Use these test taking tips to score your highest on the CDL Test.
Study Smart – Focus and Be Flexible
The key to effectively preparing for your CDL Test is to study smart – not hard! To study smart, you need to:
* Understand what’s on the CDL Test
* Focus on the material that you don’t know
* Study when you are the most alert
* Develop a flexible study schedule
Practice Makes Perfect – Use CDL Practice Tests
If you want the most confidence going into your CDL Test, it is important that you practice for the test as much as possible. To make the most out of CDL practice tests, consider using some of the following approaches:
* Take a CDL Practice Test “open book” by referring to the state issued CDL manual for help when needed
* Fully understand all the questions you got wrong
* Take exams with self-imposed time constraints – this will help you insure that you know the material
Read Each Question Carefully
Read each question twice before you look at the answers. Read each answer twice before you answer. People often read questions too fast and fall into traps. The same goes for answers. Don’t miss the question because you misread some of the terms. You should also be careful not to read too much into the question. Questions are typically straight forward and don’t require a “leap of faith” to answer correctly. In other words, don’t over-read the question and look for a “theoretical” answer versus a “common sense” answer.
Don’t Jump to Conclusions
Some questions on your CDL Test require careful analysis. Some of the wrong answer may appear to be the right answer at a casual glance. Often times test writers will put misleading answers first to tempt you to choose them – don’t fall into this trap! Also, there may even appear to be more than one right answer! If this is the case, make sure to choose the best answer based on what is in the question (not based on your assumptions).
Your First Answer is Your Best Answer
After you have read the question carefully (twice!) and all of the answers carefully (twice!) you will select your best answer. Trust yourself! If you have time left over to review your CDL Test – don’t change any answers unless you find an obvious error that you are sure about. Your first answer is usually the right answer.
Timing is Everything
Although many states do not time your CDL Test, it is still important to keep a correct pace going. Determine how much time to “budget” for each question. For example, if you have 1 hour (60 minutes) to answer 20 questions, then you have about three minutes per question. After every few questions, check the time to see if you are still on schedule. Don’t dwell on questions that you don’t know – skip them and move on. Conversely, don’t rush questions that you think you know – read them twice and pick the best answer. Careless mistakes are often what separate a passing grade from a failing grade.
Go With What You Know
You should answer questions that you know first, and skip the ones that you are unsure of. Do not dwell on any one question – answer all the questions that you are sure of first. If you are in doubt about an answer, mark the question, skip it, and go to the next one. When you are finished answering all of the questions that you know, then go back and look at your skipped questions. Sometimes the other questions in the exam will provide you some clues on how to answer some of your skipped questions that you were unsure of.
Know the Tricks of the Test Maker
If you understand the following “tricks” about questions, you’ll increase your score:
* Absolute No No’s – Answers with absolutes such as always, never, greatest, must are generally not the correct answers
* Beware the “except” – Questions with “except” (or “which of the following is NOT true”) are often read too fast and missed. A good way to answer these questions is to cover the word except or not and then choose the answer that does not belong.
* Valid information – All of the information in the question is probably there for a reason. Don’t ignore anything in the question – you will need it to correctly answer the question.
Answer Everything – Don’t Leave Anything Blank
Your state CDL Test does not penalize you for guessing. You should make sure that you answer every question, even if you are unsure of the answer or have to guess. If you have to guess, you can probably eliminate 1 or 2 answer choices immediately. Of the remaining choices pick the answer that you feel the best about – and move on.
Your Attitude Will Help You Pass
Your attitude when it comes to preparing and passing your CDL Test is the most important factor that you can control. You need to be positive and have confidence. You need to believe that you will pass your exam. While you are taking your exam, you need to have confidence and relax. If you come across an answer that frustrates you – just skip it and come back to it later. DO NOT PANIC! If you have properly prepared – YOU WILL PASS!
To help you further prepare for your CDL Test, please check out our Free CDL Practice Tests.