E12: What computer hardware do I need for the exam?

According to the RSGB’s Online Exam FAQ, you’ll need:

  • A Windows (Windows 7 or higher) or Mac (Mac OS 10.8 or higher) desktop or laptop. Minimum spec: Intel Core i3 (or equivalent) and 4GB RAM. (no tablets, smartphones or Linux)
  • A stable Internet connection, ideally with a constant 2Mbps speed
  • A working webcam (USB or built-in to a moveable laptop), microphone and speakers (Headphones are optional)

Not got a suitable device for the RSGB exam? Don’t worry as there are several options:

  • Borrow a Windows or Mac device from a friend or family member
  • Arrange to take your exam at a location that has a Windows or Mac computer
  • Talk to your local amateur radio club(s), to see if they have equipment that they can lend you
  • Contact your local club to see if they can arrange a paper-based exam for you.
  • Try contacting a local amateur to see if you can borrow a PC or Mac for the exam, or let you visit for an hour
  • Use a community site such as NextDoor to see if a friendly neighbour or community centre can help
  • Try asking for help from a local via Essex Ham – https://www.essexham.co.uk/help

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For answers to more common questions, see our Course FAQ

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