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Free Pennsylvania CDL General Knowledge Test (PA)

  • Perfect for first-time and renewal CDL/CLP applicants, and those adding endorsements
  • Based on 2024 PA commercial driver's license manual
  • Updated for June 2024
Verified by Steven Litvintchouk, M.S., Chief Educational Researcher, Member of ACES. See our detailed commitment to accuracy and quality in our practice tests.
Commercial Driver's License

About this test

Available in EN and ES

To become a commercial driver in Pennsylvania you will have to pass a practical driving test, but you will also be required to take a general knowledge test with a minimum pass rate of 80%. This test will assess your knowledge of regulations, driving technique, hazard perception and more. If you want to pass first time, you’re going to need to practice. The 50 questions below are all drawn from the latest Pennsylvania State manual, and there are hints for each question with a full explanation of each answer following. Good luck and safe driving.

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Pennsylvania CDL FAQs in 2024

How do you obtain a CDL in Pennsylvania?

To get a CDL in Pennsylvania, begin by obtaining a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) after passing the required knowledge tests. Hold the CLP for at least 14 days, then complete CDL training (optional but recommended) and pass the skills test. Make sure to meet all medical and legal requirements.

What is the cost of getting a CDL?

The cost for a CDL in Pennsylvania includes a $35 fee for the knowledge test, a $30 permit fee, and a $91.50 fee for the CDL skills test. Additional costs for CDL training programs vary by school.

How long does CDL training last?

CDL training duration in Pennsylvania varies by program. It typically ranges from a few weeks to several months, depending on whether the training is full-time or part-time and the specific requirements of the CDL class being pursued.

What disqualifies you from getting a CDL?

In Pennsylvania, disqualifications from obtaining a CDL include serious traffic violations, certain criminal convictions, especially related to motor vehicles, and alcohol or controlled substance violations while operating a motor vehicle.

How long is the CDL test?

The Pennsylvania CDL skills test duration varies based on the individual’s performance. It includes a pre-trip inspection, basic control skills test, and an on-road driving test.

Is CDL school required in Pennsylvania?

CDL school is not mandatory in Pennsylvania, but it is highly recommended for adequate training and preparation for the CDL skills test. Employers may also prefer or require CDL training program completion.

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Enhance your preparation with our comprehensive General Knowledge test collection, tailored to cover all key topics of the CDL exam. For a complete understanding of the expenses involved, check out our guide on CDL license cost, and for a step-by-step guide to getting your CDL, visit our CDL license guide.

What to expect on the actual PA CDL exam

50

questions

40

correct answers to pass

80

passing score

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