The General license exam is a 35 question test drawn from a pool of 462 questions. The question pool is divided into 10 subelements (G0–G9). Subelements are subdivided into topics (groups). There are a total of 35 topics in the question pool. One exam question will be randomly drawn from each topic to produce a 35 question license exam. You must correctly answer a minimum of 26 questions on the exam to obtain a General license.
Do NOT attempt to memorize answers to questions the way they appear in the exam question pool. The order of the questions and the answer choices may be shuffled on the license exam. There is no time limit on exams.
You are allowed to take more than one exam during an exam session at no additional cost provided you pass each exam in the prescribed sequence — Technician, General, Amateur Extra.
Table-1 shows the structure of the General license exam question pool including the topics in each subelement, the number of pool questions in each subelement, and the number of exam questions taken from each subelement.
The NCVEC official General (2015-2019) license exam question pool can be viewed at the link below.
The NCVEC General (2015-2019) license exam syllabus can be viewed at the link below.
Many amateur radio clubs offer license exam preparation classes. Check with the clubs in your area to see if General license exam classes are being offered. You can also use the link below to see if any General license classes have been listed near you.
WINDOWS-BASED STUDY AID ($2.00; PayPal)
(not required for this self-study program)
If you would like the convenience of studying for the General (2015–2019) license exam offline, a Microsoft windows-based study aid is available. Everything you need to study for the exam using your tablet, net book, laptop, or desktop computer is included. Internet access is not required after the study aid has been downloaded. Purchase price $2.00 through PayPal. All proceeds from the sale of the study aid go to maintaining this website.
This study aid works on MS Windows devices. It does NOT work on Android or Apple devices.
Click the link below to purchase the study aid.
This is how the self-study program works. Study flashcards covering the questions in a topic. Test yourself on the questions in a topic until you score 85 or higher on every test. When you are scoring 85 or higher on all the topics in a subelement, test yourself on the entire subelement until you score 85 or higher. When you have completed all ten subelements (G0-G9), test yourself with sample general license exams until you are consistently scoring 85 or higher.
SAMPLE LICENSE EXAMS WITH PROGRESS TRACKING
A sample license exam with progress tracking facility is available with this self-study program. Registration is required. Read about the progress tracking facility at the link below. If you decide to use the facility, go ahead and register. Be sure to record your candidate ID, password, and the password recovery hint you entered.
QUESTION POOL SEARCH & TEST FACILITY
As you study, if you find that certain kinds of questions are causing you difficulty (Ohm’s Law, antennas, etc.), use the question pool search & test facility at the link below to find and test yourself on the questions. Click the instructions button for information on how to use the facility.
SUBELEMENT AUDIO FILES
Subelement audio files (G0 – G9) are available for download at the link below. The audio files contain the questions and correct answer choices. Unzip the file and play the audio files with an MP3 player.
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. Example. question number G5A01, subelement tests.
1. Start with topic G0A. Generate a listing of the questions with only the correct answer choices displayed. Read over the listing several times.
2. Study the flashcards using the link below. View the flashcards with only correct answers displayed until you are ready to start checking your answers. Then view the flashcards with all answer choices displayed 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 tap your choice to see if it is the correct answer. When you feel you are ready to test yourself on a topic proceed to step 3.
3. Test yourself on topics using the link below until you are consistently scoring 85 or higher. Repeat steps 1-3 until you complete all the topics in a subelement then proceed to step 4.
If questions are missed on a topic tes, a link will be generated at the bottom of the graded display to test yourself on the missed questions. Repeat testing until you correctly answer all the questions.
4. Test yourself with subelements using the link below until you are consistently scoring 85 or higher. Repeat steps 1–4 until you complete all ten subelements (G0–G9) then proceed to step 5.
If questions are missed on a subelement test, a link will be generated at the bottom of the graded display to test yourself on the missed questions. Repeat testing until you correctly answer all the questions.
5. If you decided to use the Sample License Exams without Progress Tracking Facility, test yourself with sample General license exams using the link below until you are consistently scoring 85 or higher on every exam.
sample license exams (without progress tracking)
If questions are missed on a sample exam, a link will be generated at the bottom of the graded display to test yourself on the missed questions. Repeat testing until you correctly answer all the questions.
If you registered to use the Sample License Exams with Progress Tracking Facility, use the link below to test yourself with sample General license exams and track your progress.
sample license exams (with progress tracking)
6. When you’re consistently scoring 85 or higher on every sample license exam, you’re ready to take the General license exam.
7. Use the link below to find an exam session near you. If you can’t locate an exam session near you, contact the nearest amateur radio club for assistance.