How to Pass Your CDL Written Exam


Obtaining your CDL license, just like obtaining any license, takes some practice and some testing. The first step to getting your commercial drivers license is passing your DMV written exam. Taking a test has always been a pain staking process, but there are plenty of resources out there to help you through the process so lets talk about a few.

Get your Commercial Driver Handbook. You can pick up a copy of the handbook at the DMV or download a copy from their website. Use this link if you need the California version of the Commercial Driver Handbook https://www.dmv.ca.gov/web/eng_pdf/comlhdbk.pdf. This long, but thorough handbook contains pretty much everything you need to know about your CDL license in general. It lists the different types of license classes and breaks down every process of obtaining your CDL.

Study. Reading the handbook is a form of studying, but retaining all of that information from simply reading it in the handbook may not be enough to pass your written exam. Making flashcards based on the information you read in the handbook is definitely a start. Looking up practice tests online is also a great way to prepare for your written exam. There are some tests you can take for free and you can even purchase multiple tests if you want even more practice.

Be alert and focused. Taking practice exams online is not only good for helping you remember the information, but they also mentally prepare you for the testing process. Looking at a question and having to chose an answer from multiple options is more difficult than it sounds and may throw you off if you haven't taken a test in a long time. If you haven't been able to take a practice test online just keep in mind that there can sometimes be trick questions and trick answers that you weren't expecting. Be on the look out for trick questions and make sure not to overlook anything. If you're completely stumped on a question try to use the process of elimination. Eliminate the answers that don't make sense and narrow down your choices until you get what is hopefully the correct answer.

Obtaining your CDL can be a long process, but if you take it step by step and master the written portion first, the rest should be a breeze. Utilize your online sources and make sure to practice and study even if you think you already have it down. You don't want to have to return to the DMV if you don't absolutley have to.

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