If you’re considering taking the CDL permit exam, it’s important that you prepare ahead of time. There are a ton of benefits to getting your CDL, one of which is the ability to be a truck driver. But what do you need to know before you go? And what is the best way for you to prepare for the test? Luckily, you’ve got us, and we’ve done the heavy lifting for you.
Preparing for Your CDL Permit Exam
Am I qualified?
It’s important to start here before pursuing any employment opportunity. Luckily, the things you need before taking your CDL permit exam are very few. The things that are required are these two things: you must be at least 18, but 21 or older if you want to do interstate driving. You must also have a valid drivers license. Boom, that’s it. If you can check those two boxes, you’re sitting proper. But one thing that we suggest is this: so that you’re able to practice driving before your CDL exam, you should take the written test to get a CDIP. A CDIP is a commercial drivers instruction permit. This allows for you to practice driving before your CDL permit exam, which is essential to being prepared for your test and real-life situations that will arise during your employment.
Now, how do I study?
Every test taker should study from their CDL manual; all test questions are from the book. You can download the manual from your local DMV’s website. But, if you prefer to study from print— you can go to your local office and get it there. Plus, if you plan to be a commercial driver— you’ll need to have read this manual anyways. But, other than reading the manual— there are plenty of practice tests you can find on the internet or even in your manual.
One of the best resources I have found is a blog called TruckingTruth, and they have a few practice tests for you as well. You can find those here. But, it’s important to remember that practice tests won’t help if you don’t know the information. You have to take the time, learn, and not try to just memorize questions. As we’ve said, you’ll need all of this knowledge when you’re in the field— so, it’s better you learn now.
If you prepare, there’s no need to sweat!
The important thing to remember is that those who prepare, rarely fail. If you put the work in, read your manual, and study— you’ll pass without a problem. Most of us suffer from a bit of testing anxiety, and that’s perfectly understandable. If you prepare, take the test, and don’t do so well— try again! If you know your path involves getting a CDL, don’t stop trying. We wish you luck, and get to studying!