Amateur Radio VE Exams

VE Exams

All elements are always available and retests are usually permitted with the payment of a second fee as required by the ARRL.

All sessions allow walk-ins so no pre-registration is required. If you have questions you can contact me by phone at: 234-206-1592 (Akron local) or email at:

Be sure to arrive on time. Late arrivals that may disrupt testing will NOT be permitted to test. It may be possible to bring a late arrival in for testing part way through the session but you should not depend on this.

Testing is done several times per year per the following schedule. Tests are usually on the second Thursday of odd numbered months. The location, unless otherwise noted, is the Stow-Munroe Falls Public LIbrary in the Munroe Falls Room on the second floor. Registration begins at the start time and testing starts as soon thereafter as practical.

Special Note on the Revised 605 Form:The FCC has revised the form 605 to include the 'Felony Question'. On the new NCVEC 605 form (which is a shortened version of the FCC form) which reads: 'Has the Applicant or any party to this application, or any party directly or indirectly controlling the Applicant, ever been convicted of a felony by any state or federal court?'. If you would answer 'YES' to this question you should review the ARRL's web page on the topic so you can understand the special requirements.

Test Dates:

Wednesday, January 18, 20177:00 PMThird Wednesday
Wednesday, March 15, 20177:00 PMThird Wednesday
Thursday, May 11, 20177:00 PM
Thursday, July 13, 20177:00 PM*** CANCELLED ***
Thursday, September 14, 20177:00 PM*** CANCELLED ***
Thursday, November 9, 20177:00 PMCommunity RoomThis is the round room behind the checkout desk on the second floor.
Thursday, January 11, 20187:00 PM
Thursday, March 15, 20187:00 PMThird Thursday
Thursday, May 10, 20187:00 PM
Thursday, July 12, 20187:00 PM
Thursday, September 13, 20187:00 PM
Thursday, November 8, 20187:00 PM

Remember to bring:

  1. A valid photo ID (like your driver's license) or two other forms of ID. If you do not have a photo ID then bring copies of your other ID documents as we must include them with your test materials.
  2. Two sharpened pencils (because if you only have one it will break) and one pen.
  3. A calculator (optional). Keep it simple because if it's more than just a calculator (like a PDA or cell phone) or can be programmed it will NOT be permitted.
  4. If you are upgrading you need to bring the original and a copy of your current Amateur Radio license. Even though the FCC no longer sends printed copies of your license you still must provide a printed copy.
  5. If you have any valid (not more than 365 days old) CSCEs for tests you've already passed but do not yet have credit for bring the original CSCE and a copy.
  6. Examination fee - $15.00. Cash or checks made out to "ARRL/VEC".
  7. If you are doing a "grandfather" upgrade then please see Exam Element Credit Rules and Instructions and look at the sections referring to "Pre-1987" for more information.
  8. If you are seeking to get back a license that has expired and is past the 2 year renewal grace period see my page at: formercredit.html

License Updates (at VE Exam Sessions)

If you are an ARRL member, you can also fill out and turn in a VEC605 form (we will have them at the exam session) to renew or modify your current license at no charge. You will need to bring proof of ARRL membership with a copy that we can send in. Proof of membership is a label from your QST magazine or your membership card.


There continues to be some confusion about which elements you have credit for when you upgrade. The elimination of the CW requirement for General and Amateur Extra licenses has eliminated much of it but these two special cases still exist.

If you're still confused, contact me and I can help you untangle things.

Exam Tips and Hints

Before you take your exam you should read the Amateur Radio Exam Tips and Hints page. This page will provide several hints and tips that will help you pass your exam the first time.

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