America's truck drivers have to ace this test before controlling a 26,000-pound vehicle on the open road — see if you can pass it

Bonita R. Cheshier/ShutterstockCan you pass the CDL test?
  • Before getting their commercial driver’s licence, long-haul truck drivers must pass the CDL exam.
  • The CDL exam varies from state to state, but certain questions on safety, driving an 80-foot vehicle, and sharing the road with others are the same.
  • Here are 15 questions from a sample CDL exam. You need a score of 80% to pass.

Not just anyone can control a vehicle that can be up to 80,000 pounds.

Before long-haul truckers can start working, they need a commercial driver’s licence. One requirement for that is passing the CDL exam.

There are several classes of the licence, including A, B, and C. Class A, the most common, allows the holder to drive a truck and a trailer weighing more than 26,001 pounds. You can also get a variety of endorsements to transport hazardous materials or double or triple trailers.

The exam varies from state to state, but certain questions on safety and sharing the road with others are the same.

Here are 15 questions from a sample CDL exam, provided from Driving-Tests.org’s database of previous exams. You need a score of 80% (12/15 questions correct) to pass.

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