Have you been thinking about getting your commercial driver’s license (CDL) but are worried about taking and passing the test? Or maybe you’ve already taken the CDL permit test and want to know how you can improve your score.
Read on to learn more about the CDL exam and how to prepare for it, including where to find free CDL practice tests.
What’s on the CDL Permit Exam?
The official written CDL permit test is comprised of multiple-choice questions used to assess your knowledge of driving a commercial vehicle. This includes everything from driving laws to operating your vehicle in different situations and knowing how to inspect and ensure you vehicle is safe to operate.
The CDL permit exam is broken into three parts:
- General Knowledge – approximately 50 questions. Take the test!
- Air Brakes – approximately 25 questions. Take the test!
- Combination Vehicles – approximately 25 questions. Take the test!
The number of questions per test may vary slightly depending on your state. You must pass all three parts of the exam with an 80% score to get your Commercial Learner’s Permit. With your Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) you can then begin behind-the-wheel CDL training. But what happens if you don’t pass the CDL written permit exam? The good news is you can take it again. The length of time can vary by state. For example, in Texas you may take the written test only three times within a 90-day period. It is important to know the guidelines for your state.
How to Study for the CDL Exam?
To help you prepare for this comprehensive exam, take our free CDL Practice Tests. These tests will give you can idea of what is on the test and what areas you need to improve. With a little test prep and training from a DRC network school, you’ll go from studying for your permit to being a fully licensed commercial truck driver.
They key to passing any test is studying to ensure you are prepared come test day. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get ready:
Take practice tests. A lot of people take this step, but they don’t always realize how important it is. A practice test will give you an idea of what kinds of questions are on the actual exam so that when it comes time for real, all those hours spent studying will be well worth it.
Study your handbook (or driver manual). Everything you need to know to pass the CDL exam is in your state’s driver manual. Therefore, studying the manual is essential. Some ways to study the material include creating flash cards and breaking the material into smaller chunks. Don’t try to learn the manual all at once.
Study with a partner. Team up with another student to review questions. Let’s be honest, finding the motivation to study can be difficult. Often teaming up with another student or friend can be mutually beneficial. This allows you to hold one another accountable for studying.
Why is Taking a CDL Practice Test a Good Idea?
The CDL Practice Test is a good idea because it can help you identify where your strengths and weaknesses lie. You will be able to see if you have mastered the topics that are tested on the real thing or if there are some areas that need more studying. It also gives you confidence as you get closer to test day.
Do I need to Study for the CDL Exam Before CDL School?
The first step in getting a CDL is to get a Commercial Learner’s Permit. This includes passing all three-parts of the CDL permit test. While it is beneficial to have your CLP before enrolling in CDL school it is not required. Part of CDL training will include preparing you for the CDL permit test.
We do recommend reviewing the CDL manual and taking a CDL practice test before coming to school. This will give you an idea of the material covered and give you a leg up.
How to Get Started?
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