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Illinois Permit Test is Different from what I studied

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Nacho B.'s Comment
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Hey Mister B., can I ask if there is any particular reason why you need to go back the very next day to try again? There were a few students in my school who didn't pass on their first attempt, but I know that they didn't necessarily attempt to take it again the very next day. I have no idea what the guidelines are for that but perhaps spending a bit more time studying would be useful.

I also highly suggest taking advantage of the "Skip" feature during your tests. You are not penalized for skipping a question. Granted, if you get enough other questions wrong, those skipped questions will indeed be presented to you again, but you may not need them because once you reach enough questions to pass the test, the test ends right then and there.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Matt 's Comment
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Lol. Phone application while signing the morning constitution or in the recliner whichever big chair you are occupying at the moment. My point though is it is a good studying tool also. And due not do. Probably some other ones but writing was never my strong suit.

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the phone by brett is great to and extremely easy to just click on say while occupying the big chair or any other Time you have a couple seconds.

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Was waiting for the english translation for this...

I'm assuming he meant the phone APP...

Rick

Old School's Comment
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We weren't laughing at your writing skills. I found your remark about the "big chair" comical. Most of us are not talented writers.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Yes, it seems the OP spent too much time in the Big Chair and studying for "a couple of seconds". It takes several weeks for "a couple of HOURS" per day to learn this stuff. We were trying to impress that upon him. Not laughing at you at all!

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Matt 's Comment
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Not to wonder from this poor mans subject but I'm actually laughing at myself. I use my phone alot and I honestly wait for the day it decides to spell something way different and really embarrass me.shocked.png

Mister B.'s Comment
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I wanted to share an update to this thread to state 2 important things:

1. I did not properly understand how to use the learning materials--especially HIghRoad--and relied mostly on the TT CDL Practice Tests and Roehl's practice tests. I incorrectly assumed TT's CDL Practice Test were directly related to HighRoad. I now understand these are 2 very different tools. I also understand that although the Illinois Rulebook has changed slightly, it does not mean HighRoad is inadequate. Again, I apologize for the statements.

2. From 11 am to 3pm I made myself stay, study, re-study and re-test at the driving facility in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. On the final try, I made 94% on General. On the second try, I got 92% on Combination and on the first try, 94% on Airbrakes. So I am now officially going into the training ranks for OTR driver. I was determined to do it and not give up.

Thank you to Brett and everyone here for sharing and helping so selflessly. If I am successful with training and get on the road, I hope to meet all of you in person some day.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Matt 's Comment
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Awesome congratulations!

Mister B.'s Comment
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Yes, it seems the OP spent too much time in the Big Chair and studying for "a couple of seconds". It takes several weeks for "a couple of HOURS" per day to learn this stuff. We were trying to impress that upon him. Not laughing at you at all!

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No, that is not true. I take this endeavor very seriously to the degree that I barely did any work and no personal activity studying for 7 days straight. But I was studying improperly. Case in point: While I was "sure" I would pass from the 100% scores of the various CDL practice tests here, on Roehl's site and the book, I went ahead and studied all the endorsements too (getting 100% on them as well). But I was very wrong in that High Road should have been my only focus (as evidenced by my dabbling in HighRoad). I made up for all the "missing" details by trying, re-studying (the rulebook) and re-taking my tests at the testing facility. I wrote "missing" because nothing was missing except my focus on the proper study resource.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Mister B.'s Comment
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Awesome congratulations!

Thanks Matt!

Mister B.'s Comment
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Hey Mister B., can I ask if there is any particular reason why you need to go back the very next day to try again? There were a few students in my school who didn't pass on their first attempt, but I know that they didn't necessarily attempt to take it again the very next day. I have no idea what the guidelines are for that but perhaps spending a bit more time studying would be useful.

I also highly suggest taking advantage of the "Skip" feature during your tests. You are not penalized for skipping a question. Granted, if you get enough other questions wrong, those skipped questions will indeed be presented to you again, but you may not need them because once you reach enough questions to pass the test, the test ends right then and there.

Thanks Nacho. My family depends on my successful transition into this career ASAP. Basically, if I didn't make it this week, I wouldn't have another 30 days to reset the process as they would be in a worse situation. So whether I was going to blow all three chances in 2 days or not, I had no option but to "live" in the facility, studying the rulebook and retrying. Also, it was not explained to me that I had a choice to come back at another day (Many, many things about the facility were not explained, including the details of the skipped questions). I was just told I could come back the next day and try again. By the way, another user at TT mentioned that "Skip" feature. Yes, that thing really helped.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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