I Have Been Taking Your Tests Daily

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Lisa L.'s Comment
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what does it mean when you say i'm 3 for 5. how long does the permit test take and what is a passing score. does it include some of all the catagories ?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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When it says you're 3 for 5 that means you've gotten a question correct 3 out of 5 times.

I haven't taken the permit test since '93 so I'll let others describe how long theirs took.

As far as the categories, here's how our High Road Training Program applies to the CDL testing:

Permit:

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

The main sections for your endorsements which are optional but we highly recommend you get:

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

And two sections we've built ourselves with info you'll need for everyday life on the road but the manual doesn't really cover it:

  • Logbook
  • Weight & Balance

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.

Kiwi303's Comment
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It means you have met that question 5 times in the review sections and gotten it right 3 times.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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When I took my permit tests I took General, Air brakes, Combination Vehicles, Passenger, Doubles & Triples, and Tanker endorsements. All of those took me three hours.

Do not rush it. I cannot stress this enough. Take your dear time as if you have all year to finish it. Those questions will be worded tricky in an attempt to trick you. You need to be paying full attention and read every single word carefully. Do not rush yourself.

So plan on spending a few hours taking the tests. If you're just taking the bare minimum to get your permit then it shouldn't take you over 2 hours.

I'm not too positive of the actual required percentage to get a passing grade. But I know that's its not all that lenient. This is a question your local dmv can answer for you.

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.

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.
PJ's Comment
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I took the minimum in Georgia and it took me 1:45. What Daniel said is so true. Go slow and read carefully. I missed 2 extra because I didn't. The general knowledge will be the longest, then next longest was air brakes, and the shorty was combo vehicles. In Georgia 80% was passing for each one. But check with your local motor vehicles for their specifics. Every state seems to be a little different. I took mine after going through the high road program and then doing the cdl practice tests and scored 90/92/95% and I had no prior knowledge or skills at all.

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.
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