Amateur Question Pools
The Question Pools are developed and maintained by the
Question Pool Committee (QPC) of the NCVEC by FCC instruction and
Part 97 Rules & Regulation : Sec.
97.523 Question pools All VECs must cooperate in
maintaining one question pool for each written examination
element. Each question pool must contain at least 10 times the
number of questions required for a single examination. Each
question pool must be published and made available to the public
prior to its use for making a question set. Each question on each
VEC question pool must be prepared by a VE holding the required
FCC-issued operator license.
The question pools are normally valid for 4 years and the
current Question Pools are as follows:
Element 2 - Technician - Effective July 1, 2018 until June 30,
Element 3 - General - Effective July 1,2019 until June 30,
Element 4 - Extra - Effective July 1, 2020 until June 30,2024
Each FCC Element or question pool consists of at least 10
times the number of questions required for a single examination
and is released to the public normally 6 months prior to becoming
effective for use in examinations to allow plenty of time for
publication and study. Each element or pool has a syllabus that
is broken down into main sub-element sections(normally 10) and an
unlimited number of sub-topic sections under each sub-element.
Each sub-element is numbered with a prefix designating the Element number, example T1, T2 etc, followed by the subtopic letter for
the section of each sub-element, example T1A,,T1B, etc.
The 4 parts of a Question Pool Element Syllabus are:
1. Sub-Element ( T1, G1, E1,.. etc 1-0 )
2. Sub-Topic (T1A, G1A, E1A... etc)
3. Questions and Answers ( T1A01, G1A01, E1A01 etc)
4 Diagrams used for exams
The actual questions are numbered in a format that reflects
the element, sub-element and subtopic section of the syllabus
where the question is found, example: T1A01 etc. Each pool is
released with the exact questions and 4 multiple choice answers
and the correct answer for each question is designated in ( )
just after each question; Example: T1A01 (D) some with a rules
reference [97.xxx] after the correct answer letter. On the actual
exam, the correct answer letter in parentheses, and any rules
citations do not appear with the question number.
The Question Pool Committee invites submissions for use in all
Amateur Question Pools. Currently, the QPC is reviewing and
developing a new Element 2 - Technician Class question pool to
become effective July 1, 2022. To provide comments or actual
questions for consideration to the QPC by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
When submitting actual questions for QPC review please provide
the following in plain ASCII text.
(1) Questions must have no more than 210 characters, including
spaces, or a maximum of three 70 character lines.
(2) Distractors must be no more than 140 characters, including
spaces, or two 70 character lines in length.
(3) Each multiple choice question must be accompanied by 4
possible answers. The answers may be in any order, but the correct answer must be indicated.
(4). Provide resource for correct answers or Part 97 rule to support correct answer and explanation of the correct answer for QPC review