California Special Drivers Certification Exam Practice Test- I

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California Special Drivers Certification Exam Practice Test- I

This test was developed to help the school bus driver’s study and prepare for the California Special Drivers Certificate (School Bus Certificate) exam given at the local California Highway Patrol Office. The material covered in this practice test is derived from the following study guides: West County Transportation Agency School Bus Drivers Classroom Manual, Passenger Transportation Safety Handbook 82. 7, California Commercial Driver Handbook, and California Driver Handbook.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The maximum speed limit for a school bus transporting Pupils is:
    • A. 

      65 MPH

    • B. 

      60 MPH

    • C. 

      55 MPH

    • D. 

      50 MPH

  • 2. 
    A Type 2 school bus is designed to carry:
    • A. 

      Only 16 passengers including the driver

    • B. 

      More than 16 passengers and the driver

    • C. 

      Not more than 16 passengers and the driver

    • D. 

      Not more than 16 passengers including individuals confined to wheelchairs

  • 3. 
    Air Leakage with the engine stopped and the air pressure at governor cut out shall not exceed the following rates: With brakes released (static test)___PSI per minute. With brakes applied (applied test)___PSI per minute.
    • A. 

      1 / 2

    • B. 

      2 / 2

    • C. 

      2 / 3

    • D. 

      3 / 4

  • 4. 
    On the first occurrence that a school bus driver fails to maintain their required training, proof of receiving the training must be submitted to the local CHP office within:​​​​​​​
    • A. 

      10 days

    • B. 

      20 days

    • C. 

      30 days

    • D. 

      45 days

  • 5. 
    A driver shall not drive when his/her ability to operate a vehicle safely is adversely affected by:​​​​​​​
    • A. 

      Fatigue

    • B. 

      Illness

    • C. 

      Any other cause

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      The term of the medical has expired

    • B. 

      Habitually uses drugs or alcohol

    • C. 

      Been involved in 3 accidents in the last 12 months

    • D. 

      Unsafe operation of a school bus

  • 7. 
    At a minimum, school buses shall carry one or two fire extinguishers having an aggregate rating of not less than:​​​​​​​
    • A. 

      4 BC

    • B. 

      6 BC

    • C. 

      8 BC

    • D. 

      10 BC

  • 8. 
    A school bus the driver shall not allow the transportation of​​​​​​​:
    • A. 

      Alcoholic beverages

    • B. 

      Food

    • C. 

      Soft Drinks

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 9. 
    Weapons and other hazardous materials may not be carried on a school bus except:​​​​​​​
    • A. 

      Loaded and or concealed firearms carried by a peace or special police officer or persons with a weapons permit.

    • B. 

      Starter pistols not capable of expelling a projectile

    • C. 

      Oxygen medically prescribed

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 10. 
    A driver of a school bus, youth bus, and SPAB shall refuse to transport dogs or other animals except for:
    • A. 

      Guide Dogs

    • B. 

      Service Dogs

    • C. 

      Signal Dogs

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 11. 
    Smoking is permitted in a school bus when:
    • A. 

      No pupil is aboard

    • B. 

      No adults are present

    • C. 

      When requested by a parent

    • D. 

      Never

  • 12. 
    A school bus shall not be put in motion until:
    • A. 

      All passengers are seated

    • B. 

      Headlamps are lighted

    • C. 

      The doors are closed

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 13. 
    When warning devices are placed on a two-lane highway because of a disabled vehicle, place reflectors:
    • A. 

      10 feet, 100 feet and 200 feet to the rear

    • B. 

      100 feet in front, 10 feet and 500 feet to the rear

    • C. 

      10 feet front or rear, 100 feet in front, and 200 feet to the rear

    • D. 

      10 feet front or rear, 100 feet in front, and 100 feet to the rear

  • 14. 
    School Bus evacuations shall be conducted:
    • A. 

      Every six (6) months

    • B. 

      Every year

    • C. 

      Every two (2) years

    • D. 

      Never

  • 15. 
    The driver of a school bus shall operate the flashing red signal (cross-over) Lamps:
    • A. 

      At times when children (12th grade or below) are loading or unloading and crossing the highway upon which the school bus is stopped

    • B. 

      When escorting pupils who attend an” elementary” school

    • C. 

      At all times when loading or unloading students unless the stop is exempt from the use of red-lights

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 16. 
    All school bus stops made for receiving and discharging pupils shall be designated by the:
    • A. 

      California Highway Patrol

    • B. 

      California Department of Education

    • C. 

      School District Superintendent

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 17. 
    A collision between a vehicle and any pupil or the bus driver while the pupil or driver is crossing the highway when the school bus flashing, red signal (cross-over) lamps are required to be operated is classified as a:
    • A. 

      Non school bus accident

    • B. 

      School bus accident

    • C. 

      School bus accident only if the driver was involved

    • D. 

      School bus accident only if the student was in involved

  • 18. 
    At the completion of the driver’s work or tour of duty, each driver shall:
    • A. 

      Submit a daily written report indicating the condition of the vehicle.

    • B. 

      Submit a written report if any repairs are deemed necessary.

    • C. 

      Both A and B.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 19. 
    The driver of a school bus shall not drive more than ___ hours within a work period or drive after ___ consecutive hours have elapsed since first reporting for duty:
    • A. 

      8 / 12

    • B. 

      10 / 16

    • C. 

      12 / 15

    • D. 

      12 / 16

  • 20. 
    Unless the driver of a school bus or SPAB is the mechanic charged with the care and maintenance of the bus, the driver shall not make any repairs of the bus or its equipment except  
    • A. 

      Minor repairs

    • B. 

      Emergency repairs on the road

    • C. 

      Necessary emergency repairs on the road

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 21. 
    Which state agency is responsible for adopting reasonable rules and regulations designed to promote the safe operation of school buses.
    • A. 

      Department of Motor Vehicles

    • B. 

      Department of Education

    • C. 

      Department of Transportation

    • D. 

      California Highway Patrol

  • 22. 
    When shall a school bus driver use an approved hand-held stop sign while escorting students across a road?
    • A. 

      While escorting elementary age pupils.

    • B. 

      When high school age pupils are crossing the roadway.

    • C. 

      At all times when pupils pre-Kindergarten, kindergarten, or any grades 1 to 8 are crossing the roadway.

    • D. 

      At all times when escorting pupils across a roadway.

  • 23. 
    A school bus while being used for transportation of persons other than pupils to or from school or school-related activities must have:
    • A. 

      School bus signs covered

    • B. 

      Flashing red-lights covered

    • C. 

      Amber warning lights covered

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 24. 
    When a pupil is aboard the driver of a school bus shall not leave the driver’s compartment without first:
    • A. 

      Stopping the engine and effectively setting the parking brakes.

    • B. 

      Removing the ignition keys, which shall remain in the driver’s possession?

    • C. 

      Placing the transmission in first, reverse, park or neutral for automatic transmissions that do not have a park position.

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 25. 
    It is unlawful for anyone to require a driver to drive a school bus that is not in safe operating condition except for:
    • A. 

      California Motor Carrier Specialist

    • B. 

      School Bus Mechanic

    • C. 

      California Highway Patrol

    • D. 

      None of the Above