Amateur Radio License Testing

Congratulations, you’ve mastered the materials to get your license or upgrade to the next level! We offer testing in two ways, in-person and online via Zoom.

Here are the things you’ll need to take your license exam.


For ONLINE testing you will need:

  • A computer capable of supporting a Zoom session with Video and Audio.
  • Zoom Video Conferencing software (required).
    • You can get and test zoom here, you only need the free zoom client.
    • Zoom must be configured and tested before the exam.
      • Your device must be able to simultaneously share the screen and display your image.
  • A reliable Internet connection.
  • A basic calculator.
    • You may use the calculator app on your testing computer or tablet.
    • You may not use the calculator on your phone or other communication devices.
  • Government-issued Photo ID: Driver’s License or Passport
  • An FCC Federal Registration Number (FRN) and 4 digit access code.
    • Go here to get an FRN and generate a form 605 and access code.
    • If upgrading, you’ll need a copy of your License or Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE).
  • This is a proctored test!
    • You will need a private place to take the test.
    • The test area must be clear of any testing or study materials, study aids, or devices.
      • The best practice is nothing around your test area except a calculator.
    • No other people or animals (except service animals) are allowed.
      • Exception: If you are under 13 a parent must be in the room.
    • Headphones are not allowed.
    • Multiple Monitors are not allowed.
    • The test cannot be conducted if all of these conditions are not met.
  • $14.00 for the exam fee, payable via PayPal at ([email protected]) or ([email protected]) BEFORE the exam.
    • The test fee is per session, during which you can take multiple tests, time permitting.
      • So long as you pass the prior element and are prepared, you can challenge the next element.
  • We are required to monitor the room during the test with both video and sound.
    • The test proctors will ask to see the room before the test. (Webcam or cell phone can be used to show the room.)
      • With your camera, you will scan the walls, ceiling, floor, and test area.
    • Webcam must be on and mic on for the entire test session.
  • If testing conditions are violated the test will be stopped and the exam fee forfeited.

For IN-PERSON testing you will need:

  • A basic calculator that is not on a phone or other smart device.
  • Government-issued Photo ID: Driver’s License or Passport
  • An FCC Federal Registration Number (FRN) and 4 digit access code.
    • Go here to get an FRN and generate a form 605 and access code.
    • If upgrading, you’ll need a copy of your License or Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE).
  • $14.00 for the exam fee, payable in cash at the exam or via PayPal at ([email protected]) or ([email protected]BEFORE the exam.
    • The test fee is per session, during which you can take multiple tests, time permitting.
      • So long as you pass the prior element and are prepared, you can challenge the next element.

Scheduling:

Day of the test:

  • Be prepared: Have FRN, License, ExamTools session Pin, and calculator.
  • For On-Line Testing.
    • 2 hours before the test, ensure the room, paperwork, calculator, and computer are ready for testing.
      • Laptops should be fully charged or plugged in.
    • 10 minutes before test time, start the zoom session, be patient you’ll be admitted to the testing session shortly.
    • Cell phones may be used as a second video monitoring aid and to scan the room.
      • If you don’t want to use your cell phone to aid in monitoring it should be off and out of your view and reach.
  • For In-Person Testing.
    • Arrive 15 minutes before test time, register, find a testing tablet or computer and sit down.
    • Turn off your cell phone and put it away for the duration of the test.
  • Take the test
  • Complete post-test paperwork.
  • If this is your initial license exam, (i.e. Technician), and you pass the test, we will submit the results to the VEC. The VEC will send the results to the FCC and the FCC will email you with instructions to pay a $35.00 registration fee. When you receive the FCC payment instructions, you have ten (10) days to log on to the FCC website and pay.
    It is IMPORTANT that you pay within 10 days or your application will be dismissed and you will have to contact the VEC to resubmit.
  • VEC is Volunteer Examination Coordinator. There are many VECs in the U.S. In our area, you will test with either W5YI or ARRL VECs. The VEs in our club can test with either one.

Questions:

Any additional questions contact Paul Harrington, or Jack Hendrickson at [email protected] with a contact phone number.