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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 New Mexico school bus test, and you must also pass skills tests in a school bus. The NM 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 New Mexico CDL Manual: School Buses, Vehicle Inspection Test, Basic Control Skills Test and Road Test. After studying, take this NM CDL practice test to prepare for the actual bus test!
1. Of all the space around your vehicle, the most important is:
the area behind the vehicle.
the area ahead of the vehicle.
the area to the sides of the vehicle.
2. If ABS is not working:
you should use the parking brake.
you will still have brakes.
you should use the emergency brake.
3. Before leaving a bus stop, you should:
walk through the bus to check for sleeping students.
walk through the bus to check for items left by students.
make sure no students are around or returning to the bus.
4. If there is a serious behavior problem on the bus, you should:
stop the bus in a safe location off the road, secure the bus and remind the offender of the expected behavior.
pull the bus over and put the student off the bus.
ask the student to move to the back of the bus and be respectful of others.
5. When approaching a traffic light that has been green for a long time, you should:
maintain your current speed.
start slowing down and be ready to stop.
speed up to get through the light.
6. If you doubt you have enough space to pass under a bridge, you should:
drive faster.
turn on your headlights.
go slowly.
7. If your bus has a manual transmission, when crossing railroad tracks you should never:
change gears.
listen and look in both directions for trains.
proceed carefully.
8. Which of the following statements about the special dangers of loading and unloading is true?
Students should be told to pick up any dropped object as long as it's not under the bus.
Students should be told to leave any dropped object and move to a point of safety out of the danger zones and attempt to get the driver’s attention to retrieve the object.
You should move the bus prior to confirming that all students have exited the bus and are in a safe location.
9. ABS:
helps you increase your following distance.
does not decrease your stopping distance.
helps you increase your average speed.
10. When driving in very hot weather, the heat will increase the chances of:
loss of hydraulic pressure.
tire failure.
ABS malfunction.
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NM School Bus Test

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