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Commercial Driver’s License Practice Test: Do’s and Don’t

Becoming a commercial driver is not an easy process, because you do have to go through a few tests before you are able to get your license. If you are worried about the process, you can find out about the CDL permit test here. It is always a good idea to read the information on those sites, because it can give you the insight you need in order to do well on your test. And we can talk a little bit about some of the do’s and don’ts that are associated with taking practice tests and preparing for your CDL permit test.

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  • Always take the first practice test without studying the material at all. Why do we suggest this? Because it allows you to see what you already know. If you have a basic level of knowledge about the topics, you may already know about some of the sections and topics covered on the test without studying. This is good, because it allows you to devote your time to the areas where you are weak.
  • Make sure you find the right balance between taking practice tests and studying the material. Continuously taking test after test is not going to magically make you understand the material better. Take one test every few days, or every two days if you have one or two weeks before your exam. In between, study the topics where you are struggling. It will really help you get a better understanding of the material.
  • Keep a log of your scores. It is good for you to write down all the scores you get on your practice tests, because it will show your natural progression. And if you happen to find you are doing worse after a few days of studying, it is a good indication that you may need to change up your studying methods so that you get better with the material, not worse!


  • It is absolutely vital that you do not keep studying the sections of the test where you are exceling. Yes, it is good to refresh through those sections the night before the test, but if you are getting every question correct from a particular section or about a specific topic, it is pointless to spend time on those sections. It will only take away time that you could be spending on figuring out your weaknesses.
  • Do not take a practice test for the first time on the night before your real exam. It is only going to make you panic, especially if you do not get a bad score. And frankly, it leaves you with almost no time to get a proper understanding of the questions, sections or topics where you are going wrong. If you have been taking practice tests for a few weeks, you should take one the night before as a final preparation step. But if you are taking your first test the night before your exam, you may want to reschedule your test for a few weeks later.