Argh! Need Help! I Panic During Testing!

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Michael S.'s Comment
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It's common for the coach of an underdog team who is getting ready to play against a much better team to remind his players that you're only playing against the man in the uniform, not the uniform itself. Don't be intimidated by the uniform or the history of the team or anything that doesn't affect the game itself. Focus on the man and the moment and nothing else.

Forget about the uniform or the title or the authority or any of that. You're just in front of a person, a person who is no different than you. They have dreams, fears, and insecurities just like you do. They're trying to make a living and provide for themselves and their loved ones just like you. They want to be successful in life and their job now is to help you be successful by making sure you're ready to safely inspect a truck, which you already know you are.

Remember that it's just a person who wants to help you succeed, and you know you will because you've worked hard and learned the materials well. So that person is going to be happy to pass you when they see what you've done. Be excited for the opportunity.

Thank you Brett!

Michael S.'s Comment
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I got a lot of good advice to get over my examiner anxiety from family, friends, and other students and drivers and the good folks here. I am using a combination of several things I heard. I stayed up till midnight last night handwriting the whole process word for word(8 pages). Got up this morning and while doing my laundry I recited the whole thing out loud twice. Then hand wrote the whole thing again. Just got done with lunch and a good workout in the gym to clear my mind. Now back to studying again. So, my approach with my trainer and the examiner will be to proceed in a friendly manner, as though I'm just having a conversation with them and sharing my knowledge with them, and just doing what I know. I WILL beat this, and I WILL suceed! A big thank you to all who gave advice, it is really appreciated!

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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I started all my training at the young age of 66. Whenever anybody made me nervous I just threatened them with a lawsuit for abusing a senior citizen. Nobody ever believed me but it sure lightened the mood. You young bucks don't have that advantage.

PackRat's Comment
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You may not be the oldest member.

Grumpy Old Man'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.

Yep. And for the test pretend you are alone. Ignore everyone

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.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Incorporate the Mr Examiner into your practice.

Michael S.'s Comment
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Incorporate the Mr Examiner into your practice.

Nooo, that's part of my examiner anxiety problem, they want us to say that, but all it does is reinforce the fact that I'm being tested, I'll be my usual polite and respectful, but I'm going to avoid saying that.

JuiceBox's Comment
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Muscle memory. Touch everything and say the same thing every time for each component respectively.

Sometimes with situations such as this, you just need to lighten up and try to take some of the seriousness out of it. Remember competence builds confidence, so if you know it then you should have nothing else to fear. It's just you and the truck and what you know. Goodluck!

Mik D.'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!!!!

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Marc Lee'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.

Stand up Comics and public speakers swear by it!

You got this!

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