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. When conducting a vehicle inspection, you must show each of the following, except:
When checking the oil pressure gauge as part of a vehicle inspection test, you must ensure that it is working. The gauge should show increasing or normal oil pressure, or the oil pressure warning light should turn off. If equipped with one, the oil temperature gauge should begin a gradual rise to the normal operating range.
2. A steering wheel should be held:
A steering wheel should be held firmly with both hands, positioned on opposite sides of the wheel.
3. When nearing a construction worker who is close to the road, you should:
In work zones, you should drive at the posted speed limits. Reduce your speed even further when workers are on or near the road.
4. An example of mandatory emergency equipment is:
Mandatory emergency equipment includes: at least one fire extinguisher; spare electrical fuses (unless the vehicle is equipped with circuit breakers); and warning devices for parked vehicles (such as reflective triangles).
5. During the vehicle inspection test, you will be required to do all of the following, except:
As a part of earning your CDL, you will have to pass an inspection test and demonstrate that your vehicle is safe for operation. During the vehicle inspection test, you will have to walk around the vehicle and point to or touch each item and explain to the examiner what you are checking and why. You will not have to crawl under the hood or under the vehicle.
6. What is Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)?
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is the value specified by the manufacturer as the loaded weight of a single vehicle.
7. A cargo cover that flaps while you are driving:
If cargo is covered, the cover should not flap in the wind in transit. The cover could tear loose, uncovering the cargo while potentially blocking your view or the view of others.
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.