually locate free permit practice tests, but we advise that you invest a few bucks into purchasing a package from one of the driving schools. Free practice tests are rarely state specific and may not cover the rules that will be present on your real permit test. Remember that we also offer a South Dakota DMV practice test and a South Dakota drivers practice test, both tests are completely free and feature unlimited sample permit questions that you can take over and over again.

Some people make the mistake of using practice permit tests as their only source of information, which is incorrect and does not give good results. Practice tests were intended for people who already learned the rules, they do not provide reasoning for the answers and you will not be able to learn much from them. Always use practice permit tests together with the drivers license book.

Teenagers may consider taking a South Dakota driver's education class prior to taking the permit test. Apart from teaching you everything contained in the drivers handbook, drivers ed classes also provide you with additional information on defensive driving techniques that can be of great value when you finally start driving. Receiving good scores on the class will also help you cut the permit holding period in half, somewhat of a great bonus.

If you want to learn more about the permit holding period, please refer to the South Dakota graduated drivers license program. You may find details on the program in the official drivers manual and the DMV website.

Taking The Learners Permit Test

The minimum age for applying for a learners permit is 14 years. Once you are of this age, you can visit a local DMV permit testing station and take the knowledge exam. Please be prepared to do the following when you arrive at the testing facility to take your South Dakota DMV permit test:

  • provide proof of name
  • provide proof of identity
  • present proof of age
  • provide your Social Security Number
  • pay the testing feee
  • fill in an application for a drivers license
  • take a vision exam
  • take the permit test

If you are under 18 years of age, you need to have your parents of legal guardians present during the application. The parent will need to sign the application form, accepting liability for your actions behind the wheel.

If you do not pass the test the first time you take it, you can retest the next business day. However, we advise that you take your time and study before you visit the testing center again. Remember, you only have three attempts at passing the South Dakota permit test, after that you will need to pay the application fee again.

If you pass the test, you are issued with a South Dakota drivers permit. The type of a permit that you receive depends on your age. Keep in mind that this is not a full license yet and there are many permit restrictions you need to observe until you get a full unrestricted drivers license. One of the requirements for receiving a full license is taking a South Dakota driver's test.

Sample Permit Test Question

The correct answer to the sample permit test question is C. When parking in the vicinity of a fire hydrant, your vehicle must be at least 15 feet away from it.