Pre-Test Anxiety

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William G.'s Comment
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In my last week of trucking school, and I’m not the best in my class by any means. Most of my mistakes are anxious ones that I know better than to make, but I occasionally still make them. Just nailed the alley docking after three weeks of practice. I’m wondering if this is for me. I know no one else can answer that for me, but I just think about it, even though I’ve been researching trucking for over a year, calculating every move to get to this place. Am I good enough, smart enough, etc...? Probably just pre test jitters. Wish I could say I was fully confident, and this post was about how everyone should hold my beer. But alas. Lol I think I’ll be fine, but I’m anxious in Tennessee.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Jitters is jitters. I know, it's a test for a career. But you have been practicing. You are motivated to get through this. You say you nailed the alley dock after three weeks of practice. Sounds like what I had to go through.

Just like the coach told your team before The Big Game, "play like it's just another game, because it is."

Another thought: there are 3.5 million CDL truck drivers on the road in the USA. Every one off them passed all the tests you can get one of them. How? I tell my students to simply focus on the job at hand.

At any rate, you should get another chance if you need one, so relax as much as you can.

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PackRat's Comment
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I did my test on day three of the flu. I threw up during the walk around and during the driving test (I had brought a large trash bag for this possibility).

You can do it, too! Everybody is nervous on test day.

Davy A.'s Comment
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I was really nervous on my test, I wanted to do everything perfect. I ended up getting grease all over my hands pointing to stuff during pre trip, Almost fell getting out of the truck even with 3 points of contact. I kept talking too much too. The examiners know that we are a bundle of nerves. Like was said, focus on the task at hand. Have faith and have confidence.

Melissa J.'s Comment
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Any updates William? When is your test? Wishing you nothing but the best, and looking forward to updates. You've got this!

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