SARA’s accredited exam staff will be holding exams on the following upcoming dates:
Saturday, September 4th, 2021
Saturday, December 4th, 2021
Saturday, March 5th, 2022
Saturday, June 4th, 2022
Saturday, September 3rd, 2022
Saturday, December 3rd, 2022
All exam sessions start at 10:00 am with check-ins.
All three tests for Technician, General, and Extra are offered at all exam sessions.
We ask that ALL participants request preregistration to speed up the onsite paperwork process, but walk-ins are welcome. Register online at:
SARA VE Registration Form.
You will receive an email from me, about two weeks before any exam date letting you know that you are good to go. If at that time you have changed your plans or are not taking the exam, please reply to that email. Thank you!
The SARA VE Team is led by:
Stephen Kinford N8WB
n8wb >>@<< n8wb.com
Please click the link for SARA VE Registration, it is duplicated below. It will send me an email letting me know that you are registered:
SARA VE Registration Form
Watch this page for updates each month as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
The June 5th exam session will be held at:
Sharon Center United Methodist Church
6407 Ridge Rd.
Wadsworth, OH 44281
Map: Bing Maps
What To Bring to an Exam
For all future exams, masks will be required to enter the testing locations.
All participants must bring their own masks; SARA will not have extra masks available.
- FCC accepted forms of identification. You need only bring one piece of ID from the “Type A” column or two pieces of ID from the “Type B” column.
- All participants must show a record of their FCC Registration Number (FRN) from the FCC CORES website on the day of their exam. You can instantly register at the FCC CORES website. Directions for registration can be found on the FCC’s CORES website. Please note that as of October 2020, the ARRL will no longer accept applications with Social Security Numbers – all applicants must apply with an FRN from the FCC CORES system.
- The ARRL VEC test fee of $15, payable in cash (exact amount please) or make checks payable to “Stephen Kinford”.
- If you are licensed, two copies of your current FCC license. One copy is required to be submitted to the VEC along with your test paperwork the second is retained for the VE team records. You may print a copy of your license through the ULS portal at http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/.
- If you have recently passed an exam element and your new license does not yet appear in the FCC ULS database, bring your CSCE certificate(s) along with a copy of all CSCE certificates. A copy of any CSCE certificate must be submitted to the VEC along with your test paperwork.
- At least two #2 pencils for the test sheet.
Acceptable Forms of ID
|Type A IDs|
|Type B IDs|
|State Driver’s License|
State Photo ID card
School Student Photo ID card
United States Passport
Law Enforcement Officer Photo ID
|Social Security Card|
Birth certificate (certified copy with an original seal or stamp – no photocopy!)
Minor’s work permit
Employers wage statement
School report card
School ID card
School or public library card
Utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that specifically names the person with their address as it appears on the Form NCVEC 605
A state-issued drivers license that does not have a photo
Postmarked envelope addressed to the person at his or her current mailing address as it appears on the Form NCVEC 605
Frequenly Asked Questions
Calculators – Calculators may be used for the written exams. However, if you bring a programmable calculator you must demonstrate to the VE team that the calculator memory is cleared and does not contain stored formulas or you will not be permitted to use it.
Fees – The ARRL VEC test fee is currently $15 for all test candidates. This fee is charged regardless if you pass any elements or not. You may take as many of the three test elements at a session as you like (provided previous elements are passed) and pay just one test fee.
Test Repeats – If you fail a test element, and wish to make a second attempt to pass that same element, you must pay the test fee again for the second attempt. Note that due to time constraints the VE team may not always offer a second test opportunity at a given test session. This requirement is set by the ARRL and is not negotiable onsite.
Accessibility and Special Test Sessions
The SARA VE Teams holds its exam sessions in public locations that, in general, have accessibility accommodations where possible. If you have any accessibility concerns about the test, please contact the VE Team Lead (info above) with your question.
The VE teams are permitted and encouraged to provide special accommodations (subject to certain rules and conditions) to candidates which may have one or more accessibility challenges that prevent them from participating in a regular test session. Sight impaired, hearing impaired, home-bound, and similar candidates can often be given a test with provisions customized to their unique requirements. If you have such a special need or have questions about what might be possible to enable you or someone you know with an interest in becoming a licensed amateur operator please contact the VE Team Lead listed above. The SARA VE Team is willing and able to hold special test sessions for individuals who have special considerations, including in-home test sessions with advance notice and preparation.