Getting a ham radio license isn’t as hard as you may think. There are multiple forms of study material, in print and online, and plenty of ways to take practice tests.
There are currently three classes of licenses, listed in order of privileges from lowest to highest:
You must first past the Technician exam in order to take the General exam, and you must pass the General exam in order to take the Amateur Extra exam.
Each exam consists of multiple choice questions. The Technician exam consists of 35 questions, drawn from a pool of about 426 questions. You must get at least 26 correct to pass.
The General exam will consist of 35 questions drawn from a pool of about 462 questions. You must get at least 26 correct to pass.
The Amateur Extra exam will consist of 50 questions from a pool of 622. You must get at least 37 questions correct in order to pass.