After a month of hard studying, I took and passed my extra class license test on Aug. 2, the FCC email arrived today (Aug 16) so it's official. I did this just in time for the very bottom of the solar minimum and lousy HF propagation ;-) It's a perfect time for studying. Here's a short description of my study process: I read through an old 1990 version of the ARRL extra class license manual, That was very useful for explaining a lot of the theory, even if some of the study areas were a bit out of date such as the section on Amplitude-compandored SSB. I'd recommend a newer version of the manual. I downloaded the official pool of test questions and went through that several times, especially noteing the parts that I needed to work on. That helped me to identify some of the trick questions and zero in on the areas that I was weak on. I wrote up a list of notes on all of the areas that I needed to improve on, then re-organized my list into sections so that I could study everything in a section by section basis. I went through my notes many times. I took the QRZ mock exam several times, I barely passed the mock test several times then studied more until I was able to get a high score. That was a great way to verify that I was ready for the real test. Finally, I took the real test. I passed with 96%. The VEs wouldn't tell me which questions I got wrong, that's probably so other examinees would not hear any correct answers. It was an educational process, to say the least.