Read ALL instructions and requirements for online exams before paying or registering for an exam!
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Failure to thoroughly review both the procedures page and FAQ page on our website may lead to termination of your exam. Should we grant you access to the exam room and observe that you are unprepared or have not followed the specified procedures, you will be returned to the waiting room, and the next candidate will be considered. If unpreparedness persists on a subsequent attempt, you will be required to schedule a new exam.
If your Payment email is not the same as the email you register with, we will not be able to match your payment to the exam. Make sure your name or your email match for payment and your registration. Email us immediately for any discrepancies. You may still receive a non-payment notice, since the system will not match up your payment automatically. Please be warned that variances in name and email can cause deletion.
PARC VE Testing Team has received permission of the ARRL VEC and the FCC to conduct completely online video-supervised testing with strict rules and protocols for maintaining the integrity of the testing environment.
Warning: You must be fully prepared for an online exam
The ONLINE system is more complicated and time consuming than a regular in-person exam. You MUST read and follow all the protocol on this page. Exams require a minimum of 3 volunteer examiners per session and only 1 candidate can be tested by them at a time. To be sure no one can cheat, you will be asked to scan all around the room and verify the integrity of the exam environment. You and your exam session will be recorded. If you are not comfortable with this, please consider taking the exam in-person at a future date. By signing up for an exam, you agree that you will cover any sensitive items in the room or you consent to the scanning and recording of those items.
Please respect the time of the volunteers and those candidates that are waiting to take their exam after your exam is complete. You do this by being FULLY PREPARED. Please READ this page completely and also the FAQ page completely. Remember, this takes not only the time it takes to give you your exam, it also takes time for the VE’s to prepare for your exam and for the team to complete and submit your paperwork. Again, please respect the time of the volunteers and those candidates that are also waiting.
TWO DEVICES ARE REQUIRED!!! There is NO EXCEPTION to this requirement. You must have a computer or laptop and a second device which will be a cellular phone, iPad, or tablet with a camera. BOTH devices will be active on the same Zoom link for the ENTIRE exam session.
Practice for your exam: It is your responsibility to be fully prepared since you will be taking the time of volunteers and a time slot from a long list of candidates. Be sure you are consistently scoring above an 88% on 15 or more practice tests before you schedule an exam.
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First you need to schedule. Do this by finding and select an available TIME SLOT using the tab “Schedule” above (A time slot is a time that you can expect to test, you will come in earlier than your time slot at the session time) This is when you pay.
Pay for the exam when you schedule. (We are not a business and do not make a profit, we are all volunteers. We pay a fee to PayPal, Stripe, or the Processor when you use a credit card. Payment will be made in the schedule tab.)
Watch for an email containing a link to REGISTER for the exam session. (An exam session is a time period where several applicants are testing individually)
Register for the exam session. You will receive a pin number for your session. We do NOT need this for your exam. It is confirmation of registering only!
Be sure you are consistently scoring above an 88% on practice tests before you schedule an exam.
Exam Fee Payment: You must pay the $15 exam fee when you select your time-slot electronically through PARC VE TESTING via PayPal, Stripe, or the Processor. You must do this when you schedule your time-slot for your exam. Please do not check the goods and service box.
Basic Qualification Question: Applicants are required to answer the FCC basic qualification question (felony question). If an applicant answers YES, they must submit the required documentation directly to FCC as outlined in these instructions http://www.arrl.org/fcc-qualification-question, and reference the application file number. The candidate must take action within 14 days of the application filing date, or the application will be dismissed by FCC. The candidate should not communicate any information or documents to the Volunteer Examiner team or the VEC.
WARNING: Failure to pay for the exam will result in cancellation without further notice.
Please do not pay using the pay tab above, the payment is made when you schedule a time-slot under the schedule tab. Failure to follow these instructions may cause a double payment resulting in additional fees for us as well. Thank you for reading all of the instructions.
Please find a time slot in our schedule using the tab marked schedule above. This will be your time slot.
NO REFUNDS ARE GIVEN FOR MISSED EXAMS, EQUIPMENT FAILURE, OR ANY OTHER REASON!
At least 45 minutes prior to your exam session, we will send you a link to join a zoom meeting. Please be set up and ready to join the call 45 minutes prior to your exam.
Prepare the following BEFORE your online exam session:
We will send you a link to join a zoom meeting at least 45 minutes prior to your exam. Please be set up and ready to join the call 45 minutes prior to your exam. The link will come from email@example.com, check your spam folder if you don't have it within at least 2 hours before your exam.
PHOTO ID: An approved legal photo ID will need to be shown on camera to the VE Team. For online sessions the Exam Team will only accept a US Passport, state-issued driver’s license, or non-driver state ID for adults. Any ID used must have been issued within the last five years. Up to ten years if an unexpired Star ID or unexpired passport. (Must have your valid current residential address, no business, mail service, or non-residential addresses)
Under-18 students may show either of the above items, or a student may show a school ID, or two documents listed in our ID section below, and a legal guardian presents a photo ID.
NOTE: Any identification presented must be a physical ID. *NO Mobile ID, digital ID, photo, photocopy, facsimile, or other virtual type identification will be accepted.
Identification, Disclosures, and Privacy
Parental Consent: For children age 13 and under, a parent must complete this COPPA Consent Form and follow directions for submitting it.
Federal Registration Number (FRN): If you do not have an FRN, you will be able to register for one at the web link we send you for the exam application. (The Exam Team will send you a link to an exam registration page.) Or, you can get an FRN ahead of time by visiting the FCC’s Registration page and clicking “Register for an FRN.”
Exam Registration: Sometime before your scheduled exam you will receive a link to your specific exam session where you will fill out an exam registration. Please do this as soon as you receive the link. Your application will generate a 4-digit access code which we will use to get your exam later. The link will come from firstname.lastname@example.org, check your spam folder if you don't have it within at least 2 hours before your exam.
License Upgrading: If you plan to take the General or Amateur Extra exam, you must email to the Exam Team an electronic copy of your current amateur radio license or any Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) you may hold from previous exam sessions. Email them to email@example.com as a PDF file attachment before you register for the exam..
One Exam per Session: Due to the difficulty and time requirements of administering exams online, you may take only one exam per time slot. If you do not pass an exam and want to re-test, you must make another appointment at another time which can be the same day. You will have to pay the $15 fee for each retest. We do not offer additional exams at the same session online without advance request, approval, and scheduling.
Certificate of Successful Completion of Exam (CSCE): The Exam Manager will send you a CSCE that includes your digital signature that you will keep for your records when you pass any element within 72 hours of exam completion. The instructions to retrieve your callsign are located above your digital signature on the CSCE.
Please know that getting a ham radio license will make your name and address become public information when the new license is issued. See details here: http://www.arrl.org/fcc-licensee-privacy. Social security numbers, phone numbers, and email addresses are never published. If you need to use a PO Box for mailing purposes on your Form 605, you may email your physical address to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance and state your reason and preference of keeping your physical address private. Put in the subject line, “Physical Address for Non-Public Record Only.”