Online Intermediate Exams

On the 13th of July 2020, the RSGB started taking bookings for online Intermediate exams. Here are some answers to common questions:

Can I take my Intermediate exam online at home?

Yes! It is currently possible to apply for an online exam – you can take the Intermediate exam from home using your Windows or Mac computer. You’ll be using special exam software, and an RSGB invigilator will supervise you using your webcam and microphone, to ensure that you don’t cheat.

What about the practicals?

As a result of the UK lockdown, RSGB has agreed to suspend the need for Intermediate practicals to be completed until further notice.

How do I book my exam?

You can book your exam slot online via the RSGB online booking system – RSGB Book an Exam and make payment of the exam fee.

What hardware do I need?

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

  • A Windows (Windows 7+) or Mac (Mac OS 10.8+) desktop or laptop with either 2GB or 4GB of RAM (no tablets, smartphones or Linux)
  • A stable Internet connection with at least 512kbps per candidate
  • A working webcam, microphone and speakers (Headphones are optional)

Does Essex Ham / Ham Train run an online Intermediate course?

Sorry – no.

At this time we are not offering an online Intermediate course. With Foundation courses in high demand, our priority remains to help get people into the hobby via Foundation.

Handy link: Online Amateur Radio Courses in the UK

How can I study for my exam?

There are several options – You can study from the RSGB’s Intermediate Manual, get help from your local club’s training team, or self-study online/

Foundation Licence Manual
Foundation Licence Manual

Cost is around £5, and available as a Paper version or Kindle Version

Intermediate Licence Manual
Intermediate Licence Manual

After your Foundation, comes Intermediate. The book’s about £9, and is available as a Paper version or Kindle Version

RSGB Full Manual
Full Licence Manual

After Intermediate, comes the Full licence, and the manual for that is about £12, and is available as a Paper version


Online Exam FAQ

Our FAQ is designed for Foundation exams, but may still be relevant for the Intermediate exams.

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