CDL Written Test

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MY HIGHWAY OR NO WAY's Comment
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Is there a chance that I may run into any questions on the CDL written test that may not have been explained I have been told by people who have received their CDL permit that they ran into Questions that they had not seen before

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Is there a chance that I may run into any questions on the CDL written test that may not have been explained I have been told by people who have received their CDL permit that they ran into questions that they had not seen before

What a lot of people do is just plow through as many CDL Practice Tests as they can hoping to memorize enough answers to pass the tests. That's what they mean when they say they ran into Questions that they had not seen before.

That's not the way to do it.

If you go through our High Road Training Program properly you'll have no problem with any of the written tests for the permit or the endorsements. Read the materials and work your way through the program and you'll actually learn the materials as opposed to simply memorizing a few questions and answers. That way when they switch the wording around on the exams and ask questions in a unique way, which they tend to do quite often for this very reason, you'll be able to figure out the answer without any trouble.

Here's how our High Road Training Program breaks down:

To Get Your CDL Permit:

  • Rules & Regulations
  • Driving Safely
  • Transporting Cargo Safely
  • Air Brakes
  • Combination Vehicles
  • Pre-Trip Inspection
  • Driving Exam

To get your CDL endorsements which are optional but highly recommend:

  • Transporting Passengers
  • Doubles And Triples
  • Tankers
  • Hazardous Materials

Two sections we've built ourselves with info you'll need for everyday life on the road:

  • Logbook
  • Weight & Balance

Two sections for anyone considering flatbed:

  • Cargo Securement
  • New York State Coil Endorsement

High Road Training Program

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Zachary B.'s Comment
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Is there a chance that I may run into any questions on the CDL written test that may not have been explained I have been told by people who have received their CDL permit that they ran into Questions that they had not seen before

Good question...

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.
MY HIGHWAY OR NO WAY's Comment
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Ok great

Errol V.'s Comment
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Is there a chance that I may run into any questions on the CDL written test that may not have been explained I have been told by people who have received their CDL permit that they ran into Questions that they had not seen before

There probably are questions you had not seen before. The High Road Training Program I think is based on the Illinois CDL test. But, if you study the High Road, you can easily figure out the answer to the "new" questions.

I took the Mississippi test. There were a few I had not seen, but I still got a PASS, which is all that counts.

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.
Boomshaker E.'s Comment
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I'm in the Pa state. I just took my permit test about 2 months ago. I would definitely say all questions come right out of your DMV book. Two things to remember..... #1 never look at the picture as the answer. Sometimes the pictures don't make sense to the question. That happened to me on a question where they had a passenger bus from the old Trailways days. I looked at the picture rather than reading the question. #2 use the process of elimination. The test is based on how many you get right before you get wrong and fail. So, use the skip button to your advantage and if you are not sure of a question. BUT DO answer the ones that you know for sure. This way you are answering more right than you do wrong. When the skipped questions come back around, use the process of elimination. Pick out the answer that makes ZERO SENSE first. Now you probably have two left on your screen. Read the answer and then think in your head what real world life example have you seen this in. This is the way I passed my G.K. S,P, Air-brake endorsements on the first shot. Soon I will be going for my Hazmat endo and will use the same process.

Good luck

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I took the written test in MO on paper. MOST of the questions are on this site. There were a few odd balls...but there are only 3 answers on the test...so eliminate one and u have a great chance to get it right. I was one of the few ppl of my 76 person class 2 pass the first try....I did it with this site. Good luck

G-Rod's Comment
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Anyone know about how long it takes to do the written permit test, with the endorsements? Next week I will have about 2 hours between jobs......and hoping, thinking, and wondering if I could get it done in that time. I've gone through the high road twice......first, "studying." And the second, from memory and did pretty darn good I think. And may go through it once more this weekend to hopefully have it down front to back.

From what I've read in other posts, the test should total around 100-125 questions? That about right? Want to get this done, but have a small window of opportunity next week. Actually took a half day off of my full time job this past Monday to go do it, got all pumped up, walked into the building, with people on duty and was told I couldn't take it because it was Columbus Day. I was ****ed!

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Errol V.'s Comment
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If you're thinking of getting to a DMV office, remember they have their own wait time to add in. The test itself shouldn't take more than an hour.

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.

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