Return of the single Amateur Radio Exam?

In a throwback to the old school way of getting licensed, Volunteers at the RSGB have developed a new syllabus for an amateur radio exam that will provide a direct route to gaining a Full licence akin to the original City and Guilds Radio Amateur Examination” (RAE).

The new draft syllabus, is set to lead to a new exam that is designed to appeal to those who wish to fast-track straight in at “Full” (Advanced), without the need to go through the Foundation and Intermediate steps first.

The announcement can be found on page five of the recently-released Exam Standards Committee 2019 report:

“The Examinations Group have prepared a draft syllabus, based on Syllabus 2019, for an exam that will provide direct entry to a Full licence, like the old RAE.”

“The ESC has agreed that the syllabus will be put out for consultation in the UK amateur radio community. This consultation will take place later in 2019.”

“An important question, which is yet to be resolved in EG and ESC, concerns what form any practical examination might take, and we will look to the wider community for guidance on this.”

The last sitting of The City and Guilds RAE exam was in December 2003. It was a single 80 question multiple choice paper that had in be completed in 2 hours 15 minutes. Copies of the 2002/3 exam papers can be downloaded at

Other highlights of the report include mentioning that the switch to online exams is progressing – these have the advantage of cutting down on admin, and providing instant results to candidates. We at the Dover Club had our first online exams in June 2019.