Where to Take the Ham Radio Exam?
by John Cunningham, W1AI
HamTestOnline™ does not administer the amateur radio exams.
To obtain or upgrade a ham radio license, you must attend an exam session administered by a Volunteer Examiner (VE) team. The good news is that most people don't have to travel far. In fact, some VE teams will administer your ham radio exam online!
You can click here to see whether in-person exams are being held in your area. Only enter the zip code, and optionally a distance in the dropdown box to the right, otherwise you may get no results on this screen.
We strongly encourage you to stay in communication with the contact for your in-person exam session, as some sessions do get cancelled at the last minute.
Also, don't forget to bring earplugs, because in-person exam sessions can be noisy.
Online testing - At your convenience
Don't want to test on someone else's schedule? Through our partnership with the Last Frontier Amateur Radio Society (LFARS), HamTestOnline™ customers can now schedule custom exam sessions at the date and time of their choosing. With volunteer examiners (VEs) scattered across 5 timezones, they can usually accommodate any date and time you request!
Click here to schedule your custom exam! (Current HamTestOnline™ customers only, a minimum of 48 hours notice is required. To supply proof that you are a HamTestOnline™ customer, click the “Purchase” button in your account and print the screen to a PDF file.)
Online testing (at pre-scheduled sessions)
Many VE teams are offering remote exams using Zoom and similar tools.
Click here to find an online exam session.
We encourage you to sign up in advance, because the number of sessions available is limited. Also, a looming exam date is an excellent motivator to study every day!
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