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OK guys, I am going to describe how I studied for the Tech exam, because I have read a few people saying they tried and failed the exam, multiple times. Well that only says one thing. They were using a bad methods of prepping for the test.

First, I got my copy of the ARRL HAM Radio License Manual (Level 1, Technician) and a nice new wide tip highliter pen. These manuals are also available at your public library.

Then dedicate a min of 1 hour every night, RELIGIOUSLY!... if you try to read 1 hour one night, skip 3 days andput in another hour, you aren't going to retain. This has to be approached like attending a course in college. You better either be a genius or you better show up to lectures daily. It keeps you mind tuned to the subject.  As you read the manual, do not highlight anything until you reach your first "question block". I believe the first question block appears on page chapter 2-page 3, go to the rear of the manual and look up the questions. Highlite the correct answer. The correct answer is below the question number on the left side of the page and is in "()". Then go back to the text and located where the answer is stated in the chapter. Highlite the correct answer there also. What you are doing is constructing a manual for use in an "open book" test. No, the exams aren't open book, just bear with me.

After you have read and marked the manual as described above (you should be able to do this in about 10 days), it's time for saturation practise exams.

There are many sites offering practise exams. I used, but you can use any of them. These computer driven test exams juggle the questions everytime you start, so you will get good overall knowledge of the entire pool of questions.
Then start taking the practise exams, depending on the site furnishing the practise exams, the question number will be displayed. Don't "guess" at an answer... look it up in your highlighted manual!!!!... then it's test after test after test every night and in 15-20 hours (min 1 hr/day, every day) of testing you will know that question pool backwards and forwards. This is how I prepped for my Tech exam. They aren't supposed to tell you your score, but they did in my case. I scored perfect, did not answer one question wrong.

Well, that's the way I studied. Another way is to have an excess of brain power and take both Tech and General exams simultaneously like AD did. But then I'm better looking, so I'll let him have the edge in brain matter.

Other guys have other methods, I'm sure, but this is what worked for me.

I recommend QRZ to study as well thats where I did it. I like it because they do one question at a time, and don't let you move on until you select the right question.

 I like to do it a little different, I work better under pressure so I found a test date 2-3 weeks out (heck for general I did 1 week) and that was it. It was all engines go. I read and studied and passed. Once you start scoring 90% or better on the practice exams every time.. You are good.

I used for my Extra Class study.  I just started taking the exam, and each time I found a question that I didn't know, I'd look it up and put the formula, description, circuit, or whatever in a Word document.  Using that document, I reviewed the topics I didn't know.  After about a month of study, the exam was fairly easy.

DSB, did I understand  correctly thag we can get a HAM study manual at our local library?

If so, I will have to check in on that.


Has anyone used the website; Hamtestonline before? Do not want to waste any money if I can get the same results elseware. I am a cheap person you know. Do not mind spending if it will help pass the test but I do want to learn about the radio's also as I go.


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