Ham Exams

Free Exams for Students and Youngsters

The MIT Radio Exam Team is pleased to announce that if you are under 18, or are a current high school or college student with school ID, we are now able to administer your amateur radio license exam at no cost to you!

MIT Radio Exam Team now administering both in-person and fully-remote Ham Exams

The MIT Radio Exam Team offers in-person amateur radio license exams on the penultimate (second-to-last) Wednesday of all twelve months of the year. The sessions start at 7:30pm and are usually in Room 1-150 on MIT’s campus. Follow the link for your specific session in the box below for details on which room the exams will take place in, how to get there, and what to bring with you.

We also offer fully-remote amateur radio license exams on most other weeks. These sessions are held at varying times, according to the availability of our Volunteer Examiners, and are usually scheduled the week before they’re held. Please check the schedule in the box below; it is updated each week. Information about what it’s like to take a fully-remote ham exam with us can be found in our Remote Examinee Info Packet.

Upcoming Remote Ham Exam Sessions

  • Our next remote exam session has not yet been scheduled. Please check back soon; we typically update our schedule each week.

Upcoming In-Person Ham Exam Sessions

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2024 - 7:30pm EDT - This is our regularly-scheduled monthly public exam session. You may register for it here.

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2024 - 7:30pm EDT - This is our regularly-scheduled monthly public exam session. Registration is not yet open; please check back closer to this date.

We occasionally hold other smaller sessions. If our regularly-scheduled sessions above don’t work for you, and you would have ordinarily come to one of our in-person sessions, and particularly if you are a member of the MIT community, get in touch with us at ham-exam-signup@mit.edu to get on our waitlist.

For more information, call (617) 253-3776 during business hours.

If you can’t make one of our dates, you can check out the HamStudy Session List for information on other remote or in-person exam options.

If you still can’t find a session at the above link and are looking for an in-person session, you may be able to find one by searching the ARRL Exam Session List for information on other exam venues.

Commercial Radio Operator Exams

We offer exams for all classes of FCC commercial radio operator licenses at the same time and place as our monthly in-person ham radio exams.