I have been studying and passing the online Technician practice tests but a friend told me about a local clubs technician class. I figured this would be a good chance to meet some other HAM folks before I take the actual test and purchase any equipment. It does seem like a lot to learn in just 2 days though. I'm good because I have been reading the tech study guide daily and sometimes studying for hours a day (works been slow) but its seems like a lot to cover in just 2 days. Anyone else take a class like this?
I took a class like this as well, mine was 8 hours total though not two days. So we covered ALOT in 8 hours then took tests. I was reading the book before hand and then the class helped brush up on the not so clear areas I had. It was great myself, a friend of mine, and 2 of his buddies all sat in the class and passed so our call signs are all in order thats how they got processed. But these are very helpful classes, wish I could find one for the General.
Here are some links to the PowerPoint classroom presentation used by W5DDL (a big club).
Go to this site:
And on the left side you will see links to Classroom Presentations (in PowerPoint) for Tech and General, as well as links to practice exams for Tech, General, and Extra class. If you don't have PowerPoint, there is a link for a free PowerPoint Viewer.
In each of those two links you will find both the separate chapters, as well as a zip file containing all of the chapters.
Here is another site with classes:
There are also courses of study that may be subscribed to at:
(NOTE- When you print out these guides, yes, print them... take a Magic Marker and black out all the wrong answers. This way you study only the correct answers and everything else looks unfamiliar. Seriously, print, black out, study. Just take my word for it and do it.)
Study Guides - right click on these links and Save As:
2011 General Test Pool links
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Here's what to do... study the study guides a few evenings. Then begin doing the W5DDL classroom presentations. You can do one or two a night.
Also begin taking the practice tests. With all of those sites, each time you take the test it will have a different random draw of questions from the question pool... just like the real test you will take. I would also suggest you take the practice test on a different site each time. This will help you get used to the appearance of the test being different, just as it will be when you take the actual test. Take two or three (or more if you have time) of the practice tests each night after going through a chapter from W5DDL.
By the time you are finished with the W5DDL classes you will be ready for the Tech test, and you will pass.
BUT WAIT!!! There's more!!!
When you are confident that you will pass the Tech, and are passing by 90% or more, begin study for the General. If you are smart enough to pass the Tech, you are smart enough for the General, too.
With the General comes greatly expanded band privileges. Keep up with studying the Tech guides and the practice tests, but add the General.
You can do this!
they've been offering these sort of classes in SC for a while now, think it was last time they had 88 people attend and pass! (tech, gen, extra)
You should do fine!