DMV Permit Test

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Jimbo's Comment
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Simple question for this morning.

I'm wondering...are the questions on the DMV Permit Test similar to the one's used on the High Road Training program? I'm assuming their multiple choice questions but still curious.

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.

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.

C. S.'s Comment
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In California, they were very similar. They were all multiple choice. Some are worded slightly different, and there were a few that were not the same as the High Road, but as I recall they were pretty common sense and not enough to adversely affect your score. Here it was a computer exam, although I'm told it varies my DMV location. If your state allows you to skip questions and come back to them, utilize that. Here the maximum you could skip was three per test, which I personally disagree with (after all, on a paper test you could skip and return to as many as you'd like, right?).

Also keep in mind that some states will have you take the Class C/D (regular license) test again along with the others. So brush up a little on that, if you think you need it. Overall, if you have studied using the High Road you should have no problem passing. I studied for my permit with only this, only looked in the CA CDL manual to confirm a few things, and I passed with flying colors.

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.

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.

David L.'s Comment
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Florida was very similar, too. There may be a couple of state specific questions (I understand TX has some strange questions) but High Road will definitely get you a passing score. I used the High Road program for study and the two different types of quizzes. I also used a couple of other quizzes on the internet to ensure I wasn't just memorizing answers. Florida has a "skip" option for questions that you aren't sure about and you may not see the skipped questions again if you hit the "pass" number.

Motomal's Comment
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I took the CA DMV CDL (class A) permit tests last week and yes, they are so very close. My one tip is that if you didn't really understand Combos (coupling & uncoupling), go over that section again. You must pass Gen Knowledge, Air Brakes, and Combos for your CDL. The others are Tankers, Triples & Doubles , and Hazmat. If you truly understand the steps, parts, actions required then you will be solid. This site has a quicker quizzing section than going through it page by page, maybe someone else can post a link. Just search cdl practice tests on here. Make sure you are passing them at or near 100 and then make your appointment. Yes, you need an appointment for testing now, at least at our local DMV. The 7th test is for your class C renewal, I had to take that one too. Good luck.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Greg S.'s Comment
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I took the CA DMV CDL (class A) permit tests last week and yes, they are so very close. My one tip is that if you didn't really understand Combos (coupling & uncoupling), go over that section again. You must pass Gen Knowledge, Air Brakes, and Combos for your CDL. The others are Tankers, Triples & Doubles , and Hazmat. If you truly understand the steps, parts, actions required then you will be solid. This site has a quicker quizzing section than going through it page by page, maybe someone else can post a link. Just search cdl practice tests on here. Make sure you are passing them at or near 100 and then make your appointment. Yes, you need an appointment for testing now, at least at our local DMV. The 7th test is for your class C renewal, I had to take that one too. Good luck.

Jimbo/Motomal Well i took my CDL test yesterday at the CA DMV and like you had to take an 18 question class C test as well. I did not need an appointment and i think the wait was less than 30 minutes in Ventura. My problem was the medical form. For some reason my doctor made some mistakes and i ended up going back to him twice to get it all corrected. They(Doctor) and YOU need to read and review the form before you walk into the DMV to make sure it is 100%. The people at the DMV are not very understanding and or helpful. Anyways, the exam was very similar to the TT High Road Training Program. And they are correct in that you need to be near 100% before you make your appointment or walk in. One thing i do recommend is read your state CDL book to pick out the differences as well. I had several questions that were inline with CA requirements and slightly different from TT. Out of all the exams i took i missed two questions and honestly it was me not reading the question thoroughly rather than not knowing. They are not timed that i was aware of and so take your time and read the question and review the answer before you push the submit button. I went to several other sites as well to take practice exams but in the end it was the TT program that made the difference. They explain in (Brett fashion) why and break it down in pieces so you can absorb and better learn the information. And there is alot to know but if you take your time you can do it. We have all been through this and can help you. i will post the other sites i used if you are interested. But i strongly suggest using this site as your foundation of learning. Sorry sometimes i get on my soapbox and don't know when to stop. Congrats to you Motomal and good luck to Jimbo.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

C. S.'s Comment
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This site has a quicker quizzing section than going through it page by page, maybe someone else can post a link.

Here they are, the first is a selection of quizzes just like the at the end of each section in THR, the second is a variety of practice tests. Both explain the correct answers in detail.

High Road Questions

CDL Practice Test

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.
Jimbo's Comment
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Thanks for the replies....kinda what I figured but always good to ask.

Motomal's Comment
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My tests were definitely timed. You must answer a question within 4 minutes or it will time out, something about failing the test if you don't answer all questions asked. You can skip it but it will be at the end. If you miss it, it will show you the correct answer on screen. They do not give you a print out of the test, its all computerized now so if you fail a test section, you will just have to try and remember what you had trouble with and study. Miss 8 questions, you're done. The dmv clerk told me that they consider anyone using another's old test to study with "cheating" I called that a "study guide" in college... Really, what is the difference in any similar test taking practice?

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.

Greg S.'s Comment
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My tests were definitely timed. You must answer a question within 4 minutes or it will time out, something about failing the test if you don't answer all questions asked. You can skip it but it will be at the end. If you miss it, it will show you the correct answer on screen. They do not give you a print out of the test, its all computerized now so if you fail a test section, you will just have to try and remember what you had trouble with and study. Miss 8 questions, you're done. The dmv clerk told me that they consider anyone using another's old test to study with "cheating" I called that a "study guide" in college... Really, what is the difference in any similar test taking practice?

I think your right about the time limit on questions. i fondly remember but the DMV assistant set it for me to get started. They were having all sorts of problems with their computers from the storm last friday. in fact of the dozen machines they did have only two were working. I feel fortunate that i could take it as a walk in. Feels good to be past this part and so when i get to the school I'll get a jump start on simulators and other training they have in store for us. but i am not going to rest on my laurels at all. going to continue to review the High Road program, my state cdl book and pre-trip as much as possible.

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.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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The dmv clerk told me that they consider anyone using another's old test to study with "cheating" I called that a "study guide" in college... Really, what is the difference in any similar test taking practice?

Just so everyone knows, the questions we have in the High Road Training Program we made up ourselves from the materials. We did not copy any other practice exams nor did we try to get the actual questions from the CDL exams that anyone had taken at the DMV. We simply combed through the materials and created the questions ourselves. So you likely won't find the questions on your actual CDL permit or endorsement exams to be exactly the same questions we have, but sometimes they will be very similar. Our goal was to help you learn the materials, not memorize a few questions hoping they'll be on the exam. If you truly know the materials, which I promise you will after going through our program, you'll do awesome on your exams.

Also, here's how our program breaks down:

To Get Your CDL Permit:

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

To get your CDL 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.

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.

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