Effective Thursday May 20, 2021, all amateur examination applicants will be required to provide an FCC Registration Number (FRN) to the Volunteer Examiners (VEs) BEFORE taking an amateur exam.

This is necessary due to changes the FCC has made to its licensing system.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTED AT EXAM SESSIONS.

MASK ARE REQUIRED TO BE WORN DURING TESTING.
Social distancing will be in place as the test will be spread out over two classrooms.

Amateur Radio (Ham) License Levels:

Technician Class – Element 2 (2018 – June 30, 2022)
Questions Pool: 423
Test Questions: 35
# Correct for Passing: 26
# Incorrect and Pass: 9
Passing: 74% or better
General Class – Element 3 (2019 -June 30, 2023)
Questions Pool: 454
Test Questions: 35
# Correct for Passing: 26
# Incorrect and Pass: 9
Passing: 74% or better
Extra Class – Element 4 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2024)
Questions Pool: 622
Test Questions: 50
# Correct for Passing: 37
# Incorrect and Pass: 13
Passing: 74% or better
Warning: Extra Class Manual 12th edition needed for studying for Extra test starting July 1, 2020.

*Element 1 – Morse Code – Not required since February 23, 2007.
**See band plan for each License class.

Applicants as young as five years old have passed examinations and were granted licenses. Operator licenses are divided into different classes, each of which corresponds to an increasing degree of knowledge and corresponding privileges.

Exam Start Time
Exam begins at 9:00 a.m.
Please arrive by 8:30.


Testing Dates 2021

February 13, 2021 at MUSC Health Florence Medical Center (Formerly Carolinas Hospital)

April 10, 2021 at MUSC Health Florence Medical Center (Formerly Carolinas Hospital) 

October 9, 2021 at MUSC Health Florence Medical Center (Formerly Carolinas Hospital)

December 11, 2021 at MUSC Health Florence Medical Center (Formerly Carolinas Hospital) 

We test at:
MUSC Health Florence Medical Center (Formerly Carolinas Hospital)
805 Pamplico Highway
Classroom 1, Second Floor
Medical Mall B
Florence, SC

The test fee for the SESSION is $10.00.  SESSION means that as long as you keep passing, you can continue taking higher level tests for the ORIGINAL Session fee.  We have had two persons who came into a Test Session with nothing and left with their Extra, so it is possible.  You may want to study ahead to the next level and try to take it after you have passed the level you for which you originally came in.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is ARRL-Tech-Manual-sm.jpgThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is ARRL-General-Manual-sm.jpg
Warning: Extra Class Manual 12th edition needed for test starting July 1, 2020.

Practice Tests

ARRL Practice (free account required)
QRZ.com
eHam.net
aa9pw.com
HamExam.org
HamStudy.org

Notice

The FCC is now requiring new applicants for their Ham Radio license to register with the CORES system and obtain a FRN prior to taking their test(s). Please go to https://www.fcc.gov/rofrn for the complete details of the process. The primary purpose of this change is to protect your Social Security Number and to provide a good way for the FCC to contact you if it is necessary.


For more information please send an e-mail.