School Bus CDL Practice Test

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School Bus Endorsement Test

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Question 1

On your vehicle inspection test, what should you do to check that your tire is inflated properly?

A
Give it a good feel.
B
Use a tire gauge.
C
Kick the tire.
D
You should not check how inflated the tires are
Question 2

How many versions of the Class A Pre-trip Inspection test exist?

A
2
B
3
C
4
D
8
Question 3

If your fifth wheel plate is not well lubricated, this could cause ___________.

A
None of the listed answers.
B
Steering problems
C
Nothing
D
Less air to reach the emergency line
Question 4

It's important that the battery box of your vehicle does not _____.

A
None of the listed answers.
B
Have cell caps.
C
Show signs of excessive corrosion.
D
Work.
Question 5

During the vehicle inspection test, the glad hands need to be _______.

A
Locked in place.
B
None of the listed answers.
C
Damaged.
D
Leaking.
Question 6

What is the minimum tread depth of steering axle tires?

A
8/32
B
2/32
C
1/32
D
4/32
Question 7

If your transit bus is equipped with a handicap lift, it is important that you check for ______.

A
Leaking parts
B
Damaged parts
C
All of the listed answers
D
Missing parts
Question 8

As a bus driver you are not allowed to carry __________.

A
Labeled radioactive materials in the spaces occupied by people
B
Emergency hospital supplies
C
Small-arms ammunition label ORM-D
D
Water.
Question 9

If while driving a bus you see a drawbridge, stop ____ ft. before it. This is the recommended safe distance

A
100 ft
B
50 ft
C
200 ft.
D
150 ft
Question 10

Bus drivers cannot carry more than _______ lbs. of solid Class 6 poisons

A
100
B
15
C
50
D
25
E
75
Question 11

Which of the following should you ensure is in working condition before driving?

A
Service brakes
B
All of the listed answers
C
Lights and reflectors
D
The parking brake
E
Steering mechanism
Question 12

As a bus driver, you need to remember ______.

A
All of the listed answers
B
The size of the gap your bus needs to accelerate and merge with traffic
C
The clearance your bus needs
D
Watch for poles and tree limbs at stops
Question 13

You may not need to stop completely when a bridge has an attendant controlling traffic, but regardless of this you should ________.

A
Speed up
B
Slow down
C
Pump your brake pedal
D
Brake hard
Question 14

While driving a bus, how many feet before a railroad crossing should you stop?

A
150 to 175 ft.
B
15 to 50 ft.
C
75 to 100 ft.
D
125 to 150 ft.
Question 15

Instruct passengers to secure their baggage to _________.

A
Protect riders from injury if carry-ons fall or shift
B
Allow riders to exit by any window or door in an emergency
C
Allow the driver to move freely and easily
D
All of the listed answers
Question 16

Buses must never carry _________.

A
Large amounts of glue
B
Water
C
Small-arms ammunition labeled ORM-D and Division 2.3 poison gases
D
Division 2.3 poison gas
E
Small-arms ammunition label ORM-D
Question 17

When should you inspect your bus?

A
Only once a month, preferably near the end of the month
B
Whenever you feel like it
C
At the end of each shift
D
During the winter only
Question 18

School bus drivers need to concentrate while you are driving and while the students are loading and unloading the bus. If there is a behavior problem that distracts you from these tasks, _________.

A
Ignore the problem as best as you can and then report the distracting child
B
None of the listed answers
C
Wait until the students unloading are safely off the bus and have moved away or pull the bus over to resolve the behavioral problem
D
Discharge the student with the behavioral problem at safe spot first. Then you should drop off the other students and then deal with the student after you have finished your route
Question 19

You should bring the school bus to a full stop with the front bumper at least how many feet away from the designated stop?

A
35 ft.
B
40 ft.
C
10 ft.
D
20 ft.
Question 20

Where are the outside left and right side flat mirrors located?

A
Mounted on both left and right front corners of the bus
B
Mounted at the left and right front corners of the bus at the side or front of the windshield
C
Below the convex mirrors
D
To the left of the outside flat mirrors
Question 21

What kinds of questions should you ask yourself during an emergency when trying to decide if you and the students should evacuate the school bus?

A
Are there downed power lines?
B
Is there a chance the bus could be hit by other vehicles?
C
All of the listed answers.
D
Is there a smell of leaking fuel?
E
Is there a fire?
Question 22

________ seconds before a school bus stop, if the bus is so equipped, you need to activate alternating flashing amber warning lights.

A
6-9 seconds
B
1-3 seconds.
C
60 seconds
D
5-10 seconds.
E
15-20 seconds
Question 23

A safe place to evacuate students will generally be at least 100 ft. off the road except when ________.

A
The bus is on fire
B
You are stuck on the railroad tracks.
C
There is a risk of spilled hazardous materials
D
There is never an instance when a safe area is 100 ft. away from the road
Question 24

Where is the "overhead inside rearview mirror" mounted?

A
Above the flat mirrors.
B
Inside and at the rear of the school bus.
C
Above the windshield on the driver's side area of the bus
D
Below the convex mirrors.
Question 25

Your vehicle's antilock braking system won't allow you to ______.

A
Drive less carefully
B
Drive faster
C
Follow more closely
D
All of the listed answers
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About the School Bus CDL Test

The School Bus CDL test:

  • 25 questions.
  • You need 20 correct answers (80%).
  • You may be timed. Time limit varies by state. 

Now you might think that after having successfully passed your Passenger test that you are qualified to drive a school bus. You would be wrong.

Parents and the government take the transportation of their children very seriously, as they should. Since state and local laws can differ greatly in the regulation of their school bus transportation, you are responsible for making sure that you know the specific laws and regulations for the state in which you will be working as a school bus driver. However, you must pass the Passenger test before taking the School Bus test.

This is the future we are concerned with, and their safety is paramount. Make sure this is the right path for you before deciding that a School Bus endorsement is what you want. If it is the path for you, study everything there is to know about properly operating a school bus by attending a professional course and talking with school officials and other veteran school bus drivers.

When you go in for the test, be ready for a multiple-choice test of 25 questions. The job seeker must correctly answer 20. The average applicant requires 25 minutes to complete the exam.

Be prepared to field questions concerning:

  • School bus inspection
  • Danger zones
  • Correct mirror adjustment
  • Loading and unloading
  • Approaching the stop
  • On the route and at the school
  • Special dangers
  • Emergency exit and evacuation
  • Railroad-highway crossings
  • Special situations
  • Student management
  • Antilock brake system
  • Special safety considerations
  • Backing/tail swing

Get ready to ace this exam, and safely transport the children to their school. How far does the danger zone extend around the bus? When should you activate your alternating flashing amber warning lights? After unloading at school, why should you walk through the bus? Under what conditions must you evacuate the bus?

 

About The Author
Contributor: Luke Nold (Experienced truck driver for 5+ years and published writer for Fleet Magazine).

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