Knowledge Test Class A
This license is required for driving any legal combination of vehicles, with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, provided the GVWR of a trailer exceeds 10,000 pounds To receive this license, applicants must pass a 50-question test. To pass, applicants must answer 40 questions correctly. Each question has three possible answer choices. Test questions come from the Alaska Commercial Driver License Manual. Questions come from chapters covering: Introduction, Driving Safely, Transporting Cargo Safely, Air Brakes (if applicable), Combination, Doubles and Hazardous Materials. Endorsements that may be used with a Class A CDL are: Hazardous materials, Tank, Passenger, HazMat and Tank, Air Brakes and School bus.
1. Having weight loaded in a way that creates a high center of gravity:
Transporting cargo that is loaded with a high center of gravity increases the risk that the transporting vehicle will tip over. Cargo should be loaded with a safe weight distribution.
2. Oversized loads:
Special permits are required for loads that are over-size, over-length, or overweight.
3. When driving, it is important to:
It is essential that you are aware of what is happening on all sides of your vehicle at all times. Scan the road ahead and make regular checks of the mirrors on both sides of your vehicle while you are driving.
4. How many daily hours of sleep does an adult need to maintain alertness?
Being properly rested is essential to the safe operation of a CMV. To maintain alertness, most people need eight to nine hours of sleep per night.
5. For safety purposes, when should you turn off a retarder?
Retarders are mechanisms in some vehicles that help slow a vehicle and reduce the need for braking. However, using a retarder may cause wheels to skid when they have poor traction. Turn off retarders when traveling under wet, snowy, or icy conditions.
6. When transporting a load, you should inspect the cargo:
Cargo and its securement must be inspected every time you take a break during a trip. Be sure to inspect the cargo at least every 150 miles.
7. When traveling in heavy traffic, the safest driving speed is:
In heavy traffic, it is safest to match the speed of surrounding vehicles. Vehicles traveling in the same direction at the same speed are unlikely to collide. However, you should not exceed legal speed limits.
Frequently Asked Questions
To obtain a Class A CDL license in Alaska, you must first pass a series of written tests and a skills test that includes a pre-trip inspection, basic control skills, and an on-road driving test. You must also meet certain medical and age requirements. Once you have passed all of the necessary tests and met the requirements, you will be issued a Class A CDL license which will allow you to legally operate commercial vehicles that fall within this category.
- Tractor-trailers: These are large trucks that are designed to pull one or more trailers behind them. They are commonly used in the transportation of goods and materials over long distances.
- Tanker trucks: These are trucks that are designed to transport liquids or gases in large tanks. They are commonly used in the transportation of fuel, oil, and chemicals.
- Flatbed trucks: These are trucks that have a flat bed with no sides or roof. They are commonly used in the transportation of large items such as machinery and construction materials.
- Livestock carriers: These are trucks that are designed to transport live animals such as cows, pigs, and horses.
It is important to note that there may be additional endorsements or requirements needed to operate certain types of vehicles, such as hazardous materials (HAZMAT) or passenger vehicles.
In addition to the age requirement, you must also meet certain medical and vision standards to obtain a Class A CDL license. You will need to pass a medical examination conducted by a licensed medical examiner and provide proof of your physical fitness. You will also need to pass a vision test and have a visual acuity of at least 20/40 in each eye with or without correction.
You must also have a valid Alaska driver's license and have a clean driving record for at least two years prior to applying for a Class A CDL license. Finally, you must pass a written knowledge test and a skills test that includes a pre-trip inspection, basic control skills, and an on-road driving test.
1. T - Double/Triple Trailers: This endorsement is required if you will be operating a combination of two or three trailers.
2. P - Passenger: This endorsement is required if you will be operating a vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver.
3. N - Tank Vehicles: This endorsement is required if you will be operating a vehicle that is designed to transport liquids or gases in bulk quantities.
4. H - Hazardous Materials: This endorsement is required if you will be transporting hazardous materials in quantities that require placards.
5. X - Combination of Tank Vehicle and Hazardous Materials: This endorsement is required if you will be transporting both hazardous materials and liquids or gases in bulk quantities.
You will need to pass additional written tests for each endorsement that you require. You may also need to complete additional training and provide proof of your qualifications, such as hazardous materials training certificates, to obtain certain endorsements.
1. Pre-Trip Inspection: You will be required to inspect your vehicle to ensure that it is safe to operate. The examiner will ask you to identify and explain various parts of the vehicle and check for any defects or safety issues.
2. Basic Vehicle Control Skills: You will be asked to perform a series of maneuvers that test your ability to control the vehicle in tight spaces. These may include straight-line backing, alley docking, and offset backing.
3. On-Road Driving Test: You will be required to drive on public roads while the examiner observes your ability to handle the vehicle in traffic. You will be tested on your ability to obey traffic laws, maintain control of the vehicle, and communicate effectively with other drivers.
During the skills test, you will be evaluated on a point system. If you accumulate too many points or make a critical error, you may fail the test. To pass the skills test, you must demonstrate a high level of skill and safety in all three parts of the exam. It is important to practice and prepare thoroughly for the skills test to increase your chances of success.
1. Intrastate Only: If a driver has a restriction of "intrastate only" on their CDL, it means that they are only allowed to operate commercial vehicles within the state of Alaska. They are not permitted to drive outside the state.
2. Air Brake Restriction: If a driver has an "air brake restriction" on their CDL, they are not allowed to operate vehicles with air brakes. They must complete an air brake knowledge test and a skills test in a vehicle equipped with air brakes to have this restriction removed.
3. Automatic Transmission Restriction: If a driver has an "automatic transmission restriction" on their CDL, they may only operate vehicles with automatic transmissions. They must complete a skills test in a vehicle with a manual transmission to have this restriction removed.
4. Lifting Restriction: If a driver has a "lifting restriction" on their CDL, they may not operate vehicles that require the driver to lift heavy objects or equipment.
It is important for drivers to be aware of any restrictions or limitations on their CDL and operate within the parameters of their license. Violating these restrictions can result in fines or even suspension or revocation of the CDL license.
To request accommodations for the Class A CDL written test, you should contact your local DMV office and inform them of your disability and the type of accommodation you require. The DMV may require documentation of your disability from a qualified medical professional to support your request for accommodations.
Examples of accommodations that may be provided include extra time to complete the test, a separate testing room, a reader or sign language interpreter, or a special computer program to assist with reading or answering questions.
It is important to note that accommodations are not guaranteed and are provided on a case-by-case basis. It is recommended that you contact the DMV well in advance of your scheduled test date to allow sufficient time for the accommodation request process.
If you fail the test three times, you will have to wait at least 30 days before taking it again. It is important to note that a fee is required each time you take the test, regardless of whether you pass or fail.
Before retaking the test, it is recommended that you review the materials and study thoroughly to increase your chances of passing. The Alaska DMV provides free online practice tests and study guides on their website to help prepare for the written test.
If you continue to struggle with passing the written test, it may be helpful to seek additional resources such as a CDL training program or tutor to help you better understand the materials and prepare for the exam.