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 or four possible answer choices. Test questions come from the Arkansas 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. Who is responsible for the safe operation of a vehicle?
The person driving a vehicle is responsible for its safe operation. Be sure to perform routine vehicle inspections before operating a commercial motor vehicle.
2. 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.
3. When backing with a trailer:
When backing with a trailer, you should pull up to reposition your vehicle as needed.
4. Driving at night is:
Driving at night is more dangerous than driving during the day. It is more difficult for drivers to see hazards, the glare of headlights can affect drivers' vision, and there are more fatigued and impaired drivers on the road.
5. If you remain in neutral for too long while switching gears:
If you remain in neutral for too long while switching gears, you may have difficulty putting the vehicle into the next gear. If this happens, do not try to force the gear shift. Instead, return to neutral, release the clutch, increase the engine speed to match the road speed, and try again.
6. What is axle weight?
"Axle weight" refers to the weight transmitted to the ground by one axle or one set of axles.
7. A jogger wearing a stereo headset:
Be careful around pedestrians, joggers, and cyclists who are wearing headphones. They may be unable to hear your vehicle approaching and may do dangerous things because they do not know you are there.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the steps to obtain a Class A CDL license in Arkansas:
1. Obtain a copy of the Arkansas Commercial Driver License Manual from your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office or download it from their website.
2. You must hold a valid Arkansas driver's license and be at least 18 years old to apply for a Class A CDL. However, you must be at least 21 years old to drive across state lines or transport hazardous materials.
3. Schedule an appointment with an approved third-party tester or at an Arkansas State Police (ASP) testing facility to take the knowledge test. You must pass this test before you can proceed to the skills test.
4. After passing the knowledge test, you must obtain a commercial learner's permit (CLP) by passing a vision test and paying the required fee. This permit allows you to practice driving a commercial vehicle under the supervision of a licensed CDL holder.
5. Once you have sufficient practice driving and are ready for the skills test, schedule an appointment with an approved third-party tester or at an ASP testing facility.
6. The skills test consists of three parts: pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving. You must pass all three parts to obtain your Class A CDL.
7. After passing the skills test, bring your test scores and required documents to your local DMV office to obtain your Class A CDL. You will need to pay the required fee and provide proof of identity, Social Security number, and residency.
Remember to always follow the rules and regulations of the road to maintain your CDL license and ensure your safety as well as the safety of others on the road.
- Truck and trailer combinations
- Tanker vehicles
- Livestock carriers
- Other large commercial vehicles
It's important to note that you may also need additional endorsements to operate certain types of vehicles or to transport certain types of materials. For example, you may need a tanker endorsement to transport liquids or gases in tanker vehicles, or a hazardous materials endorsement to transport hazardous materials. Be sure to check with the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) for specific requirements.
1. Be at least 18 years old and hold a valid Arkansas driver's license.
2. Pass a medical examination and obtain a medical certificate from a certified medical examiner.
3. Obtain a commercial learner's permit (CLP) by passing a knowledge test and paying the required fee. You must also meet the following additional requirements to obtain a CLP:
- Be at least 18 years old (21 years old to drive across state lines or transport hazardous materials)
- Hold a valid Arkansas driver's license
- Provide proof of identity, Social Security number, and residency
- Pass a vision test
4. Hold the CLP for at least 14 days before taking the skills test.
5. Pass a skills test that includes three parts: pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving.
6. Pay the required fees for the CDL license and endorsements (if applicable) and provide proof of identity, Social Security number, and residency.
7. Meet any additional requirements for specific endorsements or restrictions you may need for your intended use of the CDL.
It's important to note that if you have been convicted of certain crimes or have a history of traffic violations, you may not be eligible for a CDL license. Additionally, CDL holders are subject to strict regulations regarding driving hours, drug and alcohol testing, and vehicle maintenance and safety inspections.
1. Hazmat endorsement (H): If you plan to transport hazardous materials, you will need to obtain a hazmat endorsement. To obtain this endorsement, you must pass a written test, undergo a TSA background check, and provide proof of citizenship or legal residency.
2. Tanker endorsement (N): If you plan to transport liquids or gases in bulk containers, you will need to obtain a tanker endorsement. To obtain this endorsement, you must pass a written test.
3. Double/triple trailer endorsement (T): If you plan to operate double or triple trailers, you will need to obtain a double/triple trailer endorsement. To obtain this endorsement, you must pass a written test.
4. Passenger endorsement (P): If you plan to transport passengers for compensation (e.g., as a bus driver), you will need to obtain a passenger endorsement. To obtain this endorsement, you must pass a written test and a skills test.
5. School bus endorsement (S): If you plan to operate a school bus, you will need to obtain a school bus endorsement. To obtain this endorsement, you must pass a written test and a skills test.
It's important to note that each endorsement requires its own written test, and some endorsements may also require additional skills tests or background checks. Additionally, there may be additional requirements for specific endorsements or restrictions based on your intended use of the CDL.
1. Pre-trip inspection: You will be asked to perform a pre-trip inspection of your vehicle and explain to the examiner what you are looking for and why. This includes checking the engine compartment, checking the outside of the vehicle, and checking the inside of the cab.
2. Basic control skills: You will be asked to demonstrate your ability to maneuver your vehicle in a controlled manner. This includes exercises such as straight line backing, offset backing, and parallel parking.
3. On-road driving: You will be asked to demonstrate your ability to safely operate your vehicle in traffic. This includes driving on public roads while following verbal directions from the examiner.
It's important to note that the Class A CDL skills test is a performance-based test, meaning that you must perform each task correctly to pass. You will be graded on your ability to complete each task safely and correctly within a given time frame. Additionally, you must pass all three parts of the test in order to obtain your Class A CDL license.
1. Age: You must be at least 18 years old to obtain a Class A CDL license, but you must be at least 21 years old to operate a commercial motor vehicle across state lines or transport hazardous materials.
2. Endorsements: As I mentioned earlier, you may be required to obtain endorsements for certain types of cargo or equipment. If you don't have the required endorsements, you may not be able to legally operate certain vehicles.
3. Medical certification: You must have a valid medical certification to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Depending on your medical status, you may be required to renew your certification more frequently.
4. Vehicle type: Your Class A CDL license may be restricted to certain types of vehicles or combinations of vehicles. For example, you may be restricted from operating double or triple trailers unless you have obtained the necessary endorsement.
5. Time limits: Your Class A CDL license may have time limits for certain endorsements or restrictions. For example, your hazmat endorsement may expire every five years and require renewal.
It's important to understand the limitations and restrictions that apply to your Class A CDL license, as violating them could result in fines, penalties, or even suspension of your license.
However, you may be able to bring an interpreter with you to help with the testing process. The interpreter must be able to read, write, speak, and translate fluently between English and your native language. The interpreter must also sign a statement affirming that they will accurately interpret for you during the test.
It's important to note that even if you bring an interpreter with you, you will still need to have a basic understanding of English in order to pass the written test and obtain your CDL license.
To request accommodations, you will need to complete and submit a "Request for Accommodations" form, which is available on the Arkansas State Police website. You will need to provide documentation from a qualified healthcare professional that verifies your disability and explains the accommodations that are needed. Examples of accommodations that may be provided include additional time for testing, a reader or scribe for the test, or a private testing room.
It's important to note that the request for accommodations must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of your scheduled testing date. This allows time for the Arkansas State Police to review your request and make any necessary arrangements.
In Arkansas, you must wait at least one business day before retaking the written test. You will need to pay the testing fee again each time you take the test.
If you fail the written test three times within a 12-month period, you will be required to wait at least 30 days before taking the test again. Additionally, if you fail the written test six times within a 12-month period, you will be required to wait at least 180 days before taking the test again.
It's important to note that if you fail the written test multiple times, it may be a sign that you need additional study and preparation before retaking the test. You may want to consider enrolling in a CDL training program or using study materials to help improve your knowledge and understanding of the CDL requirements.