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.

The Amateur Radio Foundation Exam

Exams are normally organised by local clubs. If you feel you are likely to require additional help, you should let the club of your choice know as soon as possible.

Services available to those with dyslexia may include:

  • Exam papers 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, the club’s exam secretary will need to contact the RSGB well in advance of the exam to make any special arrangements. The club will also require “proper advice from a competent person on what to do about it in order to provide the candidate with a fair examination”

For guidance on this, see RSGB Examination Guidelines, or phone the RSGB Examinations Department on 01234 832 717

Video – Foundation Exam: What To Expect

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

Studying for your Foundation Exam

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

  • Being helped by someone who is a radio amateur – family member, friend or from a local club

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, or take online tests using

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


Foundation Practicals

We have heard from candidates who are nervous about the Morse code practical. The Morse practical is nothing to worry about – you don’t need to learn Morse code, it’s tailored to each learner, and more importantly, you can’t fail it!

Have a look at the following short video, where Chris from the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society explains what’s involved:


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 on 01234 832 717

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Thanks to Mitchell 2E0EMO for his advice

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