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VE Manual : 9.4 Testing of the Handicapped

VEs may take steps they deem advisable to administer tests to the handicapped which take into consideration the applicant handicap. For example, written tests may be given orally (or dictated). In order to avoid disrupting a test session it is sometimes advisable to test the handicapped separately.

Since a VE team may hold an exam session for just one person, tests for the handicapped are usually held in this manner or can even be held in the applicant's home. Any needed additional equipment (such as tactile or audible transducers) must be supplied by the handicapped candidate.

All normal test session rules still apply to this kind of a session such as three VEs in attendance. A public notice may state that the test session is not open to the public if the session is being conducted in a special place or under special circumstances.

The passing grade for a handicapped person remains the same. However, the important point to consider when grading examinations is: does the handicapped applicant understand the required material? Have they correctly answered the questions on the exam, and do they have a passing score? (See Chapter 4 for detailed information.)

Federal Communications Commission Part 97 Rules & Regulations / VEC to VE Instructions / National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinator Instructions for Examination Procedures & Accommodations

97.503 A written examination must be such as to prove that the applicant possesses the operational and technical qualifications required to perform properly the duties of an amateur service licensee. Each written examination must be comprised of a question set as follows:

(1) Element 2: 35 questions concerning the privileges of a Technician Class operator license. The minimum passing score is 26 questions answered correctly.

(2) Element 3: 35 questions concerning the privileges of a General Class operator license. The minimum passing score is 26 questions answered correctly.

(3) Element 4: 50 questions concerning the privileges of an Amateur Extra Class operator license. The minimum passing score is 37 questions answered correctly.

97.509(a) Each examination element for an amateur operator license must be administered by a team of at least 3 VEs at an examination session coordinated by a VEC. Before the session, the administering VEs or the VE session manager must ensure that a public announcement is made giving the location and time of the session. The number of examinees at the session may be limited.

(b) Each administering VE must:

(1) Be accredited by the coordinating VEC;

(2) Be at least 18 years of age;

(3) Be a person who holds an a,mateiur operator license of the class specified below:

(i) Amateur Extra, Advanced, or General Class in order to administer a Technician Class operator license examination;

(ii) Amateur Extra or Advanced Class in order to administer a General Class operator license examination.

(iii) Amateur Extra Class in order to administer an Amateur Extra Class operator license examination.

(4) Not be a person whose grant of an amateur station license or amateur operator license has ever been revoked or suspended.

(c) Each administering VE must obsere the applicant throughout the entire examination. The administering VEs are responsible for the proper conduct and necessary supervision of each examination. The administering VEs must immediately terminate the examination upon failure of the applicant to comply with their instructions.

(d) No VE may administer an examination to his or her spouse, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, parents, grandparents, stepparents, brothers, sisters, stepbrothers, stepsisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

(e) No VE may administer or certify any examination by fraudulent means or for monetary or other consideration including reimbursement in any amount in excess of that permitted. Violation of this provision may result in the revocation of the grant of the VE's amateur station license and the suspension of the grant of the VE's amateur operator license.

(f) No examination that has been compromised shall be administered to any examinee. The same question set may be re-administered to the same examinee.

(h) Upon completion of each examination element, the administering VEs must immediately grade the examinee's answers. The administering VEs are responsible for determining the correctness of the examinee's answers.

(i) When the examinee is credited for all examination elements required for the operator license sought, 3 VEs must certify that the examinee is qualified for the license grant and that the VEs have complied with these administering VE requirements. The certifying VEs are jointly and individually accountable for the proper administration of each examination element reported. The certifying VEs may delegate to other qualified VEs their authority, but not their accountability, to administer individual elements of an examination.

(j) When the examinee does not score a passing grade on an examination element, the administering VEs must return the application document to the examinee and inform the examinee of the grade.

(k) The administering VEs must accommodate an examinee whose physical disabilities require a special examination procedure. The administering VEs may require a physician's certification indicating the nature of the disability before determining which, if any, special procedures must be used.

(l) The administering VEs must issue a CSCE to an examinee who scores a passing grade on an examination element.


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