What You Need to Know About the Phlebotomy Certification Exam

One part of readying yourself for an exam involves knowing what to expect. When a phlebotomy certification exam is what you will be facing, while the unknown can be difficult the facts are not. Knowing the types of material the exam consists of will help you see your training has given you the solid base of knowledge you need to do well on the exam.

A standard phlebotomy certification exam is made up of two parts. The first part is a written exam, consisting of multiple-choice questions. When you review the practice test you find on this site, you will see the questions are all within your range of knowledge. There are no “trick” questions, and none are particularly difficult. If you attended your classes every day, absorbed and retained everything that was taught, the written exam will be quite simple.

The second part of the certification exam for phlebotomists consists of skills competency. This is where you will demonstrate what you have learned. During your training, you were taught many skills. You were given the opportunity to practice each one. For the exam, you do not need to demonstrate every single skill. Five skills are selected at random for each test. You only need to do the ones chosen for you. Performing each skill carefully, accurately, and to the best of your ability may seem like a harrowing experience when you are being graded. This is nothing to worry about, because most students feel the same way. The person who is conducting the test knows this. While there is room for a normal degree of nervousness, there is no room for error. Doing each skill correctly during your exam shows you have the ability to do it correctly on the job.

After you pass your examination, you will receive a notice of your grades. Your certificate should be in your hands in less than six weeks. Passing this one intense exam is your key to getting a good job, earning a comfortable salary, and having pride in what you do for a living. Even if you live in a state which does not require phlebotomists to be certified or licensed, you should make a point of doing so anyway. There are plenty of opportunities that will only be available to you if you have taken the extra steps needed to become certified. These include more jobs, better jobs, and higher pay.

Becoming familiar with what you can expect on the exam is useful. You also need to know how to prepare for the exam. Good preparation makes the difference between showing up on exam day with a host of worries, and knowing you are completely ready for whatever the day brings.

Assuming you have put hard work and serious effort into your training program, good preparation results from three factors: having review material on-hand, motivation, and a schedule. First, if you know how long you have to prepare for the phlebotomy certification exam, start by scheduling periods to study for it. Make a commitment to yourself to adhere to the schedule. Bearing in mind that cramming for exams rarely works as well as one might hope, set aside regular study periods for as long as you have to review before exam day. It is useful to choose one place to do your studying, a duration that works for you, and to not forget to schedule occasional breaks. These factors encourage consistency, yet allow the process to be enjoyable.

Second, choose the kind of resource material best-suited to your personal needs. Options include the material you used during your coursework, review books designed specifically for the phlebotomy certification exam, DVDs, audio material, and flash cards. One type may be ideal for you, or you can choose a combination of resources.

Third, some people study better alone, while others fare best in a group or with a friend. You may already know which category describes you, from your high school or college experiences. If working on your own provides the best results, go with this option. If studying with others works better for you, you can join a study group or find a friend who is preparing for the same exam.

It is also a good idea to keep in mind that while preparing for an examination is serious business, it should also be enjoyable. Being too rigid or demanding with yourself can result in disliking every minute of your preparation. Instead, emphasize your accomplishments, and realize each accomplishment moves you closer to your goal. Give yourself the chance to acknowledge how well you are doing during every study session. This will help you appreciate your hard work, and motivate you even more. It will also help to pave the way for congratulating yourself on a job well done after you pass your certification exam.

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