VE Testing

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Last Updated: December 18, 2020, 00:40 EST

In the interest of public health at large, the NSDXA / SVARC VE has suspended VE sessions regularly scheduled to be held at the SVARC club house until further notice. The organization’s leadership is monitoring the local statistical parameters and advisement provided by the Virginia Department of Health’s  Corona Virus pandemic dashboard (with statistics focused on the Lord Fairfax region), as well as considering the condition of the testing location’s preparations for mitigating risks of virus spread and comfort level of those who would participate as volunteer examiners. Testing will resume when agreement is made that it can be achieved without unreasonable risks being assumed. With the current spike in cases as of December, 2020, it is unclear when another session will occur, but the leadership is hoping this will be in the first half of 2021. Please check back here, as this is where intentions, plans, and any special instructions will first be announced. We have established a mailing list for those interested in being notified by e-mail when the VE Team has something to announce or share with status, which can be seen above. Feel free to sign up, and be in the know as soon as the VE Team announces changes to status and schedule.

Finding VE Alternative Sessions

We understand that this is inconvenient and just plain not fun. We can suggest that you might be able to find an alternative testing session being offered elsewhere using the ARRL search tool ( Other popular alternative Volunteer Examination Coordinators (VECs) such as the WY5I VEC group and the Laurel VEC offer amateur radio licensing test sessions .

“So you want to take a remote exam…” – find out how and where you can do this.

Online Amateur Radio Testing

Organizations offering (as of December 14, 2020) online testing include the WY5I VEC group and the Greater Los Angeles Amateur Radio Group (GLAARG) VEC, with details available at


The schedule below has been suspended until further notice.

Joint Venture with the Northern Shenandoah DX Association

The VE team is comprised of members associated with the club, but the team is officially a function of the North Shenandoah DX Association. SVARC contributes the location resources where test sessions can be held. So, VE (ARRL VEC) test sessions are held at the SVARC Clubhouse. Typically, there are 10 sessions scheduled every year, generally held at 1 PM (Eastern Time) on the second Sunday of the month, with the following exceptions:

  • May – No VE session is held in May as it coincides with the Mother’s Day holiday
  • August – No VE session is held at the SVARC clubhouse, as there is a VE session held in conjunction with the SVARC Berryville Hamfest (held the first Sunday in August annually).
  • When our date for June conflicts with the Ol’ Virginia Hams (W4OVH) Hamfest in Manassas as the Prince William County Fairgrounds, we usually switch to the first Sunday in June.


DISCLAIMER – Inclement weather can cause last-minute cancellation of a VE session. If there is any question with regard to whether a VE session will be held or not, please contact the SVARC VE Team Coordinator.

While walk-ins are certainly welcome, it is best to contact Alan and confirm status with him the session that you are planning to attend.

Other Sessions

If you’re not sure whether we are having a session, or if there’s a better day or time for you, please check out the ARRL’s VE Session Finder tool at Or send an e-mail to SVARC’s VE Team Coordinator.

Preparing For The Exam

Practice tests are available at several websites such as the ones below:

What To Bring To an Exam Session

The ARRL Web Site is a great resource for this information, so we’ll share the link to their information to answer this – If you happen to forget pencils, pens, forms, an ‘allowed’ calculator, etc., never fear, we keep these things around to help candidates succeed. Please make sure you meet the identification requirements and bring funds to cover the fee. Cash, checks, or money orders in the amount of $15 USD (as of 2017. Checks and money orders made payable to ARRL VEC.) for each examinee’s session. Candidates not successfully passing an attempted element may be able to take a second exam for the same element, but we are required to charge an additional test fee in such cases.

For your convenience, the interactive NCVEC QUICK-FORM 605 is available for download and printing in case you wish to fill out that paperwork ahead of time.

NOTE: If you do not currently have an FCC-assigned Federal Registration Number (FRN), a social security number is required by the FCC on the application for processing. More information about the FRN can be found at

Want To Become a VE (Volunteer Examiner)?

You must have a General Amateur License or higher. Get details and information HERE.