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Subelement E1
COMMISSION RULES
Section E1E
Volunteer examiner program: definitions; qualifications; preparation and administration of exams; accreditation; question pools; documentation requirements
For which types of out-of-pocket expenses do the Part 97 rules state that VEs and VECs may be reimbursed?
  • Correct Answer
    Preparing, processing, administering, and coordinating an examination for an amateur radio operator license
  • Teaching an amateur operator license examination preparation course
  • No expenses are authorized for reimbursement
  • Providing amateur operator license examination preparation training materials

Part 97.527 Reimbursement for expenses:

"VEs and VECs may be reimbursed by examinees for out-of-pocket expenses incurred in preparing, processing, administering, or coordinating an examination for an amateur operator license."

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Who does Part 97 task with maintaining the pools of questions for all U.S. amateur license examinations?
  • The VEs
  • The FCC
  • Correct Answer
    The VECs
  • The ARRL

97.523 Question pools.

All VECs must cooperate in maintaining one question pool for each written examination element. ...

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What is a Volunteer Examiner Coordinator?
  • A person who has volunteered to administer amateur operator license examinations
  • A person who has volunteered to prepare amateur operator license examinations
  • Correct Answer
    An organization that has entered into an agreement with the FCC to coordinate, prepare, and administer amateur operator license examinations
  • The person who has entered into an agreement with the FCC to be the VE session manager

One important distinction to understand is the difference between a VEC and a VE. A VEC is an organization that has an agreement with the FCC to coordinate amateur radio operator exams, whereas a VE is a Volunteer Examiner, which is a ham radio operator who has been certified by a VEC to give exams in conjunction with that VEC.

VEC is an often-misused term -- it does not refer to the people who administered the exam, only to the FCC-approved organization (w5yi-vec, arrl, laurel, glaarg, etc) which coordinates exam teams.

You can find a full list of all of the VECs on the FCC website.

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Which of the following best describes the Volunteer Examiner accreditation process?
  • Each General, Advanced and Amateur Extra Class operator is automatically accredited as a VE when the license is granted
  • The amateur operator applying must pass a VE examination administered by the FCC Enforcement Bureau
  • The prospective VE obtains accreditation from the FCC
  • Correct Answer
    The procedure by which a VEC confirms that the VE applicant meets FCC requirements to serve as an examiner

This question is in regards to the process itself, NOT the individual applying for a VE. After applying, the VEC will then confirm that the applicant is qualified to be a VE.

This is the process of accreditation.

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What is the minimum passing score on all amateur operator license examinations?
  • Minimum passing score of 70%
  • Correct Answer
    Minimum passing score of 74%
  • Minimum passing score of 80%
  • Minimum passing score of 77%

Part 97.503 Element standards (a-c):

(a) Element 2: 35 questions concerning the privileges of a Technician Class operator license. The minimum passing score is 26 questions answered correctly.

(b) Element 3: 35 questions concerning the privileges of a General Class operator license. The minimum passing score is 26 questions answered correctly.

(c) Element 4: 50 questions concerning the privileges of an Amateur Extra Class operator license. The minimum passing score is 37 questions answered correctly."

\[\frac{26} {35} = 74.3\%\] \[\frac{37} {50} = 74.0\%\]

Additional hint: Since there are 50 questions on the Extra test, the percentage must be an even number

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Who is responsible for the proper conduct and necessary supervision during an amateur operator license examination session?
  • The VEC coordinating the session
  • The FCC
  • Correct Answer
    Each administering VE
  • The VE session manager

Part 97.509 Administering VE requirements (C):

"Each administering VE must be present and observing the examinee throughout the entire examination. The administering VEs are responsible for the proper conduct and necessary supervision of each examination. The administering VEs must immediately terminate the examination upon failure of the examinee to comply with their instructions."

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What should a VE do if a candidate fails to comply with the examiner's instructions during an amateur operator license examination?
  • Warn the candidate that continued failure to comply will result in termination of the examination
  • Correct Answer
    Immediately terminate the candidate's examination
  • Allow the candidate to complete the examination, but invalidate the results
  • Immediately terminate everyone's examination and close the session

Part 97.509 Administering VE requirements (C):

"Each administering VE must be present and observing the examinee throughout the entire examination. The administering VEs are responsible for the proper conduct and necessary supervision of each examination. The administering VEs must immediately terminate the examination upon failure of the examinee to comply with their instructions."

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To which of the following examinees may a VE not administer an examination?
  • Employees of the VE
  • Friends of the VE
  • Correct Answer
    Relatives of the VE as listed in the FCC rules
  • All these choices are correct

Part 97.509 Administering VE requirements (D):

"No VE may administer an examination to his or her spouse, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, parents, grandparents, stepparents, brothers, sisters, stepbrothers, stepsisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and in-laws."

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What may be the penalty for a VE who fraudulently administers or certifies an examination?
  • Correct Answer
    Revocation of the VE's amateur station license grant and the suspension of the VE's amateur operator license grant
  • A fine of up to $1000 per occurrence
  • A sentence of up to one year in prison
  • All these choices are correct

Part 97.509 Administering VE requirements (E):

"No VE may administer or certify any examination by fraudulent means or for monetary or other consideration including reimbursement in any amount in excess of that permitted. Violation of this provision may result in the revocation of the grant of the VE's amateur station license and the suspension of the grant of the VE's amateur operator license."

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What must the administering VEs do after the administration of a successful examination for an amateur operator license?
  • They must collect and send the documents to the NCVEC for grading
  • They must collect and submit the documents to the coordinating VEC for grading
  • Correct Answer
    They must submit the application document to the coordinating VEC according to the coordinating VEC instructions
  • They must collect and send the documents to the FCC according to instructions

Part 97.509 Administering VE requirements (M):

"After the administration of a successful examination for an amateur operator license, the administering VEs must submit the application document to the coordinating VEC according to the coordinating VEC's instructions."

Note that grading happens on-site during the exam session. This eliminates two of the distractors. The FCC doesn't have anything to do with the exams—which eliminates the third distractor.

Silly Mnemonic: VEs don't collect anything after the exam, eliminating 3 choices. They only submit application documents, the last remaining, and correct, choice.

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What must the VE team do if an examinee scores a passing grade on all examination elements needed for an upgrade or new license?
  • Photocopy all examination documents and forward them to the FCC for processing
  • Correct Answer
    Three VEs must certify that the examinee is qualified for the license grant and that they have complied with the administering VE requirements
  • Issue the examinee the new or upgrade license
  • All these choices are correct

The key here is understanding the role of the VE team in the process. VE's work as a team to certify that the testing process and test results are valid.

The VEC organization is responsible for communicating with the FCC and the FCC is responsible for issuing new or upgraded licenses, not the VE team.

Part 97.509 Administering VE requirements (I):

"When the examinee is credited for all examination elements required for the operator license sought, 3 VEs must certify that the examinee is qualified for the license grant and that the VEs have complied with these administering VE requirements. The certifying VEs are jointly and individually accountable for the proper administration of each examination element reported. The certifying VEs may delegate to other qualified VEs their authority, but not their accountability, to administer individual elements of an examination."

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What must the VE team do with the application form if the examinee does not pass the exam?
  • Correct Answer
    Return the application document to the examinee
  • Maintain the application form with the VEC's records
  • Send the application form to the FCC and inform the FCC of the grade
  • Destroy the application form

Part 97.509 Administering VE requirements (J):

"When the examinee does not score a passing grade on an examination element, the administering VEs must return the application document to the examinee and inform the examinee of the grade."

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