Exams

The Stillwater Amateur Radio Club holds FCC amateur radio licensing examinations every month  after the conclusion of the regular club meeting. Examinations for all license classes are offered, and walk-ins are more than welcome. The Stillwater ARC volunteer examiners are accredited by and conduct the exams under the authority of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and W5YI Volunteer Examiner Coordinator.

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Is there an age requirement for an amateur radio license?

No! You can test for and receive an FCC amateur radio license at any age!

How much does it cost?

There is a $15 fee (Cash Only) per candidate for each examination session in order to cover costs associated with exam administration and processing. You are entitled to take all three license exams (Elements 2, 3, and 4) in a single examination session. However if you fail an exam you must pay another $14 examination fee in order to retake the exam.

What do I need to bring with me to the exam?

You should bring the following items with you to the examination session:

  • Required: Two forms of identification, of which at least one must be an official photo ID (driving license, school/university ID, passport book/card, etc.)
  • If wishing to upgrade, the original and one photocopy of your current FCC amateur radio license along with the originals and one photocopy each of any CSCEs (Certificates of Successful Completion of Examination) showing credit for passed exams that are not reflected on your license
  • At least one pen for filling out the license application and at least one pencil for use on the exam (very limited quantities of each will be on hand)
  • A calculator (Note: Scientific and graphing calculators are allowed, but you must clear the calculator’s memory in full view of the volunteer examiners and allow them to verify that the memory was cleared)

Is there a time limit on the exam?

No, there is no set time limit for any of the exams.

How many questions must I answer correctly to pass?

The minimum percentage of correctly answered questions required for all exams is 74%. The specific number of correctly answered questions required for passing is as follows:

  • Element 2 (Technician) — 26 Questions out of 35
  • Element 3 (General) — 26 Questions out of 35
  • Element 4 (Amateur Extra) — 37 Questions out of 50

When will I find out whether I passed or failed?

Almost immediately! Once you are finished with an exam the volunteer examiners will grade it and let you know the result.

May I find out which questions I missed, if any?

No. The volunteer examiners are only allowed to inform you whether you passed or failed along with your score.

I passed! May I attempt the next higher level exam?

First of all, congratulations! Second of all, yes you may. Your examination fee covers the taking of all exams, in order, that you are able to pass.

I failed! May I retake the exam?

First of all, don’t despair if you failed! Many hams have experienced this “temporary delay” in their progression along the licensing trail. If there is enough available time in the examination session and another version of the exam is on hand you may retake the exam immediately! However you must pay another $14 examination fee in order to do so.

When may I get on the air with my new license or privileges?

If you do not have an amateur radio license you are not allowed to transmit on any amateur radio bands until the FCC assigns you a callsign. You can find out your new callsign through various tools such as the FCC ULS database’s license search or through the ARRL’s FCC License Data Search. Your callsign should appear within 7 to 15 days after passing your exam, and your paper license should arrive within a further 7 to 15 days.

If you already have an FCC amateur radio license and successfully passed an exam to upgrade your license class you are allowed to exercise your new privileges the moment the CSCE is in your hands! Remember though that you must append the appropriate temporary suffix to your callsign (/KT for Technician Class, /AG for General Class, and /AE for Amateur Extra Class) when exercising your new privileges until your new license class appears in the FCC’s ULS database.

Must I be a US citizen or resident to receive an FCC amateur radio license?

Non-US citizens or residents are allowed to test for and receive an FCC amateur radio license. However two requirements apply:

  • You must not be an official representative of a foreign government
  • You must provide a US address at which you able to receive mail