CDL Test - Top Ten Study Tips

Study Smart

The key to effectively preparing for your CDL Test is to study smart – not hard!  To study smart, you need to:

Practice Makes Perfect

If you want the most confidence going into your CDL Test, it is important that you practice for the test as much as possible.  To make the most out of our CDL practice tests, consider using some of the following approaches:

Read the Full Question – Carefully

Read each question twice before you look at the answers.  Read each answer twice before you answer.  People often read questions too fast and fall into traps.  The same goes for answers.  Don’t miss the question because you misread some of the terms.   You should also be careful not to read too much into the question.  Questions are typically straight forward and don’t require a “leap of faith” to answer correctly.  In other words, don’t over-read the question and look for a “theoretical” answer versus a “common sense” answer.

Don’t Jump to Conclusions

Some questions on your CDL Test require careful analysis.  Some of the wrong answer may appear to be the right answer at a casual glance.  Often times test writers will put misleading answers first to tempt you to choose them – don’t fall into this trap!  Also, there may even appear to be more than one right answer!  If this is the case, make sure to choose the best answer based on what is in the question (not based on your assumptions).

Trust Your First Answer

After you have read the question carefully (twice!) and all of the answers carefully (twice!) you will select your best answer.  Trust yourself!  If you have time left over to review your CDL Test – don’t change any answers unless you find an obvious error that you are sure about.  Your first answer is usually the right answer.

Keep Time on Your Side

Although many states do not time your exam, it is still important to keep a correct pace going.  Determine how much time to “budget” for each question.  For example, if you have 1 hour (60 minutes) to answer 20 questions, then you have about three minutes per question.  After every few questions, check the time to see if you are still on schedule.  Don’t dwell on questions that you don’t know – skip them and move on.  Conversely, don’t rush questions that you think you know – read them twice and pick the best answer.  Careless mistakes are often what separate a passing grade from a failing grade.

Go With What You Know

You should answer questions that you know first, and skip the ones that you are unsure of.  Do not dwell on any one question – answer all the questions that you are sure of first. If you are in doubt about an answer, mark the question, skip it, and go to the next one.  When you are finished answering all of the questions that you know, then go back and look at your skipped questions.  Sometimes the other questions in the exam will provide you some clues on how to answer some of your skipped questions that you were unsure of.

Have an Answer for Everything

Your state CDL Test does not penalize you for guessing.  You should make sure that you answer every question, even if you are unsure of the answer or have to guess.  If you have to guess, you can probably eliminate 1 or 2 answer choices immediately.  Of the remaining choices pick the answer that you feel the best about – and move on.

Know the Tricks

If you understand the following “tricks” about questions, you’ll increase your score:

It’s All in the Attitude

Your attitude when it comes to preparing and passing your CDL Test is the most important factor that you can control.  You need to be positive and have confidence.  You need to believe that you will pass your exam.  While you are taking your exam, you need to have confidence and relax.  If you come across an answer that frustrates you – just skip it and come back to it later.  DO NOT PANIC!  If you have studied with the questions in this course – YOU WILL PASS!

To get started preparing for the CDL Test, please try our CDL Practice Tests.