Technician License (2010-2014)

This is a free self-study program for the FCC amateur radio service Technician license (Element 2) exam effective July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2014. 

ATTENTION!
Do not use this self-study program unless you are going to take the Technician license exam before July 1, 2014. The exam changes effective July 1, 2014.

The Technician license exam is a 35 question test drawn from a question pool of 394 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 the 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 answer choices on the exam will be shuffled.  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.

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Table-1. Technician license exam question pool structure.

View the NCVEC Technician license exam syllabus by clicking the link below.

technician license exam syllabus

KB6NU Free Technician License Exam Study Guide

A free technician license exam study guide (courtesy of KB6NU) is available for download at the link below.  The  guide is not required for this self-study program but may help you prepare for the exam.

technician license exam study guide

If you decide to use the study guide, there is a free self-study supplement available at the link below.

KB6NU technician license exam study guide supplement

Technician license exam flashcards for Nook and Kindle are available at the link below.  The flashcards are not required by this self-study program.

Nook ($1.99)

Kindle ($1.99)

Click the links below to view questions from the Technician license exam question pool.

correct answer choices

all answer choices

figures

EXAM QUESTION REVIEW FACILITY

At the end of practice tests and exams, a list of incorrectly answered question numbers will be displayed.  Copy and paste the question numbers into a review file.  Keep adding missed question numbers to the file as your studies progress.

TIP:   A question number can be made inactive by inserting an asterisk (*) in front of the first character.  Questions numbers can be made active again by removing the asterisk.

Example:  *T0A01 <– inactive question

Use the question review facility at the link below to periodically review missed questions.  When you are ready to review the questions, copy and paste the question numbers from the review file into the form provided with the review facility.  Options are provided to select license,  subelements, set passing score and the maximum number of questions to be reviewed.  By concentrating on the questions you miss on practice tests and exams, you will significantly improve your license exam score.

question review facility

NOTE:  If questions are missed in a question review facility session, a link will be provided at the bottom of the display.  Click the link to test yourself on the missed questions.  Repeat the process until you correctly answer all the questions.

TEXT SEARCH FACILITY

Use the link below to search for questions of interest in the technician license exam question pool.  There are options to search questions, answer choices, and questions + answer choices. Searches are case insensitive.   An AND/OR option is available when two search arguments are used.  A list of selected question numbers will be displayed at the end of the search results. Use the question numbers with the question review facility to test yourself on the questions returned by the search.  The text search facility enables you to concentrate on specific types of questions.

text search facility

CREATE YOUR OWN TEST FACILITY

Use the create  your own test facility to generate tests comprised of special types of questions.  For example, test yourself on all the questions that refer to figures.  See the example below.

NOTE:  If questions are missed in a create your own test session, a link will be provided at the bottom of the display.  Click the link to test yourself on the missed questions.  Repeat the process until you correctly answer all the questions.

create-your-own-test

SUBELEMENT AUDIO FILES

Subelement audio files (MP3) are available at the link below.  Study while you travel or exercise.

questions + correct answers

questions + all answer choices

psep

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 sample 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.  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.

help request

SELF-STUDY PROGRAM

1.  Generate a listing of topic questions and correct answers (start with topic T0A).  Read over the listing several times. 

topic questions

Note: There is an option to list all the questions in a subelement.

2.  Study the topic flashcards (start with topic T0A) using the link below until you feel you are ready to test yourself on the topic then proceed to step 3.

topic flashcards

TIP:  When using the display all answer choices option,  hover over your answer choice to see if it is the correct answer.

3Test 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 sample Technician license exams using the link below until you are scoring 85 or higher on every exam.

sample license exams

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.

6.  When you’re consistently scoring 85 or higher on every sample exam you take, you’re ready to take the Technician license exam.  Use the link below to find an exam session near you.

find exam session

Note: 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

Send me an Email and let me know how you did on your exam.

9 Responses to “Technician License (2010-2014)”


  • Thanks for providing the study materials. I passed the the Technician Exam with a 32 out of 35. I look forward to taking the General Exam next and hopefully will have the same turnout.

    Mark

  • thanks for this style of test exams, I like it better then just doing the questions till you learn answers to that question. at least this forces you to read and learn the answers for what it is all about

  • I would like to thank all involved on this website I passed the Technician test on 7/13/2013 ! I achieved a score of 34/35 correct ! I am now studying for the General Class and this site is one of my favorites above most other sites ! Keep up the good work I am trying to elmer other people to the Technician Class with the help of this site !

  • THANK YOU!   Used the ARRL text book and the test bank on your website to study, study, study for the past three weeks.  Got to the point where I was consistently scoring above 95 on the sample tests. Took my Technician exam this morning and missed just one question.  My ARRL General License textbook has been ordered and I will be back to your website to start taking the sample tests at that level real soon. Again, a big thank you! 

  • Thank you so much for providing this kind of service! I took the Technician Class exam last Thursday and got all 35 questions correct! Your flash cards were instrumental in my earning a perfect score on the exam. 73.

  • Great resource to get started in ham radio.  I studied your guide for two months, took the test in less than five minutes and passed with only one miss.  I look forward to going after my general license in the future.  Thanks a bunch.

  • I wanted you to know that I used your study help exclusively ove the past couple of weeks and passed my test today with only one question missed!  Thanks very much and I plan to start study for the general license with your help this week.
    Mike

  • My son and I used your tech study to prepare. It was easier to use, and less daunting than the full manual. We both passed this saturday.   Same score,  97%.      My son is 10.   

  • Excellent.  Teaching a Technician class in couple of weeks and will use this with the flash cards.  Thank you for creatng this.  Linked from ARRl Website – Instructors section.

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