With the CDL instruction permit in hand and confident of passing the medical examination, the applicant should look to fulfilling the knowledge tests relevant to their intended driving. In Arkansas, with the exception of the General Knowledge Test, these tests are purpose specific and are taken on the basis of the license and endorsements required.
All applicants are required to complete the General Knowledge Test.
Other knowledge tests include:
|The Passenger Transport Test
|Hazardous Materials Test
||Drivers intending to haul hazardous materials or waste in amounts requiring placarding.
|The Tanker Test
||Drivers intending to haul bulk liquids.
|The Combination Vehicles Test
||Drivers intending to drive combination vehicles
|The Doubles or Triples Test
||Drivers intending to haul double or triple trailers respectively.
|The Air Brakes Test
||Drivers intending to drive vehicles with Air Brakes
Other purpose specific tests may apply and this is another instance of the driver anticipating the path ahead for their future as a professional driver. It is highly probable that drivers will need multiple endorsements and will need to complete more than one additional test beyond the General Knowledge Test.
In Arkansas, these examinations can be taken at Troop Headquarters. The General Knowledge Test carries a cost of approximately $50 and the other endorsement Knowledge tests cost approximately $10 each. The times and locations relevant to specific areas are available at:
In order to pass these tests, the candidate must achieve a score of at least 85%. As with the CDL Instruction Permit this level of expertise is demanded to ensure the safety of all road users and the professionalism of the CDL Driver.
eGears offers online HazMat Endorsement training that will guide you through the Hazardous Materials section of the CDL Manual. Get more information on how this course can help you prepare for the HazMat Test.
By adding the required endorsements to the CDL, the applicant will be able to meet the requirements associated with the type of vehicle he or she wishes to drive professionally. But in order to complete the process of obtaining a CDL, the applicant must pass the Arkansas CDL Skills Test. Learn more about what's included on the CDL Skills Test on the next page.