Know The Rules

Your Volunteer Examiner team is excited to administer your test. Reviewing and anticipating these requirements will ensure that your exam experience is successful, efficient and pleasant.

Exam Fee

Kindly Submit Your $14
Unfortunately, Registrations Received Without Being Funded Are Cancelled 24 Hours Later

Federal Registration Number (FRN)

As you register for your exam at HamStudy.org, NEW applicants will apply for, and immediately receive an FCC FRN. This is a required on your application for your New/Upgraded license. Current license holders already have this FRN with their existing Call Sign.

An account at the FCC is needed. Below is a brief video with very specific, simple instructions on you will obtain your FRN. Feel free to register for your FRN in advance by clicking this FCC logo.

Exam Time

Although your exam is NEVER timed, how about planning on about 15-20 minutes. We find our well-prepared applicants typically complete in 8-13 minutes, plus a few more completing electronic documents. Occasionally, technology issues might extend your experience slightly. We are VERY patient as we navigate together, any obstacles in the way of your testing success!

Fun Fact: Most of our exam delays are related to making sure your desk is cleared of paper and additional items. Help us help you, by clearing you test enviroment as best you can in advance! Thanks a ton!

Expect An Email Invitation

In fact, maybe even a text message too! You will receive an emailed Zoom meeting invite about 20-60 minutes prior to your exam session. Simply click on the blue link to join your meeting. Watch the video while in the waiting room and wait to be admitted. We often are ahead of schedule, so be you might test a bit earlier than expected. You're never obligated to join though until your clearly indicated exam time.

Some Zoom meeting invite emails might occasionally land in your Spam/Junk mail folders. Check there for possible misdirected email, ok?

Recording Consent/Room Scan

When joining your meeting you're asked to consent with recording laws. Please remove sensitive material from your test area that you do not wish to be recorded. A 360 degree scan of your room is needed along with a view of your work surface/desktop you are testing at. You agree to the recording, storage and distribution of video, images and audio from the meeting.

We celebrate your success on our Website and Social Media pages. We are happy to excluded you from our Social Media celebration, just ask!

Sorry, No Physical Calculators

You're welcome to open a calculator app on your testing device, that is free from stored memory, or preset formulas. No calculator app? We will direct you to an free online version!

Wearable Technology

Communicating with your exam team can be done with your headset or earbuds, however we will ask you to remove any Headsets / Earbuds / Headphones / Smart Watches / Smart Eyewear prior to starting the exam.

NCVEC 605 Application

Once registered, your information is populated onto a NCVEC Form 605. Your exam team will guide you on applying your electronic signature to this document. Your name must match between your FRN or existing Call Sign, and the 605.
This is the application that we will submit on your behalf to the FCC. New license applicant? Once the FCC receives your 605 application, you receive an email from the Commission with instructions on how to pay your $35 application fee.

One Monitor Or Screen

Please remove, turn around, or cover additional screens or monitors that are within your field of view. A simple sweatshirt or bath towel works great for covering screens. During your exam, please concentrate on only your exam, trying not to allow your vision or gaze to drift away from your own testing screen for too long.

Fun Fact: A very handy place to test uninterrupted is actually your bathroom! A smaller area, with minimal electronic distractions that works nicely for your exam environment.

Test Alone and Unassisted

*Applicants under the age of 18 may have a parent or legal guardian present during the exam.*

Please carve out ample time away from others to complete your exam. Once your exam begins, you must remain on camera and able to be heard until you complete.

Your exam team understands that dogs bark, doorbells ring and young kids ask for something occasionally. Cats even walk across work areas that THEY are letting you use for your test. Life happens, and we are most understandable! Just ensure that your exam is free from any suspicion from exchange of information, and that you are clearly testing unassisted.
Remove any books, magazines, notes, posters, or test material from your view and reach.

Can I take more than One Exam?

Absolutely! Your exam fee covers all the exam elements you can pass. Should you fall short on an element, an additional exam fee is needed to continue.

In fact, we have had many applicants pass all 3 exams, one after the other, all for the single exam fee. So, if you would like to challenge the next exam element, simply ask your test team.

NOTE: Our experience shows that if you have not studied for the next test element, success rates are extremely poor. So keep studying, and prepare well for the elements you would like to tackle next!


"License and Registration Please?"
How about some ID? Your Government Issued Photo ID will work nicely, so be ready to display it to your exam team. Some webcams have difficulty focusing, so we might even ask you email/text a picture of it to your team. We never retain your ID, and it's discarded once verified.

Alternatively, a Birth Certificate, Accredited School ID, Passport etc, can also be used to verify your identity to your exam team. Non-standard ID? Please ask ahead of time if it qualifies!

Youth? Under 13 Years Old?

This is our highlight! Youth entering the hobby! The Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) though, requires parents or guardians of applicants UNDER the age of 13, to complete a COPPA form. Please have your parent or legal guardian download and complete this form as part of the registration process at HamStudy.org Please email this completed from to coppa@examtools.org as well as stephen@wm7x.net

Scratch Paper?

Your exam team allows a single piece of scratch paper. Your paper is verified to be clear prior to your exam. If it is used, your team will briefly peek at it at end of exam. Alternatively, also allowed is the use a cleared on-screen notepad.

Device Preparations

Video and Audio must function on the device you are testing on. Occasionally, a second device is needed if technology issues arise.
Mac user? To accommodate screen sharing, you will need to allow Zoom to record your screen in your Privacy & Security Settings. Don't worry, we will talk you through this easy peasy.
Solid internet is required, plugged in ethernet preferred. If using wireless, ensure good signal strength to your router.
Charge 'em up, or make sure they are plugged in ok?

If your device or Zoom fails during an exam, it is not the end of the world! We simply get you back into the meeting, load up a brand new test, and you are off and running once again!


It is highly recommended that you navigate to Zoom.us and install the desktop client. Under the 'Resources' tab, please download and install Zoom on your device, test running this application to ensure that your software functions. There is no need to setup an account, simply download the program. Be sure to disable any blurring or virtual background you might have applied to your video.

Want to test your Zoom out? Reach out to me so we can test it together well ahead of time.

Actively Running

To ensure exam integrity, all non-essential running applications must be closed. These are not limited to Mail, Messaging, Alerts, Teams, Teamviewer, Discord, Steam, VNC, Remote Desktops, etc.

Your team will examine briefly with you, your device for the presence of these running apps. Kindly follow their short instructional queries as they help you prepare your computer.

Only Zoom, a Web Browser and a Calculator may be active.

Special Needs/Requests

Our team is well aware of the special needs some have, and we are happy to offer reasonable accommodations for you to complete your exam. We have provisions for sight impaired applicants as well!

Please reach out ahead of your exam to communicate with us, what considerations you might require to be successful in your exam!

Simple Clear Instructions

It's a simple website! Yup, if you have browsed a website before, you're in a familiar enviroment! We respect your time, and will help you through this quickly. Your team has administered many thousands of exams and offers you everything you need to know about your test. Follow their easy instructions on navigating your exam will make this a breeze!

Occasionally, we're even Technical Support Agents, assisting you in preparing your computer to test! Our motivation is that you receive the simplest experience you can have with our team. We are honored that you have chosen us to be part of your Amateur Radio journey!

Exam Score Fell A
Bit Short?

No worries, really! Learning is a journey, not an ending! This is still time to celebrate the amount of answers you answered correctly!

Simply decide if you would like to re-test immediately, submiting an additional exam fee payment to take another swing at it! Remember, focus on your success and build upon it. If you decide to study more and return to another session, we would be happy to administer your next attempt too.

Never give up, and don't be discouraged! Brush up on your studies and knock it outta the park next time ok?

It's Time To Celebrate!

Exam scores are immediately displayed! Falling short, and wishing to retest requires an additional exam fee. After passing, you will be guided on the completion of documents and gather your electronic signature. Sign using your mouse, stylus or touchpad!

You are promptly emailed your Completion of Successful Completion of Exam (CSCE). Retain this document as proof of having passed your exam. Your exam team then handles all of your paperwork, submitting application docs to the FCC on your behalf.

Great job! Now time to relax and enjoy the moment, we are absolutely proud of you, and you should be yourself. Now start satudying for the next exam element!

Can't wait to hear you on the air!

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