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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. Before crossing railroad tracks you should:
place the transmission in first gear.
stop no closer than 100 feet from the nearest rail.
stay to the left of the roadway if possible.
open the service door and driver's window to look and listen for approaching trains.
2. Walkers, joggers, and bicyclists wearing headsets:
may not hear you.
can usually hear the sounds of traffic.
can always see you.
are usually aware of what is happening around them.
3. During unloading, if the school bus driver cannot account for a student outside the bus, the driver should:
walk through the bus to ensure the students is not on the bus.
secure the bus, and check around and underneath the bus.
assume the student got back on the bus.
All of the above.
4. Properly adjusted outside convex mirrors should allow school bus drivers to see:
the entire area in front of the bus.
the entire side of the bus up to the mirror mounts.
the area from the front of the bus to the service door.
all of the students.
5. Which of the following is NOT true?
ABS won't compensate for bad brakes.
ABS only comes into play when a wheel would have locked up because of over braking.
ABS will change the way you normally brake.
ABS won't compensate for poor brake maintenance.
6. Your vehicle has air brakes. To stop, you should:
push the brake pedal down.
pull the parking brake control knob out.
release the accelerator, push in the clutch, and shift to Neutral at the same time.
pump the brake pedal 3 times.
7. The most students are killed each year:
in crashes involving buses and motorcycles.
while getting on and off the bus.
as passengers inside of a school bus.
by drunk school bus drivers.
8. When boarding the bus, students should:
not use the handrail.
be quick.
be in single file.
be in pairs.
9. How can you tell if your vehicle is equipped with ABS?
Look under the vehicle for the wheel speed sensor wires coming from the back of the brakes.
Trailers will have yellow ABS malfunction lamps on the left side.
Look for yellow ABS malfunction lamps on the instrument panel.
All of the above.
10. In an emergency:
you should keep one hand on the steering wheel.
you should never turn to miss an obstacle.
stopping is always the best thing to do.
stopping is not always the safest thing to do.
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IL CDL School Bus Test

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