HT Model                                    
Direct Frequency Entry                                    
5-Watt RF Output                                    
Sub-audible Encode/Decode                                    
External DC Connection                                    
AA Pack Available                                    
Illuminated Frequency Display                                    
Illuminated Keypad                                    
Repeater Reverse Button                                    
Understandable Manual                                    
Two dozen + Memory Slots                                    
Robust Antenna Connector                                    
External Earphone/Spkr Jack                                    
Number of Bands                                    
General Coverage vs. Ham                                    
External Microphone Jack                                    
Not Operationally Intuitive                                    
One Watt or Less                                    
No External Ant. Connection                                    
Requires Internet Access                                    


The license exams for all current Amateur Radio licenses: Technician, General and Extra, are all of the same style. Each is four-answer multiple choice. Technician and General have 35 questions; Extra 50.

A passing score for the Technician and General exams is 26 correct (74%). You may miss 9. For the Extra exam it is 37 correct (74%). You may miss 13. Questions are chosen randomly by a computer with a specified number taken from each of the ten groups on the pool. You will find that number at the beginning of the sections.

Here is a typical example:

Which of the following one-way communications may NOT be transmitted in the amateur service?

A. Telecommand to model craft

B. Broadcasts intended for reception by the general public

C. Brief transmissions to make adjustments to the station

D. Morse code practice

Each question in the pool is preceeded by a header. This is the header for the question above:

 T1A07 (B) [97.3a10, 97.113b].

T1A07 is the question number. (B) is the correct anwser. [97.3a10, 97.113b] is the section of Federal radio law governing the question. Your exam questions will omit some of this information.

Questions and answers on the exam MUST be taken directly from the question pool you will study in your session. The pool is divided into ten sections called subelements, T1-T0. The number of questions that will be taken from each subelement is given at the beginning, for example, "SUBELEMENT T1 - FCC Rules [5 Exam Questions..." The five questions from this particular subelement and the required number from the other subelements that will be on your exam will be selected at random, however, often by a computer program.

ABSOLUTELY NO CHANGE in the wording of questions or the answers is permitted on exams.

The visual appearance of the exam might not, however, be the same as in the pool. Exam questions might appear in a simple typewriter font: A. Telecommand to model craft or in a printed font: A. Telecommand to model craft.

Also, questions on the exam will not be in the same order as in the pool, nor will the order of the answers be the same. For example, the first question might be from subelement 8, the second from subelement 3, and so forth, and answer A may be answer C, for example..

Volunteer examiners are not permitted to disuss your answers after the exam. Please do not ask them to how many or which questions you missed. They may ONLY tell you if you have passed or not.


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