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GROL - General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG) Test

The GROL - General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG) qualifies the holder to operate, and make some basic equipment adjustments to, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) radio installations. It also confers the operating authority of the MP license. A PG is issued for the holder’s lifetime.

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Mariners Learning System is committed to helping boaters obtain the licenses they need to be safe and compliant while on the water. Through our online school, we offer a variety of FCC license tests. If you want to get your General Radiotelephone Operator License, you can enjoy the flexibility of taking your GROL test online.

What You Get

With your purchase, you get access to the FCC Element 1 and Element 3 online exams for the FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG).

For all FCC Element examinations, you will be notified via email of your test results within three business days of taking your exam.

When you pass your exam(s), Mariners Learning System electronically files your FCC exam results on your behalf.

If you do not pass all the required exams, Mariners Learning System will advise you with instructions for future testing. Note: you receive credit for each FCC exam Element passed. For example: if you pass Element 1, but not Element 3, you need to retest only for Element 3.

License Requirements

To qualify, you must:

  • Be a legal resident of (or otherwise eligible for employment in) the United States.

  • Be able to receive and transmit spoken messages in English.

  • Pass a written exam as described under the Test Info tab.

Test Info

To obtain an FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License (GROL), applicants must pass written Elements as illustrated in the following table:

test info table

Written Examination Elements for the General Radiotelephone Operator License

Element 1

Basic radio law and operating practice with which every maritime radio operator should be familiar. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 18 out of 24 questions.

Element 3

General Radiotelephone. Electronic fundamentals and techniques required to adjust, repair, and maintain radio transmitters and receivers. The exam consists of questions from the following categories: operating procedures, radio wave propagation, radio practice, electrical principles, circuit components, practical circuits, signals and emissions, and antennas and feedlines. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 57 out of 76 questions.

Online Testing System Requirements

  • You must take the exam on a desktop computer or laptop (not a tablet ex: Chromebook)

  • You must have a working built-in or external webcam and microphone

  • Your Internet speed must be at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload. Determine your Internet speed by running a test at:

Room/Space preparations:

  • The lighting in the room must be bright enough so that your face and eyes can be seen throughout the duration of the exam.

  • Your desk/workspace must be completely cleared of all papers, books, and reference materials. In addition, please clear the entire room (including walls and bookshelves) of any materials that could be considered reference materials. Any suspect items seen during the initial room scan by your proctor will be flagged.

Ensure you adhere to the rules during your exam.

  • You MUST provide your valid government issued photo ID when requested.

  • You MUST remain directly in front of your webcam for the duration of the exam.

  • You MUST NOT have anyone else in the room with you for the duration of your exam.

  • You MUST NOT interact or communicate with anyone by any means while testing.

  • You MUST NOT use any other electronic devices (phone, ipod, headphones, MP3 player, another computer, etc.) while taking the exam.

  • Reference materials (papers, pens, books, study guides, e-mails, website, etc.) MUST NOT be used while testing.

  • You MUST NOT use any mobile device or have any mobile device within your eyesight during the exam.

  • You MUST NOT access other websites or applications on the computer while testing.

  • You MUST NOT intentionally disable internet connection while testing.

*Violation of any these rules will be flagged during your exam by the web proctor, and your exam WILL be marked as a FAIL, you will not be eligible for a refund and WILL be banned from re-taking the exam with Mariners Learning System.