Amateur Radio Foundation Exam Information

On this page, you’ll find information on what’s involved in sitting the UK amateur radio Foundation exam. This video is part of our  Getting Started: Foundation Online course series.

Foundation Exam Video

We’ve created the following video to give you a feel for what to expect when taking the Foundation exam:


The Foundation Exam

To get your amateur radio licence and callsign, you’ll need to take a multiple-choice exam, either online (see online exams) or at a local amateur radio club.

The Exam

This is a 26-question multiple-choice test, and you’ll need to study for it. You can do this with the help of a free online course such as our Ham Train course, at a training class run by a local ham radio club, or you can self-study from the Foundation Licence Manual.


ID Check: Before you can sit the exam, you’ll need to prove your identity to the invigilator. The best option is to bring a current passport, a photo id driving licence, or another legal document showing your photo, name and signature. If you can’t provide those, you’ll need to bring two current legal documents showing your name and signature – this can include a credit card. If in doubt, check with the exam centre before turning up to the exam.

The Exam

In the exam, you’ll be presented with the exam paper, the optical marking sheet and the Reference Data booklet.

Before the exam starts, the invigilator will read out a set of rules and explain the process.

Once the exam starts, you’ll have 60 minutes to answer the 26 questions, which is usually plenty of time. The pass mark is 19 out of 26 (73%).


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:


Got any questions? Please ask in the comments section below…

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