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. Test questions come from the Florida CDL Handbook. To pass, applicants must answer 40 questions correctly. Questions come from chapters covering: Introduction, Driving Safely, Transporting Cargo Safely, Air Brakes (if applicable), Combination Vehicles, Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection Test, Basic Vehicle Control Skills Test and On-Road Driving. Endorsements that may be used with a Class A CDL are: Hazardous materials, Tank, Passenger, Doubles/Triples, HazMat, Tank, Air Brakes and School bus.
1. During the basic control skills test, you can acquire points by:
The examiner will score the number of times your vehicle touches or crosses an exercise boundary line. Each encroachment will count as an error, resulting in points against your skills test score.
2. During exercises that are not the straight line backing exercise, you may exit your vehicle to check its position no more than:
A driver is allowed to exit their vehicle to check its position during any basic control skills test exercise. This action is called a "look." During the straight line backing exercise, a driver may not exceed one look. During any other exercise, a driver may not exceed two looks.
3. When preparing to enter traffic, you should do all of the following, except:
When crossing or entering traffic, bear in mind the size of your vehicle and the distance it will need to accelerate. Wait for a gap in traffic that is large enough to accommodate your vehicle before you begin to accelerate. Remember that you will need more room to accelerate if your vehicle is heavily loaded. Before crossing a road, be sure that you can get all the way across without interfering with traffic.
4. You can be denied a hazardous materials endorsement for:
You will be denied a HazMat endorsement, or lose an existing endorsement, if you are not a lawful permanent U.S. resident; you renounce your U.S. citizenship; you are wanted for, under indictment for, or convicted of certain felonies; you are judged as mentally unstable or are committed to a mental institution; or you are deemed to pose a security threat by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
5. When other vehicles have trouble seeing you at dawn or dusk, you can increase your visibility by:
At dawn or dusk, and in snowy or rainy conditions, you should turn on your headlights to make it easier for other road users to see your vehicle.
6. During the on-road driving test, you must do all of the following, except:
You must drive in a safe and responsible manner during the on-road driving test. This includes wearing your safety belt; obeying all traffic signs, signals, and laws; and completing the test without an accident or moving violation.
7. Hydraulic brakes can fail due to:
Failure of hydraulic brakes is often caused by a loss of hydraulic pressure. Hydraulic brakes may also fade because of overuse on a long downgrade.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Tractor-trailer combinations
- Truck and trailer combinations
- Livestock carriers
- Tanker vehicles
- Large passenger buses
It is important to note that there may be additional endorsements or restrictions required to operate certain types of vehicles. For example, to operate a tanker vehicle that transports hazardous materials, you will need a tanker endorsement and a hazardous materials endorsement on your CDL license. Additionally, some employers may require additional training or certification beyond the CDL license requirements.
1. Age: You must be at least 18 years old to obtain a CDL license in Florida, but you must be at least 21 years old to drive a commercial vehicle across state lines or transport hazardous materials.
2. Valid Driver's License: You must have a valid driver's license issued by the state of Florida.
3. Medical Certification: You must pass a medical examination to ensure you meet the physical and medical requirements necessary to operate a commercial vehicle.
4. Knowledge Test: You must pass a written knowledge test that covers topics such as driving safety, vehicle inspection, and hazardous materials transportation.
5. Skills Test: You must pass a skills test that includes a pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving.
6. Background Check: You must undergo a background check, which includes a review of your driving record and criminal history.
It is important to note that there may be additional requirements or endorsements necessary depending on the type of commercial vehicle you plan to operate. Additionally, some employers may require additional training or certification beyond the CDL license requirements.
1. T - Double/Triple Trailers: This endorsement is required for drivers who plan to operate vehicles with double or triple trailers.
2. P - Passenger: This endorsement is required for drivers who plan to operate vehicles designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver.
3. N - Tank Vehicles: This endorsement is required for drivers who plan to transport liquids or gases in a tank or tanks that have a capacity of 1,000 gallons or more.
4. H - Hazardous Materials: This endorsement is required for drivers who plan to transport hazardous materials that require placards on the vehicle.
To obtain an endorsement, you must pass a knowledge test and meet other specific requirements, such as additional training or background checks. It is important to note that some endorsements may also have age requirements or restrictions.
1. Pre-trip inspection: You will be asked to perform a thorough inspection of your vehicle to ensure that it is safe to operate. You will be required to identify and explain any defects or issues that you find.
2. Basic vehicle control: You will be asked to demonstrate your ability to control the vehicle in various situations, such as backing up, turning, and parking.
3. On-road driving: You will be asked to drive the vehicle on public roads while following instructions from the examiner. You will be assessed on your ability to safely operate the vehicle, obey traffic laws, and make appropriate decisions.
During each part of the test, you will be closely observed by a CDL examiner who will evaluate your performance and provide feedback. To pass the skills test, you must meet certain criteria and demonstrate that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to operate a commercial vehicle safely.
1. Air brake restriction: If you have not passed the air brake knowledge and skills tests, you will be restricted from operating vehicles equipped with air brakes.
2. Lifting restriction: If you cannot perform the tasks required to properly secure cargo, you may be restricted from operating vehicles that require the use of a manual transmission or vehicles with full air brakes.
3. Intrastate only restriction: If you do not meet the federal medical requirements, you may be restricted to operating commercial vehicles only within your state of residence.
4. Hazmat endorsement restriction: If you do not pass the hazardous materials knowledge test or do not meet other specific requirements for the hazmat endorsement, you will be restricted from transporting hazardous materials.
5. Passenger endorsement restriction: If you do not pass the passenger transport knowledge and skills tests, you will be restricted from operating vehicles designed to transport passengers.
It’s important to note that these restrictions or limitations may vary by state and by employer, so it’s important to check with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or your employer’s policies for more information.
In Florida, the Class A CDL written test is available in several languages, including Spanish, Haitian Creole, and French. However, it's important to note that the state may require you to bring an interpreter with you if you choose to take the test in a language other than English.
If you are unsure whether the written test is available in a language other than English in your state, you should check with your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office or visit their website for more information.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that testing entities provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. Some examples of accommodations that may be available include:
- Extra time to complete the test
- A separate room for testing
- A reader or sign language interpreter
- Braille or large print test materials
To request accommodations, you should contact your state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or the agency responsible for administering the CDL written test. They will provide you with information on how to submit a request for accommodations, including any documentation or forms that may be required.
It's important to note that requests for accommodations must be made in advance of the testing date, so be sure to contact the DMV or testing agency as soon as possible to ensure that your request can be accommodated.
In Florida, if you fail the written test, you can retake it one time on the same day for an additional fee. If you fail again, you will need to wait at least one day before retaking the test. If you fail three times, you will be required to pay a new application fee and take the entire driver's license exam all over again.
It's important to note that each time you take the Class A CDL written test, you will need to pay a fee. Therefore, it's in your best interest to study and prepare thoroughly before taking the test.
If you need additional help studying for the Class A CDL written test, there are many resources available online, including practice tests and study guides. You can also consider taking a commercial driver's license course or working with a driving instructor to improve your knowledge and skills.