Fully Remote Testing - U.S. Licenses

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*** Page last updated June 22nd, 2022 ***

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The Aurora Amateur Radio Group is offering applicants a chance to take their amateur radio license examination remotely, without the need of a proctor through a partnership with the W4VEC VEC.

Exam schedule . . .

We hold regular sessions frequently.  Exam times are all in Alaska Time.  Our exam schedule is as follows:

Mondays (Bi-Weekly) at 4:00pm Alaska Time
Tuesdays (Bi-weekly) at 4:00pm Alaska Time
Third Wednesday of each month at 5:00pm Alaska Time  (See note below.)
Thursdays (Weekly) at 3:00pm Alaska Time
Second and Fourth Friday of each month at 7:00pm Alaska Time
First and Third Saturday of each month at 6:00am and 11:00am Alaska Time

NOTE:  Our Wednesday session that is held once per month is explicitly for those who live in Alaska, American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii or the Northern Mariana Islands.  We will not accept applications for that session if you live anywhere else!

When you load the exam schedule via the link at the bottom of this page, a master schedule will appear.  To register for a specific session, you will see a link on the right side of that date called "More Info & Register".  Click on it, scroll through the text and begin your registration.  If the link that reads "More Info & Register" is present, it means we have slots open.  You will see how many applicants we are accepting for that specific session and the number who have already signed up.

If you have landed on this page by clicking on the link labeled "AARG Remote Testing" from our exam platform, simply close this tab when you have read through the entire page and continue with the registration for the session you selected.  You will not need to click the link at the bottom of this page to register.  Additionally, if you have come to us from HamStudy, be clearly advised we list *ALL* of our scheduled sessions on their website, regardless of availability.  Those applicants who have landed here directly from HamStudy or HamRadioPrep will need to read through this page completely and click the link at the bottom to register!

Technical requirements for a remote exam . . .

To be eligible for a fully remote examination, applicants must meet the following technical and setup requirements:

a.)  A reliable internet connection, suitable to adequately run two video feeds and one audio feed.  You are not permitted to wear a headset while testing.  You MUST be capable of operating without the assistance of earbuds or a headset.  No exceptions!

b.)  One desktop or laptop computer with the Brave, Chromium, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari web browser installed.  Installation links for each are below:

Download Brave

Download Chromium

Download Google Chrome

Download Microsoft Edge

Download Mozilla Firefox

Download Safari for OS X

NOTE:  You will also want to make sure any browser addons or extensions are completely disabled prior to exam day to ensure no problems occur.  This also includes disabling your VPN if you use one to browse the web.

c.)  A web camera that allows us to view the Examinee's head, face, and shoulders clearly, to be seen at all times during the examination.  This same computer must have a microphone that allows the VE team to hear all sounds within the testing environment.  We do ***NOT*** permit the use of a Microsoft Surface, any tablet, iPad or smartphone for taking the examination or as your primary camera feed.  No exceptions.  Below is an example of the view we need from the applicant's primary camera:

d.)  Another computer with a web camera, a smart phone or tablet with a web camera.  This secondary camera must be positioned in such a way to allow the VE team to see the examinee's hands, workspace, work on scratch paper, and/or calculator, and the computer monitor that is being used to display the examination.  You may use a tablet, iPad, smartphone or a laptop (webcam built in) as your second video feed.  Examinees are prohibited from using two cameras connected to the same desktop or laptop computer.  The two camera feeds MUST be on separate devices.  Below is an example of the view we need from the applicant's secondary camera:

e.)  A current installation of Zoom.  You do not need to have an account with Zoom for the exam.  We do not use any other video conferencing applications.  ZOOM MUST BE INSTALLED OR UPDATED ON YOUR PLANNED DEVICES PRIOR TO THE EXAM SESSION!  Click HERE to download Zoom.  The download page will open in a new tab on your browser.

f.)  A quiet room to complete the exam, free from distractions or interruptions.  If you are testing in an open environment such as a living room or loft, those are acceptable as long as other people are not present during your examination.  The Examinee MUST be the only person in the room during the exam.  No one is permitted to enter the room while the examination is in progress.

Note:  If you are unable to setup two cameras, or lack sufficient bandwidth to support two video feeds plus an audio source over Zoom, we do have a second option that requires the use of one camera.  Please click HERE to learn more.

For an extensive overview on what to expect on exam day, please click HERE.  For information on acceptable photo identification at the exam session, please click HERE.

Are you under the age of 18?  If so, read this section carefully!!!

If you, as an applicant, are under the age of 18, this section is for you!  Before we can administer your examination, we MUST have a completed "Parental Consent Form".  This one page form can be found by clicking HERE.  This document is a fillable PDF.  It must be completed by the legal parent or guardian and sent as an email attachment by the applicant's parent or legal guardian.  You will need to email it to the address printed in the application as a PDF attachment.  You are responsible for getting this back to us at least 24 hours prior to your exam!

Are you physically testing outside of the United States  If so, read this section **VERY** carefully!!!

The Aurora Amateur Radio Group will administer a remote exam to an applicant that is physically outside the United States.  To be eligible, you must be a legally established Permanent Resident or United States Citizen.  In addition, you must have documented proof of holding a valid mailing address in the United States.  That can be a utility bill, bank statement, tax documents or other official piece of mail that has been delivered by the United States Postal Service and addressed to the same last name as the applicant.  After you have submitted your application to test with us, you are required to send us an email to ve(at)aarg.club and provide the following information:

    a.)  The date you have registered for (if you registered to test ASAP we will be in contact with you to select the next available date),
    b.)  Your Federal Registration Number from the FCC,
    c.)  The location where you will be physically testing on exam day,
    d.)  Proof of legal status in the United States as a PDF attachment (the document must not have anything blurred out), and
    e.)  Proof of holding a valid mailing address in the United States as a PDF attachment

Once you have provided the above information to us, we will verify your status in the United States.  We will also verify your mailing address with the United States Postal Service.  If we cannot verify your legal status or mailing address in the United States, we may ask for additional documentation.  If we are still unable to verify your status in the United States, we will not permit you to test with us and a refund will be given based on this purpose only.  Again, the above information directly pertains to those who are physically outside the United States wanting to use our remote exam service!

Exam fee . . .

Through a new working agreement with the W4VEC VEC, the cost for a remote examination session being sponsored through the Aurora Amateur Radio Group is currently $12.00.  We give FREE exams to the following applicants:

    a.)  Applicants under the age of 18
    b.)  Active duty U.S. Armed Forces personnel
    c.)  U.S. Armed Forces veterans
    d.)  First Responders
    e.)  Sworn law enforcement officers

Applicants falling under this category will need to immediately notify us via email at ve(at)aarg.club and providing detail as to how you qualify.  Further instructions will be given via email upon receipt of your initial contact with us.

E-Mail Communications . . .

We use two email addresses for all communications with applicants regarding our exam service.  To ensure you receive any and all communication from us, please whitelist the following two email addresses PRIOR to completing any application:


NOTE:  You will need to replace the (at) with a "@" in the addresses above.  Your willingness to help us whitelist these two email addresses ensures you are receiving all communication relating to your remote examination.

How to apply . . .

1.)  You will begin by registering for an exam session via the link below.  It will take you to the Exam Schedule page on our exam platform.  Make sure AARG appears in the left column of your scheduled date.  You may register for any open session that appears in the schedule, provided we have open slots.  To register for an exam on a different month, select a different month in the drop down menu while you have the "Exam Schedule" page loaded and then click the "Apply Filter" button.  From there, locate your desired date by clicking on the link that reads "More Info & Register" and proceed with registration.  Be sure to read ALL the instructions on each page!

2.)  Upon submitting the registration form, you will see a button that tells you to pay for your exam.  The Aurora Amateur Radio Group accepts all major credit and debit cards, along with Google Pay.  Cutoff time and payment for our exam sessions is 3:00pm Alaska Time on the day before each session.  If a payment is not received, we will delete your application from our system.  This simply means you will need to reapply and ensure payment is made.  We must have payment to secure your seat!  The exam fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.  If you do not show up for your scheduled exam session and fail to reschedule with us, your fee will be forefited!  No exceptions will be given.

3.)  To ensure that all examinees have the best overall experience, you must ensure the following is met before your scheduled exam session:
    a.)  A current, updated web browser
    b.)  The latest version of Zoom installed on both devices being used for your exam
    e.)  A reliable, high speed internet connection capable of handling two video feeds and one audio feed

If you can not meet the technical requirements laid out above, you will be immediately rescheduled.  We strongly advise all applicants to be prepared!  Doing so will prevent you from being rescheduled or delayed and also creates a good environment for everyone.

Basic Qualification Question . . .

The FCC now requires all applicants to answer if they have been convicted of a felony crime in any U.S. state or federal court.  If you have been convicted of a felony crime, there will be some additional steps required of you after passing your exam.  More information on that can be found by clicking HERE (page will open in a new tab).

For those who want simplicity, here is the entire process in a nut shell from start to finish . . .

        1.)  You will click the link below to begin your registration.

        2.)  When the page loads, select the date you want to take your exam from our "Exam Schedule" page.  Follow all proceeding instructions.

        3.)  Complete the amateur radio license application that follows.  Make sure you have all of the requested information to complete the application.

        4.)  You will submit your amateur radio license application and then be presented with a prompt to pay for your exam.

        5.)  Pay for your exam, which is $12.00 and is non-refundable.

        6.)  After paying for your exam, we will send you a confirmation email that details your exam date/time.  That email will have further information on what happens next.  Please check your junk or spam folder, as it may not appear in your inbox.  This email WILL NOT have a Zoom link.

        7.)  Within 4 to 12 hours of your confirmed exam session, we will send out an email to all examinees participating at the session you registered for.  That email will contain the specific time you will be joining us and some final things to have on hand prior to joining the exam session.  Please check your junk or spam folder, as it may not appear in your inbox.  This email WILL NOT have a Zoom link.

        8.)  When your exam time has come, you will receive an email with a subject that reads "It's time for your exam!"  That is where you will see the link to join us on Zoom.  Again, please check your junk or spam folder, as it may not appear in your inbox.  This email WILL HAVE YOUR ZOOM LINK!

        9.)  Upon connecting, we will guide you through bringing in your second device.  It will not be connected right away.

        10.)  After you have connected both devices, we will give you some information prior to going into your exam room.  Please pay attention to the information being presented at that time.

        11.)  Upon being presented with the necessary information pertinent to your examination, you will go into your exam breakout room.

        12.)  Once in your exam breakout room, you will be given instructions on setting up your cameras, showing ID, scratch paper and calculator (as necessary).  The Lead VE will cover our "rules of the road" and then your exam will begin.

        13.)  After finishing your exam, it will be graded.  If you fail and are close to passing, it will be up to the Lead VE to authorize a retest.  If a retest is not granted, you will have to register and test again at another time.  If you passed, your results will be certified and your CSCE will be made available shortly thereafter.

        14.)  After you have collected your CSCE, we may be available to answer any questions you have regarding amateur radio or potential study for the next class of license, if desired.  We will also give you pointers on how to reach us after you depart the exam session.

        15.)  Once you have departed and after the exam session is closed, we will send you a post-session email with some links of information.  Please check your junk or spam folder, as it may not appear in your inbox.  Your application will be forwarded to the VEC for processing.

Some closing notes . . .

A Federal Registration Number, or FRN from the FCC is required on exam day.  We can not accept a Social Security Number for new or existing licenses.  If you do not have a FRN, you will need to complete a two step process.  First, you will need to create an account in the FCC's CORES system.  To do this, you will need to click HERE to create your account.  It will open in a new tab.  Once you have created your account and confirmed it, you will be able to login and register for a Federal Registration Number.  If, you don't have the link to login to CORES, you may click HERE and a separate tab will open.

Once you have your FRN, do make sure you write it down, as it's required on exam day and your amateur radio license application.  You will also be required to provide a valid email address.  The FCC no longer issues paper copies of licenses and will deny processing any application without a valid email address.  Also, your email address will be required for the FCC to send you a link to pay the $35 licensing fee, if you test with us on or after April 19th, 2022.  Per FCC Public Notice DA 22-307 released on March 23rd, 2022 the $35 licensing fee will apply to new licenses, systematic callsign changes, license renewals and vanity callsign applications.  Applicants will not pay a $35 fee if they are doing a license upgrade or an Administrative Update such as an address change, update to your telephone number or email address as well as changing the name on your amateur radio license.

After we confirm your payment and exam registration, an email will be sent to you with your date and time that was selected in your application.  That email may arrive in your spam or junk folder.  You will also receive an email within 4 to 12 hours (or earlier) prior to the exam session containing important information regarding the time you will be receiving a link to join us via Zoom.  Please check your spam or junk folder in case the email does not appear in your main inbox.  That happens a lot with applicants.  

Please understand that applicants are processed in groups at our exam sessions and a minor delay may be experienced in getting to you on exam day.  We strive to provide approximate exam times to make sure no false expectations arise.  Should there be a delay exceeding 15 minutes past your scheduled exam time, we will contact you via email to provide an updated time to be joining us on exam day.  Please don't forget your correct FRN is required on the application!

Are you unsure if you're actually ready to test and want to take a practice exam using our platform?  If so, please click HERE to launch our practice exam generator.

Still have questions?  Take a look at our frequently asked questions page HERE.

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