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 Montana 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. When approaching a curve during the on-road driving test, you must do all of the following, except:
When approaching a curve during the on-road driving test, you should thoroughly check traffic in all directions. Before entering the curve, reduce your speed sufficiently so that further braking or shifting is not required. Keep your vehicle in its lane and continue checking traffic in all directions.
2. 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.
3. Pressing and releasing a brake pedal unnecessarily can:
In an air brake system, pressing and releasing the brake pedal unnecessarily can release air from the braking system faster than the compressor can replace it.
4. When traveling long distances, you should:
To avoid becoming fatigued on a long trip, you should take a break after every 100 miles or two hours of driving. Driving through the night, or during any other time when you would normally be asleep, raises the danger of fatigue.
5. Black ice is:
Black ice is a layer of ice that is thin and clear enough for the road to be visible through it. The surface will look like a wet road. Always be alert to black ice if the road looks wet when the temperature is below freezing.
6. To avoid a hazard, you:
Stopping is not always the best way to avoid a hazard. If there is not enough space for you to stop to avoid coming into contact with the hazard, swerving out of the way may be your safest option.
7. Most heavy-duty vehicles use ____ air brake systems.
The majority of heavy-duty vehicles are equipped with dual air brake systems.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the steps to obtain a Class A CDL license in Montana:
1. Obtain a Montana Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Manual and study it thoroughly.
2. Obtain a Montana CDL learner's permit by passing a written knowledge test at a Montana Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) office.
3. Get behind-the-wheel training from a qualified instructor or employer who has a Class A CDL license.
4. Schedule and pass a Class A CDL skills test at a Montana-approved testing facility.
5. Once you pass the skills test, return to the MVD office to obtain your Class A CDL license.
It is important to note that there may be additional requirements for obtaining a Class A CDL license in Montana, such as providing proof of residency and passing a medical exam. It is recommended to check with the MVD for specific requirements and details.
2. Livestock carriers
3. Tanker trucks
4. Flatbeds with trailers
5. Double and triple trailers
6. Combination vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more
It is important to note that some employers may require additional endorsements for specific types of vehicles or cargo, such as hazardous materials or passenger transport. Therefore, it is recommended to check with your employer or the Montana Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) for specific requirements and endorsements needed for your job.
1. Age: You must be at least 18 years old to obtain a Class A CDL license. However, if you plan to operate a commercial vehicle across state lines or transport hazardous materials, you must be at least 21 years old.
2. Valid Montana driver's license: You must have a valid Montana driver's license.
3. Medical certification: You must pass a medical exam and obtain a medical certificate from a certified medical examiner to prove that you are physically qualified to operate a commercial vehicle.
4. Commercial Driver's License Manual: You are required to study the Montana Commercial Driver's License Manual and pass a written knowledge test at a Montana Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) office to obtain a CDL learner's permit.
5. Behind-the-wheel training: You must complete behind-the-wheel training in a Class A commercial vehicle from a qualified instructor or employer who has a Class A CDL license.
6. Skills Test: After completing the behind-the-wheel training, you must schedule and pass a Class A CDL skills test at a Montana-approved testing facility.
7. Fees: You are required to pay the applicable fees for obtaining or renewing your CDL license, which may include fees for skills testing, endorsements, and other related fees.
It is important to note that additional requirements may apply for specific endorsements or types of cargo, such as hazardous materials or passenger transport. Therefore, it is recommended to check with the Montana Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) for specific requirements and details.
1. T - Double/Triple Trailers Endorsement: Required for drivers who plan to operate double or triple trailers.
2. P - Passenger Endorsement: Required for drivers who plan to transport passengers in a commercial vehicle, such as a bus or van.
3. N - Tank Vehicle Endorsement: Required for drivers who plan to transport liquid or gaseous materials in a tank vehicle.
4. H - Hazardous Materials Endorsement: Required for drivers who plan to transport hazardous materials, as defined by the Department of Transportation.
5. X - Combination Hazmat and Tank Vehicle Endorsement: Required for drivers who plan to transport both hazardous materials and liquid or gaseous materials in a tank vehicle.
To obtain these endorsements, you must pass additional knowledge tests and meet specific requirements, such as background checks and training courses. It is important to note that some endorsements may require additional fees and may have different age requirements. Therefore, it is recommended to check with the Montana Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) for specific requirements and details.
1. Pre-trip inspection test: This test evaluates your ability to perform a thorough inspection of your vehicle before starting your trip. You will be asked to verbally explain and demonstrate how to inspect various parts of the vehicle, such as the engine, brakes, tires, lights, and mirrors.
2. Basic vehicle control skills test: This test evaluates your ability to control your vehicle in various situations, such as backing up, turning, and parking. You will be asked to perform specific maneuvers, such as straight-line backing, offset backing, parallel parking, and alley docking.
3. On-road driving test: This test evaluates your ability to safely operate your vehicle on public roads while following traffic rules and regulations. You will be asked to drive on various roads with different traffic conditions and demonstrate your ability to make turns, change lanes, merge with traffic, and respond to traffic signals.
To pass the Class A CDL skills test in Montana, you must pass all three parts with a score of at least 80%. It is important to note that the skills test can only be taken after passing the written knowledge tests and obtaining a learner's permit. Additionally, you must provide a vehicle that meets specific requirements for the skills test.
1. L - Air Brake Restriction: If you take the skills test in a vehicle without air brakes, you will be issued an "L" restriction on your CDL license. This means you are not authorized to operate a vehicle with air brakes.
2. E - No Manual Transmission Restriction: If you take the skills test in a vehicle with an automatic transmission, you will be issued an "E" restriction on your CDL license. This means you are not authorized to operate a vehicle with a manual transmission.
3. O - No Tractor-trailer Restriction: If you take the skills test using a combination of vehicles that is not a tractor-trailer combination, you will be issued an "O" restriction on your CDL license. This means you are not authorized to operate a tractor-trailer combination.
4. M - Medical Variance Restriction: If you have a medical condition that requires a medical variance, you may be issued an "M" restriction on your CDL license. This means you can only drive under the conditions specified in your medical variance.
It is important to note that these restrictions can be removed by passing additional tests and meeting specific requirements. Additionally, some employers may have their own restrictions or requirements for drivers, such as age limits or experience levels, so it is important to check with your employer and the Montana Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) for specific details.
However, if English is not your primary language, you may be able to use an interpreter during the test. The interpreter must be at least 18 years old and cannot be a family member or friend. Additionally, the interpreter must sign an affidavit stating that they will accurately translate the questions and answers during the test.
It is important to note that using an interpreter may take more time and resources, so it is recommended to practice and improve your English proficiency before taking the test. This will not only make it easier to pass the test, but it will also help you communicate better with other drivers and understand important safety information on the road.
To request accommodations, you must submit a written request to the MVD and provide documentation of your disability. The documentation should include a diagnosis and description of the functional limitations caused by the disability. You should also describe the specific accommodations you are requesting to help you take the test.
Some common accommodations that may be provided for the Class A CDL written test include extended time, a reader or scribe, alternative formats (such as Braille or large print), and a quiet testing environment.
It is important to submit your request for accommodations as early as possible, as it may take some time to review and approve your request. You can contact the MVD for more information on how to request accommodations for the Class A CDL written test.
If you fail the test three times within a 12-month period, you will need to wait for at least six months before taking it again. During this time, it is recommended that you study and prepare thoroughly for the test. You may also consider enrolling in a CDL training program or taking practice tests to improve your knowledge and skills.
It is important to note that each time you retake the test, you will need to pay a fee. Therefore, it is in your best interest to prepare adequately and pass the test on your first attempt. You can find study materials and resources on the MVD website or through other CDL training providers.