Ham Exams

The MIT Radio Society’s Radio Exam Team offers amateur radio exams on the penultimate (second-to-last) Wednesday of all twelve months of the year (no exceptions). The sessions start at 7:30pm in Room 1-150 (there are usually signs posted).

This is the place to earn a new license or upgrade your existing license. Technician through Extra Class tests are offered.

Preregistration is not required.  Our exam sessions are entirely walkin-based.

You will need to bring:

  • Two forms of unexpired ID, at least one of which must be a photo ID
  • Your signed amateur license (if you’re already a ham), and a photocopy of it
  • Certificate(s) of Completion, and photocopies of them, for any exam elements you have passed so recently that the corresponding license has not yet been issued
  • Your Social Security Number or FRN. To obtain an FRN via the FCC ULS system, visit http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls and click “New User Registration” under the “Filing” section of the page. We strongly urge you to obtain an FRN and use it instead of providing your SSN on the form at the exam.
  • The exam fee in cash (currently $14 as of 2019, unchanged since 2005!)
  • Writing instruments
  • A calculator (if you need one).  You will need to demonstrate completely clearing its memory. Please learn how to do this for your model of calculator before the exam; fumbling around and pressing the “Clear” button on anything fancier than a four-function calculator does not suffice and will waste time. It usually involves a “Reset” operation.
All necessary forms are provided at the exam session.

For more information, call (617) 253-3776 during business hours. If you can’t make one of our dates, you can check out the ARRL Exam Session List for information on other exam venues.

Commercial Radio Operator Exams

(New Question Pools for the GMDSS and Telegraph Operators Licenses were released and have been in use since June 2013.)

We offer exams for all classes of FCC commercial radio operator licenses at the same time and place.