Wisconsin CDL Practice Test

We've broken our Wisconsin CDL practice tests into 16 categories which will cover the entire CDL permit exam, all of the CDL endorsement exams, and your job duties as a driver.

  • Wisconsin Driving Rules & Regulations

    Driving Rules And Regulations will cover the basics like who needs a CDL, CDL classifications, CDL reqiurements and disqualifications, and why special CDL endorsements are sometimes required.

  • Wisconsin Transporting Cargo Safely

    Transporting Cargo will cover the different terms related to truck and cargo weights, driver responsibilities regarding overweight trucks, the safe loading of cargo, and cargo securement.

  • Wisconsin Safe Driving

    Safe Driving will cover the basics of a pre-trip inspection, basic control and backing, speed and lane control, managing space around your vehicle, and driving in poor weather conditions.

  • Wisconsin Transporting Passengers

    Transporting Passengers is required for the passenger endorsement and will cover the basics of a pre-trip inspection for a bus, loading and securing passenger cargo, and school bus safety.

  • Wisconsin School Bus

    The School Bus Endorsement is required in some states for driving a school bus. This section covers loading and unloading passengers safely, bus inspection, and regulations for passenger transport.

  • Wisconsin Air Brakes

    Air Brakes will cover the various parts of an air brake system, air brake inspection, proper braking techniques, the differences between air brakes and hydraulic brakes, and stopping distance.

  • Wisconsin Combination Vehicles

    Combination Vehicles is a requirement for driving a tractor trailer and will cover combination vehicle air brakes, coupling and uncoupling trailers, and combination vehicle air brake inspection.

  • Wisconsin Doubles And Triples

    Doubles And Triples is an endorsement needed to pull double trailers or triple trailers and will cover coupling and uncoupling of doubles and triples, inspection, and air brake tests.

  • Wisconsin Tankers

    Tankers is a required endorsement to pull tanker trailers or large totes of liquid and will cover the pre-trip inspection of tankers, tanker loading, and safe driving for tankers.

  • Wisconsin Hazardous Materials

    Hazardous Materials is an endorsement required to pull hazardous cargo and covers labels and placards, loading and unloading hazardous materials, parking and routing, and emergency response.

  • Wisconsin Pre-Trip Inspection

    Pre-Trip Inspection will cover the inspection of the outside of the truck, the air brake system, inspection of the trailer, engine start and check, and driver responsibilities.

  • Wisconsin Driving Exam

    Driving Exam will cover the reqiurements for passing the CDL driving exam, the CDL driving exam scoring system, upgrades and downgrades, and the basics of the driving exam itself.

  • Wisconsin Logbook Rules

    Logbook Rules is not a requirement for the CDL permit or endorsements but it's critical for doing your job. This is a very thorough section which covers all of the rules governing the logbook.

  • Wisconsin Weight Distribution

    Weight Distribution is not a requirement for the permit or endorsements but is critical for doing your job. It will cover cargo loading, weight distribution, fuel calculations, and center of gravity.

  • Wisconsin Flatbed Cargo Securement

    Flatbed Cargo Securement is not required unless you're pulling a flatbed. This section covers tiedown components, securing devices, working load limits, and requirements for different types of freight.

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CDL Permit Testing in Wisconsin

To get a CDL Learner’s Permit, which you need to have in order to enter attend a trucking school and to undergo CDL testing, you will need to independently study for and pass permit testing (in addition to meeting all eligibility and fitness requirements). To study, you will utilize the Wisconsin Commercial Driver License Manual, and Wisconsin CDL practice tests that you can find online or in books.The CDL Manual will cover everything you need to know for testing, but it’s necessary to learn which parts will be emphasized the most and that you need to memorize in order to pass. You might need to use other sources to aid in your understanding of the manual’s contents.

The exam will only be a written test, not a driving test, as you need to obtain the learner’s permit before you can operate a commercial vehicle and be tested on driving skills. In trucking school, the permit will allow you to complete all of the in-vehicle instruction needed to go through the full CDL test. The cost of the Commercial Learner’s Permit is $30, not including other fees incurred during the process.

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Commercial Learner’s Permit Eligibility Requirements

In the state of Wisconsin, you must be at least 21 years of age to be eligible to drive commercially intrastate (across state lines) or to transport hazardous materials. You must be at least 18 to obtain a CDL of any kind.

You must also meet driving record eligibility requirements. You can be disqualified for similar things as for an active CDL-holder. These include alcohol use, refusal to submit to alcohol testing, drug use, and traffic violations that occurred while you were operating any type of vehicle and in any capacity, and include leaving the scene of an accident or commission of a felony.

You must also meet medical and physical requirements, and have already been examined by an FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) certified medical examiner and obtained a Medical Examiner’s Card. Costs for the exam vary, but it will usually be less than $150 and greater than $35.

Locate a certified medical examiner in your area

After you have obtained your medical card, to begin the process of getting your Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP), you must visit a Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles office.

Find your DMV office location

You will need to bring the following to the DMV office, where you will complete a Wisconsin Driver License Application, complete a Commercial Driver Certification, and pay applicable fees:

  • Your Federal Medical Card/ Medical Examiner’s Certificate (you can also upload this online on the DMV website)
  • Proof of Citizenship or Legal Status in the U.S. There are many forms of documentation that are accepted to fulfill this requirement. Some common ones include: a valid U.S. passport or passport card; government issued Birth Certificate (Puerto Rican birth certificates are not accepted in Wisconsin issued before July 1, 2010); Consular report of birth abroad; Permanent Resident Card; Certificate of Naturalization; Certificate of U.S. Citizenship; unexpired foreign passport with a U.S. visa and I-94 form

    See detailed requirements for proof of legal presence

  • Your regular driver’s license
  • If you intend to drive hazardous materials vehicles and add a Hazmat endorsement, you must also present your TSA (Transportation Security Administration) background and fingerprint approval and proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residence. The TSA background check costs $86.50. You must also provide proof of Citizenship or Legal Status in the U.S.

    Get your TSA background check for Hazmat endorsement

In addition to your medical examination, the DMV office will also administer a vision test, similar to the process for getting a regular driver’s license. The vision requirement for unrestricted licenses is 20/40 acuity (with or without glasses or contacts). If you do not meet this requirement, you will be restricted to intrastate driving, and disallowed from interstate.

Commercial Learner’s Permit Knowledge Tests

You won’t know exactly what is on the Wisconsin learner’s permit test until you are taking it, so it’s necessary to thoroughly study the CDL Manual. Wisconsin also offers a practice knowledge test in mobile app form only.

Wisconsin Commercial Driver’s License Manual

Get the state practice test app

See more information about CDL knowledge testing

Common topics that are likely to be on the permit tests include, but are not limited to the following, specifically as they relate to commercial vehicles:

  • Questions specific to your intended CDL Class (A, B, or C)
  • Questions specific to your intended CDL Endorsement (Double and Triple Trailers, Passenger, Tank, Hazmat, School Bus, or Farm Services); note that for the learner’s permit, passenger and tanker drivers will have restrictions that disallow driving with cargo or passengers prior to full licensing
  • Vehicle inspection
  • Vehicle and speed control
  • Shifting gears
  • How to see or anticipate hazards
  • Signaling, communication, and spatial proximity with other drivers
  • Railroad crossings
  • Hazards of distracted and drunk driving
  • Staying alert and physically fit to drive
  • Driving at night
  • Driving in various weather conditions
  • Emergencies on the road and accident procedures
  • Braking
  • Skid control
  • Transporting cargo safely

After you have completed the entire CLP process, you must wait 14 days to be eligible to undergo full CDL testing. An education program in the interim is necessary to be able to learn and practice the skills needed for that testing, as well as in-depth training on governmental regulations and being successful in a career and lifestyle in trucking.

Commercial Learner’s Permit Timeline

  • Review eligibility requirements using the Wisconsin DMV website and Wisconsin Commercial Driver License Manual and make sure you meet them
  • Locate an FMCSA Certified Medical Examiner near you and complete your medical examination to obtain your medical card
  • Thoroughly study the Commercial Driver License Manual and become prepared for the written knowledge tests for the Commercial Learner’s Permit
  • Go to a DMV office near you with the proper documents in hand; apply for your Commercial Learner’s Permit and undergo a vision test
  • Complete your written knowledge tests for the Commercial Learner’s Permit
  • Upon obtaining the CLP, you may enter an education program to get the in-vehicle and other experience necessary to pass the full CDL exams
  • You cannot take the CDL exams until at least 14 days after obtaining the CLP; it is valid for 180 days after issuance

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