Commercial Element 9

This self-study program is based on the April 3, 2013  FCC Element 9 question pool.

Passing the Element 9 exam is a requirement to obtain the Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) Radio Maintainer 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). 

To pass Element 9,  you must correctly answer at least 38 questions on the 50-question exam.  Do NOT attempt to memorize the questions and answers the way they appear in the FCC Element 9 question pool.  The exam questions and answer choices may be shuffled.

View the Element 9 exam syllabus at the link below.

element 9 exam syllabus

Table 1 shows the number of subelements in the Element 9 question pool, the number of questions in each subelement,  and the number of exam questions taken from each subelement.

Table 1

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Display the entire element 9 question pool.

element 9 question pool

Element 9 Self-Study Program

This is  how the self-study program works.  Study the subelement flashcards starting with subelement A.  Test yourself on subelements using subelement tests until you are consistently scoring 85 or higher.   Repeat the process until you cover all the subelements.  Then test yourself with sample element 9 exams until you are consistently scoring 85 or higher.

1.   Study the subelement flashcards at the link provided below.  When you are ready to test yourself on a subelement proceed to Step 2.

element 9 subelement flashcards

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2.  Test yourself on a subelement using the link provided below until you are consistently scoring 85 or higher.  Repeat Steps 1–2 until you have covered all the subelements then proceed to Step 3. 

element 9 subelement tests

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.  Repeat testing until you correctly answer all of the questions.

3.  Use the link provided below to test yourself with sample element 9 exams until you are consistently scoring 85 or higher.

sample element 9 exams

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.  Repeat testing until you correctly answer all of the questions.

4.  You are ready to take the Element 9 exam!  Use the link provided below to locate a COLEM.

locate a COLEM in your area

 

 

 

1 Response to “Commercial Element 9”


  • I took the element 9 exam a month ago using this web site to study. Going thru the flash cards 3 or 4 times, along with a daily sample test, over a 3 week period, and I aced the exam.

    I had previously purchased an Android app that had commercial exams, but the element 9 exam was old and I failed. Thanks for providing the web site, it made things a lot easier for me.

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