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In a hurry? Quick summary: After passing your CDL written tests, the next challenge is the CDL Skills Test. This practical exam evaluates your ability to handle a commercial vehicle in various situations.

Components of the CDL Skills Test

The CDL Skills Test is divided into three parts: the Pre-Trip Inspection, the Basic Vehicle Control, and the On-Road Driving test. Each section is designed to assess different competencies essential for safe and effective commercial driving.

Preparing for the Skills Test

Preparation for the Skills Test should be hands-on and as close to the actual test conditions as possible.

Tips for Test Day

On the day of your Skills Test, keep these tips in mind:

The Skills Test is your opportunity to demonstrate the practical skills you’ve developed. With dedicated practice and a clear understanding of what’s expected, you’ll be well-equipped to pass the test and earn your CDL.

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