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 four possible answer choices. Test questions come from the West Virginia Commercial Driver’s 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. After an accident, flares should be used with caution because:
After an accident, spilled fuel and improper use of flares can result in a fire.
2. Which of the following statements is correct?
Missing clamps, spacers, studs, or lugs can be a dangerous defect. Mismatched, bent, or cracked lock rings are not safe to be used. Wheels or rims with welded repairs are not safe.
3. To receive a hazardous materials endorsement, an applicant will be required to supply:
To obtain a hazardous materials endorsement, you will be required to submit your fingerprints and undergo a TSA background check.
4. When inspecting engine compartment belts during the vehicle inspection test:
When checking the engine compartment during the vehicle inspection test, you must check the power steering, water pump, alternator, and air compressor belts. In addition to cracks and frays, you should check the belts for snugness, allowing up to three-quarters of an inch of play at the center of each belt. If any of these items are not belt-driven, you must identify them and ensure that their components are operating properly, are not damaged or leaking, and are mounted securely.
5. What is Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)?
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) is the total weight of a single vehicle and its load of cargo.
6. On newer vehicles, how do you put on the parking brake?
On newer vehicles with air brakes, the parking brake is controlled by a yellow, diamond-shaped knob. The knob is pulled out to set the brakes, and pushed in to release them.
7. When entering fog, you should:
If at all possible, it is best to avoid driving in fog. However, if you must drive through fog, slow down before reaching it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the steps to obtain a Class A CDL license in West Virginia:
1. Obtain a West Virginia CDL handbook from the DMV or download it online.
2. Obtain a valid medical certificate from a certified medical examiner.
3. Obtain a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) by passing the knowledge tests for the type of vehicle you wish to operate.
4. Practice operating a commercial vehicle under the supervision of a qualified CDL holder.
5. Pass the skills test, which includes a pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving.
6. Submit required documents and fees to obtain your Class A CDL.
It is important to note that additional endorsements may be required for certain types of commercial vehicles, such as hazardous materials or passenger transport.
1. Tractor-trailers or semi-trucks with double or triple trailers
2. Truck and trailer combinations
3. Livestock carriers
4. Flatbeds with oversized loads
5. Tanker trucks carrying liquids or gases
6. Dump trucks with trailers
It is important to note that certain endorsements may be required to operate specific types of vehicles, such as hazardous materials or passenger transport. Always check with the West Virginia DMV and federal regulations to ensure you have the necessary endorsements for the type of vehicle you plan to operate.
1. Be at least 18 years of age to obtain a CDL license for intrastate (within West Virginia) driving, and at least 21 years of age to obtain a CDL license for interstate (across state lines) driving.
2. Hold a valid non-commercial driver's license.
3. Obtain a valid medical certificate from a certified medical examiner.
4. Pass the knowledge tests for the type of vehicle you wish to operate and obtain a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP).
5. Practice operating a commercial vehicle under the supervision of a qualified CDL holder.
6. Pass the skills test, which includes a pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving.
7. Submit required documents and fees to obtain your Class A CDL.
In addition to these general requirements, certain endorsements may be required for specific types of commercial vehicles, such as hazardous materials or passenger transport. You will also need to provide proof of West Virginia residency and your Social Security Number when applying for your CDL license.
It is important to note that some employers may have their own age requirements for hiring CDL drivers, and certain endorsements may also have age restrictions. Always check with the West Virginia DMV and federal regulations to ensure you meet all age requirements before applying for a CDL license or endorsement.
1. T - Double/Triple Trailers: Required for drivers who plan to operate multiple trailers.
2. P - Passenger: Required for drivers who plan to transport more than 15 passengers (including the driver) in a commercial vehicle.
3. N - Tank Vehicle: Required for drivers who plan to transport liquid or gaseous materials in tanks.
4. H - Hazardous Materials: Required for drivers who plan to transport hazardous materials.
5. X - Combination of Tank Vehicle and Hazardous Materials: Required for drivers who plan to transport hazardous materials in tanks.
To obtain an endorsement, you must pass additional written knowledge tests and meet any additional requirements, such as background checks or specialized training courses. It is important to note that some employers may require specific endorsements, so it's always a good idea to research the requirements for the job you're interested in before pursuing a CDL license or endorsement.
1. Pre-trip Inspection: In this part of the test, you will be required to inspect the vehicle for safety issues and mechanical problems. You will need to identify and explain the parts of the vehicle you are inspecting.
2. Basic Vehicle Control: In this part of the test, you will be required to demonstrate your ability to control the vehicle in a controlled environment. You will be asked to perform various maneuvers such as driving forward and backward, shifting gears, turning within a specified area, and stopping at a designated point.
3. On-Road Driving: In this part of the test, you will be required to demonstrate your ability to safely operate the commercial vehicle on public roads. You will need to follow instructions from the examiner and demonstrate your ability to drive in traffic, change lanes, make turns, perform safe merges and exits from highways or interstates.
To pass the Class A CDL skills test, you must successfully complete each part of the exam with minimal errors. It is important to study and practice thoroughly before taking the exam, as it is a comprehensive test that requires both knowledge and practical skills.
1. Air Brake Restriction: If a driver does not pass the air brake knowledge test or does not complete the skills test in a vehicle equipped with air brakes, they will have an air brake restriction added to their CDL license.
2. Automatic Transmission Restriction: If a driver takes their skills test in a vehicle with an automatic transmission, they will have an automatic transmission restriction added to their CDL license.
3. Intrastate Only Restriction: If a driver operates only within their state's borders, they may have an intrastate only restriction added to their CDL license.
4. Medical Certification: Drivers with certain medical conditions may be required to obtain a medical certification and carry it with them while driving.
5. Passenger Restrictions: Drivers who do not pass the passenger endorsement test or who do not complete the skills test in a passenger vehicle will have a passenger restriction added to their CDL license.
It is important for drivers to understand any restrictions or limitations on their CDL license and comply with them to avoid potential fines or legal issues.
To request accommodations, you should contact the West Virginia DMV directly and provide documentation of your disability and how it affects your ability to take the test. The DMV may also require additional information or documentation from a qualified medical professional. It is important to request accommodations in advance of your scheduled test date in order to allow sufficient time for processing and arranging the necessary accommodations.
If you fail the written test, you must wait at least one business day before you can retake it. If you fail the test three times, you must wait at least 30 days before you can retake it again. If you fail the test six times, you must wait at least 180 days before you can retake it again.
It is important to note that there is a fee for each attempt at the written test. Therefore, it is recommended that you study thoroughly and prepare adequately before taking the test to increase your chances of passing on your first attempt and avoid additional fees.