Amateur Radio and Dyslexia

This page has been put together to support our online learners who are studying towards their Foundation Licence and suffer from dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia.

Video – Need Extra Help with Foundation Study or Exam?

The Amateur Radio Foundation Exam

The exam is a 26 question multiple-choice exam. You have the option to take the exam online at home, or an exam venue organised by local clubs.

Is exam help available?

Yes. Services available to those with dyslexia may include:

  • Exam paperwork printed on coloured paper
  • Large-print versions of exam papers
  • Use of a “reader” during the exam
  • Extra time to complete the exam

In each case, you should contact the RSGB well in advance of the exam to make any special arrangements. Phone the RSGB Examinations Department 01234-832700 (8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday)

Video – Foundation Exam: What To Expect

Here is a short video showing what to expect from the Foundation exam:

Exam Hints and Tips

Sitting your amateur radio Foundation exam soon? Here are some hints and tips on how to prepare for your online exam – dealing with tricky questions, what to take into the exam, and how to make sure you don’t miss out on critical marks:

Studying for your Foundation Exam

There are several ways that you can study for your amateur radio Foundation exam:

Kelly reading the Foundation book
Studying from a book is not for everyone

Other Ways To Learn:

Here are some sources of material that could be of help to dyslexic learners:

Videos: Some people find watching and listening is helpful. Try our free Foundation Online – Course Videos

Printable slides: Our PowerPoint slides show the bullet points of what you need to know for the exam. See: Foundation Online – Course Slides

Audio book: An audio book of the Foundation training book is available, if you’d prefer to listen. Go to: RAIBC Services

Online courses: Our online course uses videos and on-screen lessons. Lessons need to be read and completed on-screen, but the text sizes can be changed, the text can be printed onto coloured paper, and it works with screen reading software. It may not be right for everyone, which is why we also offer videos. Our online course is free, and you can take it over and over again if required.

Audio Revision: We offer a short audio revision mp3 file which may help. Quick Revision Audio mp3

Tests: You can print sample test papers from the RSGB exam section of their website

Hopefully one or more of these options will work for you.


If you have any comments, suggestions, or tips, please add them below, and we’ll help by sharing them…

More help

If you need any advice, you can contact the RSGB Examinations Department by email at or by calling 01234 832 717.

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Thanks to Mitchell 2E0EMO for his advice

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