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Frequently Asked Questions - Preparing For Your SC Permit Test

Only you can know when you are ready to take the SC permit test. Before the test, make sure you're familiar with all of these topics: basic rules of the road, common risks and dangers on the road, responding to accidents, driving in various districts, right of way rules and DUI laws.
You will take your permit test at your local DMV office. You can find a list of available locations at this website:
The night before your permit test make sure you review your notes. Don't try to cram a ton of new information last minute. Also make sure you get a good night's rest.
Questions on the SC permit test cover chapters of the South Carolina Driver's Manual e.g. "What is the speed limit for urban areas? "or "When is it illegal to turn on your flash signals?"
You must answer 24 of the 30 questions correctly.
Yes. It's a very good idea to study for your permit test as this is the best way to ensure that you will pass. Though there are quite a few questions where you can use common sense, a few questions on the exam require more advanced knowledge.
The answer to this question depends on your age. If you under 17, you will need to complete 8 hours of classroom time and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training. Additionally, you will need to complete 40 hours of behind-the-wheel training. Ten of those hours should be completed at night. If you are under 18, you must complete 40 hours of behind-the-wheel training with your licensed parent/guardian for 40 hours or more. Similarly, ten of those behind-the-wheel hours should be completed at night.
You can obtain a manual at your local DMV office or you can visit this website and download the manual:
It's a good idea to read the entire manual. The permit test will cover the entire driver's manual. To be the most prepared for the exam and to give you the best chance of passing, you want to be familiar with the entire manual.