Before you show up at the DMV to take your CDL general knowledge test, it is a good idea to get a copy of your state’s commercial driver’s manual. You can usually find a print copy at the DMV or online at the DMV website. The manual covers all the material that will be on the test. It is a good idea to read and review the manual first, then look for CDL practice tests.
You must pass the test with at least 80 percent correct, or you will have to come back another day to retake it for an additional fee. Your state may limit the number of times you can attempt the test. For example, in Virginia, after three failed tests you can’t attempt the test again until you bring in a certificate of completion from CDL classroom training.
To avoid retakes, you can practice taking the test with the wide range of free online practice tests. Your state’s DMV may offer its own practice tests through its website. If not, or if you are looking for extra practice, there are a variety of free practice CDL tests online. Some organizations sell practice tests for $50 or more, but there is no guarantee these tests will prepare you any more effectively than reviewing the DMV’s free materials.
If you decide to do a practice test online, don’t use a test that requires you to give out extensive personal information. Asking for your name is one thing, but requesting phone numbers, email addresses, social security number, or address should raise your red flags.
Also, consider the source of the free test. What do they have to gain by offering this service? Is the test likely to be a reliable test that resembles the one you will actually see on test day? Also, make sure that the sample test you are using is current. Trucking industry rules and regulations change constantly. Learning outdated information won’t help you on test day. To streamline the search for reliable websites, consider limiting your internet search to government sites. The easiest way to do this is by searching using the following search terms: free CDL practice test site:gov.