How to prepare for taking your CDL Permit Test

How to prepare for taking your CDL Permit Test

If you’re planning on getting a commercial driver’s license (CDL) you first need a commercial learner’s permit (CLP).  Obtaining your permit gives you the ability to practice driving on public roadways, provided you are accompanied by a licensed CDL holder with the same class (A, B, C).

In order to get your permit, you must pass the permit test.  Each state has its own minimum standards for the licensing of commercial drivers, and they differ from state to state.  That being said, there are a few requirements that all states mandate.  The 3 main ones are Combination Vehicles, Air Brakes and General Knowledge.  The largest section of the three is General Knowledge.

Today, almost everyone has a smart phone, tablet, or laptop with access to the internet.  At SAGE, we offer online training and permit prep for free through Pro Driver U.  You do not have to be enrolled to take advantage of all that Pro Driver U has to offer.  For starters, it gives you the flexibility of learning as much as you can, and testing yourself at your own pace, on your own time frame.

Once you’ve had some time to study and learn the information, you’ll have to pass a multiple-choice test.  Being well prepared BEFORE you go in is not only good practice in life, but it should help reduce some of the jitters.

The best way to prepare yourself is simply to know the material.  Virtually everything you need to know can be found on Pro Driver U.  We suggest taking advantage of it and quizzing yourself repeatedly until your results are consistent and your scores are high.  Remember the old saying, practice makes perfect.

If you have questions or would like some additional guidance about how to best prepare for your CDL Permit Test, feel free to reach out to a SAGE school location that best suits you.  The staff there will be happy to assist you.

Going through our full CDL training program will give you the knowledge and skills needed to become a truck driver, but there is so much you can do on your own first.  Learning as much as you can before you enroll will definitely be to your advantage.  In today’s busy world, the ability to study and learn at any hour of the day or night can be a real advantage.

If you would like more information about our CDL Training Programs, class schedules, locations, etc. we suggest reaching out to the school nearest to you.  You can find a full list of our school locations at