To those who have contacted ARCSquared about the General Class at the Red Cross ,here is some information for you:
Class Date: Saturday and Sunday, January 16 and 17, 2016
Location: Red Cross Chapter, 209 Fairfield Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004
Specifics regarding the class:-
· ARCSquared supplies the instructor and the people to give the exam and light refreshments. In addition, we take a break for lunch at around 12pm and the test takers can either bring a sandwich or go out to one of the local delis or restaurants.
· Costs:- The FCC (VEC) charges $15 for the test. We recommend that the students buy a book or download a free version and study in advance to become familiar with the questions on the exam. We do Have a donation plate to cover the snacks and coffee we supply.
For more information about the class, and study guides and assistance in studying, contact Dave Everson Deverson@optonline.net
Reservations are very much appreciated
· Link to the Study sheet here Participants are asked to commit as much of this to memory as they can. There are many exam questions that are based on the information on this sheet.
If you are going to
purchase a book, the book we
by Gordon West. (available locally and from Amazon.com}
Although some of the
materials attached look a little intimidating, once you get familiar with the
materials, it really isn’t. And the test itself is very forgiving.
It is possible to pass without mastering all of this material. Twelve of
15 staff and volunteers passed in the first exam. About an equal
proportion pass at each test. You can greatly increase your odds by
doing some studying in advance as is suggested here.
You can greatly increase your odds by doing some studying in advance as is suggested here.
The use of a book is recommended because it gives you a well rounded understanding of the materials and explains each question area thoroughly. Much better than just recognizing the correct multiple choice answer. We find that participants that successfully pass the exam largely have studied the sheet and familiarized themselves with key sections of the book. And have drilled themselves on the sample tests available on the internet.
However, many have passed the test by just memorizing the materials attached, and a certain number have passed by just attending the class and taking the exam, but I wouldn’t recommend this latter course.
Question: What do I have to bring with me to the test???
1. Several No 2 Pencils, with eraser ends
2 forms of ID, one a
picture ID. Legal residents only. You must put your Social Security number
on the FCC form to receive your ham license from the FCC!
to receive your ham license from the FCC!
3. The original and a photocopy of your Technician license, if you are so licensed. If not, you must pass the Technician exam before you can take the General exam.
4. A pen
5. A calculator. Programmable or graphing calculators are not allowed
6. Lunch, or the ability to pop out quickly for lunch, and also a couple of snacks to get you through the day.
7. $15 the cost of the exam. Checks are preferred, payable to ARRLVEC but cash is accepted
There is no additional fee to take the next exam, if you pass your first exam,
i.e. you may take the Extra exam should you pass General.
However, there is an additional $15 fee if you wish to