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Author Topic: Can you take the General test immediately after taking the Technician one?  (Read 10499 times)
W3HF
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« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2014, 04:44:17 PM »

Minor clarification

As long as you keep passing, there is no extra cost.

Actually, there's no FCC requirement that you must continue passing to get the next test, just like there's no explicit requirement that you must pass the tests in sequence. It's just that unless/until you pass the earlier tests, you can't earn the higher license--you just get a CSCE.

Some VECs may impose other rules, but ARRL VEC does not. Their VE manual explicitly states that:

- "Each time a candidate pays one test fee, he/she is entitled to take tests for Elements 2, 3 and 4 as needed, up to all three under
the single test fee." Note that there is nothing that says "as long as he passes the previous ones." (page 42)

- "An applicant may take a series of exams in any order to qualify for a license." (page 49)

Now they do recommend in a number of places in that manual that the nominal ascending sequence be followed, and that applicants pass a test element before moving on to the next. But those are just recommendations, and they do state that their office "will honor the VE Team's decision" in cases that don't follow the recommendations.
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KB1YSQ
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« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2014, 09:14:00 AM »

When I tested, I had been studying specifically for the Technician test, but had been reading about ham radio in general voraciously.  The VECs encouraged me to take the general test, and I passed - just barely, but I did!

Of course, I learned a ton more on my own before I dared to get onto any HF bands, but yes - I did it all in one sitting.  Glad I did!
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KJ7WC
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« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2014, 04:26:34 AM »

Note what W3HF wrote; a candidate need not pass any particular element to take another.

Furthermore, any testing session that issues exams for General and Extra certification must have three (3) Amateur Extra VEs. If the administrators of the session do not meet the licensing requirements for General or Extra testing, then you will not have the opportunity to take multiple exams. Simple.

There are two sides to every coin. A candidate must be willing. The administering team must have accreditation.
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