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Erin S.'s Comment
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My poor husband has had a hell of a time passing his cdl and endorsement tests. But even though he still has to pass his general knowledge one he passed his endorsements! They just changed to the computer system here which allows him to listen to the questions and is easier for him. He's struggled sitting and taking all 3 tests at one time so now he has just one left to do and I feel like he will have much better luck this time! He may have struggled with them but he's not giving up so I'm proud of him for that! He really wants a better career so I can continue to stay home with our kids and we won't have to struggle anymore.

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.
Susan D. 's Comment
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Where I live, you must take and pass the general knowledge exam before they'll allow you to take combination, air brakes, or any endorsements.

I'm not sure if your husband has test anxiety or simply doesn't read very well or what the problem is, if he knows the material as you say he does. Why isn't he posting on here?

Anyways, during CDL school as well as company orientation, there was sooo much reading and studying required. I certainly hope this won't be a problem. Even daily just doing my job as a driver, I'm required to read directions, instructions, maps, do route planning, road signs, detours, etc,

I hope he does well, but I really don't understand all the difficulty.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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They just changed to the computer system here which allows him to listen to the questions and is easier for him.

There's an extra strategy your husbnd can use on the computer system (maybe). If he has a "skip" button, use it on any question he maybe isn't clear on. The computer collects 50 (or so) questions the test person has answered and scores from those. If a question is skipped, it doesn't count! So rather than guessing, just skip those. He'll probaby get a better score that way!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Erin S.'s Comment
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Where we live you take them all at once and whichever you pass you pass, whichever you fail you take again. He has struggled to sit down and take all 3 in one sitting. But he's passed 2 of them now so he has to take one more. He can read fine he just doesn't do well in testing situations. He also got a little too confident the first time around and didn't read the manual, he thought he knew the info without which was his mistake and he learned his lesson.

Where I live, you must take and pass the general knowledge exam before they'll allow you to take combination, air brakes, or any endorsements.

I'm not sure if your husband has test anxiety or simply doesn't read very well or what the problem is, if he knows the material as you say he does. Why isn't he posting on here?

Anyways, during CDL school as well as company orientation, there was sooo much reading and studying required. I certainly hope this won't be a problem. Even daily just doing my job as a driver, I'm required to read directions, instructions, maps, do route planning, road signs, detours, etc,

I hope he does well, but I really don't understand all the difficulty.

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.
Susan D. 's Comment
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Test anxiety is a problem for quite a few people, including a friend of mine that I attended cdl school with and now drives for the same company that I do. What seemed to help her the most was constantly taking review tests so that she could be confident that she truly knew the material. Repetition seemed to help her so much. The day we tested and took our pretrip, she was sooo nervous, her bp had to be through the roof and we were quite concerned about her.

Maybe he could practice some relaxation techniques that might calm him enough to be able to make it through the last written test as well as bis skills tests when he goes to get his cdl.

I sure hope him the best and that he can finish all the testing.

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.
Erin S.'s Comment
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I'm definitely hoping that now he can just go in knowing that he only has to pass one test and doesn't have to answer as many questions it will seem easier to him. He says after awhile his head feels like it's spinning, I think he has a lot of trouble keeping himself focused

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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