CDL Exam First Fail

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by Penguin1, Jul 6, 2020.

  1. Penguin1

    Penguin1 Bobtail Member

    Jul 6, 2020
    I am attending CDL school (private school). Last week, I failed my CDL test. Right in the beginning, the air brake test. Yes, I was very very nervous. Of course, it was an ego crusher for several reasons. One, our instructor stated that if all seven of us pass on the first try, he will get a plaque made with all our names on it and hang it in the classroom. He has been an instructor for three years and has not had a class (4 or more students) where all students pass at the first go. So it was crushing for me because out of seven students I was the only one who failed the first go. It took me a couple of days to get over that.
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  3. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    You're not the first to fail the test and you sure won't be the last.
    Learn from the experience and get on with it. Concentrate on learning the exams. The real education starts when you get out on the road.
  4. asphaltreptile311

    asphaltreptile311 Heavy Load Member

    Jun 16, 2016
    Best thing to do is show up with a beer during the road test .
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  5. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    New England area
    i always told my students, "read the question VERY SLOWLY.....then read the answers, VERY SLOWLY..

    the first answer that pops up into your brain, is the correct answer.

    NEVER add a word or subtract a word from ANY question.

    also, i used to recommend, studying at least in short bursts, like for about 15 minutes at a time, put the book down for about 2-3 minutes, study again. and so on and so forth.
    Rollr4872 Thanks this.
  6. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2011
    Everyone learns differently. For me I read the test over and over and over. But nothing beats miles in the cab. Take your time and focus on your duties.
    FLtoOKBound Thanks this.
  7. FatJoe

    FatJoe Bobtail Member

    Jan 20, 2020
    I bet he was probably lying that nobody in his class has failed the test. Just study hard don't mind others and go get your cdl.
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