VEA has been entrusted by the ARRL VEC, and by extension the FCC, to be examiners for an FCC-issued license. The volunteer examiners have a duty to ensure that tests are conducted fairly and that there is the same level of integrity as there would be for an in-person examination.
The exam session is conducted using a Zoom online video conference and a web-based exam-taking system. The candidate joins the video conference using two Zoom capable video devices simultaneously. The two video streams combined with screen sharing give the three VEs a similar view to what they would have for an in-person test. During the exam, all three VE’s attention will be focused on monitoring a single candidate. Before the exam begins, using video, the candidate must show the three VEs the entire area where the test is taking place as well as the candidates arms and legs. This is similar to what the three VEs would be able to see during an in-person exam.
Prepare the following before your online exam session:
In order to allow the VE Team to ensure the integrity of the exam session, please make sure your computer and separate mobile device are ready by following these steps:
The VE Team must ensure the integrity of the test environment. Be sure you have an isolated area where you can take the exam without any interruptions that might cause your exam session to be terminated:
Before the exam begins, you will be asked to scan the entire room, including the walls, floor, ceiling, desk area, and area under the desk to give the three VEs the confidence that the exam is taking place in an appropriate environment.
It is your responsibility to be fully prepared since you will be taking the time of three or more volunteers and a time slot from a long list of wait-listed candidates. Use an online practice site to practice all topics and to take randomly selected practice exams. Be sure you are consistently scoring well above the passing grade before you schedule an exam. Some recommended sites:
HamStudy.org, a free site with lots of tips. It has an inexpensive companion phone app you can use on the go. The actual exam you take will use the HamStudy testing system, so familiarize yourself with how it works.
ARRL Exam Review for Ham Radio™, a free site from the national group that you may want to join and use for referencing a wealth of information.
Candidates wishing to register for an ARRL remote online exam, contact us before filling out the online registration form!
1. Your computer camera points at you.
2. Your second device shows the side view of your hands on the keyboard.