Amateur Extra License (2012-2016)

This is a free self-study program for the Amateur Extra license exam effective July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2016.

The Amateur Extra license exam is a 50 question test drawn from a pool of 702 questions. The question pool is divided into 10 subelements (E0–E9).  Each subelement is subdivided into groups (topics).  There are 50 topics represented in the question pool.  One question will be randomly selected from each topic to make up the exam. You must  correctly answer at least 37 questions on the exam to obtain your license. 

Do NOT attempt to memorize answers to questions based on the way they appear in the NCVEC question pool.  The order of questions and answer choices may be shuffled on the actual exam.  There is no time limit on the exam.

View the Amateur Extra license exam syllabus using the link below.

amateur extra (2012 – 2016)  exam syllabus

Table-1 shows the number of questions in each subelement and the number of exam questions taken from each subelement.

Table-1. Amateur Extra question distribution.

Table-1. Amateur Extra question pool distribution.

View the entire Amateur Extra license question pool using the links below.

correct answer choices

all answer choices

Look up and display questions by number using the link below.

question display facility

STUDY MATERIALS
(not required for the self-study program)

A free Amateur extra license exam study guide (courtesy of AD7FO) is available at the link below.

AD7FO Amateur Extra license exam study guide

A free introduction to Smith Charts is available at the link below.

introduction to Smith Charts

printable blank Smith chart

The ARRL extra class license manual and Q/A book are available at the links below.

($29.95) extra class license manual

($17.95) Q/A book

The W5YI extra class study guide is available at the link below.

($24.94) extra class study guide

NC4FB Extra exam study aid available at the link below.

($1.99) Amateur Extra license study aid

Kindle format study guides are available at the links below.

($0.99)  W5JCK Amateur Extra math guide

($7.99)  KB6NU no-nonsense Extra Class License Study Guide

QUESTION REVIEW FACILITY

Use the question review facility at the link below to BOOST your license exam score.  The facility enables you to concentrate on missed practice test and exam questions.  The subelement tests and practice exams generated by this study program include lists of incorrectly answered question numbers.   Copy and paste the question numbers into a simple text file (one question number per line) and save it.  When you are ready to review the questions, open the file, copy and paste the question numbers into the form provided with the review facility and test yourself on the questions.  Repeat the process until you correctly answer all the questions in the file.  Keep adding question numbers to the file as your studies progress.  The review facility excludes duplicate question numbers from tests and includes  options to select subelements, set passing score, and the maximum number of questions to be reviewed.  By concentrating on the questions you miss on practice tests and exams, you will significantly improve your license exam score.  The question review facility can be used with any license exam study approach.  Just accumulate question numbers of interest in a file and review them as needed.

question review facility

If questions are missed in an question review facility session, a link will be provided at the bottom of the results summary.  Click the link to test yourself on the missed questions.  Repeat the process until you answer all the questions correctly.

Use the question review file analyzer at the link below to help you identify the subelement groups (topics) needing more study.  Copy and paste the question numbers from the review file into the form provided with the analyzer.  Periodically analyze the question numbers in the review file as your studies progress.  Refer to the Amateur Extra exam syllabus for topic descriptions.

question review file analyzer

TEXT SEARCH FACILITY

Use the link below to search for questions of interest in the amateur extra exam question pool.  There are options to search questions, answer choices, and questions + answer choices. Searches can be case sensitive or case insensitive.  An AND/OR option is available when two search arguments are used.  The text search facility enables you to locate specific types of questions.

text search facility

STUDY by TOPICS or ENTIRE SUBELEMENTS

This self-study program enables you to study by topics as presented in the NCVEC Amateur Extra exam syllabus or to study entire subelements.  By studying topics, you will be able to concentrate on fewer questions at a time.  Table-2 shows the topics within each subelement.

extra-topics.png

Table-2. Amateur Extra topics.

WINDOWS DESKTOP STUDY APPS

The apps include a flashcard facility (fcf-v-1-0.exe), a subelement test/sample exam facility (tef-v-1-0.exe), and a question review facility (qrf-v-1-0.exe). Download the file and unzip it.  Double click the executable file names to start the apps.  The apps are portable and will run directly from a USB flash drive.  Use the apps as an “on the go” self-study program. Internet access is not required after the apps are downloaded.

If questions are missed on a subelement test or sample exam, a link will be displayed at the bottom of the results summary for you to test yourself on the missed questions.  Repeat testing until you correctly answer all the questions.

desktop study apps

Use the desktop question review facility to concentrate on missed subelement test and sample exam questions.  At the end of subelement tests and sample exams, a list of missed and unanswered question numbers will be displayed.  Copy and paste the question numbers into the form provided with the review facility.  Accumulate the question numbers (one per line) in a file.  Periodically review the question questions.

AUDIO SUBELEMENT FILES

Subelement (E0-E9) audio files (MP3) are available at the link below.  Download the zipped files into a suitably named folder and unzip it.  Transfer the audio files to a MP3 player.   Study for your exam while you travel or exercise.

questions + correct answers

questions + all answer choices

HOW THE SELF-STUDY PROGRAM WORKS

TOPIC STUDY.  Study the flashcards covering a  topic.  Test yourself on the topic questions.  When you are scoring 85 or higher on every topic test,  move on to the next topic.  When you have completed all the topics in a subelement, test yourself on the entire subelement until you are scoring 85 or higher on every test. Repeat the process until you complete all ten subelements (E0 – E9). Then test yourself with  sample Amateur Extra license exams until you are scoring 85 or higher on every sample exam.

SUBELEMENT STUDY:  Study the flashcards for an entire subelement,  Test yourself on the subelement until you are scoring 85 or higher on every test.  Repeat the process until you complete all ten subelements (E0 – E9).  Then test yourself with  sample Amateur Extra license exams until you are scoring 85 or higher on every sample exam.

If you need help, use the form at the link below.  Be specific with your request. Include question numbers, figure numbers, and the self-study program component you are using.  Ex. question number E5A01, subelement tests.

help request

SELF-STUDY PROGRAM

1.  Start with topic E0A.  Generate a listing of the questions with correct answer choices using the link below.  Read over the listing several times. Be sure to select Extra license and enter the correct topic in the form.

If  you are studying by subelement, start with subelement E0.  There is an option to generate a listing of all the questions in a subelement.

list questions

2.  Study the topic flashcards using the display correct answers only option until you are ready to check your answers.  Uncheck the display correct answers only option and  hover over your choice to see if it is the correct answer.  If you are using a touch screen device, select the touch screen device option and touch your choice to see if it is the correct answer. When you are ready to test yourself on a topic proceed to step 3.

If you are studying by subelements,  there is an option to generate flashcards for all the questions in a subelement.

flashcards

3If you are studying  subelements,  proceed to step 4 and test yourself with subelement tests.

If you are studying by topic,  test yourself using the link below.  Continue testing until you are consistently scoring 85 or higher on every test.  Repeat steps 1-3 until you complete all the topics in a subelement then proceed to step 4.

topic tests

If questions are missed on a topic test, a link will be provided at the bottom of the results summary to test yourself on the missed questions.  Repeat testing until you correctly answer all the questions.

4.  Test yourself with subelement tests using the online subelement test facility  or desktop test/exam facility (tef-v-1-0.exe) until you are consistently scoring 85 or higher.  Repeat steps 1–4 until you complete all ten subelements (E0 – E9).  A list of missed and unanswered questions will be displayed below the test summaries.  Copy and paste the question numbers into a cumulative test review file. Use the online question review facility or desktop question review facility to concentrate on incorrectly answered subelement questions.

If questions are missed on a subelement test, a link will be provided at the bottom of the results summary to test yourself on the missed questions.  Repeat testing until you correctly answer all the questions.

5.  When you have completed all the subelements, test yourself with sample Amateur Extra license exams using the online sample exam facility  or desktop test/exam facility until you are consistently scoring 85 or higher on every exam. 

If questions are missed on a sample exam, a link will be generated at the bottom of the results summary to test yourself on the missed questions.  Repeat testing until you correctly answer all the questions.

6.  Improve your license exam score by quizzing yourself with tests composed of questions that refer to figures,  questions having answer choices of “all choices correct”,  questions referring to Smith diagrams, and questions that refer to FCC rules using the link below.

create your own test

If questions are missed on a create your own test,  a link will be generated at the bottom of the results summary to test yourself on the missed questions.  Repeat testing until you correctly answer all the questions.

Pay particular attention to the questions containing answer choices of “all choices correct.”  Less than half of these questions actually have correct answers of all choices correct.

7.  Before you take the license exam,  review all the questions in the cumulative question review file until you answer every one of them correctly.

8.  Now you’re ready to take the Amateur Extra license exam.  Use the link below to find an exam session near you.  If you cannot find an exam near you, contact the nearest amateur radio club and request assistance.

find exam session

Send me an Email and let me know how you did on your exam.

8 Responses to “Amateur Extra License (2012-2016)”


  • Passed my Extra exam thanks to this site! Desktop study materials and the answer lists were a huge help. Thank you for making and hosting all of this!

  • Thank you for your website. I passed my exam thanks to your excellent program. I have recommended your website to everyone I know who is either upgrading or wishing to become a ham.

    Jim Davis
    KH7DY

  • I am looking to take the general soon and had the thought to go ahead and persue the extra at or about the same time. I am glad I found your site and plan to use some of these techniques to study for the general as well. Thank you

  • Frank Matthews, KC4FKX

    What a find on Christmas Eve! My New Year's Resolution is to upgrade to Extra Class and this is just the ticket (no pun intended). Thanks for creating and sharing this information. Well…just like the monkey said when he had his tail cut off…."it won't be long now", nor will it be long before upgrading! Thanks again!!!

  • Thank you for your dedication to the hobby and helping others advance. My son (KD0POO) and I are using your resources here to study for our Amateur Extra license. Looks promising!

  • Jeffrey S Coleman DDS

    Awesome !  Studying as we Speak !  Better than anything I had in Dental School !  Thanks so Much for putting all that Time in for Us little people !  Thank You !
    73

  • Thank you for the time you donated to us all in putting this together.  I will certainly share the link.  

  • passed my extra today with flying colors using your method and website exclusively. Many thanks and 73

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