Remote Testing Session Requirements
Vermont Exam Team

Basic Requirements

  1. A laptop or desktop computer, with Chrome web browser and webcam is required. Chromebooks and tablets will not work.
    1. Chrome browser is the supported browser. A newer version of Firefox will probably work. Older browsers wil NOT work.
    2. Webcam must clearly show the candidateís entire face and be usable for reviewing identification documents. (Minimum 720 pixels).
    3. Webcam must be movable for the exam team to inspect the exam space. If the webcam cannot be moved, you can additionally join the meeting on a phone to separately show your laptop and desk area. Ultimately, you will need a way to show the examiners your screen, computer, and working space.
    4. Only a single monitor may be used. If you use multiple monitors, unplug them and face them away from you.
  2. A stable broadband internet connection, of at least 3 Mbps download and upload is required. The exam cannot be administered with a slow or unstable connection. You can test your internet speed at Speedtest and Fast.
  3. Hands-free speaker and microphone setup is required. Built-in components are the best.
    1. Headphones and headsets are NOT allowed for participants because it cannot be established what you are listening to.
    2. Microphone must be on and audible to the exam team throughout the exam session.
  4. Things useful for the exam:
    1. Blank piece of paper and pencil for doing calculations is useful.
    2. Calculator without user-defined functions or programming. Square roots, inverse tangent and other functions necessary for calculations related to the exam questions are OK. You can also use a on-screen calculator as well. A calculator in your phone is NOT acceptable.
  5. You must have a quiet space with a desk or table with NOTHING else on it, that can be kept that way for the entirety of the session. We will not test you in a cluttered environment! The following circumstances could invalidate your exam:
    1. Another person walking into the exam space or being visible or audible
    2. Obvious candidate distractions from any source (including phones, watches, pets, standing up, leaving your chair, etc.)
    3. Appearing to look at anything but the exam screen; reaching for things outside the view of the camera; eyes moving away from the exam screen.
    4. Any other suspicious circumstances as determined by the examiners. The examiners are tasked with maintaining the integrity of the exam process.
  6. The candidate must meet the following requirements:
    1. You must have a U.S. address where you can receive mail from the FCC.
    2. The candidate must consent to the audio and video recording of the session which will be retained for 2 years. ID documents will not be recorded.
    3. If you are under 13 years of age, your parent must complete a COPPA release form we will provide a few days BEFORE the session.

Before The Session

  1. Several days before the exam session, test out your computer, webcam, and microphone system by running Zoom with someone else or test it yourself with another computer you have. Make sure you know how to share your screen. MAC computers require an extra level of permission to allow sharing. Be sure you know how to do this. There is very limited time to deal with computer issues during an exam, so please work these items out ahead of time.
    1. Verify that the other computer can see and hear you and that you can share your screen
    2. Verify that the other user can read your ID.
  2. Be ready to do WELL on the exam. There is limited time for testing and not being prepared wastes a half hour when another applicant can be earning a new license. If you are taking practice exams, be sure you can continually score 90% or better on all exams.
  3. Please reboot your computer at least 30 minutes prior to joining the exam and do not run any programs on your computer during that time. During this time, it is hoped that your computer will run through whatever annoying pop-ups it needs to do, before the exam. You want to keep other programs shut down so that they donít take resources from your computer or interfere with the exam.
  4. If there are other users on your network, have them reschedule what they are doing so they do not slow down the network and possibly cause interruptions. If you use WiFi, be sure you have good signal strength.
  5. Connect to the Zoom meeting ID provided at least 20 minutes before your scheduled time. You will go into a Waiting Room. The host will allow you to enter when ready. You may be brought in early or late, depending on our schedule.

Things To Consider

In order to minimize any concerns about the integrity of your exam, it is recommended to minimize any of the factors that could invalidate your exam.

  1. Use an empty and enclosed room, free of clutter, with all doors and windows closed (For example: a clean bathroom, dining room, bedroom, or library study room.
  2. Remove all objectionable materials from the space. This includes, but is not limited to, posters, flags, signs, etc, and is at the sole discretion of the Coordinating Volunteer Examiner.
  3. The space you are in should be entirely free of any electronics devices (leave your cell phone, smart watch, tablets, other computers, security cameras, etc in another room and turned off).
  4. The computer you are using for the exam should have all programs closed, notifications disabled, and other background services turned off except for the browser window for the exam (e.g. turn off all chat programs and anything that could pop up on your screen.
  5. Any distractions or anomalies can void the exam at the sole discretion of the Volunteer Examiners. These include, but are not limited to:
    1. Notable distraction by the candidate, such as eyes not remaining on the exam and/or wandering around the room.
    2. Appearing to reference or use unauthorized materials (e.g. looking at a cell phone, changing windows on computer, etc.). The examiners will be viewing your computer screen at all times.
    3. Another person entering the exam space (on camera, physically, or audibly)
    4. Participant getting up or leaving the room during the exam
    5. Your connection drops or the quality degrades significantly, so that there is interruption in your audio or video.
    6. Your camera and microphone must remain active throughout the session.

After Successful Completion Of Your Exam:

  1. You will be directed to provide your signature, which will eventually be affixed to the application
  2. The examiners will also provide their signatures for your application
  3. The applications and exam results are E-mailed to the Volunteer Exam Office.
  4. The FCC ULS database will be updated with your new callsign and/or license upgrade after the VEC reviews the session and uploads your information to the FCC. This usually takes place on the first business day after the exam, but it may take longer.
  5. You can search for your license here. We recommend searching using your FRN. FCC Search

Please reread these requirements and make a checklist of what you need to do prior to the exam. Best of luck on your exam!