CDL Practice Test


The practice tests below offer CDL practice test questions in all the different topic areas you’ll see on the Arkansas CDL test. The CDL tests are free and can be taken as often as you’d like to help you in your preparation for earning an Arkansas commercial driver’s license. You will be presented with 40 questions and you must answer 34 questions correctly to pass.  There is a 50 minute time limit.  You may not go back once you answer a question.  Click the "Start Test" button below to begin.  Good luck!

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Bus drivers must have a commercial driver license if they drive a vehicle designed to seat more than:

2 / 40

This object is required to be checked for damage, that it's secure, and strong enough to handle any cargo.

3 / 40

What might happen if a trailer is too high when you try to couple?

4 / 40

Select the false statement about suspension:

5 / 40

Select the true statement in regards to large combination vehicles taking longer to stop.

6 / 40

Shifting into a lower gear and removing your foot off of the accelerator to slow your vehicle is known as?

7 / 40

What is the movement of the liquid called when the tanks are partially filled?

8 / 40

When approaching a school bus stop, you should:

9 / 40

Select the true statement in regards to handing triples and doubles

10 / 40

This object should not be damaged, bent, or rusted through and be evenly centered with the tires and dual wheels evenly separated.

11 / 40

The object that doesn't get checked at the side of the trailer is the:

12 / 40

A driver of a tanker should use an escape ramp when _____.

13 / 40

What product is typically carried in a liquid tank trailer without baffles?

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In safe driving, what does communicating mean?

15 / 40

What does outage mean?

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Some school busses are marked with the LNG placard. What does LNG stand for?

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Select the true statement about double or triple trailers.

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Which of the following three hazard classes should NOT be placed into a temperature-controlled trailer (one with a heater/air conditioner unit)?

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What gauge on the dashboard indicates electrical system charging rate?

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You should____in order to inspect the coupling.

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The method for testing hydraulic brakes for leaks is to _____.

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The gauge that needs to come up to normal levels after starting the engine within a few seconds is _____.

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What handling effect will baffles have?

24 / 40

What is incorrect concerning disruptive passengers?

25 / 40

Select the first action to do when the low air pressure warning comes on:

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How do you test your service brakes?

27 / 40

Select the true statement about what the Air Compressor Governor controls:

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Buses may carry small-arms ammunition labeled ORM-D, emergency hospital supplies, and drugs. However, buses must never carry:

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The most important hand signal you should agree on with a helper is:

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Which two special conditions indicate that you should downshift?

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The Emergency Response Guide, ERG, can best be explained as _____.

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What can you do at an accident site to help avoid another accident?

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The blind spot behind the bus could extend to how many feet?

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Which of the following statements about downshifting is NOT true?

35 / 40

If there is no traffic light or attendant, how far from the draw of a drawbridge must you stop?

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Which of the following statements about overhead space is true?

37 / 40

How do you check the air compressor governor "cut in" and "cut out" pressures?

38 / 40

Charter drivers should not:

39 / 40

Select the part that is not a part of the drum brake:

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With the controlled braking method, you _____?

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How To Get an Arkansas Commercial Drivers License

All residents looking to receive their Arkansas-issued CDL must have a valid operator's license and meet all the eligibility requirements listed below.

Arkansas residents can apply for their CDL at the age of 18. However, they may not obtain their Hazmat, Doubles/Triples, or School Bus endorsement until the age of 21 years old. In addition, only those over the age of 21 are eligible for commercial driving across state lines, or interstate commerce.

As per the FMCSA, all applicants must have a DOT physical card entailing their physical competence to drive a commercial vehicle. This physical card can be obtained for any one of the many physicians that are approved by the FMCSA.

There are certain instances where an applicant will be automatically disqualified from receiving their CDL. These include:

  • Having multiple operator's licenses.
  • Possessing a revoked, canceled, suspended, or denied driver's license.
  • Being restricted form commercial driving privileges in another state.

All commercial driver license applicants must successfully pass a skills test as well as one or more knowledge tests to obtain their CDL.


N – Tank Vehicles
H – Hazardous Materials
X – Tanker With Hazardous Materials
P – Passenger
S – School Bus
T – Triple or Double Trailers

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Arkansas CDL License Test Tips

All applicants seeking an Arkansas CDL must complete one or more general knowledge tests about commercial driving. Those looking for a Class A, B, and C CDL must complete a 50 question general knowledge assessment. A passing score is considered answering 40 or more questions correctly. Applicants for the Class A license are required to complete an additional 20 questions about combination vehicles. Applicants who are seeking endorsements will be required to take one general knowledge test per endorsement. The number of test questions will range from 20 to 30 depending on the endorsement sought. Removing the Air Brake Restriction will require a 25 question assessment. All knowledge tests must be passed with a score of 80 percent or better.

Additional Information

CDL Testing by the Arkansas State Police

The Arkansas State Police Driver Examination Division regulates the certifying and testing of commercial drivers in the state. To get more information contact them via:

Phone:  501.618.8000


Additional Arkansas CDL Helpful Links

Please use the links below to access more valuable Arkansas CDL testing resources and to learn more about practice driving tests for the state of Arkansas.