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Alexander D.'s Comment
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I keep getting the same questions over and over again :

"Ok it's time to review some of the materials.

The reason we're doing a review is because your overall score is below the 85% minimum.

If you get all of these review questions correct there should only be two sets of review questions and then you'll continue on to new materials.

Best of luck!"

Is this normal ?

Old School's Comment
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It's normal if you are not getting the right answers. The system has a built in algorithm to make sure you are actually grasping the the subject matter. We not only want you to pass your tests, but be a knowledgeable and successful driver as well.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Alexander, our High Road Training Program is designed to make sure you're learning the materials as you go along. We don't want to give you new information until we know you've learned what we've given you so far. If the program finds your score is too low or you're missing certain questions too many times you'll be put into a review mode until your scores improve. At that point you'll be able to continue on with new materials.

You've just started the program so you could reset your score if you like and start from scratch. Then again, your average is an 83% and it only needs to be an 85% to continue to new materials so you can continue with the review one more time and you'll probably be ready to continue on to new materials.

The key to getting through our program quickly and learning the materials really well is to take your time with each question and make sure you get them right. Don't guess at the answers or you'll be spending a lot of time in review mode. Look up each one, get them all correct, and you'll fly through the program and know the materials really well.

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.
James C.'s Comment
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Obviously I don't know your personal settings, but for me ... I was getting off to a hard start with the High Road Program myself.

For me, it was just a matter of having absolute quite and alone time to myself.

I have 2 kids, and a wife. Background noise was killing my score. After resetting my score twice, and getting slightly irritated, I found, finding those quite times and spaces ... was extremely helpful!

I'm happy to report that I'm now making good progress.

Good Luck, You got this! James

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
John L.'s Comment
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I too get a lot of review questions. Sometimes 8 out of ten questions are review.

I is a bit frustrating answering the same questions over and over, but repetition is the key to learning, so I just grin an bear it.

My current score is 92% with 35% complete. The algorithm must be rather aggressive.

Again, I'm not going to complain. Passed the general knowledge, and ALL the endorsements (even passenger and bus) in a single sitting thanks to The High Road Training Program.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Again, I'm not going to complain. Passed the general knowledge, and ALL the endorsements (even passenger and bus) in a single sitting thanks to The High Road Training Program.

Well my God I'd certainly hope you're not going to complain with those results! Geez!

The algorithm must be rather aggressive.

It is. That's because anytime someone guesses wrong at an answer it implants that wrong answer in your mind. Now it's going to take two or three repetitions of the correct answer to replace that wrong answer with the right one. So to prevent that we make sure people look up the answers and get them correct right from the start. And as you've seen from your results, it's highly effective.

I know people get frustrated with the program but I think a lot of that is because of the low standards and sloppy habits we've been brought up with in traditional schooling. I mean, the idea that getting 65% of the questions correct is considered passing is ridiculous. We're taught to skim over the materials and guess our way through the homework and tests, knowing we'll all forget 90% of it within a week. But that's how they do things in schools.

I decided if I was going to build a program and stamp my name on it then by God people are going to know the materials when they're finished with it. No one is going to show up at the DMV to take the tests and say "TruckingTruth prepared me for this" and then promptly fail the thing. Then the student is aggravated and embarrassed and we look terrible.

So I don't mind if people say they get annoyed with the program after showing up at the DMV and blasting through every test they have in one sitting like it's nothing. I mean, it be nice to get a "thanks for the awesome free program!" instead of "I get annoyed but I grin and bear it" but hey, that's ok.

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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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

John L.'s Comment
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Hello Brett.

Have I forgotten to say thank you. I hope not, because I am most certainly thankful for the effort that you have put into this program.

Please understand that I don't get annoyed by the repetition - I completely understand the need for it, and appreciate the practice - but I do have to deal with it, answer the questions, and bear with the drudgery that is expected when learning, testing, and practicing new skills.

Hopefully you ended your reply with a smiley face because your reply was in good humor. One of the hard parts of online conversations is the inability to hear the tone of voice. Your words felt a little harsh, as if you thought that my comments were a complaint or an unflattering review of your work. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I offered my comments as a way to encourage others to continue to use the tools that you have provided, to point out that even with a high score one will still see a large number of review questions.

I also want to point out that there is nothing extraordinary about me. I'm just common road trash, an old traveling electrician. If I can pass the written exams using only your tools, then anyone can!

I hope I haven't offended. I am not offended, and I hope we can still be friends.

James C.'s Comment
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I personally think the program is top notch.

My irritation is with myself, and my own learning abilities. ex. - not reading slow enough, nor clearly enough, rushing through the quizies, letting noise distract me, etc. I appreciate this program, and the standards within its written. I have always had those struggles though, not just here, ha - likely a slight learning disability, I don't know, lol

I know the word except, got me a few times. But it taught me to slow down!

Thanks so much for all the hard work and dedication you devote to helping others, Sincerely Appreciated!

It makes total sense that you want to put out a premiere teaching program, and I believe you indeed have accomplished your goal.

I'm currently 22% of the way through, with a score of 99% - your teaching methods are clearly working for me.

I'm taking my time, and am hoping to breeze through the BMV test when the time comes. All thanks to the High Road Program.

imo, I think studing the states book would be far harder for me to grasb and retain .. I'm just that average student, and always have been - but, here I'm able to learn with an above average score.

Couldn't have done it without your help!

James

Bmv:

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hopefully you ended your reply with a smiley face because your reply was in good humor.

Yes indeed it was in good humor. I wish I could find a more enjoyable way to help people learn such a huge amount of very dry and boring information but I can't really think of one. So it might not be fun, but at least it's effective.

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I'm taking my time, and am hoping to breeze through the BMV test when the time comes

Oh you will. Most people that use the High Road will go into the BMV and blast through all of the required tests for the permit and all of the endorsement exams in like 45 minutes to an hour flat. They're in and out in no time. You'll do the same.

Bmv:

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.

Bill F.'s Comment
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Alexander and James stick with it and it will pay off. I wouldn't know an algorithm if it was crawling up my pants leg, but the High Road works. Take your time reading each question and answer fully. Don't pick the first answer you think is right, read them all. Some are worded to try and confuse you, and if you only read the first possible answer, you may not see that D is a better answer than A. After I choose the correct answer I also reread the question. I aced all my tests with no incorrect answers. All thanks to information provided here. Hope that didn't confuse you. Good luck, stick with it and you will prevail.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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