How to Prepare for Your CDL Test

To become a truck driver, you need to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License, also known as a CDL. The process for getting your CDL ends with passing a CDL exam. The main way to do this is through a truck driver training program, such as Roehl Transport’s GET YOUR CDL™ paid CDL training.

Get a Commercial Driver Learner’s Permit (CLP)

You would start by getting your commercial driver learner’s permit or CLP. To qualify for your CLP, you need have your Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam certificate. This involves visiting a certified medical examiner to get a DOT physical. In addition, you need to successfully pass a drug and alcohol screening. When you train with Roehl Transport in our paid Get Your CDL program, we provide step-by-step guidance and even cover the costs for these tests. All you need to pay for is the cost of the actual CLP, which is set by the state you live in.

Age for CLP Testing

You must be at least 21 to apply for a learner's permit or to take the CDL exam for a Class A CDL. This CDL type is the most common and the requirement for over the road truck drivers who cross over state lines with freight loads. Roehl offers Class A truck driving jobs and training.

Studying for the CLP

Many people prefer to study for the CLP on their own. Otherwise, you could end up spending weeks sitting in a classroom learning information you could learn on your own. The learner’s permit exam is the written portion of the CDL test. It is testing you on your book knowledge. You do not have to get behind the wheel to study for this part of the exam. There are some popular ways to study for the CLP exam:
  • Use Roehl's Free CDL Practice Tests.
  • Study using a CDL study guide, such as the “CDL Study Guide Book: Test Preparation and Training Manual for the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Exam” by Commercial Driver’s License Test Prep Team.
  • Download the CDL Practice Test 2019 on iOS and Google Play, which has more than 32,000 ratings and a nearly perfect five-star review. It is a free app that gives you more than 1,200 questions along with detailed answers to questions. This includes detailed explanations to the questions you miss to truly help you learn the material.
  • Watch YouTube videos, such as the 2018 CDL General Knowledge Exam video featuring 100 questions and answers for free and in less than 30 minutes. 
After you have your CLP, you are ready to take the next step in becoming a professional truck driver.

Find Paid CDL Training

A CLP allows you to ride and drive along with a driver trainer in the truck with you. This means you are now ready to start training behind the wheel. You will need to practice your skills in the truck including pre- and post-trip inspection skills. These are all vital to being prepared to pass the second portion of the CDL exam, which is the road test. 
Interested in moving forward? Contact Roehl Transport to start your trucking career on the fast track to success with a paid trucking job.
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