What to Expect from the CDL Written Exam

When you attend truck driving school, the final step in starting your career is earning your CDL. The CDL has a skills/road test component as well as a written, knowledge component. To earn a license, applicants must score at least 80% on the written part of the test. The test can be retaken as soon as the next day if you do not meet the 80% requirement. Here is a look at what you can expect.

The test is multiple choice.

The questions on the test are in multiple choice format. Although tests are subject to change, the CDL test general has 50 multiple choice questions, of which you must get 40 right to achieve a passing grade. There is no time limit, but test will automatically stop if you miss too many questions to receive an 80% on the test. If you do not pass the test, you will be given the opportunity to book another attempt. You can’t attempt the test twice in one day but can take a retest the next day.

Questions are taken from the state CDL manual.

Arizona’s CDL manual has all of the information that you need to study to pass the test. Questions are taken from each part of the manual and may cover information ranging from vehicle inspections and road signs to shifting techniques, railroad crossing safety, and state drunk driving laws. You should be familiar with all of the information in the manual, as it is all fair game for the test.

There are strict rules about what you can bring in the test room.

You must go into the testing room alone. Kids must wait in the waiting room. You will not be allowed to bring in phones or electronic dictionaries. You can keep bags and purses with you, but you’ll put them in a place in the room that is away from the computer on which you’ll take the test.


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How Truckers Can Help Stop Human Trafficking

Truck drivers have a unique position in the fight against human trafficking. Drivers are on the front lines in areas in which traffickers operate, putting them in the position to see red flags that other people don’t. The training that truckers have in being aware of their surroundings can extend to being aware of behavior that could indicate that human trafficking from occurring. By speaking up, truck drivers can save the lives of victims of this multi-billion dollar industry. Here are some of the things truck drivers can do to fight back against human trafficking.

Look for Signs of Control

Human traffickers often frequent truck stops, which means truckers may easily encounter situations in which people are being forced to engage in activities against their will. Keep an eye out for signs that another person, such as a pimp, is controlling a person. People under the control of a pimp or sex trafficker may also be branded or have a tattoo of someone else’s name. These brands and tattoos are often clearly visible on the neck. Both men and women can fall victim to sex traffickers, so keep an eye out for victims of both genders.

Keep an Eye Out for Minors

Human traffickers often target minors forced into the sex industry. At truck stops, take action if you see any minor who appears to be involved in prostitution. Minors cannot consent to being involved in the sex trade, so this activity should always be reported, even if there is not the clear presence of a trafficker or pimp.

Trust Your Gut

Human traffickers count on people hesitating to report activities that seem unusual. If you see something that doesn’t look right, speak up. Call the authorities if you have any suspicions. It’s better to report something and let law enforcement investigate than to ignore a situation in which traffickers are exploiting someone.


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