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VE (Volunteer Examiner) Session Info

A VE (Volunteer Examiner) Session is the time when amateur radio license exams are given.  At a VTARA VE session, tests are given for all three classes of the United States Amateur radio license.  In order, these classes are Technician, General, and Amateur Extra.  Higher class licenses come with more operating privileges.

VTARA Upcoming sessions:

The exam sessions will be held at the Graduate Life Center (GLC) at 155 Otey Street, Blacksburg, VA 24060. Parking is available next to the building. Note that parking on campus after 5 PM is free in both F/S (Faculty/Staff) and C/G spots.  The Drillfield has different rules, so don't park there.  Town metered spots are also free at this time.

These tests are coordinated by the ARRL(*) and LARC(**) according to the rules set forth by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Typically, VTARA holds one LARC session per semester and two ARRL sessions per semester. The tests are the same for all sessions, but there is no fee for LARC sessions.

When you come to take an exam, please bring:

  • Photo ID
  • $15 (Cash/Check/All Major Credit Cards)(ARRL Sessions ONLY)
  • FCC Registration Number (FRN) 
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Calculator (optional; we reserve the right to clear/check calculator memory or deny its use)

You can take all three exam elements for the same $15.  If you fail an element, you can take another version of it by paying an additional $15.

Questions?  Contact Magda (KM4EGE) at

Local Non-VTARA Sessions:

Roanoke Valley ARC VE testing will be held on the 3rd Sunday of each month in downtown Roanoke at the Red Cross building on Church Ave at 2pm. There is no testing the months of June and December.

Tests are given at the Radford Public Library (across from Applebee's in Radford)

Other: Search for other sessions at

Study Guides:

$Free$ No-Nonsense Guides (Technician, General, Extra):

ARRL Study Guides (Technician, General, Extra):

Videos and Tutorials:

Ham Whisperer Video Course:

Practice Tests: