Argh! Need Help! I Panic During Testing!

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Michael S.'s Comment
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SERIOUSLY NEED ADVICE! My first issue today with training and testing! When I test on paper or computer I have almost zero test anxiety, but verbally testing in front of someone I freeze up and cant remember things! When I practice the pretrip inspections out loud by myself I nail it everytime, but doing it in front of my trainer not so much. Must get past this before I test in front of the examiner!!!!

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Stand in front of him or at an angle he cant see you.

you can do this!!!

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I meant so you cant see him..duh! lol

RealDiehl's Comment
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I can relate to your problem. The best thing to do in my opinion is to try and forget about the other person. Have a mindset that you are just saying things out loud to yourself. When it comes to pretrip don't be in a rush to say all the things you need to say. Take your time and do it the same way you do when it's just you. If that's something you can't pull off, you can try another approach. Pretend that the examiner has no idea what you are talking about. Pretend that you are instructing him/her rather than that they are testing you. I'm confident you'll figure it out. Just have a little faith in yourself.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I've heard that if you can picture in your mind the trainer standing there naked, it helps you relax.

Michael S.'s Comment
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Pretend that you are instructing him/her rather than that they are testing you. I'm confident you'll figure it out. Just have a little faith in yourself.

I like that, might just work, because when I'm paired with another student testing eachother I'm fine, it's just some kind of examiner anxiety!

Michael S.'s Comment
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I've heard that if you can picture in your mind the trainer standing there naked, it helps you relax.

Lol, nah, I've tried that one before with public speaking, didnt work for me! But thank you!

PackRat's Comment
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Tell the other person of your problem up front. The company wants you to succeed, not fail. They have a lot invested already. Push through it. You can do it!good-luck.gif

Michael S.'s Comment
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I meant so you cant see him..duh! lol

While doing in cab trainer was sitting behind me on the bunk, still happened

Turtle's Comment
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Repetition repetition repetition repetition.

Seriously, do it over and over again repeatedly. Find your pattern, start from the same place every time, like front to back, left to right, rinse, repeat.

I must have done the pre-trip a couple hundred times during orientation and PSD. No exaggeration. They even nicknamed me "pretrip". By the time I took the exam, I could do it in my sleep.

Admittedly, all of my PSD was spent in house at Sprimo so I had lots of time to practice.

You'll get it pal. Don't sweat it.

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.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
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