South Carolina
Motorcycle Test


The South Carolina motorcycle practice test is one of the best tools to help you to prepare for your knowledge test. This site will provide you with the information you need to prepare and practice. The actual test you will need to take to get your Class M license from SCDMV will have 30 multiple-choice questions. You will need to answer 24 of these correctly, with a passing score of 80% or higher. When you take your practice test, keep in mind that many of the questions you see will be very similar to what will be on the actual test. Do your best to remember what you’ve learned out of the motorcycle section of the South Carolina Driver’s Manual. You can download a copy of the manual here. All of the questions will be centered around the information found in the manual. Click the "Start Test" button below to begin.

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A pre-ride inspection should be done:

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In hot weather, wearing a riding jacket:

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Before going for a ride you should check all of the following except:

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Proper motorcycle clothing should:

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Your handlebars should be adjusted so that they are:

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When positioning yourself in a lane:

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Why do motorcycles need more attention than cars?

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How should the throttle respond when you release it?

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When approaching an intersection:

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A motorcycle with a sidecar:

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In slow tight turns you should counterbalance, which means...?

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As you go through a braking maneuver, the changes in traction tells you that you should:

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The gear shift lever is located:

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As you ride you should monitor your path of travel up to where you will be in how many seconds?

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Brightly-colored helmets:

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When you upshift gear, you should:

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What is the minimum amount of times you check your brake hydraulic fluid and coolant level?

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When riding with a passenger in a sidecar you should always:

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Going through a curve, you should look where you want to go by turning:

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If you can't avoid an obstacle and must ride over it, you should:

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To stop quickly, the best method is to:

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If your rear tire locks up how can you regain control of your motorcycle?

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To best stay in control of a motorcycle a rider should:

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If you have to brake during a curve, the first thing you should do is:

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What is the best position within the lane while riding a motorcycle?

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How To Get A South Carolina Motorcycle License

In the state of South Carolina, you are required to take a couple of tests before you can apply for a motorcycle driver’s license (Class M). One of the tests you’ll need to successfully pass is a motorcycle road test, which will test your on-cycle skills at a designated South Carolina DMV. The other test you must take is a knowledge test. Applicants between the age of 15-18 years old will need to take a required driver education course and must hold a learner’s permit for at least 6 months. In addition, they will also need to pass the South Carolina motorcycle knowledge test to earn their permit.

If you have just moved to South Carolina and already have an official motorcycle license from another state, you won’t be required to take the knowledge and on cycle skills test again. Check out the DMV website to get the information you’ll need to get a South Carolina Class M license.

The South Carolina Rider Education Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course is designed to give motorcycle applicants the knowledge of what it takes to ride a motorcycle and how to safely operate it. There are basic, intermediate, experienced, and advances courses that are open to the public. Anyone who successfully completes a course, will have their on-cycle skills test waived with the MSF completion. Their website has all of the information you need to see available courses and to sign up.

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South Carolina Motorcycle License Test Tips

South Carolina requires you to take the knowledge exam to make sure that you understand how to safely operate and ride a motorcycle throughout the state. You will see questions on the test that pertain to wearing motorcycle gear that is made to keep you safe, how you should turn and maneuver while riding, as well as some statistics on safety. It’s important that you do your best to not only pass the test, but to truly understand that the knowledge you equip will help you in various situations when you’re out sharing the road with other vehicles.

The South Carolina on-cycle skills exam will consist of 15-20 minutes with you demonstrating your ability to properly operate a motorcycle. You must follow instructions because that is something you will also be graded on. Common skills that your examiner may ask of you is your ability to turn safely and smoothly, speed adjustments, and braking. Although this may be a designed course, you still want to act as though there are other cars around you. You can check out the DMV website to schedule your test.

Additional Information

Information on the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles

The SCDMV is responsible for testing student drivers and licensing all drivers. To schedule your licensing examination or get more information contact them via:

Phone:  803.896.5000

To find the office hours and / or location nearest you, please visit:

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