The QPC has chosen a four-year revision cycle for the three question pools. The Element 4 (Extra Class) pool was revised first (2002), followed in subsequent years by the Element 2 (Technician) and Element 3 (General Class) pools.
In order to give the various license preparation publishers adequate time to prepare, distribute and sell their publications, the Question Pool Committee has adopted the following revision schedule. The QPC will do a thorough revision of each pool on a rotating 4 year cycle schedule.
||Dates these pools will remain valid:
||Valid: July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2014
|| Valid: July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2015
|| Valid: July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016
The VEC's Question Pool Committee developed the following transition schedule from the old to the newly revised pools.
|on or about December 1
||New Pool released in public domain - See www.ncvec.org
|on or about May 1
||Publishers distribute study material for new pools. New Exam Software distributed to CVE Team Leaders
||Use of previous question pool discontinued
||New Question Pools MUST be used in examinations.
The W5YI-VEC designs and offers to our VE teams PC software to properly-construct written examinations based on the questions and multiple choice answers agreed on by the QPC. VEs have the option of using our tests or designing their own examinations. We prefer that our teams use our PC-compatible software which permits VE teams to easily and correctly prepare and print needed examinations, answer sheets and keys.