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NC4FB FCC GROL + Radar License Exam Self-Study Program

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Commercial Element 7 License Exam Self-Study Program

This is a self-study program for  the FCC commercial element 7 license exam.  Elements 7 is required to obtain the Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) Radio Operator's license.  The FCC does not administer commercial operator license examinations. To obtain a new or upgraded FCC commercial operator license, you must pass an examination administered by a Commercial Operator License Examination Manager (COLEM). 

FCC License Requirements

FCC commercial license requirements

To pass Element 7,  you must correctly answer at least 75 questions on the 100-question exam.  The exam is made up of questions drawn from a  pool of 600 questions. Do not attempt to memorize the questions and answers they way they appear in the FCC Element 7 question pool.  The questions and answer choices on the exam will be shuffled.

Element 7 Exam Structure

There are 100 topics represented in the element 7 question pool with 6 questions associated with each topic for a total of 600 questions.  The element 7 license exam is comprised of one question randomly drawn from each topic for a total of 100 questions.

Click on the link below to access the commercial element 7 exam self-study program.

 commercial element 7 self-study program

Commercial License Exam Question Review System

Ever run into commercial license exam questions that keep giving you trouble over and over? No problem!  Just follow the simple directions below and you can roll your own exam question review system.  Your personalized review system will enable you to concentrate on the troublesome questions.

Step 1)  Create a folder or folders on your computer named ELEMENT1, ELEMENT3, ELEMENT8, and ELEMENT9 depending on the exam or exams you are studying for.

Step 2)  Create sub-folders for each subelement/topic  you are having problems with.

A-D for Element 1.

A-Q for Element 3.

1-100 for Element 7.

A-F for Element 8.

A-D for Element 9.

Step 3)  Use a text editor to create simple files containing the question numbers of interest.  One question number per line.  Name the files something like 1A.txt, 1B.txt, etc. so you can find them easily.  Save the files in the appropriate sub-folders for the exam you are studying for.

File format example for a sample review file shown below.  You can add comments starting at column 7 or beyond.

9A02     tough question

Save the file in sub-folder 9A with a name like 9A.txt so you can easily locate it when needed.

Step 4)  Use the copy function in your editor to copy the questions from the appropriate file that you want to include in the review session.  Use the link provided below to access the online subelement question facility.  Select the exam you are studying for and paste the question numbers in the area provided.  The online review facility is pretty forgiving and will eliminate duplicates, check to be sure the question numbers are in the database, and warn you if you get confused and attempt to use the wrong question numbers for the exam you selected.

roll your own question review system

If you happen to enter an invalid question number, a complete list of correct and incorrect question numbers will be displayed so you can make the necessary corrections to your question review file.  Correct the errors, save the file,  and continue.

The online facility will display the questions and answer choices one question at a time.  Make your answer choice and click the check answer button.  Your answer will be checked.  Continue the process until all the questions have been viewed.  Your score will be displayed.  There are options available to display a list of missed question numbers and to repeat missed questions.

Use the copy function in your browser to copy missed question numbers and paste them into a review file that can be saved for later use. 

Continually pare down your question review list or lists until you eliminate all the questions that have caused you trouble.

Note:  You can create exam question number review files with question numbers from any of the exam subelements.  You may want to do this when you are down to just a few questions that are giving you problems.

Sample file layout:


Bonus:  Click on the link provided below to access question review files for the Element 3, Element 8, and Element 9 exams that reference figures.  Copy the question numbers from the appropriate file and paste them into the input form provided as part of the "roll your own" question review system.  Be sure to select the correct exam before clicking the review questions button.

exam questions that reference figures

Email NC4FB if you need assistance or to report a problem.

FCC Commercial Radio License Self-Study Program

The free NC4FB self-study program for FCC Commercial Radio License Elements 1, 3, and 8 is now available.

Elements 1, 3, and 8 must be passed in order to obtain the FCC General Radiotelephone Operator license + ship radar endorsement.

FCC Commercial Radio License Requirements

FCC commercial license requirements

The key feature of the self-study program is the inclusion of subelement flashcards and subelement exams.  Together, they provide the framework for candidates to master one subelement at a time.

The self-study program can be accessed by clicking on the links provided below.

element 1 self-study

element 3 self-study

element 8 self-study

The FCC does not administer commercial operator license examinations. To obtain a new or upgraded FCC commercial operator license, you must pass an examination or examinations administered by a Commercial Operator License Examination Manager (COLEM).

You can locate the nearest COLEM to you by clicking on the link provided below.

locate COLEM