2020 Edition

MBLEx Test Guide

The MBLEx Test Summary
What: The exam is used to ensure candidates for licensure are qualified to practice massage therapy.
Who: Students of massage therapy who wish to become licensed must take the exam.
Where: Pearson VUE
When: Approved MBLEx exam applicants will receive a Notice to Schedule
How: Via computer
Type: Computer based, multiple-choice exams.
Why: Massage therapists must be licensed in all states. Check your state to see if it accepts the MBLEx.
Time: MBLEx candidates have 110 minutes to complete the exam.
Language: English
Preparation: A variety of test preparation materials are available.
Cost: There are fees to take the exam

The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) administers the Massage and Bodywork Licenisng Examination (MBLEx), which is designed to provide a standard exam for massage students to guarantee safe and effective massage therapy and bodywork practices.

Potential examinees must meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply for the examination:

  • Must gain approval from the state licensing board or FSMTB, which typically includes reviewing the exam content and verifying education
  • Must agree in writing to abide by FSMTB policies
  • Must pay an exam fee

The computer-based exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, which examinees have 120 minutes to complete. Unscheduled restroom or food breaks are allowed, but the clock does not stop. Eight subject areas are covered:

  • Client assessment and treatment plans
  • Benefits and physiological effects of soft tissue techniques
  • Pathology with contraindications and cautions 
  • Overview of massage and its history
  • Ethics, boundaries and laws and regulations
  • Guidelines for professional practice 
  • Kinesiology
  • Anatomy and physiology

The MBLEx is scored on a scale from 300-900 with 630 as a minimum passing score for a massage therapist. The results are available at the testing center immediately after the exam. The FSMTB does not limit the number of times a candidate may retest; however, some states do limit the number of times a candidate may take the test. Check with your state for guidance. Those that fail the examination and wish to retake it must submit a Retake Application Form.

The exam is offered year-round at Pearson Professional Centers throughout the US. A Notice to Schedule (NTS) will be sent to candidates that have been approved to test so they may register for a particular test date and location. The NTS will have possible exam dates listed for which examinees may register within a 90-day period. Candidates may register online at the Pearson VUE website or by calling customer service toll-free at 888-790-4892. There is an exam fee.

Once scheduled, candidates will receive more information in the mail about the date, reporting time and directions to the test site. Examinees are advised to bring their registration confirmation notice with them to the testing center. Candidates should allow themselves plenty of time to get to their test site and arrive at least 30 minutes before their appointment to sign in. Part of the check-in procedure includes getting a digital photograph and fingerprint taken.

Two current forms of identification are required at check-in. Primary identification must include a photograph and signature. The name that appears on the identification must match the application and NTS.

Tests.com has worked with instructors in massage therapy to create an MBLEx practice test to help you prepare for your certification exam.  Tests.com's TestSim online interactive platform allows you to tailor tests to the subjects you want to study and to form tests to fit your study schedule.  Form tests of 30, 40, 100, 150 or even hundreds of questions.  Get instant scoring and review.  The answers are fully explained for ideal study.  You can even simulate the actual exam by setting the number of questions and timer to the time period allowed for the actual test.  Get experience reading multiple-choice quesitons and taking timed tests.  Tests.com will help you pass your certification exam and set you on your way to a successful career as a massage therapist.

Are you ready to start preparing for the MBLEx? Please visit the MBLEx Test Directory.

MBLEx is a trademark of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) that did not produce or endorse this material.

MBLEx Practice Exam Questions Answers Study

Quality starts with...
...who wrote the material.
Our practice exam writers:
Charles Celeste, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at Brightwood College in California.  He has also taught at Baker College and was the program director at the American Career College.  He earned his BA in exercise science from California State University and holds an MBA.  He is MBLEx certified and has been praticing massage therapy for over ten years.


Michelle MacCubbin, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at Miller-Motte Technical College in South Carolina.  Prior to this position, she was an instructor and program director at the McCann School of Business and Technology in Pennsylvania.  She is MBLEx certified with over ten years of experience in the field.


Sara Rennie, LMT
, is a massage instructor at the American Massage and Bodywork Institute in Virginia.  She also tutors students to help them pass the MBLEx. She has worked in the massage industry for over ten years.


Andrew Dacres, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at the Atlanta School of Massage in Georgia.  He has also taught massage therapy at the Georgia Medical Institute and at Sanford-Brown College, where he introduced an MBLEx review class for graduating students. He is an MBLEx certified massage therapist with over ten years of experience in the field.


Chanel Andrade, LMT
, was the lead massage therapy instructor at Everest College for many eyars and, as part of her program, taught an MBLEx prep module.  She has practiced massage therapy for over ten years in California.
Passing the MBLEx is one of the last steps to attain a license as a professional massage therapist in many states.  The Actual MBLEx is 100 questions with a 1 hour and 50 minute (110 minutes) time limit.  Additionally, 5 minutes is allotted for a security agreement and another 5 minutes for a brief survey for a total of 2 hours (120 minutes). 

Actual MBLEx Content Outline (source: The FSMTB Handbook):

Anatomy & Physiology 
11-13 Questions (12%)

Benefits & Physiological Effects of Techniques that Manipulate Soft Tissue
13-16 Questions (14%)

Client Assessment, Reassessment & Treatment Planning
16-18 Questions (17%)

Ethics, Boundaries, Regulations, Laws
14-17 Questions (15%)

Kinesiology
10-12 Questions (11%)

Massage Overview & Bodywork History / Culture / Modalities
4-6 Questions (5%)

Pathology, Contraindications, Special Populations, Areas of Caution
12-15 Questions (13%)

Professional Practice Guidelines
12-15 Questions (13%)