Knowledge Test Class B
This license is required for driving a single vehicle with a GVWR of more than 26,001 pounds, and a trailer not to exceed 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating, or a vehicle designed to transport 24 or more people (including the driver). To receive this license, applicants must pass a 50-question test. To pass, applicants must answer 40 questions correctly. Each question has four possible answer choices. Test questions come from the North Dakota Commercial Driver Guide. Questions come from chapters covering: Introduction, Driving Safely, Transporting Cargo Safely, Air Brakes (if applicable), Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection Test, Basic Vehicle Control Skills Test and On-Road Driving.. Endorsements that may be used with a Class B CDL are: Hazardous materials, Tank, Passenger, HazMat and Tank, Air Brakes and School bus.
1. If carrying a heavy load that is slowing you down, you should:
The right lanes of a roadway are generally intended for vehicles traveling more slowly than surrounding traffic. If being slowed down by a heavy load, you should stay in the right lane.
2. If you see lights ahead while driving in fog:
When driving under foggy conditions, lights cannot be taken as a reliable indication of where the road is. The lights may be coming from a vehicle that has pulled off the road.
3. Test the low pressure warning signal:
It is essential that your low pressure warning light function properly. After allowing the system to charge, you can test the warning signal by rapidly applying and releasing the brake pedal. This will release air from the braking system and the warning signal should come on when pressure drops to a dangerous level.
4. How much water must be present for a vehicle to hydroplane?
Hydroplaning is a phenomenon during which a vehicle's tires lose traction with the road surface and begin to glide along on water on the road. There does not have to be a large amount of water on the road for this to occur.
5. A header board is used to:
Front-end header boards, also known as "headache racks," protect drivers from moving cargo in the event of a crash or emergency stop.
6. Cargo on flatbed trailers should be:
Cargo on flatbed trailers or trailers without sides must be tied down to prevent it from shifting or falling in transit.
7. During the on-road driving test, you should:
During the on-road driving test, you must listen to and follow the directions given by the examiner. They will never ask you to drive in an unsafe manner.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Meet the eligibility requirements: You must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid North Dakota driver's license. You also need to pass a medical examination and obtain a DOT medical certificate.
2. Obtain a commercial learner's permit (CLP): You need to pass the general knowledge written test and any additional endorsement tests required for the type of vehicle you plan to operate. You also need to provide proof of your identity, residency, and citizenship status.
3. Practice driving: You must hold your CLP for at least 14 days before you can take the skills test. During this time, you should practice driving with a qualified CDL holder in the type of vehicle you plan to operate.
4. Schedule and pass the skills test: 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 B CDL.
5. Pay the required fees: The fees for obtaining a Class B CDL in North Dakota include an application fee, testing fees, and license fees.
6. Maintain your CDL: To keep your CDL valid, you must renew it every four years and comply with any additional requirements for operating commercial vehicles, such as obtaining endorsements for hazardous materials or passenger transport.
- Straight trucks (delivery trucks, dump trucks, etc.) with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more
- Large buses (city buses, school buses) designed to transport more than 16 passengers
- Segmented buses with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more
- Tow trucks with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more
However, it's important to note that you may need additional endorsements on your CDL to operate certain types of vehicles. For example, if you plan to transport hazardous materials, you need to obtain a hazardous materials endorsement. If you plan to transport passengers, you need to obtain a passenger endorsement.
1. Age: You must be at least 18 years old to obtain a Class B CDL. However, if you plan to transport hazardous materials or operate a commercial vehicle across state lines, you must be at least 21 years old.
2. Driver's license: You must hold a valid North Dakota driver's license.
3. Medical requirements: You must pass a medical examination and obtain a DOT medical certificate to prove that you are physically qualified to operate a commercial vehicle.
4. Knowledge test: You must pass a general knowledge written test and any additional endorsement tests required for the type of vehicle you plan to operate.
5. Commercial learner's permit (CLP): You need to obtain a CLP before taking the skills test. To get your CLP, you need to pass the knowledge test and provide proof of your identity, residency, and citizenship status.
6. Skills test: You must pass a three-part skills test consisting of pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving.
7. Fees: You need to pay the required fees for obtaining your Class B CDL, including application fees, testing fees, and license fees.
It's important to note that there may be additional requirements or endorsements needed depending on the type of vehicle you plan to operate with your Class B CDL.
It's important to note that some employers may have their own age requirements for hiring commercial drivers, and some insurance companies may also have age restrictions for insuring commercial drivers.
The following are the endorsements that may be required for a Class B CDL in North Dakota:
1. Passenger endorsement (P) - Required if you plan to operate a vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver.
2. School bus endorsement (S) - Required if you plan to operate a school bus.
3. Tanker endorsement (N) - Required if you plan to transport liquids or gases in bulk containers with a capacity of 1,000 gallons or more.
4. Hazardous materials endorsement (H) - Required if you plan to transport hazardous materials that require placards on the vehicle.
5. Doubles/triples endorsement (T) - Required if you plan to operate a vehicle with two or three trailers.
To obtain an endorsement, you must pass additional knowledge and skills tests specific to that endorsement. You must also pay an additional fee for each endorsement that you obtain.
1. Pre-trip inspection: You must be able to conduct a thorough inspection of your vehicle to ensure that it is safe to operate. You will be asked to inspect various parts of the vehicle, including brakes, lights, steering, suspension, and tires.
2. Basic vehicle control test: You must be able to demonstrate your ability to control the vehicle in different situations, such as backing up, turning, shifting gears, and parking.
3. Road test: You must be able to demonstrate your ability to safely operate the vehicle on public roads. The examiner will evaluate your driving skills, including your ability to obey traffic laws and signals, maintain proper speed and lane position, make turns and lane changes safely, and communicate effectively with other drivers.
It's important to note that you must provide a vehicle that meets the requirements for the Class B CDL skills test. The vehicle must have a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of at least 26,001 pounds and may not have air brakes or a manual transmission if you do not have the appropriate endorsements.
1. Vehicles with air brakes: If you do not pass the air brakes knowledge and skills tests, you will be restricted from operating vehicles equipped with air brakes.
2. Passenger vehicles: If you do not pass the passenger endorsement knowledge and skills tests, you will be restricted from operating vehicles designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver.
3. School buses: If you do not pass the school bus endorsement knowledge and skills tests, you will be restricted from operating a school bus.
4. Hazardous materials: If you do not pass the hazardous materials endorsement knowledge test or if you have been disqualified from transporting hazardous materials, you will be restricted from transporting hazardous materials.
5. Tank vehicles: If you do not pass the tanker endorsement knowledge and skills tests, you will be restricted from operating tank vehicles with a capacity of 1,000 gallons or more.
6. Doubles/triples: If you do not pass the doubles/triples endorsement knowledge and skills tests, you will be restricted from operating vehicles with two or three trailers.
It's important to note that these restrictions and limitations may vary depending on your specific situation. You should check with the North Dakota Department of Transportation for more information on any restrictions that may apply to your Class B CDL license.
However, there are some resources available to help non-native English speakers prepare for the test, such as CDL manuals and study guides translated into different languages. It may also be helpful to take an English course or work with a tutor to improve your language skills before taking the test.
If you have any questions or concerns about taking the CDL written test in English, you should contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation for more information and assistance.
To request accommodations for the CDL written test, you should contact the NDDOT and provide documentation of your disability and the specific accommodations you need. The NDDOT may require additional information or documentation from a qualified medical professional to support your request.
Examples of accommodations that may be provided include extra time to complete the test, a separate testing room, a reader or scribe, or an alternative format for the test materials.
It's important to note that requests for accommodations must be made in advance of taking the test, and that accommodations are not guaranteed. The NDDOT will review each request on a case-by-case basis and determine if the requested accommodations are reasonable and necessary.
It's important to note that you are allowed to take the written test a maximum of three times within a 12-month period, starting from the date of your first attempt. If you fail the test three times within this period, you will need to wait at least six months before attempting it again.
To improve your chances of passing the CDL written test, it's recommended that you study the North Dakota CDL manual thoroughly and take practice tests. You may also want to consider enrolling in a CDL training program or working with a tutor to review the material and improve your understanding of the content.
If you have any questions or concerns about retaking the CDL written test, you should contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation for more information and guidance.