I passed the CDL permit test in two days. How?

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by Flankenfurter, Mar 12, 2021.

  1. Flankenfurter

    Flankenfurter Light Load Member

    Jan 8, 2021
    My school gave us the driver manuals on the first day. On the third day we were to go to the DMV and take the tests. Crazy, right?

    One month prior to the start of school, I had downloaded the manual, installed and purchased CDL Test (not CDL Prep), and purchased the $38 online-cdl-test course (TOTAL waste of money.) For a month, I read the manual, took tests, watched videos, asked questions here and on Facebook. I really tried to learn everything. When it came time to take the tests, I was prepared.

    I pass passed all five (HAZMAT is later. Need TSA background first.) The General Knowledge test was the most difficult for me. Use the Skip button. You only need so many correct answers, so answer the questions you know the answers to first.

    Why did half of my class of 20 pass? The person next to me said they hadn’t studied at all. The other day was the first time they had looked at the manual. What did most of them have in common, CDL Prep by Jeffrey Diaz.

    So, I installed the app and took a look at the questions. Wow. They were VERY similar. Had I simply used that app and never even looked at the book, I would have had a very good chance of passing. My advice, use his app if all you want to do, or HAVE to do, is pass the test.

    Oh. And if you’re worried you won’t pass, the school will try, ahem, to help you. Failure is not an option unless your pride, or English, gets in the way.

    On the positive side, I spent some good hours researching and learning about topics to make me a better driver. Sure, I could have gone about passing the tests with the immediate goal in mind, but I didn’t. My goal is to be prepared, be knowledgeable, and make the right decisions. Do I over think? Yes.

    To those of you who can pass the CDL exam after only a couple days of studying, good for you. To the industry, wow. We have some drivers out there who don’t know what the f#$& they’re doing.

    On to the next week of my adventures in trucking. Woohoo!
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  3. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    Congratulations on getting your permit. Keep your ears open and ask a lot of questions if you're not sure of something. You'll do fine.
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  4. slow.rider

    slow.rider Road Train Member

    Apr 4, 2017
    Nice work. FWIW there's free CDL tests online too, and other free resources online besides. I think this website even has some. For anyone who might be flat broke and only have internet access at the local public library, the quality might not be quite the same and it does take a little bit of digging, but they are definitely serviceable for anyone who has the time.
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  5. DoubleO7

    DoubleO7 Road Train Member

    Aug 21, 2015
    Southern Illinois
    It don't take rocket appliances, just study time and a little discipline to pass with flying carpets. Good job getting yourself prepped early!
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  6. RocketScott

    RocketScott Light Load Member

    Apr 10, 2013
    Tacoma, WA
    I passed my permit tests by taking the practice tests here several times
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  7. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2017
    The Sticks, Idaho
    Congrats on passing permit tests. One step closer.

    Cdl tests arent all that difficult... I got my CDL on my own, without any school or official training. I learned to drive truck as a kid on the ranch and farm, so the actual operation of the truck was no problem. When I decided to get my CDL I went and picked up a manual from the DMV. Over the next month it rode around the farm on the dash board of my pickup, and very occasionally I would read some of it. I did take a few free practice tests online. Then one day I was into the DMV to renew a vehicle registration and decided to take the tests while I was there and see how well I did... 30 mins later I walked out having passed Gen. Knowledge, Air brakes, Doubles & Triples, and Tanker... And I had an appointment for 3 days later to do the hands on practical test with the truck.

    I borrowed a farm truck and 48' spread axle flatbed to do the practical test... IIRC I was dinged 2 points on the pre-trip portion, dinged twice on the Drive portion, and 1 point on the backing maneuvering for using an extra pull up (2 are allowed, I used 3) on the 90° alley dock. The next day I had my CDL in my hand. A week after that I got my Med Card. That was 8 years ago.
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