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Adobe Reader Slideshows

Looking for an easy free way to create slideshows for classes, exam review sessions, self-running exhibits, and presentations?  The latest version of Adobe Reader has options that will provide what you need.

Here’s what you need.

Adobe Reader (free)

CutePDF Writer (free)

Text processing software [OpenOffice Text (free), MS Word, etc.]

Here’s how to do it.

Place the material to be viewed as slides on separate pages.  Be sure to allow adequate space for figures to fit without causing page overflow.  If  you use OpenOffice Text, MS Word, or other suitable text processing software to create your material, it is easy to control page layout, formatting, and insert headers and footers as needed.

When the material is ready to be transformed into slides, use the print function in the text processing software (select CutePDF Writer) as the printer.  Print the presentation to a PDF document.

Adobe Reader slideshow setup.

1. Open your document in Adobe Reader
2. Go to Edit/Preferences
3. Click on “Full Screen” in the menu on the left.
4. To advance slides automatically, select “Advance every…” and enter the
slide persistence in  seconds.  Transition effects can be added.
5. Select “Escape key exits” and “Left click to go forward one page…”
6. Click OK.
7. To view the show, click Window/Full Screen View.
8. The left mouse button will go to the next slide, the right mouse button will go to the previous slide. Esc key will stop the slide show.

Ex.  Download the PDF file at the link below.  Open it with Adobe Reader and follow the directions above to view it as a slideshow.

sample Adobe reader slideshow

The slideshows can be used with a video projector.  Follow the video projector manufacturer’s instructions.

Printed Sample License Exams

Ever need printed sample license exams for classes or a candidate you are mentoring?  Amateur Radio Clubs usually meet once a month.  Take some printed sample exams with you so license candidates can check themselves to see if they are ready to take their exams.

Generate sample exams using the link below and print them from your browser.  There is an option to print exams without diagrams for visually impaired candidates that have to have exams read to them.  The answers are on separate pages at the bottom of the exam. You can copy and paste an exam into MS Word or Open Office Text and edit it before printing.  Need the exam in PDF?  Take a look at the free PDF writer from CutePDF.

generate sample paper exam

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Specialized License Exam Preparation

Need to concentrate your study on specific kinds of exam questions?

Use the link below to generate tests comprised of questions containing keywords you specify. For example, generate a test with questions containing the keyword antenna.  Use multiple keywords such as ohm, volt, current, power, resistance, etc. to create categories of questions. You can set the maximum number of test questions generated.

Select

generate keyword tests

Sweating the diagrams on your upcoming license exam?

No problem!  Use the link below to test yourself on all the questions on your exam that refer to diagrams.

all questions with diagrams

License Exam Questions with Diagrams

Use the link below to concentrate on exam questions that refer to diagrams.

exam questions that refer to diagrams

Technician License Exam Study Plan

Need a study plan to help you get ready for the Technician license exam?  This study plan will prepare you to pass the exam in approximately ten weeks?

The Technician license exam consists of 35 questions selected from a pool of 396 questions.  The question pool is divided into 10 subelements (T0–T9).  Subelements are further divided into a total of 35 groups (topics).  One exam question is randomly selected from each group. You must answer a minimum of 26 questions correctly on the exam to obtain your Technician license.

The NCVEC technician license exam question pool can be viewed at the link below.

NCVEC technician license exam question pool

The syllabus for the technician license exam can be viewed at the link below.

technician license exam syllabus

The diagrams referred to by technician license exam questions can be viewed at the link below.

technician license exam diagrams

The following table shows the number of questions in each subelement and the number of exam questions randomly taken from each subelement.  Do not attempt to memorize the questions and answers as they appear in the NCVEC question pool.  The questions and answers will be shuffled on the actual license exam.

T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8 T9 T0 TOT
68 33 33 22 45 47 47 44 22 35 396
6 3 3 2 4 4 4 4 2 3 35

STUDY PLAN

Week 1

Generate listings of the questions and correct answers for subelements T0 and T9 using the link below.  Read over the listings several times.  Then generate listings of questions and all answer choices including correct answers using the same link.  Read over the listings several times.

generate subelement questions & answers

SYLLABUS STUDY APPROACH: If you decide to follow the exam syllabus, use the link below to view group flashcards. The difference between the group flashcards and the subelement flashcards is the number of questions contained in each.  Groups contain smaller numbers of questions than subelements. Open the exam syllabus in a separate browser window and refer to it as you view the group flashcards for subelements T0 and T9.

syllabus group flashcards

When you complete each group, test yourself on it using the link below.

syllabus group tests

SUBELEMENT STUDY APPROACH:  If you decide to study at the subelement level, use the flashcards at the link below to view the questions and correct answers for subelements T0 and T9.  There are options to view the questions and all answer choices including the correct answer or the question and only the correct answer.  Use the check my answer option for graded flashcards.

subelement flashcards

Regardless of which study approach you elected to use, when you are ready to test yourself on subelements T0 and T9, use the link below.  Continue testing yourself on the subelements until you are consistently scoring 85 or higher on the tests.

subelement tests

BOOST your license exam score

Accumulate the missed question numbers from subelement tests in a file named subelements.txt.  At the end of the subelement tests, a list of missed + unanswered questions is displayed.  Copy and paste the question numbers (one per line) into the review file for later use with the question review facility at the link below.  Don't worry about duplicate question numbers, the review facility will eliminate them.  Just keep adding missed question numbers to the file.

question review facility

Example:  You miss the following questions on a subelement T0 test.  The missed question numbers appear at the bottom of the test.

T0A04
T0A07
T0A09

Copy the question numbers and store them in the review file.  When you are ready to review the questions, open the file, copy the question numbers, and paste them into the form provided with the review facility.

Weeks 2–9

Repeat the same steps used during week 1 for weeks 2–9 using the schedule in the table below.

Week Subelement
2 1
3 2
4 3
5 4
6 5
7 6
8 7
9 8

 

Week 10

Week 10 is dedicated to taking sample Technician license exams using the link below.  Continue taking sample exams until you are consistently scoring 85 or higher on every exam.  Accumulate the missed question numbers in a file named Tech.txt.  Periodically use the question review facility to test yourself on the missed question numbers. 

sample technician license exams

Use the link below to concentrate on questions that refer to diagrams.

tests with nothing but questions that refer to diagrams

When you are consistently scoring 85 or higher on every sample exam, you are ready for the Technician license exam.

Good luck on your exam.  Be sure to Email me and let me know how you did on the exam.

 

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General License Exam Study Plan

Need a study plan to help you get ready for the General license exam?  This study plan will prepare you to pass the exam in approximately ten weeks?

The General license exam consists of 35 questions selected from a pool of 456 questions.  The question pool is divided into 10 subelements (G0–G9).  Subelements are further divided into a total of 35 groups (topics).  One exam question is randomly selected from each group. You must answer a minimum of 26 questions correctly on the exam to obtain your General license.

The NCVEC general license exam question pool can be viewed at the link below.

NCVEC general license exam question pool

The syllabus for the exam can be viewed at the link below.

general license exam syllabus

The diagram referred to by general license exam questions can be viewed at the link below.

figure G7-1

The following table shows the number of questions in each subelement and the number of exam questions randomly taken from each subelement.  Do not attempt to memorize the questions and answers as they appear in the NCVEC question pool.  The questions and answers will be shuffled on the actual license exam.

G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 G0 TOT 
58 58 41  65 42 46  38  24 56 28 456
5 5 3 5 3 3 3 2 4 2 35

STUDY PLAN

Week 1

Generate listings of the questions and correct answers for subelements G0 and G8 using the link below.  Read over the listings several times.  Then generate listings of questions and all answer choices including correct answers using the same link.  Read over the listings several times.

generate subelement questions & answers

SYLLABUS STUDY APPROACH:  If you decide to follow the exam syllabus, use the link below to view group flashcards. The difference between the group flashcards and the subelement flashcards is the number of questions contained in each.  Groups contain smaller numbers of questions than subelements. Open the exam syllabus in a separate browser window and refer to it as you view the group flashcards for subelements G0 and G8.

syllabus group flashcards

When you complete each group, test yourself on it using the link below.

syllabus group tests

SUBELEMENT STUDY APPROACH:  If you decide to study at the subelement level, use the flashcards at the link below to view the questions and correct answers for subelements G0 and G8.  There are options to view the questions and all answer choices including the correct answer or the question and only the correct answer.  Use the check my answer option for graded flashcards.

subelement flashcards

Regardless of which study approach you elected to use, when you are ready to test yourself on subelements G0 and G8, use the link below.  Continue testing yourself on the subelements until you are consistently scoring 85 or higher on the tests.

subelement tests

BOOST your license exam score

Accumulate the missed question numbers from all subelement tests in a file named subelements.txt.  At the end of the subelement tests, a list of missed + unanswered questions is displayed.  Copy and paste the question numbers into the review file (one per line) for later use with the question review facility at the link below.  Don't worry about duplicate question numbers, the review facility will eliminate them.  Just keep adding missed question numbers to the review file.

question review facility

Example:  You miss the following questions on a subelement G0 test.  The missed question numbers appear at the bottom of the test.

G0A04
G0A07
G0A09

Copy the question numbers and store them in the review file.  When you are ready to review the questions, open the file, copy the question numbers, and paste them into the form provided with the review facility.

Weeks 2–9

Repeat the same steps used during week 1 for weeks 2–9 using the schedule in the table below.

Week

Subelement

2

1

3

2

4

3

5

4

6

5

7

6

8

7

9

9

 

Week 10

 

Week 10 is dedicated to taking sample General license exams using the link below.  Continue taking sample exams until you are consistently scoring 85 or higher on every exam.  Accumulate the missed question numbers in a file named General.txt.  Periodically use the question review facility to test yourself on the missed question numbers. 

 

sample general license exams

Use the link below to concentrate on questions that refer to diagrams.

tests with nothing but questions that refer to diagrams

When you are consistently scoring 85 or higher on every sample exam, you are ready for the General license exam.

 

Good luck on your exam.  Be sure to Email me and let me know how you did on the exam.

 

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On-The-Go License Exam Study System

Need an on-the-go license exam study system?  How about one that does not need an Internet connection after it is stored on your computer?  Put the system on a  USB flashdrive and carry it around with you.

Free study guides for the Technician and General license exams (courtesy of KB6NU) are available at the links below.  Listings of the questions referenced in the study guides are also available.  The questions are displayed in the same order they appear in the study guides. Download the appropriate study guide and question listing.  If you are preparing for the Technician or General license exam, read over the appropriate study guide.  Open the corresponding study guide question listing in a separate browser window and refer to it as needed. 

technician license study guide

technician license study guide question listing

general license study guide

general license study guide question listing

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

amateur extra study guide

DESKTOP STUDY APPS

The desktop study apps include a flashcard facility, a subelement test/sample exam facility, and a question review facility. 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.  Internet access is not required after the apps are installed.

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 is 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 questions.

Tip: Open the desktop question review facility and use it to immediately review questions missed on subelement tests and sample exams by copying and pasting the missed question numbers in the form provided with the review facility.

SELF-STUDY PROGRAM

Step 1.  Start with subelement 0 and study the flashcards until you are ready to test yourself on the subelement then proceed to step 2.

Step 2.  Test yourself with subelement tests until you are scoring 85 or higher on every test you take.  Repeat steps 1-2 until you complete all ten subelements then proceed to step 3.

Step 3.  Test yourself with sample license exams until you are scoring 85 or higher on every exam you take.

When you are consistently scoring 85 or higher on the sample license exams, you are ready to take your license exam.

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