The first step in getting your CDL involves passing a written test, but what if it's been a while since you have taken a test? Better yet, what if it has been years since you’ve even really had to STUDY something? Well, if that’s the case, then you will soon find out that it’s not as easy as showing up at the DMV or license branch and passing on your first try. In fact, many people struggle with it.
At Driver Solutions, we provide our students with CDL practice tests. But there’s more to successfully passing the test on your first try. You need to get your study habits right and go into this with the right frame of mind. Sure, we can do research and give you all of the “recommendations” but there’s nothing better than hearing from an experienced truck driver who has “been there and done that.” What you will find is that PREPARATION is the key to success.
This is the first part of a 3 part series on Preparing for and Passing the CDL Tests. To kick things off, we’re going to introduce you to Big Matt from Bonafide Trucking. He’s an Owner Operator who has been in the trucking game for a while. Matt is going to start by breaking down how to pass the test on the first try and then cover how to know the right answers and finally how NOT to fail the exam. Let’s jump right in…
WATCH: CDL Test Prep – How to Pass On 1st Try
Matt from Bonafide Trucking gives great advice on how to pass your permit test - this is the first step in becoming a truck driver.
- Medical Card - Depending on the state, you might need your medical card before you can get your permit, in others you don't. Matt suggests getting your medical card first no matter what the state rules are.
- Place and Time - Setting aside a specific place and time is important to focus and be able to study the CDL packet.
- Diet - Matt suggests to also focus on your diet, there are certain foods you can eat that promote brain health... Some examples he gave are nuts, green tea, coffee, etc. There are also some foods that are really bad to eat and don't help you focus anymore. Matt gives those examples in the video.
- Get The Family Involved - The next advice Matt suggests is to get the rest of your family involved, having them help you study and give you confidence by being your cheerleader. Making yourself flashcards for family members to quiz you or having them be apart of your journey can make them feel more involved and really understand what you are going through.
- Deadline - Be sure to give yourself a deadline, tell yourself that you have a certain amount of days to consume a number of pages... As Matt gives an example if you don't study this amount you can't go to the bar-b-que. Be sure to take this test prep seriously, the more serious you are about it, the more you'll learn and the faster you will be to earning your real CDL license!
Don't forget to be on the lookout for video and blog part #2 coming soon!