Commercial Element 8

Element 8 is a requirement to obtain the FCC Ship Radar Endorsement.  The FCC does not administer commercial operator license examinations. To obtain an FCC commercial operator license, you must pass an examination or examinations administered by a Commercial Operator License Examination Manager (COLEM). 

NOTE:  Holders of  FCC Commercial licenses ( PG, DM, DB, T, T1, or T2)  can qualify for the Ship Radar Endorsement upon passing the element 8 written examination.

To pass Element 8,  you must correctly answer a minimum of 38 questions on the 50-question exam.  The exam is made up of questions drawn from a  pool of 300 questions. Do not attempt to memorize the questions and answers they way they appear in the FCC Element 8 question pool.  The questions and answer choices on the exam may be shuffled.

Element 8 Exam Structure

The following table shows the number of questions in each subelement and the number of exam questions that will be taken from each subelement for the element 8 written examination.

Subelement Pool Questions Exam Questions
A 60 10
B 48 8
C 60 10
D 60 10
E 30 5
F 42 7
  300 50

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Element 8 Self-Study Program

Step-1.  Display the element 8 question pool using the link below.  Read the questions and answers for each subelement (start with subelement A) before using the flashcard facility.

element 8 question pool

Step-2.   Study the flashcards starting with subelement A using the facility at the link  below until you are ready to test yourself then proceed to Step 3.

online flashcards

Step-3.  Test yourself on each subelement until you are consistently scoring 85% or higher on the tests.  Repeat Steps 1-3 until you complete all the subelements (A-F) with scores of 85% or higher then proceed to Step 4.

online subelement test

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

Step-4.  Test yourself with sample Element 8 exams (50 questions) until you are consistently scoring 85% or higher on every exam you take.  Then proceed to Step 5.

If questions are missed on a sample exam, a link will be provided at the end of the exam summary to enable  you to test yourself on the missed questions.  Continue testing until you answer all of the questions correctly.

sample element 8 exams

Step-5.  You are ready to take the Element 8 exam!  Use the link provided below to locate a COLEM  or certified proctor in your area authorized to administer exams.

locate a COLEM in your area

 

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