License Testing

MDARC Volunteer Examiners hold exam sessions prior to most club meetings. Sessions begin at 6:00 PM. Please arrive no later than 7:00 PM to be seated for your exam.

                    No Testing
                    There will be No Testing on the following 3rd Fridays:
  • April - Due to the Club Auction
  • October - Due to Pacificon (There will be testing at Pacificon.)
  • December - Due to the Holiday Banquet

For information on alternative testing locations on these dates,
please contact our Testing Coordinator, Larry Loomer, KI6LNB, at


MDARC meetings are held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette CA. The entrance to the test room is on the south side of the church near the second parking lot.

We offer full testing on all elements. There is a fee for taking an element. Once you pay for a session, you may take as many different elements as you would like. However, if you fail an element, you will have to pay again to retake the element.

The Question Pools
"Each question pool must contain at least 10 times the number of questions required for a single examination." (47CFR97.523 Question pools) The question pools are normally valid for 4 years before being replaced. Each question pool is divided into sub-elements, each sub-element containing a certain number of questions on a similar topic. Every exam must contain a specified number of questions from every sub-element.
* The Technician question pool currently has 424 questions.
* The General question pool currently has 462 questions.
The Amateur Extra question pool currently has 713 questions.

The official version of all question pools is created and maintained by the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC). You may download a copy of all question pools from their web site at Look down the left-hand navigation bar, in the Amateur Question Pool section, for the correct question pool. Note there are often two question pools listed for a particular license class. Be careful to select the correct license class and download the question pool that will be in effect on the date you take the test.

The Exams
* The Technician exam has 35 questions. You must answer at least 26 (74%) correctly to pass.
* The General exam has 35 questions. You must answer at least 26 (74%) correctly to pass.
* The Amateur Extra exam has 50 questions. You must answer at least 37 (74%) correctly to pass.

Exam Requirements
All persons sitting for an exam must bring with them:
* One government-issued photo ID (e.g., drivers license, passport). (See also below.)
* The ARRL-required testing fee, in cash or check. Please bring the exact amount. We may not be able to make change. Currently, the testing fee is $15.00.
* If you are testing for a license other than the Technician Class, you must also bring one copy of your most recent current license. Please note: this copy will not be returned. See for instructions on how to obtain a copy of your license.
* Their Social Security Number (SSN) or their FCC issued Federal Registration Number (FRN). You are encouraged to register with the FCC prior to the test, and use your FRN on the exam forms, rather than your SSN.
(See also below.)

Alternative Forms of Identification
If no photo ID is available, bring two forms of identification from the below list:
           a. non-photo ID/driver's license (some states still have them)
           b. birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal)
           c. social security card
           d. library card
           e. utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that specifically names the person; or a postmarked envelope addressed
               to the person at his or her current mailing address as it appears on
               the Form 605.

Federal Registration Number (FRN)
We are required by the FCC to submit either your SSN or your FRN number with your license application form. If you prefer not to give your SSN at the exam session, then you may register your SSN with the FCC before exam day. Once you have a FCC issued FRN, you may no longer use your SSN on the application. For instructions on how to register your SSN with the FCC and receive a FRN, visit the FCC's FAQ page and the FCC's registration instructions page

Other Requirements
* You may bring a calculator to the examination, however, you must demonstrate that it has nothing stored in its memory.
* Cell phones and similar communication devices MAY NOT be used during the examination for communication, as a calculator, or for any other uses.
* You MAY NOT bring NOTES into the examination.

To get started, order the Ham Radio License Manual from the ARRL.You can also purchase this book at Ham Radio Outlet and various online book stores.

See our Education and Training page for more information on preparing for your exam.

For More Information Contact Larry Loomer, KI6LNB