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The school bus endorsement applies to applicants who wish to drive a school bus in any Class A or B CDL. To add an S endorsement to your CLP/CDL, you must pass the Illinois school bus test, and you must also pass skills tests in a school bus. The IL CDL bus test consists of 20 questions, and you'll need at least 16 correct answers to pass (80%). The knowledge test covers the following sections of the Illinois CDL Manual: School Buses, Vehicle Inspection Test, Basic Control Skills Test and Road Test. After studying, take this IL CDL practice test to prepare for the actual bus test!
1. If your bus gets stuck on a railroad track, the students:
should be evacuated and stand near the bus.
should remain on the bus.
should be evacuated and moved as far away from the tracks as possible.
None of the above.
2. Even if you are not required to always stop at railroad crossings and you are sure no train is approaching, you must stop before reaching the crossing if:
there is oncoming traffic.
there is no oncoming traffic.
the tracks are not clear.
you can drive completely through the crossing without stopping.
3. Most fatalities occur to students who are:
inside the bus.
sitting in the rear or front seats.
out of their seats.
outside the bus during the loading/unloading process.
4. To recognize distracted drivers, you should watch for all of the following except:
Vehicles traveling at inconsistent speeds.
Drivers who are involved in conversations with their passengers.
Drivers talking on the phone.
Students sitting on a bench waiting for a bus.
5. When crossing railroad tracks, you should:
stop on the tracks.
apply the parking brakes.
stay in your lane.
shift gears while crossing the tracks.
6. If you experience a tire failure, do NOT:
when the vehicle has slowed down, brake very gently, pull off the road, and stop.
apply the brakes as hard as you can.
stay off the brake (unless you're about to run into something).
hold the steering wheel firmly.
7. If your bus has a manual transmission:
never change gears while crossing railroad tracks.
at a multiple-track crossing, stop only before the first set of tracks.
cross the railroad tracks in a low gear.
All of the above.
8. When you are about to pass a vehicle, you should:
make gestures.
assume they don't see you.
make eye contact.
slow down.
9. To ensure passenger safety during loading and unloading, bus drivers should:
start and stop as smoothly as possible.
always ensure that passengers are safely on the bus before closing the door(s).
allow passengers enough time to sit down or brace themselves before departing.
All of the above.
10. The area to the left of the bus is always considered dangerous because of:
passing vehicles.
passing pedestrians.
parked vehicles.
blind spots.
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IL School Bus CDL Test

Number of questions: 20
Correct answers to pass:16
Passing score:80%
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