Technician (2018-2022)

The Technician license exam is a 35-question test drawn from a question pool containing 423 questions.  The question pool is divided into 10 subelements (T0–T9).  Subelements are subdivided into question groups (topics).  There are 35 topics represented in the question pool.  One question will be randomly selected from each topic to make up a Technician exam.  You must correctly answer a minimum of 26 questions on the exam to obtain a Technician license. Do NOT attempt to memorize answers to questions based on the way they appear in the NCVEC question pool.  The questions and associated answer choices will be randomly shuffled on the exam.  There is no time limit on exams.

NOTE:  You may take more than one exam during an exam session at no additional cost provided you pass each exam in the required sequence — Technician, General, Amateur Extra.

Table-1 Shows the topics, number of pool questions, and number of exam questions in each subelement.

Table-1. Question Pool Structure

Familiarize yourself with the NCVEC Technician license exam syllabus at the link below.

technician license exam syllabus

QUESTION POOL SEARCH & TEST FACILITY

A comprehensive question pool search and test facility is available at the link below.  As you progress through the self-study program, use the facility to retrieve questions of interest and optionally test yourself on the questions.  Instructions for use are included with the facility.

question pool search & test facility

HOW THE SELF-STUDY PROGRAM WORKS

This is how the self-study program works.  Study the flashcards covering the questions on every topic in a subelement one topic at a time.  Then test yourself on the topic questions until you are consistently scoring 85 or higher.  When you are scoring 85 or higher on all the topics in a subelement,  test yourself on entire subelements until you are consistently scoring 85 or higher on the tests.  When you complete all ten subelements (T0-T9),  test yourself with practice technician license exams until you are consistently scoring 85 or higher on every exam.

HELP

If you need help, use the form at the link below.  If you have a mentor/instructor, enter the Email address given you in the form otherwise leave the TO: Email address field blank and your request will be sent to NC4FB. Be specific with your request. Include question numbers, figure numbers, and the self-study program component you are using. Ex. question number T5A01, subelement tests, Technician (2018-2022) Self-study Program.

help request

TECHNICIAN LICENSE EXAM SELF-STUDY PROGRAM

1.  Generate a listing of topic questions and correct answers (start with topic T0A).  Read over the listing several times.  The facility will also generate a listing of subelement questions.

topic questions

2.  Study the online flashcards (start with topic T0A) using the link below with the correct answers only option until you feel you are ready to check your answers then view the flashcards showing all the answer choices (uncheck the correct answers only option) and hover over your choice to see if it the correct answer.  When your are ready to test yourself on a topic proceed to step 3.

topic flashcards

If you are using a touch surface device select the touch surface device option and gently tap your choice to see if it is the correct answer.

3.  Test yourself on topics using the link below.  Continue testing yourself until you are consistently scoring 85 or higher on every test.  Repeat steps 1-3 until you complete all the topics in a subelement then proceed to step 4.

topic tests

If questions are missed on a topic 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.

4.  Test yourself with complete subelement tests using the link below until you are consistently scoring 85 or higher.  Repeat steps 1–4 until you complete all ten subelements (T0–T9) then proceed to step 5.

subelement tests

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.  When you have completed all the subelements, test yourself with practice Technician license exams using the link below until you are scoring 85 or higher on every exam.

practice license exams

If questions are missed on a practice 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.

6.  When you’re consistently scoring 85 or higher on every practice exam you take, you’re ready to take the Technician license exam.  Use the link below to find an exam session near you.  If you cannot find an exam site near you, contact a local amateur radio club for assistance.

find exam session

Federal Registration Number (FRN)

If you don’t already have an FRN (Federal Registration Number), go to the FCC website using the link below and register for one.  Be sure to take your FRN with you to the exam so it can be entered on your license application.  FRN’s are free.

register for FRN