About the Technician Exam

  • Administered in-person by a friendly Volunteer Exam Coordinator who wants nothing more than to see you to pass 🙂
  • 35 multiple choice questions taken from a pool of 427
  • Must answer 26 (74%) questions correctly in order to pass….C’s are for degrees amirite??!
  • Only 1 in 10 questions contain math (you can miss EVERY single one and still pass!)
  • MORSE code is NOT on the exam anymore
  • Exam Cost is around $15 bucks so you could be licensed and have a nice entry level prepper radio all for under $50.

Registering for the Test

Registering for your ham radio exam is very easy. Just head over to our friends at AARL where you will be asked to provide your zip so you can choose the testing time/place that works for your busy schedule. Thankfully thousands of Ham Radio tests are administered every year in nearly every state across the US so you shouldn’t have to drive very far.

Note:  Some locations may have you register prior to exam day, but most do not.

What to Bring On Test Day

A smile….just kidding. You need a few forms of government id to ensure you are who you say you are. On test day you must bring:  

  • Your driver’s license or passport
    • If you don’t have a photo id please bring two of the following: official birth certificate, library card, bank statement, utility bill, or social security card
  • You must provide your Social Security Number (SSN) or a Federal Registration Number (FRN). If you don’t feel like handing out your social security number to a stranger you can register with the FCC BEFORE you take your exam. Visit the FCC’s site here to get your FRN.  

Note: Some testing locations will ONLY take a FRN on test day and won’t accept your social security number.

  • Number two pencils with an eraser as well as a blue pen
  • Any calculator with it’s memory erased ….NO cheating!!! You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session and must turn off your cell phone.
  • Bring a check, money order or cash for your exam fees