Yes. Question pool "bloat" is only a problem if you are trying to memorize the question pool. Regardless of the number of questions in the pool, it all comes from the same knowledge base. For example, the frequency/mode priviledges for any given license class. There's not really very much information involved, but there's probably a hundred different ways to ask questions about it. Question pool "bloat" is for the most part mandated by the FCC. The MINIMUM number of questions in the pool for Technician is mandated at ten times the number of questions on a test, which is 35, so the pool must be at least 350. First question is whather a pool of 350 is "bloated". Because if you want fewer than 350 questions in Technician, the only option is to petition for a change to FCC regulations: 97.503 to reduce the number of test questions from 35 to some lower number, or 97.523 to reduce the multiplier from 10 to some smaller number. The actual pool is about 20% oversize (426) which at first glance seems excessive but there is a reason for it. So the most that could be done with changing Part 97 is to reduce the over-size substantially, but you still have to have at least 350 plus enough "extra" questions for those instances when one of the pool questions turns out to be problematic for some reason and has to be deleted. There are 35 subject categories in the pool with about 12 questions each. i.e. 10 each (to make the 350 total required by FCC) plus 2 spares. 2 spare questions per category seems reasonable. But that adds up to 70 excess questions. One could reduce the question pool by 35 questions by reducing the number of "spares" to only 1. That's not very much. So one has to look at possibly eliminating some of the subject categories. The FCC did not mandate 35 subject categories. They only require that it " ... be such as to prove that the examinee possesses the operational and technical qualifications required to perform properly the duties of an amateur service licensee. .... 35 questions concerning the privileges of a Technician Class operator license". For example, if instead of 35 subject categories with 12 questions each (420) would it be more palatable to have, say 25 subject categories with 15 questions each (total 375 questions)? Well, you might wonder, if 426 questions is "bloated" then why isn't 375 "bloated". The difference is fewer independent subject categories to study, which makes it "easier". So ... which 10 subject categories could be deleted? Here's the list of subject categories (from the QRZ.com resources page)- which ten could be eliminated? Subject categories for Technician pool 2014 T1A Amateur Radio Service: purpose and permissible use of the Amateur Radio Service; operator/primary station license grant; where FCC rules are codified; basis and purpose of FCC rules; meanings of basic terms used in FCC rules; interference; spectrum manage T1B Authorized frequencies: frequency allocations; ITU regions; emission modes; restricted sub-bands; spectrum sharing; transmissions near band edges T1C Operator licensing: operator classes; sequential, special event, and vanity call sign systems; international communications; reciprocal operation; station license and licensee; places where the amateur service is regulated by the FCC; name and address on T1D Authorized and prohibited transmission: communications with other countries; music; exchange of information with other services; indecent language; compensation for use of station; retransmission of other amateur signals; codes and ciphers; sale of equipm T1E Control operator and control types: control operator required; eligibility; designation of control operator; privileges and duties; control point; local, automatic and remote control; location of control operator T1F Station identification; repeaters; third party communications; club stations; FCC inspection T2A Station operation: choosing an operating frequency; calling another station; test transmissions; procedural signs; use of minimum power; choosing an operating frequency; band plans; calling frequencies; repeater offsets T2B VHF/UHF operating practices: SSB phone; FM repeater; simplex; splits and shifts; CTCSS; DTMF; tone squelch; carrier squelch; phonetics; operational problem resolution; Q signals T2C Public service: emergency and non-emergency operations; applicability of FCC rules; RACES and ARES; net and traffic procedures; emergency restrictions T3A Radio wave characteristics: how a radio signal travels; fading; multipath; wavelength vs. penetration; antenna orientation T3B Radio and electromagnetic wave properties: the electromagnetic spectrum; wavelength vs. frequency; velocity of electromagnetic waves; calculating wavelength T3C Propagation modes: line of sight; sporadic E; meteor and auroral scatter and reflections; tropospheric ducting; F layer skip; radio horizon T4A Station setup: connecting microphones; reducing unwanted emissions; power source; connecting a computer; RF grounding; connecting digital equipment; connecting an SWR meter T4B Operating controls: tuning; use of filters; squelch function; AGC; repeater offset; memory channels T5A Electrical principles, units, and terms: current and voltage; conductors and insulators; alternating and direct current T5B Math for electronics: conversion of electrical units; decibels; the metric system T5C Electronic principles: capacitance; inductance; current flow in circuits; alternating current; definition of RF; DC power calculations; impedance T5D Ohm's Law: formulas and usage T6A Electrical components: fixed and variable resistors; capacitors and inductors; fuses; switches; batteries T6B Semiconductors: basic principles and applications of solid state devices; diodes and transistors T6C Circuit diagrams; schematic symbols T6D Component functions: rectification; switches; indicators; power supply components; resonant circuit; shielding; power transformers; integrated circuits T7A Station equipment: receivers; transmitters; transceivers; modulation; transverters; low power and weak signal operation; transmit and receive amplifiers T7B Common transmitter and receiver problems: symptoms of overload and overdrive; distortion; causes of interference; interference and consumer electronics; part 15 devices; over and under modulation; RF feedback; off frequency signals; fading and noise; prob T7C Antenna measurements and troubleshooting: measuring SWR; dummy loads; coaxial cables; feed line failure modes T7D Basic repair and testing: soldering; using basic test instruments; connecting a voltmeter, ammeter, or ohmmeter T8A Modulation modes: bandwidth of various signals; choice of emission type T8B Amateur satellite operation; Doppler shift, basic orbits, operating protocols; control operator, transmitter power considerations; satellite tracking; digital modes T8C Operating activities: radio direction finding; radio control; contests; linking over the Internet; grid locators T8D Non-voice communications: image signals; digital modes; CW; packet; PSK31; APRS; error detection and correction; NTSC T9A Antennas: vertical and horizontal polarization; concept of gain; common portable and mobile antennas; relationships between antenna length and frequency T9B Feed lines: types of feed lines; attenuation vs. frequency; SWR concepts; matching; weather protection; choosing RF connectors and feed lines T0A Power circuits and hazards: hazardous voltages; fuses and circuit breakers; grounding; lightning protection; battery safety; electrical code compliance T0B Antenna safety: tower safety; erecting an antenna support; overhead power lines; installing an antenna T0C RF hazards: radiation exposure; proximity to antennas; recognized safe power levels; exposure to others; radiation types; duty cycle Even if all that is done, you're still stuck with minimum 350 questions in the pool.