The CDL Skills Test consists of three segments and a passing score must be achieved for each segment.
CLP holders must identify parts of the truck and/or trailer and talk about their conditions in order to operate a safe vehicle on public roads. Also, CLP holders will need to perform and pass the “In-cab” brake test in order to continue. Once CLP holder passes this portion of the 3-part exam, they will continue along to part 2 of the exam, Basic Skills.
Note: Refer to the back of the Pennsylvania CDL manual, section 10 “Vehicle Inspection,” for the items and parts you are required to identify for the type of vehicle you will be using for this skills test.
The three (3) CDL backing maneuver skills test varies for each driver, as this test is physically conducted within the vehicle he or she will drive on site. This test is designed to be taken once the driver has passed the vehicle inspection test for their classification of CDL.
CLP holder will exhibit the ability to perform a straight line back in addition to an offset back either to the left or right. To complete this portion of the exam, the applicant will need to perform either a parallel or the left or right or an alley dock. The selection of the skill set is incumbent on a random number generator. Once the CLP holder passes the three skills required, they will continue to the CDL driving exam.
Note: See back of the Pennsylvania state CDL manual, section 11 “Basic Vehicle Control” for a description and diagram of each maneuver you may have to perform for the type of vehicle you will be using for this skills test.
This portion will be 20 to 26 miles long, taking 55-75 minutes and will asses the CLP holder’s ability to operate a CMV in various situations commonly found in the typical day of work performed by a CMV driver.
Note: See back of the Pennsylvania state CDL manual, section 12 “On Road Driving Test” for a description of the kinds of driving you will be asked to exhibit.