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AB Air Brake Test 4

  • Perfect for first-time and renewal commercial applicants, and those adding endorsements
  • Based on 2024 AB commercial driver's licence manual
  • Updated for July 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.
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AB commercial driver's licence
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What you need to know

Do you want to drive a truck in Alberta? To be a commercial driver in this province, you need a licence that is specific to the type of truck you want to drive. As a truck driver, you are a critical part of the transportation industry. The power and size of large trucks are awe-inspiring. Even while you’re driving safely, the smallest mistake can cause serious damage. Before you can get your commercial driver’s licence, you must pass both a written and practical test. The written test (also known as the Alberta commercial driver’s licence knowledge exam) has several multiple-choice questions. You must get at least an 80% to pass the knowledge examination. This 50-question practice test will help you to prepare for the Alberta (AB) Air Brake written test required to get your commercial driver’s licence. As you answer the questions on this test, we recommend checking each question’s explanation to gain further insight into the rule behind it. All questions on this test are based on the 2024 AB commercial driver’s guide. Good luck and drive safely!

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List of questions (classic view)
  1. How often should the air tanks be drained?
  2. On a tractor-trailer, if the supply and service lines to the trailer are cross-connected, what may happen?
  3. How do you release DD3 safety actuator brakes?
  4. When you're going to tow a trailer, how can you tell if the trailer's antilock braking system (ABS) is working?
  5. Wedge brakes are
  6. The purpose of the tractor protection valve is
  7. To test the tractor protection system, first push in the red button. Then
  8. In a tractor-trailer, the connections between the tractor and the trailer include which of the following components?
  9. The hand valve control ("spike") applies
  10. Which brakes are more powerful, the spring brakes or the service brakes?
  11. Which of the following is NOT a part of a truck's braking system?
  12. A tractor-trailer's braking system supplies compressed air to which trailer brakes FIRST?
  13. An S-cam is found in
  14. When coupling a tractor to a trailer, how many air lines do you have to connect?
  15. If there is a loss of air to the service brakes in a trailer with a spring brake priority system, how can you brake the trailer to a stop?
  16. In a trailer with a spring brake priority system, compressed air is supplied to which brakes FIRST?
  17. How many air lines must be connected to a DD3 safety actuator brake chamber?
  18. The tractor protection valve closes to stop the flow of compressed air to
  19. To uncouple your tractor from the trailer, how should you set the trailer air supply valve?
  20. Which of the following is not a component of a wedge brake?
  21. How often should you check brake chamber pushrod travel?
  22. Which of the following is a part of a disc brake?
  23. In an air braking system, which of the following is not commonly part of a disc brake?
  24. Which of the following are helpful in reducing heat in the air brake system?
  25. Which of the following can affect pushrod stroke?
  26. If you find a major defect in the air brake system, you should
  27. How can you determine applied pushrod stroke?
  28. Which is least likely to cause brake drums to overheat?
  29. When must full braking capability be available?
  30. Assuming good traction and constant vehicle weight, if you double your vehicle's speed, your vehicle's braking distance will be
  31. In an air brake system, what does a governor do?
  32. Which of the following is the best way to inspect an air compressor?
  33. When can you adjust automatic slack adjusters?
  34. If the outer layer of an air line is damaged, but the inner tube is still OK, what should you do?
  35. To make sure the air tanks are securely attached to your vehicle, you should
  36. Before inspecting your air brakes, you should
  37. Your vehicle passes the tug test of the parking brakes if
  38. If the brake chambers on opposite sides of an axle are of different sizes, the result may be
  39. To check the brake chambers for leaks, you should
  40. in a drum brake, the brake lining is fastened to
  41. Which one does not belong to the aim of the hands-on training in the course?
  42. What is not a learning objective in the classroom part of the Alberta Air Brake Program?
  43. How much time is allocated for the theoretical instruction in the schedule of the course?
  44. In case of unsuccessful practical exam, can a retest be taken?
  45. What could potentially lead to brake failure?
  46. How much more braking force is needed when the vehicle's speed is doubled?
  47. Are students allowed to seek assistance when completing operations on the Air Brake Practical Test form?
  48. What is defined as an air brake lag?
  49. What was the primary reason for establishing the Alberta Air Brake Program?
  50. Why do hydraulic brakes react instantly whereas air brakes don't?