What Happens If I Just Can't Do The Basic Skills Test For The CDL Exam? What Are My Options?

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Vonda J.'s Comment
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Hi. I just started the CDL class in NW Florida last week. Like the lady that started this post, I am very nervous about the skills test. So far I have only done straight line backing and Pre-trip inspections. I'm just trying to remember to breathe and rake it slow right now (OH and trying to not death grip the steering wheel lol). I am hoping in a week or so it will get better????

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.
Susan D. 's Comment
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It does indeed get better, Vonda. Don't over think it, try to relax, be able to laugh at yourself and have fun with it.

Dorothy M.'s Comment
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I got my cdl license last year. The skills were the hardest part of the course and test for me. What worked was just going over it and over it in my head. I would do every skill in tears in the beginning saying I cant do this. Then I took a break as the school was on vacation for 3 weeks. It allowed me to get my head back in the game. The first day out, it clicked and I just practiced and practiced. Two of my teachers were horrible and taught thru humiliation and screaming. The other two were absolutely fantastic. They knew what worked ; telling me I can do this. I also chewed gum while practicing. I failed the skills part of the test on the first go and got it on the second. The first time, I had a panic attack because one of the screaming teachers brought me to the test sight. The second time ; the teacher that came with me was an ex marine, apologized for the way I was taught, and had total belief in me. He gave me the confidence and I did all three skills perfectly ; scored one point between all three. You can do this. It is a challenge, but you can do it.

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.
DrumMum's Comment
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I got my cdl license last year. The skills were the hardest part of the course and test for me. What worked was just going over it and over it in my head. I would do every skill in tears in the beginning saying I cant do this. Then I took a break as the school was on vacation for 3 weeks. It allowed me to get my head back in the game. The first day out, it clicked and I just practiced and practiced. Two of my teachers were horrible and taught thru humiliation and screaming. The other two were absolutely fantastic. They knew what worked ; telling me I can do this. I also chewed gum while practicing. I failed the skills part of the test on the first go and got it on the second. The first time, I had a panic attack because one of the screaming teachers brought me to the test sight. The second time ; the teacher that came with me was an ex marine, apologized for the way I was taught, and had total belief in me. He gave me the confidence and I did all three skills perfectly ; scored one point between all three. You can do this. It is a challenge, but you can do it.

Oh my Gosh....I am having this experience right now! I've had a Class B for years. I work part-time at my husband's company. I decided to upgrade my CDL. Even though i already have my Air Brake restriction lifted, and already have taken the pre-trip and passed many years ago, I still had to do them. I actually "passed" that part the first time around. My instructor was a lot like you describe.....Yelling at me. That DOES NOT work for me. I am 50 years old! Felt like my mother yelling at me. The On The Road practice I feel like i'm doing well at (I mean, I pre-trip work trucks and drive big trucks at work). But i am having so much trouble with the skills! This is part of the reason I went to this CDL school, to improve maneuvering a trailer. I failed that part of the test twice now! I'm exactly like the original poster.....my brain turns to mush and I get nervous! I have a 2nd training scheduled with the instructor who really explained things well to me. I just hope I can remember what he says when I test for the 3rd time!!!!

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.

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.

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