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JesusChristIsAliveHeaven's Comment
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Hey guys, God Bless,

I had a question, about the cdl written test.

After driving out to the company you chose, have any of you guys failed the cdl written test?

How many times did you, before you passed?

How long did you have to wait, after you didnt pass, to retake?

Did you take and, or pass your cdl / clp written test At your local dmv?

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Pianoman's Comment
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Hey guys, God Bless,

I had a question, about the cdl written test.

After driving out to the company you chose, have any of you guys failed the cdl written test?

How many times did you, before you passed?

How long did you have to wait, after you didnt pass, to retake?

Did you take and, or pass your cdl / clp written test At your local dmv?

The written test to get your CLP is super easy--seriously. Just use the High Road Training Program here on the site to study for it and you'll do fine. I took it at my local DMV before going to cdl school. Everything was multiple choice, and if I answered a question incorrectly, the computer would highlight the correct answer before moving on to the next question. So if I did fail, I could've retaken the test and probably passed just fine. I don't remember, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have had to wait to retake the written test if I had failed it the first time, but it would have cost me a little to retake it.

The way you worded your questions, I'm not sure if you're aware that the written test to get your CLP is the only written test you are required to take to get your CDL. Once you pass the written tests (General, Air Brakes, Combination) to get your permit, you just have to pass the Pretrip, Backing, and Road skills tests to receive your cdl.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Dave in Tulsa's Comment
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How many times did you, before you passed?

How long did you have to wait, after you didnt pass, to retake?

Did you take and, or pass your cdl / clp written test At your local dmv?

I only wanted to take it once so I studied and according to the guy at the DMV , I 'crushed' it. I took my test this week and studied hard for about 4 days prior. I had the study guide from the DMV and there are also practice tests you can take and good online resources like the High Road Training.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Rob's Comment
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The rules regarding how many times you can take your permit vary by state. The school im attending now is in Illinois but I will be licensed in Iowa (my state of residence). In our class we have Illinois and Iowa students (its a border city), as well as separate instructors for each state. I didn't pay too much attention to it because as Pianoman said...the permit test is easy. However, if I recall correctly Iowa allows you to take the permit test 3 times for free,paying only after you pass (for each section/endorsement), and can only be once per day . If you do not pass after 3 attempts you must wait 1 year before trying again. If I recall correctly, Illinois allows 3 free attempts (per section/endorsement) then will charge like $50, I remember thinking it was some crazy number, for each additional attempt. There is no required time between attempts so hypothetically if you failed you could get back in line and try again immediately. If you fail 5 times you must wait a year before trying again. Personally I found the permit to be extremely easy after having used the high road program here, but I also spent numerous hours on airbrakes to be sure I would pass that section as I initially was struggling with it. Some people get all endorsements right away but I chose to focus on just the basics for now (general knowledge, airbrakes, combination). If you put in the time, you will pass it. If possible get your permit before school. If they require you to wait then study the heck out of it so school is only a review for you. Many schools are fast paced so if u can get ahead of the pack it'll be one less thing to worry about. Just out of curiosity what school/company are you going to? Good luck, keep us updated how things go.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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I hate to admit it, but I passed my regular class C permit test on my 5th attempt. I was too stubborn to read the manual and was absolutely convinced I could pass the test without ever opening it.

Shame on me, haha!

For your CDL its actually difficult to NOT pass the test, so long as you study the High Road Training Program.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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