So you’ve made the decision to be a truck driver. Congratulations, you’ve made a wise decision for your career, one you will not regret! Obviously, your first step to your goal is to take CDL testing. Reputable trucking companies will only hire the truck drivers that have passed the CDL examination. It’s only after passing this exam that you’ll be able to get a prominent and lucrative job as a truck driver.
Like any exam, there are certain things every aspiring truck driver should pay attention to while preparing. Here are 5 practical tips on passing your CDL Test. We will get into more detailed tips in later articles.
1. Pay Attention to the Curriculum
The examination curriculum is vital. Throughout the training, you need to be alert and take good notes. This includes paying close attention to various rules of road safety and understanding vehicle inspections.
2. Study the Manual
Before the examination, it is necessary to read the manual(s) so that you will attain a complete understanding of what you’ll see on the exam. This is the only way you’ll get a full understanding of the examination.
3. Take Practice Tests
Practice tests can help you overcome the anxiety and help gain confidence of the exam structure. Free practice CDL tests are available online.
4. Take Your Time
Your written examination might contain a tricky question or two – you’ll want to take your time. If you are not sure about the correct answer to a question, then give the best possible answer using the knowledge you’ve attained through practice exams and contextual references from study materials.
Even as you simply practice for the exam, it is always recommended to spend more time focusing on the exam topics that give you more trouble. For example, you might fully understand topics related to passenger transport, but struggle to grasp information involving air brakes. To lessen the anxiety of the test, spend more time focusing on trouble areas. This may seem obvious, but you’ll be surprised how many people don’t put this simple strategy into action while practicing for an exam.
5. Visualize Getting Your License
Don’t dismiss this step as being silly or unnecessary. Visualization is KEY to getting whatever goals you want in life, and getting your CDL is no different. Before you even get to the examination, see yourself passing the exam with flying colors and holding that license in your hand. Everything comes down to having self-confidence and faith in what you’ve set out to do. You don’t have to be a genius, but you do need the proper mindset. As you study, your confidence will build and it’ll become easier to visualize yourself obtaining your goal.
It’s also worth mentioning that time is a factor, so you’ll need to be very cautious regarding the time you are spend on each question. Because of this, you need focus on practicing beforehand, so the information is easily recalled to memory. Take these tips into consideration, and before you know it you’ll be on the road in no time.
CVTC is approved by the state of Colorado to administer CDL Skills Tests.