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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 Rhode Island school bus test, and you must also pass skills tests in a school bus. The RI 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 Rhode Island CDL Manual: School Buses, Vehicle Inspection Test, Basic Control Skills Test and Road Test. After studying, take this RI CDL practice test to prepare for the actual bus test!
1. As you approach off ramps and on ramps, remember:
that downgrades make it easier to reduce speed.
to always brake and turn at the same time.
that the posted speed limit may not be safe for larger vehicles.
2. When confronted by an aggressive driver you should not:
put aside your pride.
try to get out of their way.
make eye contact.
3. When stopping at drawbridges that do not have a signal light or traffic control attendant, you must stop at least _____ before the draw of the bridge.
150 feet
50 feet
100 feet
4. Brake fade results from:
excessive speeding.
excessive wear.
excessive use of the service brakes.
5. What factors can cause brakes to fail or fade?
Brakes out of adjustment
Excessive use of the service brakes
All of the above.
6. When approaching an emergency vehicle stopped on the side of the road with lights flashing, you should:
move to the lane not next to that of the emergency vehicle.
stay in the right lane.
speed up.
7. When unloading students, you should:
invite the students to head toward the door while the bus is still moving.
get off the bus and stand right next to it.
have the students remain seated until told to exit.
8. The standee line is:
a line on the floor of the bus showing riders where they cannot stand.
is a line that passengers must stand on.
a line on the floor of the bus showing riders where the driver cannot stand.
9. If you recognize a distracted driver on the road, you should:
follow them closely.
give them plenty of room.
try to pass them.
10. A school bus driver must evacuate the bus when:
you have pull off the road and stop.
the bus is stalled on a railroad crossing.
the ABS is not working properly.
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RI CDL School Bus Test

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