Free 2016 CDL General Knowledge Practice Test

CDL General Knowledge Quiz

Just like the DMV/RMV, our test database contains hundreds of CDL General Knowledge questions which are randomly chosen to guarantee you’ll never take the same test twice

CDL General Knowledge Test

The General Knowledge test given by your DMV/RMV is 50 questions long and has a time limit of 60 minutes. Take the full length, timed test below to prepare yourself for the challenge.

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When you take and pass the CDL test and you have your license a whole new world of career options will open up to you. Suddenly you will find that it is much easier to get a job and you can demand a higher salary or hourly wage. Of course, you can’t just walk down to your local motor vehicle department; you actually have to take the CDL general knowledge test. For many, this is very intimidating and they allow for the test to stand between them and a career that they love.

Understand the Test

CDL general knowledge test is one of several parts of the test that you made need to take for licensing for any job that you aspire to have. For instance, if you want to drive a class A, B or C vehicle you need to take both the general knowledge and the transporting cargo test parts. If there is a chance that you will be driving a vehicle with air brakes, you also need to take the air brakes section of the test. If you do not take this part of the test you may limit your ability to drive many different types of vehicles.

If you would like to drive combination vehicles you will also want to consider taking the combination vehicle portion of the test. As you can see, you really need to plan ahead so you know what to expect. Of course, you should start with the general knowledge area and expand out from there. While it can be overwhelming to think of how many areas of knowledge you need to ascertain, starting with the general knowledge test will give you the confidence you need to do well in other areas of CDL testing.

Preparing for the Test: Handy Resources

There is a lot of information that you will need to learn, if you don’t already know it, to pass the CDL general knowledge test. It is important to review information as much as possible until you know it well. A great way to get an idea of what you need to know is by buying or printing the commercial driver’s manual for your area. This will allow you to get an in depth view of the knowledge.

You may want to call your local motor vehicle department and see if they have any additional information that you can use to learn what you need to pass the test and be a safe driver. Many times they offer free or low cost study guides that aim to educate you in the most comprehensive manner.

Visit your library or your local book store. There is usually a wealth of information that can be found in these books. Not only will you get overviews of the tests, you can also take a look at sample tests and learn tricks for remembering certain things. The more information you are able to find and the more dedicated you are to learning it, the better you are going to do on the test.

The internet can become your best friend when you are preparing for the test. If you spend any time searching the internet you will find that there are many websites that will give you tips on passing the test. Some will offer the information up for free and others will require you to pay a small sum for the information. You will need to pick and choose but when combined with traditional study methods, they can help you be very well prepared for the test.

Practice Tests

Taking the CDL general knowledge test comes with a lot of pressure for many people. With the pressure comes nerves and when most people are nervous they don’t test as well as they would otherwise. To get an idea not only of your knowledge but how well you will test with nerves, you should take practice tests. If you don’t do well on one of the practice tests, look over the questions that you missed and study these areas closely.

The benefit of the practice tests is that they allow you to see where you need the most help. Continue taking the practice tests once a week and continue studying until you are able to pass the test with ease. This practice will also allow you to see that you really do know what you need to know to pass the test. This will boost your confidence so that when you take the real test you won’t be nearly as nervous, which will help you do well.

There are many online CDL general knowledge tests for you to take advantage of. You should check with your motor vehicle department as well, because many offer a free practice test so you can get an idea of the types of questions that you will be asked. It will also allow you see how much you know.

What You Need to Know

Of course, everyone would like to know 100% of what is on the CDL general knowledge test. Everyone would like to get a perfect score and yet a lot of people do not. What you need to know to do your job well every day, every time is all of the information. What you need to know to pass the test amounts to 80%. In most areas you need to answer at least 80% of the questions in this section of the test correctly to pass.

Again, this is where the practice tests will come in handy. When you do the practice tests you should actually ensure that you know more than 80%. The reason for this is that the practice tests are only a sampling of what will be on the real test. This is why it is a good idea to take several practice CDL general knowledge tests so you get an accurate idea of what will be covered.

CDL General Knowledge Test Tips

1. Go in with the thought that you will pass the test instead of assuming you will not.

2. Find out how often you can take the test in the event that you do not pass the first time.

3. Do not bring your cell phone into the test with you. If you do, make sure that the phone is off. If your cell phone rings or you pick it up, the test will be terminated.

4. Read the question three times before you answer.

5. Go with your gut when you choose your answer. If you are unsure, choose the best possible answer and move on.

6. If you finish the test in plenty of time, be sure that you go back and check all of your answers.

7. Don’t rush. Don’t be afraid to use up all of the allotted time to take the test. The more thorough you are with every question the more likely you are to do well.

8. While thorough is good, don’t over think or second guess yourself.

9. Listen to instructions before beginning so you do not disqualify yourself.

10. If you get stressed, stop and take a deep breathe and continue.

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47 comments. Add a comment.

  1. Armando Salgado says

    Real helpful giving me more confidence in achiving my goal to pass this and hopefully more money thanks !

  2. Carl says

    This test is the best. I took the 50 question test 4-5 times the day before and I passed with 48 out of 50. BIG KUDO’s

  3. Bill says

    This is a great format- best one I’ve seen online. But- Will these answers be the same for every state. I need to pass the Nebraska test.

  4. Sean says

    This is the best practice test exam out there for free. Is this test designed to be harder than the actual test? I find this practice exam harder than the exams found in most CDL books which is great. Being over prepared is the best way to go.

  5. says

    This is the best practice test that I’ve come across and it is designed to help you get through the test with a better understanding of what you are doing as far as getting ready for the CDL test.

  6. Danny says

    I ran across your site wile looking for some sample test questions for a HAZMAT endorsement for one of our drivers. Let me say that your site is great. It is a wonderful training tool and I will use it from now on to refresh drivers as well. Thanks–and keep up the good work.

  7. Patrick Wilson says

    Awesome example questions. But it won’t load on smart phones. Would be even more helpful if I could study on the go. But still thanks for supplying us with the sample questions at all, very helpful! Thanks!

  8. Deb says

    This really helps a person pass the test, is a great study guide, AND “prepares” the nerves for taking the DMV CDL test. Thank you!!!

  9. JEFF HANSEN says

    I would like to know if you have, or will have a practice test for school bus drivers. Class B with P and S endorcements?

    • Debbie says

      I studied these test to take my CDL class B license. You will be asked the questions you see on this site for school bus drivers. It was very very helpful to me. I spent 3 weeks studying and testing and could not pass the test. I studied the questions on this site and passed the General Knowledge test w/a 90!! You can find the other test just by typing in the name of the other test required for bus drivers in the search bar and will be able to find them. Took all my test and passed w/80’s and 90’s this site especially helped me pass my test. Preparing now to take my drivers test and be ready in 2 weeks to start driving a bus for my school district.

  10. Demetrius says

    Thanks to this test I pass the written test in only two weeks of study and practices test!!! I recommend you study everyday for at an least an hour and take the practices test at least once a day and you shouldn’t have any problem taking the real test

  11. Rod says

    The test are awesome, I have been out of trucking for 5 year’s and it had been over 20 year’s ago I took my CDL test. These test helped me get back up to speed so I could pass the CDL with ease.

  12. steven says

    hey guys i ve been studying the answers online like about 65 questions on the general knowledge test. but im unsure if its the same test or question i will be asked here in New York. Does anyone know anything about this? i dont want to go to the test and fail stupidly for thinking it was the same test i studied online… anyone knows?

    • says

      The way questions are worded won’t be exactly identical, but all the states follow the federal requirements for CDL testing, so the knowledge you need is the same for every state. If you can reliably pass the full practice test, you’ll have no problem with the real thing.

  13. Miguel Ramos says

    I used this website to take my general knowledge test, air breaks, and combo CDL Test. When i tell you that this site is the best practice test site. It really is! If you take 4-5 Tests a day, along with reading the CDL book from the DMV. There should be no reason you Fail. Thank you so much for these free practice test. It has made it so i can move forward at my job and become full time. ( $26/hr). Thank You!

  14. Doctor says

    I just wanted to give everyone fair warning that some of the questions on this general knowledge test are slightly different from state to state. Example of this would be the question about when to test the parking break. In Ohio, where I am currently attending CDL school, section 2 of the manual, the general knowledge section, says to test the break while vehicle is moving slowly. Section 5, air brakes, says that you do it while the vehicle is parked. The book for Kentucky where I live and will be getting my license states in both sections that the vehicle should be parked when testing the parking break. Just make sure you study for your state and if you come up with two different answers follow the state’s book. You can always clarify with the testing station as well prior to going for the test. Good Luck!!!!!

  15. E. La Porte says

    Thanks for posting this user friendly practice test. It is really helpful and although the questions won’t be the same it really helps with critical thinking, applying the process of elimination and test taking (something some of us haven’t done for years) as well as getting my confidence up. Nice work.

  16. Levi says

    I can’t thank you guys for putting these practice tests up!!!! They saved me. I took them until I was consistently passing with 96-98%, then marched into the licensing office and passed first time just breezing right through them.

    I only have one suggestion. On the 10 questions practice quizzes, instead of simply giving the correct answer, it would be super helpful to explain WHY it is the correct answer. I noticed that there was one or maybe two that did this.

    Thanks again! You saved me countless hours!

  17. says

    helps so much, keep taking it untill u areonly missing 1 or 2 ?? the test change every time so u get a good feel of wht ur going to get

  18. Ohioman says

    These questions really helped. Doing as many questions as I could and some reference to the drivers manual for CDL this helped ALOT, thank you.

  19. Gaylord Fleming says

    have been study this site for a while now and it is helping get ready for the cdl test at present time I passed the air brake test and some time this week im going for the knowledge test thank you for this site it is a good thing

  20. says

    I studied the combinationvehicles &permit test and passed both in two days, I am now studying for the airbrakes,pre-trip inspection & general knowledge, this website will me do that this week. Thanks for all the infromation.

  21. Robert says

    This was pretty cool. If you are cash-poor and need an effective way to get knowledge out there, this is the way. Well prepared and easy to use.

  22. R A Gomez says

    wow muy buen website, creo que es el mejor,hay mucha informacion valiosa, creo que sin la ayuda de estas pruebas hubiera sido casi imposible pasar los examenes ,estas pruebas me sirvieron para probarme y para aprender mucho ,hoy hice mi ultimo examen teorico “conocimientos generales” se los recomiendo

  23. says

    les agradesco por ayudar a los choferes que vivimos al estilo
    De los picapiedra,
    ya que california ya se computarizo todo.
    Los que estabamos impuestos a ver los papelitos con las preguntas,
    Estos test me ayudaron a pasar los siete con dos o tres preguntas
    Malas pero lo logre.MUCHAS GRACIAS….. Sigan adelante

  24. marcos says

    can you past the actual GK test without studying the book? ive been taking this test all week and passing it. just curious. i havnt studied the book too much.

  25. Ahmad says

    Whenever I have time to goof around in the web, I take the test, I am getting better and better, But looks like I must read the book too to clarify things, sooner I will be back In the road and know more then I used to, All Thanks to this website and who ever made it possible

    thank you

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