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FCC Exams and Elements
License/Endorsement Type Written Elements Required Telegraphy (Morse Code) Elements Required
Marine Radio Operator Permit (MROP) Element 1 --
General Radiotelephone Operator (GROL) Elements 1 and 3 --
Ship Radar Endorsement (to GROL, GMDSS Maintainer, GMDSS Operator/Maintainer, or Radiotelegraph 1st or 2nd class) Element 8 --
GMDSS Operator License Elements 1 and 7 --
GMDSS Maintainer License Elements 1, 3 and 9 --
GMDSS Operator Maintainer License Elements 1,3 , 7 and 9 --
1st Class Radiotelegraph** Elements 1, 5 and 6 Telegraphy Elements 3 and 4
2nd Class Radiotelegraph** Elements 1, 5 and 6 Telegraphy Elements 1 and 2 (or Amateur Extra Class License granted prior to 1 April, 2001)
3rd Class Radiotelegraph** Elements 1 and 5 Telegraphy Elements 1 and 2 (or Amateur Extra Class License granted prior to 1 April, 2001)
**Note - iNARTE does not administer telegraphy exams.

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Questions? Need to Register? Call our helpful staff at 888-722-2440 (9-5 Eastern) Written Element 1
The Element 1 examination covers basic radio law and operating procedures with which every maritime radio operator should be familiar. 24 questions concerning provisions of laws, treaties, regulations, and operating procedures and practices generally followed or required in communicating by means of radiotelephone stations. Subjects include transmission priorities, transmission frequencies, radiotelephone procedures and regulations. The minimum passing score is 75% (18 questions answered correctly) Previous question pool release date: 1 January 1996. Last question pool release date: 25 June 2009. Examinations from previous or new question pools will be allowed for 6 months. iNARTE will begin using the new question pools for examinations beginning December 2009.

Written Element 3
The Element 3 examination is comprised of 100 questions concerning electronic fundamentals and techniques required to adjust, repair, and maintain radio transmitters and receivers at stations licensed by the FCC in the aviation, maritime, and international fixed public radio services. Subjects covered are: electrical principles, practical circuits, circuit components, signals and emissions, antennas and feed lines, operating procedures, radio wave propagation and radio practice. The minimum passing score is 75% (75 questions answered correctly). Previous question pool release date: 1 January 1996. Last question pool release date: 25 June 2009. Examinations from previous or new question pools will be allowed for 6 months. iNARTE will begin using the new question pools for examinations beginning December 2009. The Element 3 examination from the new question pool is comprised of 100 questions. A minimum passing score of 75% is required (75 questions answered correctly).

Written Element 8
Ship radar techniques. 50 questions concerning specialized theory and practice applicable to the proper installation, servicing and maintenance of ship radar equipment in general use for marine navigational purposes. The minimum passing score is 76% (38 questions answered correctly). Previous question pool release date: 1 January 1996. Last question pool release date: 25 June 2009. Examinations from previous or new question pools will be allowed for 6 months. iNARTE will begin using the new question pools for examinations beginning December 2009.

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Questions? Need to Register? Call our helpful staff at 888-722-2440 (9-5 Eastern) Written Element 7
GMDSS radio operating practices. The "new" or "US Coast Guard version" Element 7 examination is comprised of 100 questions concerning GMDSS radio operating procedures and practices. The examinee must show detailed practical knowledge of the operation of all GMDSS sub-systems and equipment; ability to send and receive correctly by radio telephone and narrow-band direct-printing telegraphy; detailed knowledge of the regulations applying to radio communications, knowledge of the documents relating to charges for radio communications and knowledge of those provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea which relate to radio; sufficient knowledge of English to be able to express oneself satisfactorily both orally and in writing; knowledge of and ability to perform each function listed in Section 80.1081; and knowledge covering the requirements set forth in IMO Assembly Resolution on Training for Radio Personnel (GMDSS), Annex 3. The subjects covered are: general GMDSS, digital selective calling, INMARSAT, NAVTEX, narrow band direct printing and survival craft. The minimum passing score is 75% (75 questions answered correctly). Question pool release date: 25 July 2001.

Written Element 9
GMDSS radio maintenance practices and procedures. 50 questions concerning the requirements set forth in IMO Assembly on Training for Radio Personnel (GMDSS), Annex 5 and IMO Assembly on Radio Maintenance Guidelines for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System related to Sea Areas A3 and A4. Subjects include: GMDSS equipment and regulations, radio system theory, amplifiers, power sources, troubleshooting and digital theory. The minimum passing score is 76% (38 questions answered correctly). Last question pool release date: 1 December 1995.

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Radiotelegraph operating practice. Comprised of 50 questions concerning radio operating procedures and practices generally followed or required in communicating by means of radiotelegraph stations primarily other than in the maritime mobile services of public correspondence. Subjects covered are: radiotelegraphy abbreviations and general radiotelegraphy. The minimum passing score is 76% (38 questions answered correctly). Last question pool release date: 21 July 1994.

Written Element 6
Advanced radiotelegraph. 100 questions concerning technical, legal and other matters applicable to the operation of all classes of radiotelegraph stations, including operating procedures and practices in the maritime mobile services of public correspondence, and associated matters such as radio navigational aids, message traffic routing and accounting, etc. The minimum passing score is 75% (75 questions answered correctly). Last question pool release date: 21 July 1994.

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Questions? Need to Register? Call our helpful staff at 888-722-2440 (9-5 Eastern) Telegraphy Elements 1 and 2 (Note - iNARTE does not administer telegraphy exams.)
The examinee must send correctly by hand and receive correctly by ear text in the international Morse code at not less than 16 code groups per minute and 20 words per minute, using all the letters of the alphabet, numerals 0-9, period, comma, question mark, slant mark, and prosigns AR, BT and SK.
Note to Amateur Extra Class operators (licensed before April 15, 2000) receive credit for Telegraphy Element 1 (16 Code Groups per minute) and Telegraphy Element 2 (20 Plain Language words per minute) without examination toward the Third (T-3)and Second Class (T-2) Radiotelegraph Operator s Certificate.
A photocopy of the Amateur Extra Class license must be attached to the FCC Form 605 Commercial Radio application to receive the examination credit.
Extra Class operators who have only passed the 5 wpm telegraphy examination do not receive any exam credit towards a commercial radio telegraph license.

Telegraphy Elements 3 and 4 (Note - iNARTE does not administer telegraphy exams.)
The examinee must send correctly by hand and receive correctly by ear text in the international Morse code at not less than 20 code groups per minute and 25 words per minute, using all the letters of the alphabet, numerals 0-9, period, comma, question mark, slant mark, and prosigns AR, BT and SK.

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