Preparing Students for the Exam
Exam practice tools will help your students identify areas where they need to do more preparation-- or ask for more instruction!-- before taking the exam.
Part of your instruction should be to familiarize your students with what to expect on the FCC exam. Practice drills with the exam questions builds confidence and can help you to assess the readiness of your students to take the exam.
ARRL's new, free, online Exam Review for Ham Radio provides for organizing questions for practice by each chapter of ARRL's study guides, or by FCC question pool subelement. This web-based online service is accessible via PC or Mac and via mobile devices. It will also generate practice exams that you can print and bring to your classroom. Visit www.arrl.org/examreview.
You may also direct your students to other shared exam practice resources developed by other hams.
- AA9PW.com offers proven accessibility to blind users with its option for "no figures" in the exam
- HamStudy.org offers flash cards and practice exams developed by Richard Bateman, KD7BBC and sponsored by ICOM America
- KD0FNR provides a set of free online exam practice tests.
- Fred Benson, NC4FB, offers a number of useful exam practice tools
- AH0A offers Ham Academy for exam practice. It is designed to be downloaded and run off-line in any browser. It has been tested on the iPhone and Android phones.
There are also ham exam prep apps for both iOS and Android tablets:
For iOS: Ham Radio Exam
For Android:Ham Test Prep
In addition, traditional flash cards may be helpful.
Or, in group settings, games such as these may be more engaging:
Exam-Prep Jepperdee. Bob Raffaele, W2XM has created interactive exam preparation study resources modeled after the popular television game show, Jeapardy!® He has produced Tech, General and Extra level games.
Download the games or contact the author at W2XM@ARRL.NET to receive the files by e-mail and to request additional versions of the games. Bob can also send you a schematic of his "Serious ‘XM Exam-prep Jepperdee" hardware set.
Technician Pursuit. After the model of the popular "Trivial Pursuit", Dan Romanichik KB6NU has developed materials using Technician exam questions to stage a game of "Technician Pursuit." Dan has prepared and formatted the questions so you can make your own game.