ARRL East Bay Section

Licensing

License Testing

Testing for the FCC license is conducted by at least three volunteer examiners VEs).  VEs submit test results through a Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC). The VEC is an organization that creates and administers tests based on FCC guidelines and submits test results to the FCC. The FCC authorizes the VECs to charge a fee for administering exams, currently $15. The fee is per sitting of the exam; in other words, if you pass the Technician you can take the General for the same fee. In fact you could take all three exams for $15 if you pass the preceding one. You have to answer a certain amount of questions correctly to pass each licensing test, which is listed below:

The Technician exam is 35 questions; you need to get 26 correct to pass.

The General exam is 35 questions; you need to get 26 correct to pass.

The Amateur Extra is 50 questions; you need to get 37 correct to pass.

The license is good for 10 years. If you wish to renew, you simply apply to the FCC