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The CDL general knowledge test is required to be taken by all CDL applicants. The Virginia CDL test consists of 50 questions. To pass, you must correctly answer at least 40 questions (80%). The general knowledge test covers the contents of the Virginia CDL Manual. All CDL applicants (Class A, B and C) must study the following sections: Driving Safely, Transporting Cargo Safely, Air Brakes (if you plan to operate vehicles equipped with air brakes), Vehicle Inspection Test, Basic Control Skills Test, Road Test. In addition, the Class A CDL test will include questions based on the Combination Vehicles section. Take this CDL practice test now to prepare for the actual VA general knowledge test! To get your CDL, you must pass both the knowledge and skills tests. CDL knowledge tests include: General Knowledge, Passenger Transport, Air Brakes, Combination Vehicles, Hazardous Materials, Tanker Vehicles, Doubles/Triples, School Bus, Firefighter. Depending on what class of license (A, B or C) and endorsements you need, you must take one or more knowledge tests. A special endorsement is also required to drive certain types of vehicles. The following endorsements may be used with a Class A, B or C CDL: HazMat (H), Tank Vehicles (N), Tank Vehicles Transporting Hazardous Materials (X) and Passenger Transport (P). The School Bus endorsement (S) is only available for Class A or B CDL, and the Doubles/Triples endorsement (T) is only available for Class A driver's licenses.
1. On engine start, you should:
check the oil level.
make sure the oil pressure gauge is working.
check for minimum tread depth.
2. Which of the following statements about slippery roads is true?
Shady parts of the road provide better traction than open areas.
The road will freeze before bridges will.
None of the above.
3. Your vehicle must be equipped with:
Fire extinguisher(s)
Warning devices for parked vehicles
All of the above.
4. To maintain alertness while driving, you should:
avoid heavy foods.
have another person ride with you.
All of the above.
5. The distance your vehicle travels, in ideal conditions, from the time you see a hazard until your brain recognizes it, is called:
Perception distance
Stopping distance
Reaction distance
6. Texting while operating a commercial motor vehicle is:
acceptable if you are contacting your dispacther.
acceptable if you are contacting your supervisor.
7. Placards must be placed:
on the rear only.
on the front only.
on the front, rear and both sides of the vehicle.
8. Which of the following is considered a serious traffic violation?
Following a vehicle too closely
Reckless driving
All of the above
9. During the pre-trip vehicle inspection test, when examining hoses with the examiner, look for:
frays in the water pump belt.
puddles on the ground.
the temperature gauge.
10. When you park your vehicle and turn off the engine:
move the gear shift to first gear, if possible.
apply the parking brake.
activate your right turn signal.
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VA CDL Knowledge Test

Number of questions: 50
Correct answers to pass:40
Passing score:80%
Number of questions: 50
Correct answers to pass:40
Passing score:80%
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