ARRL

VE Exam Maker Software

Software Information

The ARRL VE Exam Maker software package is a program for Windows® and Mac® to generate printed exams.  This software is capable of updating question pools, specifications and software updates directly online, easing the difficulties of staying up-to-date with changes as they occur.

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The complete list of instructions are shown below.


           Install ARRL VE Exam Maker program 

 

Software Instructions

  • Below are detailed instructions for using the ARRL VE Exam Maker Software.

    The VE Exam Maker Software can only be downloaded by VEs that are
    accredited and registered with ARRL VEC.

  • Install and Download Instructions

    The VE Exam Maker Software Download Page permits access to the ARRL VE
    Exam Maker Software. The software requires Adobe Flash Player and Adobe
    AIR runtime. You may be prompted to upgrade Flash Player if you do not have a
    recent version. It's safe, and doesn't interrupt the installation process.

    IMPORTANT:  Automatic updates will not work when going from version 1.3
    (released 2010) to version 1.4 (released 2011) of Exam Maker.
    Current users
    will have to uninstall (remove) version 1.3 manually and then download and
    install version 1.4 in order to have the latest version of the software.

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    Current users must uninstall the previous version of ARRL VE Exam Maker. 
    (For most users this is via the Control Panel and the “Add/Remove Programs” feature.)

    1.  Go to the
    install ARRL VE Exam Maker web page to download the current version of Exam Maker software.

    2.  Click "Install Now".  Choose “open” and then “install” to install the program on your
    computer or “save” to install the program at a later date. Some operating systems

    will not offer a choice and will immediately install the program on your computer.

    3.  Once installed, the new version of ARRL VE Exam Maker should open automatically.  When it opens, you will need to “Initialize the Exam Database” to download the current Amateur Radio question pools and specifications. 
    Type your callsign in the “ARRL/VEC Username” box AND in the “Password” box.

    Then click the “Execute” button.  It will take several minutes for all the question pools to download. When completed, the screen will read “Exam Database Initialized“. (If not prompted automatically by the program, select "Update,” and then "Initialize Database" on the menu bar.  You must download the question pools database to initialize the exam database.)

    4.  VE teams who plan to use our blue overlay grading templates must also “download” the template files.
    The template database must be downloaded to utilize the template designs with the exam database. 
    From the menu bar,  select “Update” and then “Initialize Templates”. Then click the “ok” button.  Again, type your callsign in the “ARRL/VEC Username” box AND in the “Password” box.  Then click the “Execute” button.  It will only take several seconds for all the template files to download.  When completed, the screen will read “Loaded 36 ARRL/VEC templates“. 

    Reminder: The blue plastic overlay grading templates, used to grade exams at test sessions, should never be thrown away or destroyed when new exam versions are introduced. We specifically designed the plastic templates so that they will always be useful, no matter what exams are created. They will never become obsolete.

    5.  Exam software is ready to use!  For additional information, notes or instructions, see below or
    click the “Help” button within the program.
     

  • Generating Exams

    After installing the ARRL VE Exam Maker Software and downloading the question pools (and template designs if needed), you can create an exam by clicking the “Generate” button.

    The “Exam Specification” box will appear.

          • Identification # – allows you to enter the identification number of a
            previously printed exam. Use this to recreate and reprint a previously
            made test design. Leave space blank when creating new exams.
         • Exam Type – choose one exam element: Technician, General or Extra.
         • Template – For VE teams using the blue overlay grading templates,
            choose one of the 36 template designs.
         • Braille mode (no graphics) – locks out questions with graphics.
         • Answers not scrambled – each question’s answer and three
            distracters (wrong answers) will be positioned on the exam in the
            exact order as shown in the pool.

    Click the “OK” button. The generated exam will display in the ARRL VE Exam Maker window, where you can review it. To highlight the correct answers, check the “Show Answers” box. This feature will highlight the correct answers in the display window not on the printed exam.

    You can print the exam by clicking on the “Print” button.

    In the “Exam” section of the program, choosing “Batch” will generate and print multiple test design versions of one chosen exam type.
     

  • Updates and Support

    Automatically update question pools, specifications and software in the “Update” section of the program.   VEs that routinely check for these updates safeguard against using outdated exams at their test sessions. 

    Additional information, notes and instructions are located in the “Help” section. 

    ARRL VEC test session forms are available in both PDF and Word file formats from the VE Support Page.  Download all available forms in a ZIP file or download and print individual forms as needed.  All ARRL VEC forms, except for the Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) form, may be duplicated.  Contact the ARRL VEC for a supply of CSCE forms.

    Questions or concerns should be directed to the VEC Department by phone on the toll-free VEC Hotline 1-800-927-7583 (for ARRL VEs only) or by email.
     

  • Locked Out Questions List Instructions

    ARRL volunteer examiner teams using Exam Maker Software can update the "Locked Out" list to include withdrawn questions.

    To lock out or block questions from being used on your Exam Maker generated exams, please use the following INTERACTIVE instructions:
    1.  Open the Exam Maker program.
    2.  From the menu bar select "Update" and then select "Update Exam Data"
         on the pull-down menu.

    3.  Log in using your username (usually your current call sign) and password
         and by clicking on the “execute” button to execute the update exam database
         command.  A message will read:  “Updating exam database.  Please wait.”
    4.  After the update is completed, a message will read ” Exam Database Initialized”. 
         The program will now be ready to generate exams with the new locked-out list
         for all the Pools.

    Pool questions may also be moved MANUALLY to the "Locked Out" list.
    1.  Open the Exam Maker program.
    2.  From the menu bar select "File" and then select "Preferences" on
         the pull-down menu. 
    3.  An “Options” box will appear.  Click on the “Pools” tab and choose
         the required pool from the drop down box. 
    4.  In the “Questions” list scroll down to locate the question you would
         like to move.  Highlight the question number then click on the “arrow”
         button to move the question over to the “Locked Out” list. 
    5.  You must click on the “Save” button to complete the update.  
    6.  Follow the same instructions for question any other pools and
         questions that you would like to remove from use. 
    7.  After the update is completed, click “Ok”.  The program is now ready
         to generate exams with the new locked-out list for the Pools.

    The current ARRL VE Exam Maker Software version is V 1.4.  VEs using previous software versions will have to uninstall (remove) the VE Exam Maker program manually and then download and install the current version in order to have the most up to date program and before the locked-out file can be updated.

    If your team is using our exam generating software and will need any VEC test session forms please contact us at the ARRL VEC.   VEC test session forms are also available in both PDF and Word file formats from the VE Support Page.  Download all available forms in a ZIP file or download and print individual forms as needed.  

Software Updates

  • Recent Changes

    Check for recent changes to or updates for the software.

  • June 2011

    Exam Maker version 1.4 released!

    For ARRL VE teams who are using our VE Exam Maker - exam generating software, the updated version 1.4 was released Wednesday June 29, 2011 and is available on the ARRL VEC's install VE Exam Maker web page.  Exam Maker 1.4 contains the NEW General class pool that must be in use for exam sessions starting Friday July 1st, 2011.  Exam Maker version 1.3 will not be valid after midnight of June 30th. 

    IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS:  Automatic updates will not work when going from version 1.3 (released June 2010) to version 1.4 (released June 2011) of Exam Maker. Current users will have to uninstall (remove) version 1.3 manually and then download and install version 1.4 in order to have the latest version of the software.
     

  • March 2011

    FCC Report and Order RM-11325
    The Question Pool Committee of the National Council of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators has detected one question impacted by the FCC RM-11325 Report and Order (R&O).  As a result, Extra class question E1F13 must be removed from the Extra Class Question Pool and Extra class (Element 4) Exams by April 29 the day the R&O goes into effect.  RM-11325 was posted in the Federal Register on March 30.  The effective date is 30 days AFTER posting in the Federal Register.  Therefore, question E1F13 must be removed from all exams administered on or after April 29, 2011.  For further information on the Report and Order go to the ARRL web news item Revised Spread Spectrum Rules to go into Effect April 29, 2011.

    Extra class question  E1F13  has been moved to the locked out file within the program.
    ARRL volunteer examiner teams using Exam Maker software just have to update the exam file.

    To lock out or block the deleted question from being used on future Exam Maker generated exams, please use the following instructions:   Users will run
    the Update -> Update Exam Data command to import the updated data.


    Previous versions of Exam Maker Extra class exams that contain this question may not be used at any exam sessions administered on or after April 29, 2011.

  • May 2010

    For ARRL VE teams who are using our exam generating VE Exam Maker Software, the updated version will be released mid-June.  When released, the new version will contain the NEW Technician class pool which takes effect on July 1st.  The two withdrawn questions (T2C02 and T2C03) in the new Technician class pool will be included in the "Locked Out" questions list in the software and will not be available for use on exams.

    The two withdrawn Extra class questions (
    E1C04 and E1C05) will also be moved into the “Locked Out” questions list.  VEs have the option of manually moving the questions into the "Locked Out" list (see "Locked Out" questions list instructions) before the new software is released.

    Please make sure your previously randomly generated exams do not contain the two withdrawn Extra class questions.  If any printed Extra exams contain these withdrawn questions, they must be discarded by July 1, 2010.

    For information concerning the withdrawn questions, please refer to the ARRL News item: NCVEC Question Pool Committee Withdraws Four Questions.

  • October 2009

    For ARRL VE teams who are using our exam generating VE Exam Maker Software, the current  version already has the two general class withdrawn questions (G1E10 and G0B14) moved into the “Locked Out” list.

    Please make sure your previously randomly generated exams do not contain these two questions.  If any printed exams contain these withdrawn questions, they must be discarded.

    ARRL volunteer examiner teams using Exam Maker Software just have to update the "Locked Out" list to include the 2 withdrawn questions.

    To lock out or block the two questions from being used on your Exam Maker generated exams, please use the following instructions:

    1.  Open the Exam Maker program.
    2.  From the menu bar select "Update" and then select "Update Exam Data"
         on the pull-down menu.

    3.  Log in using your username (usually your current call sign) and password
         and by clicking on the “execute” button to execute the update exam database
         command.  A message will read:  “Updating exam database.  Please wait.”
    4.  After the update is completed, a message will read ” Exam Database Initialized”. 
         The program will now be ready to generate exams with the new locked-out list
         for the General Pool.

    Pool questions may also be moved manually to the "Locked Out" list.

    1.  Open the Exam Maker program.
    2.  From the menu bar select "File" and then select "Preferences" on
         the pull-down menu. 
    3.  An “Options” box will appear.  Click on the “Pools” tab and choose
         “General” pool from the drop down box. 
    4.  In the “Questions” list scroll down to locate question G1E10. 
         Highlight the question number then click on the “arrow” button to
         move the question over to the “Locked Out” list. 
    5.  You must click on the “Save” button to complete the update.  
    6.  Follow the same instructions for question G0B14. 
    7.  After the update is completed, click “Ok”.  The program is now ready
         to generate exams with the new locked-out list for the General Pool.

    The current ARRL VE Exam Maker Software version is V 1.1 .  VEs using software version 1.2.1 beta must re-install the Exam Maker software on their computer before the locked-out file can be updated.

    If your team is using our exam generating software and will need any VE C forms please contact us at the ARRL VEC.