ARRL

Question Pools

Download or Print Amateur Radio Question Pools

In the US, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) offers three Amateur Radio license levels or license classes; Technician class license, General class license and Extra class license. Per FCC Rule 97.523 only one question pool may exist for each license examination level. Each question pool must contain at least 10 times the number of questions required for a single examination. The question pools are normally valid for 4 years.

With only three license classes, earning a license has never been easier!
 

Current Pools

Additional Information

  • Useful information pertaining to the Question Pools

    Information provided by the ARRL VEC.

  • Question Pool Schedule


    TECHNICIAN
    Class (Element 2) Pool is effective July 1, 2014 and is
    valid until June 30, 2018.

    GENERAL Class (Element 3) Pool is effective July 1, 2015 and is
    valid until June 30, 2019.


    CURRENT  EXTRA Class (Element 4) Pool is effective July 1, 2012 and
    is only valid until June 30, 2016.

    NEW  EXTRA Class (Element 4) Pool will take effect July 1, 2016 and
    will be valid until June 30, 2020.


    No question pools are scheduled to be updated or released in 2017.
    The Technician pool is schedule for an update in 2018.
    The question pools review is part of a regular process.
    Each question pool is reviewed and updated on a four year rotation.
     

  • Part 97: Amateur Radio Service Rules and Regulations

    Subpart F: Qualifying Examinations Systems contains the rules that govern the Amateur Radio question pools.